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There are no “moderate rebels” in Syria

Jamil Saleh, "moderate rebel"

Jamil Saleh, “moderate rebel”

There are no “moderate rebels” in Syria and there never were.

The entire concept of “moderate rebels” has been put forth by mainstream media propagandists such as Susan Rice, Samantha Power, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, the New York Times, John McCain, Anne Barnard, Helene Cooper, Michael R. Gordon, and the mass media in general.

At best, the above propagandists put the number of the “moderate rebels” at 3,000 to 5,000—including the five or six rebels officially backed by the U.S. to the tune of half a billion dollars.
One of the groups of “moderate rebels” hit by the Russians is led by Jamil Saleh who said his group had been hit by the Russians in Hama Province, wounding eight of his men. This was “confirmed” by American officials.

Jamil Saleh said, “We are on the front lines with Bashar Al-Assad’s army, “We are moderate Syrian rebels and have no affiliation with ISIS. ISIS is at least 100 kilometers away from where we are.” True, perhaps, but Jamil Saleh’s “moderate rebels” are in the immediate area as the al Qaeda group al-Nusra?

So how can anyone say who is being bombed by Russia—al Nusra or Jamil Saleh’s small group or both?

Strangely, the worst characterization of the “moderate rebels,” comes from President Obama. In an interview with Thomas Friedman over a year ago, Obama stated, “It’s always been a fantasy, this idea that we could provide some light arms, or even more sophisticated arms, to what was essentially an opposition made up of former doctors, farmers, pharmacists, and so forth, and that that they were going to be able to battle not only a well-armed state, but also a well-armed state backed by Russia, backed by Iran, a battle-hardened Hezbollah. That was never in the cards.”
Why Obama is keeping silent now is anybody’s guess.

Actually, Obama contradicted himself as his administration the Utopian view of the “moderate rebels” is favored by his staff—Susan Rice, Samantha Power and Vice President Joe Biden.

The confusion in Washington is due to a lack of knowledge, not only of the Middle East, but also of history.

Concepts such as “balance of power” and “sphere of influence” are unknown or ignored by Washington. Toppling Saddam and Gadhafi removed their part in resisting revolution or invasion.

Toppling Saddam and Gadhafi brought about the birth of ISIS. Not only ISIS but now both Russia and Iran have rushed in to fill the power vacuum in Iraq and Syria. Obama’s unintended consequence of unseating Syria’s Assad would be but a third step to the disasters following the removal of Saddam and Gadhafi.

The dreamers in Washington, including McCain and Petraeus will have to face that they have given away America’s influence (and allies) in the Middle East to Russia.

Note: The author, John Harding has lived and worked in Saudi Arabia and Kuwait for over nine years.

Do credit reports contain intentionally fake information and FICO scores?

FICO CEO, William Lansing, 2014 earnings $6,204,352

FICO CEO, William Lansing, 2014 earnings $6,204,352

We think the answer is yes, credit reports do contain intentionally fake information to benefit collection companies, banks, and other creditors. This, we believe, is thanks to FICO aka Fair Isac.

With thousands, maybe millions of Americans hurt or destroyed financially by errors and fake planted information in their credit reports, U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) has urged federal regulators to crack down on so-called “zombie debts,” debts that are no longer owed by consumers, but which linger on their credit reports. These zombie debts can then be sold by crooked banks to debt collectors—who then harass consumers and attempt to illegally collect settled debt. It happens all the time.

Brown, a ranking member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, said, “Discharged debt should not be continue to haunt those looking for jobs, apartments, and home loans. That’s why I’m working to ensure that debts discharged in bankruptcy show a zero balance on the consumer’s credit report quickly and accurately.”

Brown has a big fight ahead of him because the credit reporting companies are conspiring with the banks on this along with their “founder,” a company called “FICO.”

What is FICO?

FICO, a company legally known as Fair Isaac, claims to be no more than a software outfit based in San Jose, California, which was founded, by Bill Fair and Earl Isaac in 1956.

Its “FICO Score,” is the prevailing, merciless and dishonest measure of consumer credit risk. This is because FICO manipulates credit reports to boost the revenue of predatory banks and dishonest collection agencies.

FICO, the company, has prospered from this dishonesty.The company is traded on the New York Stock Exchange and has an astounding $192 billion in assets, with over 2,600 employees. FICO is the engine by which predatory lenders and collection agencies thrive.

One in five Americans’ credit reports has an error on their credit report.

FICO assists banks and collection agencies largely by zombie debts. These are expired debts that still remain on credit reports.

If, for instance, you had a money judgement against you which you never paid, but which has expired—that debt will appear on your credit report for another two years. It also keeps bankruptcy debts alive long after they have expired, which helps the banks and collection agencies to make illegal collections.

The credit agencies and FICO do their best to hide credit reports from view so their errors will go unnoticed.

“Every consumer should have an accurate credit score, and no consumer should be haunted by debts they don’t owe,” said Brown.

In July of this year, the nation’s largest bank agreed to settle claims regarding allegations that it sold credit card debt that was inaccurate to debt collectors—who then illegally attempted (often with success) to collect on the debt.

These illegal actions have hurt better than half a million consumers, since the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) opened its doors only four years ago.

Brown has introduced legislation that would require banks and debt buyers to notify credit reporting agencies when a consumer’s debt has been extinguished through bankruptcy or expired on its own.

The lobbyists from FICO, the banks and the collection agencies are out to shoot that legislation down.

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Where was U.S. air power when ISIS destroyed Palmyra? Where was Obama?

Palmyra Destroyed

Palmyra Destroyed

ISIS has destroyed the temple at Palmyra, a significant piece of religious and cultural history, not just for Syria but for the entire world.

Where was U.S. air power? The U.S. knew when this was going to happen and could have sent in waves of flights to kill those ISIS members setting up the explosives to destroy one of the world’s great antiquities.

Where was Obama? The U.S. president‘s inactivity regarding ISIS and his refusal to use the term “Islamic extremism” raises questions about his already suspect religious beliefs. His father was a Muslim, and Obama did attend Muslim schools in Indonesia.

Then there is the question of Obama’s mysterious birth certificate. What Obama released as his birth certificate was not when is termed a “flat file.” Normal photographs result in a flat file.

However, photographs can be photo-shopped. Anyone with a program like Adobe Photoshop can overlay an original photograph with layers of false information. With the right program, those false layers can be peeled off. I did that myself and revealed the false layers on Obama’s officially released passport. You can see my proof of Obama’s inept forgery at

Obama’s people could have “flattened” their built up false image with Adobe Photoshop, mashing the whole thing down into one layer. This would have prevented me from revealing any built-up layers – but Obama’s people, like Obama, are incompetent.

Our military could have killed dozens of ISIS members working on the destruction of Palmyra. Maybe we could not have saved the temple, but we could have dealt a blow to ISIS.

Instead, the ISIS destroyers of the temple are alive and the temple is dead.

China’s devaluation killing U.S. manufacturers and U.S. stock market

When China devalued its currency it made all Chinese goods imported into the U.S. less expensive. It made Chinese goods even more competitive in the U.S. reducing sales for U.S domestic manufacturers.

China’s devaluation has caused the U.S. stock market to crash.

In addition, when China devalued its currency, it made all U.S. goods more expensive in China. The devaluation closed may markets to U.S. exporters.
China’s devaluation has caused emerging-market currencies to reach record lows—making their products cheaper and more competitive in the U.S.

Analysts are pointing out that China is the culprit:

“It’s all coming from China,” says Masamichi Adachi, an economist with JP Morgan Chase in Tokyo. “Brazil, South Africa, many countries are commodity exporters, and the final destination is all going to China.”

“The devaluation is a red flag about China’s current economic situation,” says Kurt Braybrook, who runs a Shanghai company that does quality control work. A falling yuan raises the risk that other countries will devalue their currencies to catch up.

Hurt again by the weakest Chinese factory data since the global financial crisis. The Bloomberg Commodity Index slid to its lowest level since 2002, forcing oil to its longest run of weekly declines in almost 30 years. Copper, nickel, zinc, aluminum, tin and lead also fell.

Trump was right.


Americans now need a passport (and maybe money) to enter Mexico

While Mexico beefs up its border control, Obama and Biden on the White House putting green

While Mexico beefs up its border control, Obama and Biden on the White House putting green

Now, pedestrians going to Tijuana, Mexico from San Diego at the San Ysidro border crossing must choose between a line for Mexicans who get walk through unchecked and a line for Americans and other non-Mexicans. These “foreigners” entering Mexico must show a passport, fill out a form and pay 322 pesos, or roughly $20, for a six-month permit if the plan to stay more than a week. This new process at the San Ysidro border crossing will extend to all border crossings from the U.S. into Mexico.

This new border procedure marks a big change for trips into Mexico that weren’t designed to question everyone. Pedestrians and motorists have generally entered Mexico unencumbered along the 1,954-mile border with the United States.

Mexico is getting tough with Americans, while Mexican allows its illegals to pour into the U.S.

“This is about putting our house in order,” said Rodulfo Figueroa, Mexico’s top immigration official in Baja California state, which includes Tijuana.

“This is going to be a real bear,” said one American after getting his passport stamped. “I will give more thought to what days and times I come.”
For now, motorists will see no change and not be required to show passports.

For Mexico, it is a step toward closing an escape route for American criminals who disappear in Mexico. Mexican border inspectors will tap into international criminal databases.
More than 120 Americans were expelled from Mexico this year from Baja California as they had arrest warrants in the U.S. Some of these were on the FBI’s most-wanted list.

Figueroa said Mexico can initially process only about 1,000 foreigners daily, up from about 50 currently—the lines and delays are going to be long. About 25,000 pedestrians (and 50,000 motorists) cross daily at San Ysidro to work, shop and play but it is unclear how many are foreigners in Mexico. U.S. Customs and Border Protection says about one-third entering San Diego are U.S. citizens, one-third are U.S. legal residents and the rest are from other countries, largely Mexico. An unknown number have dual citizenship or residency in the U.S. and Mexico.

Mexico is following Donald Trump’s advice and beating America to the punch when it comes to securing their borders.

Mexico is out trumping Trump.

Jeb Bush’s Support for Puerto Rico statehood, Drug Use and Dealing Hurts Him in Iowa

Jeb Bush - Before and After

Jeb Bush – Before and After

Jeb Bush’s committed support to Puerto Rico on the issue of statehood and drug involvement is driving his poll numbers down.

The poll asked whether respondents would support Jeb Bush for the Republican nomination due to his support for Puerto Rican statehood.

Respondents had a generally negative reaction to that position: 46% were less likely to support him, while 27% were more likely. A plurality – 28% – was somewhat less likely and 23% said it made no difference, the most common two responses, showing that Bush’s position is certainly not popular, and probably toxic.

Much more off-putting is Bush’s call to extend the bankruptcy laws that apply to Puerto Rico, which would allow for the restructuring of debt owed to the United States. 64% of respondents were less likely to support him and a plurality – 34% – was much less likely. This position by Bush will jeopardize Americans taxpayers’ 401ks, mutual funds and IRAs, as these are the forms in which most of Puerto Rico’s $72 billion in debt to the U.S. is held,

As reported below, Jeb is already polling worse than expected for Iowa. Since this is an issue he can expect his rivals to attack him on, it is bad news that it doesn’t play well to voters.

It is bad news in a larger sense too: Bush has staked much of his success in the Republican primary on his ability to favor Hispanic voters by advocating a path to citizenship for illegal immigrants.

And then there is Jeb’s drug history

Don’t just take our word for it.

Bill Maher has slammed Jeb Bush harder than them all for his degree of hypocrisy which showed a complete lack of ethics.

“When Jeb Bush was at prep school, he was apparently not just a pothead but a dealer,” Bill Maher said. “But he dismisses that by saying ‘Back then I was a cynical little turd at a cynical school.’ OK. But then when you became a governor of a state you insisted on mandatory sentences for drug crimes and a policy of jail only, no treatment for drug users. Except when it was your daughter. When you made an exception. Wow that sounds like something a cynical turd would do.”

It is well known that Governor Jeb Bush’s daughter is an addict, but at the same time his daughter was getting treatment for her drug abuse, Jeb Bush was opposing a proposition that would allow the masses that same treatment—the ordinary people.

According to a recent Jeb Bush profile in the Boston Globe a friend of Jeb’s said: “The first time I really got stoned was in Jeb’s room,” Tibbetts said. “He had a portable stereo with removable speakers. He put on Steppenwolf for me.” As the rock group’s signature song, “Magic Carpet Ride,’’ blared from the speakers, Tibbetts said he smoked hash with Bush.

Tibbets said he once bought hashish from Bush but stressed, in a follow-up e-mail, “Please bear in mind that I was seeking the hash. It wasn’t as if he was a dealer, though he did suggest I take up cigarettes so that I could hold my hits better, after that first joint.” Yeah, Jeb knew a lot about dope.

Then there is the case of murdered CIA drug smuggler Barry Seal in 1986 to keep a lid on Iran-Contra and government’s and Bush family participation. You can read all about that here.



Eric Holder’s Fast and Furious gun used by ISIS in Garland shooting on May 3rd

Eric Holders fast-and-furious assault rifle was obtained by ISIS and used in the violent shootout over a Prophet Muhammad art contest.

ISIS militant, Nadir Soofi, bought the 9-mm pistol at a Phoenix gun shop in 2010 that sold illegal firearms through ATF’s heavily criticized Operation Fast and Furious to track firearms back to Mexican drug cartels.

The Senate Homeland Security Committee wants to know if that same pistol was used five years later in an Islamic State-sanctioned shootout targeting Pamela Geller’s event, according to a memo obtained by the Los Angeles Times.

Both ISIS shooters, Soofi and his roommate, Elton Simpson, were armed with assault rifles and killed in the May 3 gunfight with Garland police.

Eruc Holder’s gift of guns to the Mexican drug cartels and ISIS ended a month after two guns of his guns were used in a 2010 gunfight with Mexican bandits that killed Brian Terry, an agent with the Border Patrol’s elite tactical team working along the Mexican border in Arizona.

The revelation that a Department of Justice operation let about 1,400 firearms go missing in the hands of drug cartels and gangs put a hiccup in Eric Holder stint as attorney general and raised questions if he had been paid off by the cartels including drug lords like Forbes billionaire El Chapo Guzman.

Though the sting resulted in 34 indictments, the scandal’s aftermath resulted in several resignations and a House of Representative vote to hold Holder in criminal contempt when he refused to release documents tied to the gun running scheme.

Clinton “Crooks” on the March

The Wall Street Journal on August 30th offered yet another unsavory saga of what appears to be the Clintons accepting bribes. After Hillary, as secretary of state, intervened to help make a deal where UBS had to turn over only a small fraction of the account information sought by the I.R.S., UBS increased up its donations to the Clinton Foundation and paid Bill Clinton $1.5 million to do some “work” for the company.

Huma Abadeen at Work

Huma Abadeen at Work

State Department investigators have found that Huma Abedin, Hillary Rodham Clinton’s closest aide, was overpaid by nearly $10,000 because rule violations concerning sick leave during her employment by the State Department. Sen. Charles E. Grassley (R-Iowa) sent letters to Secretary of State John F. Kerry and others seeking more information about an investigation into possible “criminal” conduct by Abedin concerning her pay.

The senator’s letter also inquired into whether Abedin had violated conflict-of-interest laws because she was allowed to work and collect pay simultaneously for the State Department, the Clinton Foundation and a private firm with close ties to the Clintons.

In addition the finding that Abedin, as vice chairwoman of her presidential campaign, had improperly collected taxpayer money could prove damaging to Clinton’s candidacy, as Republicans charge that government rules were routinely bent to benefit Clinton and her aides.

In letters sent Thursday to Abedin, Kerry and the Office of Inspector General, Senator Grassley wrote that there was “at least a reasonable suspicion of a violation” of the law concerning the “theft of public money through time and attendance fraud” as well as “conflicts of interest connected to her overlapping employment.”

Huma Abedin is the wife of former Congressman Anthony Weiner who was caught “sexting,” and had to resign from Congress.

Abedin, vice chairwoman for the 2016 Clinton presidential campaign, is being probed for allegedly accepting overpayments from the State Department while working for the then US secretary of state.

Abedin has come under scrutiny for pocketing a $33,000 payout from the State Department for unused leave and using her simultaneous employment inside and outside of government to “deliver favors” to Clinton cronies.

“Abedin leveraged her State Department job to benefit her two other employers at that time—the Clinton Foundation and a consulting firm called Teneo Strategies (Teneo Strategies was founded by Douglas Band, a long time aide to Bill Clinton),” claimed a letter to Secretary of State John Kerry, written by senator Chuck Grassley, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Grassley wrote to Abedin – “The committee has learned of allegations that, during your simultaneous employment by the Department of State, Teneo, and the Clinton Foundation, you were solicited for and delivered favors for preferred individuals”. The letter added, She was given a “special government employee” designation and soon took on roles at the Clinton Foundation and Teneo.

Grassley also called into question the $33,000 payment Abedin received from the State Department for leave she had never used.

“During approximately three and a half years as a full time government employee, Ms Abedin reportedly never requested, was approved for, or had her leave balance reduced for use of any sick leave, annual leave, or administrative leave,” he said in the letter.

A federal judge last week ordered her and another top Clinton aide at the State Department, Cheryl Mills, to attest, under penalty of perjury, that they had turned over all official email in their possession. The order followed a revelation that both Abedin and Ms. Mills used a private email account for official business, just like their boss, Hillary.

Is Saudi Arabia behind ISIS and 9/11?

The conclusion of a nuclear agreement between the P5+1 (E3/EU+3) international group and Iran yesterday has fed fears that Washington and Tehran were growing closer at the expense of America’s partners and allies in the region – in this case, Saudi Arabia.

In March 2014 President Barack Obama was in Riyadh for a summit with King Abdullah to “underscore the importance of the bilateral relationship” and to “talk about some of the key regional issues, specifically Iran, that affect both of our interests so profoundly,” according to an Administration spokesman. At the time President Obama made very clear that he believes that both American and Saudi strategic interests remain very much aligned.

In the wake of the March 2014 Obama-Abdullah summit Fahad Nazer, a Washington, DC area-based political analyst, writing in Yale Global Online commented on the “unusually blunt, public criticism that some Saudi officials and analysts have leveled against the Obama administration in Saudi and US media” which “suggests that the profound difference stems from varying perceptions of the threat that the region’s crises pose to the national security of each nation and while the Obama administration reassured its Saudi hosts that the differences between the two sides were “tactical,” a careful reading of the assertive, and risky, policies that Saudi Arabia has adopted in places as varied as Syria, Egypt Iraq and Iran – in sharp difference with Obama administration’s extremely cautious, if not ambiguous policies in the region – reveals that the difference is perhaps deeper, more philosophical, and unlikely to be bridged in a two-hour meeting or perhaps even over the next two years.”

Yesterday as Mr. Obama was wrapping up his remarks on the Iranian nuclear deal with Iran he sought to keep the Washington-Tehran prospects in perspective:
In May, President Obama hosted Gulf Cooperation Council leaders at a summit in Washington at the White House and at Camp David. The conclave produced a comprehensive communique addressing the regional challenges that faced the partners. It addressed in an unambiguous fashion the enduring relationships between Washington and its Gulf Arab allies:
The leaders pledged to further deepen U.S.-GCC relations on these and other issues in order to build an even stronger, enduring, and comprehensive strategic partnership aimed at enhancing regional stability and prosperity.

On July 15, 2015, Mr. Nazer drew the sharp distinction between Iran and Saudi Arabia reinforcing the rationale for Washington’s generations’ old ties with Riyadh in a VOA op-ed. He stated: “Some advocates of the nuclear deal are even suggesting that it could potentially transform Iran from an avowed enemy of the United States to its most important strategic partner in the Persian Gulf, supplanting the long-time U.S. ally, Saudi Arabia, in the process.”

Nazer went on to admit that Saudi citizens comprised the majority of the perpetrators who conducted the 9/11 attack against the United States. And then Nazer stated that Saudis continue to fill the ranks of terrorist organizations, including the so-called Islamic State, there is no evidence that the Saudi government supports militant groups that target American citizens and interests.
In Nazer’s admissions, we see what Saudi government officials have long maintained – that Saudi Arabia is not the originator of the Islamic State. However, the mysterious 28 pages of the “The 9/11 Commission Report” which are still classified, may reveal Saudi Arabia’s possible involvement in 9/11 and in the formation of the Islamic State.
Yet, it is known that the Islamic State was formed from Saudis sent into Syria to destabilize the Shiite Assad regime. In addition, there are striking similarities between the Saudi’s brand of Sunni Wahhabi Islam and the religious beliefs of the Islamic State.

Given these circumstances it is no wonder that, even though Saudi Arabia is part of the U.S. coalition against the Islamic State, no Saudi help in the battle against the Islamic State has been forthcoming.

Possible Saudi state terrorism could well be the reason for America’s opening up to Iran.

El Chapo Guzman Escapes from Jail!

We are the first to report this, as it comes directly from our sources in Mexico.

Forbes Billionaire Mexican drug lord Joaquin Guzman, known as El Chapo or “Shorty”, has escaped from a maximum security prison for a second time.

Mexico’s National Security Commission said Guzman was last seen in the showers of the Altiplano jail late on Saturday night. Now, he is nowhere to be found.

He was (and is again?) the leader of the Sinaloa Cartel, which smuggles huge amounts of illegal drugs into the U.S., controlling much of the flow of cocaine, marijuana and methamphetamine to the U.S. Fifty billion U.S. dollars flow into Mexico each year for narcotics.

Officials say that Guzman’s escape was discovered when officers checked his cell in the Altiplano prison, which is near Mexico City.

A search operation has been launched and flights have been suspended at a nearby Toluca airport.

Guzman was arrested in Guatemala in 1993, but escaped from a Mexican high-security prison in 2001. He hid in a laundry basket after bribing prison officials.

He had been serving a sentence of more than 20 years after being arrested in Guatemala in 1993.

The US has indicted him on federal drug trafficking charges. However, Mexico refuses to extradite him to the U.S. – because the powers that be in Mexico are corrupt and easy for billionaire El Chapo to have his way with them. Looks like Donald Trump is correct.

His recapture in 2014 was hailed as a victory for Mexico’s government. El Chapo’s arrest last year was a success story for Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto who has failed to stop the drug-related killings in Mexico. At the time of his arrest Pena Nieto had Guzman paraded before the media in Mexico City. Now, it is El Chapo who has the last laugh.

El Chapo is too rich and Mexico is too corrupt to keep him in prison. Like many U.S. executives, El Chapo is to big to jail!