US Military training for possibility of US Dollar collapse – Clip from Meltdown America documentary

Zerohedge: It almost happened in 2008… but as this excerpt from Casey Research’s Meltdown America documentary notes, it appears the US military is preparing for the potential collapse of the US dollar. As Scott Taylor warns, “…if the carrot (of credit worthiness) is fading, and the stick (of military threat) is weak, that empire is going to come down in a hurry…” which leaves a serial economic mis-manager only one option to ‘secure’ the empire.

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To see what the consequences of economic mismanagement can be, and how stealthily disaster can creep up on you, watch the 30-minute documentary, Meltdown America. Witness the harrowing tales of three ordinary people who lived through a crisis, and how their experiences warn of the turmoil that could soon reach the US. Click here to watch it now.

Is The US Military Preparing For The Collapse Of The Dollar?

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Holder’s Subprime Shakedown Destabilizes Banking System

Protesters rally outside a Bank of America shareholders meeting in Charlotte, N.C., on May 8, 2013. -- AP

Protesters rally outside a Bank of America shareholders meeting in Charlotte, N.C., on May 8, 2013. — AP View Enlarged Image

Investors.com: Extortion… During the Occupy Wall Street mania, the general feeling in Washington was that big banks could absorb more legal hits. First-quarter results show lawsuits are taking a worrisome toll.

Bank of America shocked Wall Street with a $276 million first-quarter loss attributed in part to a multibillion settlement with the government over subprime loans and a legal set-aside of another $2.4 billion to cover future expenses from additional Justice Department probes.

This legal reserve was more than double the amount the bank set aside for bad loans.

Analysts say the results were marred by the impact of a $10 billion deal with the Obama administration over subprime mortgages and bonds sold to Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. The settlement cost the bank about 40 cents a share after taxes. These are the same junk loans the federal government strong-armed the industry to underwrite and sell in the run-up to the financial crisis to carry out its disastrous national homeownership scheme.

BofA is in talks with Justice about settling another suit over mortgage-backed securities that could reach several billion dollars. The girth of its reserve suggests management thinks future legal bills will be bigger than previously expected. Shareholders should brace for more costly actions.

Meanwhile, JPMorgan Chase has set aside a whopping $23 billion in legal reserves of its own as insurance against Attorney General Eric Holder’s endless bank shakedown. The bank has already paid roughly $20 billion over the past 12 months to settle a raft of government claims.

Partly as a result, JPMorgan reported a 19% slump in first-quarter profits. Its $1.28-a-share, or $5.27 billion, net was well below the forecast $1.40.

While the administration thinks it’s punishing greedy Wall Street “fat cats,” it’s really hurting the economy and workers.

All told, the nation’s largest banks have paid legal charges and hoarded related cash worth more than $100 billion. That’s a tenth of a trillion less capital for entrepreneurs and businesses that could create wealth and provide jobs.

In fact, Holder’s jihad on banks is a jobs killer for the very working-class Americans the administration champions. It’s not fat cats losing their jobs, it’s mostly branch workers such as tellers and loan officers.

JPMorgan said that it is laying off 8,000 employees mostly in its mortgage and credit card divisions, while adding jobs in compliance to help it avoid more fines.

BofA is in its second round of cuts this year, after already shedding 40,000 jobs since 2011. Meanwhile, it is also ramping up its compliance officer hires to fend off future government assaults.

As the administration cracks down on big banks, its new financial rules — enforced by its powerful new consumer credit watchdog agency, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau — are driving smaller community banks out of business.

If the administration continues to weaken big banks by bleeding off their cash, it could dry up the share of banks healthy enough to absorb failing banks.

It’s playing a dangerous game that threatens to destabilize the banking system and economy.

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Sarah Palin TV Show Entertaining… Features Pirates, Taxidermy, Armor, Fire

Palin’s first show garnered the record viewership at 5 million viewers and her subsequent shows brought in over 3 million viewers per episode more than CNN & MSNBC combined!  Tune in this Thursday (tonight), 04.24.14 for Amazing America with Sarah Palin’s double header on the Sportsman Channel.

By Kevin Scholla  -  Breitbart.com – Originally Posted Apr 21 2014  -  Cross-Posted at Palin-Cruz 2016

They call it Amazing America with Sarah Palin–and while “Amazing” is certainly an appropriate adjective, it could’ve also been called Unique America, Surprising America, or Incredible America. The list goes on and on. The Sportsman Channel’s new show is capturing the multi-dimensional talents and accomplishments of the innovative people who live in our extraordinary land. 

The latest set of back-to-back episodes featured more folks full of the American spirit and lovers of the great outdoors. While former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin hosted from in studio, field host Benny Spies making his first appearance on the program, met up with pirate hunter Barry Clifford. The Massachusetts ocean explorer found millions and millions in pirate booty, in only 16 feet of water. Clifford tells Spies that he is in the same room with the only pirate treasure that’s ever been excavated, comparing it to seeing the only Tyrannosaurus Rex. 

Spies is engaging and funny just like his fellow field hosts that we’ve come to know in the first few weeks of Amazing America with Sarah Palin. While hearing Clifford’s stories about renting a lobster boat with John F. Kennedy Jr. in 1982 and other tales of the sea, Spies interjects with one liners and astonishment. 

While Clifford’s accomplishments are truly remarkable, he modestly breaks things down into a three step process. Discover maps, find ships, and excavate. That’s what he’s been doing for years. Different levels of discovery. A never ending monumental task. As Sarah Palin puts it: “It’s truly like an onion. Layers upon layers of knowledge.” 

Palin also gives a brief history lesson on the pirate coins that Clifford has collected. She jokes that it’s a good thing the U.S. switched to paper currency or she would have had to have gotten a bigger purse.  

After the pirate treasure is featured, Spies gets a chance to load a cannon that’s hasn’t been loaded for hundreds of years and has been under water. It doesn’t get more amazing than that.  

Later, Clifford takes Spies to see where Captain Sam’s ship went down in a windy storm. It was fascinating. “Our preserved history is our link to the past,” Palin summarized. 

The second part of the show took us to Michigan where field host Mark Christopher Lawrence paid a visit to Artistry of Wildlife. There, he was welcomed by Dennis Harris, a master taxidermist.  

“America has a rich history one that’s certainly worth preserving,” said Palin. “By studying the past we can uncover old mysteries as well as glean insight for the future.” Harris’ “dead zoo” is a unique example of preservation. His style is unmatched. He specializes in creating animals in action, sometimes attacking. Many of them are suspended in the air. That method of showcasing the animals gave the artist behind them the nickname “Air Harris”.  

A multiple time winner of the world taxidermy championship, Harris has taken this art to a new level. He’s had a lot of practice. Harris got into taxidermy at the age of 12 and he’s been taking on clients since he was 16 years old. He uses clay to enhance his animals, truly making him a sculptor. Harris is a real artist. An artist who happens to, well find carving a bear head to be commonplace. When Lawrence had to touch the bear carcass he wasn’t as enthused. His requests for gloves was turned down by Harris. In the end though, Lawrence put on his “big boy pants” (Palin’s words) and according to Harris did a bang-up job prepping the bruin face.

“Dennis believes that only God can make perfection but he’s trying to get as close as he can to give honor to God’s masterpiece,” Palin said. Harris’ work just like Clifford’s is amazing. Both men are giving new life to something that was gone.

In the second episode this past week, Palin makes a profound statement.   

“We couldn’t do without those who take risks to protect their fellow man,” she said. How true. Then we are treated to an amazing example of just that. Jerry Carroll is sent to College Station, Texas. For the day Carroll is a hands-on honorary member of Texas A&M Engineering Extension Service. TEEX houses the largest live fuel fire fighting training facility in the world. Carroll knows this to be true. He suited up in a heavy uniform and equipment and they threw him into the fire. Well, not exactly… but pretty close.

Carroll took a consumption test where breath control is the key. He later entered a ship that was burning at about 800 degrees. He held a huge house with his team members even though he had some trepidation before the drill started. Carroll told one team member “I’ll try real hard not to wet my pants.” 

Carroll came through. He completed an obstacle course and helped put out an engine fire. Through his experience he gained even more admiration for those who fight ocean fires and other blazes. “They literally charge forward into certain danger to save,” Palin said of firefighters. Talk about true American heroes.

Before Carroll’s red-hot segment, Spies returned to play Batman for the day. At least that’s what it seemed like. The gadgets and vehicles at the next stop would make the Caped Crusader salivate.  

Spies was met with open arms by the guys at TAC, Texas Armoring Corporation. The group basically adds armor to vehicles, installs bullet proof windshields, and protects people in the process. Their product quality is unquestioned right of the bat. Their president actually gets behind a windshield that is then shot at repeatedly with an AK-47. He walks away unscathed. The brave soul is Trent Kimball.  

Spies gets the grand tour from Kimball around the San Antonio facility. Kimball talks about some of TAC’s clients that range from those worried about being kidnapped to those looking to avoid  assassination to those in countries rich in terrorism.  

Spies then gets to have a little fun. He gets behind the wheel of one of the huge armored vehicles and goes for a drive. But, he isn’t alone on the road. Behind Spies is a “criminal” (one of TEC’s professional drivers) chasing him. It’s now up to Spies to get away. Lucky for him his truck can shoot tacks out on the road in an attempt to disable the vehicle of his pursuer. For the grand finale, he enables a smoke screen that fills the air and allows Spies to get away from the bad guy. Told you this was straight out of Gotham. 

TAC adds up to 15-hundred pounds in armor to a vehicle. Their innovation, while fun to witness first hand, is serious business. They protect people each and every day.   

These unique people are all about energy and innovation. “Thank God we have the freedom in America – like nowhere else on earth – to pursue our dreams’, Palin said. Amen. 

After another solid presentation, it is clear Sportsman Channel is home to an exciting show like no other. The United States is home to so many incredible people. Every episode, Palin brings them right into our living rooms. The anticipation for this week’s double header of Amazing America with Sarah Palin is already building.

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The Bundy Paradigm: Will You Be a Rebel, Revolutionary or a Slave?

“Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable.”—John F. Kennedy

By John Whitehead – CFP:

Those tempted to write off the standoff at the Bundy Ranch as little more than a show of force by militia-minded citizens would do well to reconsider their easy dismissal of this brewing rebellion. This goes far beyond concerns about grazing rights or the tension between the state and the federal government.

Few conflicts are ever black and white, and the Bundy situation, with its abundance of gray areas, is no exception. Yet the question is not whether Cliven Bundy and his supporters are domestic terrorists, as Harry Reid claims, or patriots, or something in between. Nor is it a question of whether the Nevada rancher is illegally grazing his cattle on federal land or whether that land should rightfully belong to the government. Nor is it even a question of who’s winning the showdown— the government with its arsenal of SWAT teams, firepower and assault vehicles, or Bundy’s militia supporters with their assortment of weapons—because if such altercations end in bloodshed, everyone loses.

What we’re really faced with, and what we’ll see more of before long, is a growing dissatisfaction with the government and its heavy-handed tactics by people who are tired of being used and abused and are ready to say “enough is enough.” And it won’t matter what the issue is—whether it’s a rancher standing his ground over grazing rights, a minister jailed for holding a Bible study in his own home, or a community outraged over police shootings of unarmed citizens—these are the building blocks of a political powder keg. Now all that remains is a spark, and it need not be a very big one, to set the whole powder keg aflame.

As I show in my book A Government of Wolves: The Emerging American Police State, there’s a subtext to this incident that must not be ignored, and it is simply this: America is a pressure cooker with no steam valve, and things are about to blow. This is what happens when a parasitical government muzzles the citizenry, fences them in, herds them, brands them, whips them into submission, forces them to ante up the sweat of their brows while giving them little in return, and then provides them with little to no outlet for voicing their discontent.

The government has been anticipating and preparing for such an uprising for years. For example, in 2008, a U.S. Army War College report warned that the military must be prepared for a “violent, strategic dislocation inside the United States,” which could be provoked by “unforeseen economic collapse,” “purposeful domestic resistance,” “pervasive public health emergencies” or “loss of functioning political and legal order”—all related to dissent and protests over America’s economic and political disarray. Consequently, predicted the report, the “widespread civil violence would force the defense establishment to reorient priorities in extremis to defend basic domestic order and human security.”

One year later, in 2009, the Department of Homeland Security under President Obama issued its infamous reports on Rightwing and Leftwing “Extremism.” According to these reports, an extremist is defined as anyone who subscribes to a particular political viewpoint. Rightwing extremists, for example, are broadly defined in the report as individuals and groups “that are mainly antigovernment, rejecting federal authority in favor of state or local authority, or rejecting government authority entirely.”

Despite “no specific information that domestic rightwing terrorists are currently planning acts of violence,” the DHS listed a number of scenarios that could arise as a result of so-called rightwing extremists playing on the public’s fears and discontent over various issues, including the economic downturn, real estate foreclosures and unemployment.

Equally disconcerting, the reports use the words “terrorist” and “extremist” interchangeably. In other words, voicing what the government would consider to be extremist viewpoints is tantamount to being a terrorist. Under such a definition, I could very well be considered a terrorist. So too could John Lennon, Martin Luther King Jr., Roger Baldwin (founder of the ACLU), Patrick Henry, Thomas Jefferson and Samuel Adams—all of these men protested and passionately spoke out against government practices with which they disagreed and would be prime targets under this document.

The document also took pains to describe the political views of those who would qualify as being a rightwing extremist. For example, you are labeled a rightwing extremist if you voice concerns about a myriad of issues including: policy changes under President Obama; the economic downturn and home foreclosures; the loss of U.S. jobs in manufacturing and construction sectors; and social issues such as abortion, interracial crimes and immigration. DHS also issued a red-flag warning against anyone who promotes “conspiracy theories involving declarations of martial law, impending civil strife or racial conflict, suspension of the U.S. Constitution, and the creation of citizen detention camps.”

Fast forward five years, with all that has transpired, from the Occupy Protests and the targeting of military veterans to domestic surveillance, especially of activist-oriented groups and now, most recently, the Bundy Ranch showdown, and it would seem clear that the government has not veered one iota from its original playbook. Indeed, the government’s full-blown campaign of surveillance of Americans’ internet activity, phone calls, etc., makes complete sense in hindsight.

All that we have been subjected to in recent years—living under the shadow of NSA spying; motorists strip searched and anally probed on the side of the road; innocent Americans spied upon while going about their daily business in schools and stores; homeowners having their doors kicked in by militarized SWAT teams serving routine warrants—illustrates how the government deals with people it views as potential “extremists”: with heavy-handed tactics designed to intimidate the populace into submission and discourage anyone from stepping out of line or challenging the status quo.

It’s not just the Cliven Bundys of the world who are being dealt with in this manner. Don Miller, a 91-year-old antiques collector, recently had his Indiana home raided by the FBI, ostensibly because it might be in the nation’s best interest if the rare and valuable antiques and artifacts Miller had collected over the course of 80 years were cared for by the government. Such tactics carried out by anyone other than the government would be considered grand larceny, and yet the government gets a free pass.

In the same way, the government insists it can carry out all manner of surveillance on us—listen in on our phone calls, read our emails and text messages, track our movements, photograph our license plates, even enter our biometric information into DNA databases—but those who dare to return the favor, even a little, by filming potential police misconduct, get roughed up by the police, arrested, charged with violating various and sundry crimes.

When law enforcement officials—not just the police, but every agent of the government entrusted with enforcing laws, from the president on down—are allowed to discard the law when convenient, and the only ones having to obey the law are the citizenry and not the enforcers, then the law becomes only a tool to punish us, rather than binding and controlling the government, as it was intended.

This phenomenon is what philosopher Abraham Kaplan referred to as the law of the instrument, which essentially says that to a hammer, everything looks like a nail. In the scenario that has been playing out in recent years, we the citizenry have become the nails to be hammered by the government’s henchmen, a.k.a. its guns for hire, a.k.a. its standing army, a.k.a. the nation’s law enforcement agencies.

Indeed, there can no longer be any doubt that militarized police officers, the end product of the government—federal, local and state—and law enforcement agencies having merged, have become a “standing” or permanent army, composed of full-time professional soldiers who do not disband. Yet these permanent armies are exactly what those who drafted the U.S. Constitution feared as tools used by despotic governments to wage war against its citizens.

That is exactly what we are witnessing today: a war against the American citizenry. Is it any wonder then that Americans are starting to resist?

More and more, Americans are tired, frustrated, anxious, and worried about the state of their country. They are afraid of an increasingly violent and oppressive federal government, and they are worried about the economic insecurity which still grips the nation. And they’re growing increasingly sick of being treated like suspects and criminals. As former law professor John Baker, who has studied the growing problem of overcriminalization, noted, “There is no one in the United States over the age of 18 who cannot be indicted for some federal crime. That is not an exaggeration.”

To make matters worse, a recent scientific study by Princeton researchers confirms that the United States of America is not the democracy that is purports to be, but rather an oligarchy, in which “economic elites and organized groups representing business interests have substantial independent impacts on U.S. government policy.” As PolicyMic explains, “An oligarchy is a system where power is effectively wielded by a small number of individuals defined by their status called oligarchs. Members of the oligarchy are the rich, the well connected and the politically powerful, as well as particularly well placed individuals in institutions like banking and finance or the military… In other words, their statistics say your opinion literally does not matter.”

So if average Americans, having largely lost all of the conventional markers of influencing government, whether through elections, petition, or protest, have no way to impact their government, no way to be heard, no assurance that their concerns are truly being represented and their government is one “by the people, of the people, and for the people,” as opposed to being engineered expressly for the benefit of the wealthy elite, then where does that leave them?

To some, the choice is clear. As psychologist Erich Fromm recognized in his insightful book, On Disobedience: “If a man can only obey and not disobey, he is a slave; if he can only disobey and not obey, he is a rebel (not a revolutionary). He acts out of anger, disappointment, resentment, yet not in the name of a conviction or a principle.”

Unfortunately, the intrepid, revolutionary American spirit that stood up to the British, blazed paths to the western territories, and prevailed despite a civil war, multiple world wars, and various economic depressions has taken quite a beating in recent years. Nevertheless, the time is coming when each American will have to decide: will you be a slave, rebel or revolutionary?

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The BLM… Federal Bureau of Land Management admitted today, 4.21.14, that they killed at least 6 of the Bundy’s cattle.

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Lets Talk Guns and Why Democrats shouldn’t be allowed to have them…

No Wonder Democrats have an issue with guns and the second amendment… but as we all know:  “Guns Don’t Kill, People Kill!”  So you draw your own conclusion…

By: Nelson Abdullah  -  Conscience of a Conservative  -  Cross Posted at the NoisyRoom

    The list speaks for itself.

    • In 1865 a Democrat named John Wilkes Booth shot and killed Abraham Lincoln, President of the United States.

    • In 1881 a left wing radical Democrat shot James Garfield, President of the United States who later died from the wound.

    • In 1963 a radical left wing socialist named Lee Harvey Oswald shot and killed John F. Kennedy, President of the United States.

    • In 1975 a left wing radical Democrat named Sara Jane Moore fired shots at Gerald Ford, President of the United States.

    • In 1983 a registered Democrat named John Hinckley shot and wounded Ronald Reagan, President of the United States.

    • In 1984 James Hubert, a disgruntled Democrat, shot and killed 22 people in a McDonalds restaurant.

    • In 1986 Patrick Sherrill, a disgruntled Democrat, shot and killed 15 people in an Oklahoma post office.

    • In 1990 James Pough, a disgruntled Democrat, shot and killed 10 people at a GMAC office.

    • In 1991 George Hennard, a disgruntled Democrat, shot and killed 23 people in a Luby’s cafeteria in Killeen, TX.

    • In 1995 James Daniel Simpson, a disgruntled Democrat, shot and killed 5 coworkers in a Texas laboratory.

    • In 1999 Larry Asbrook, a disgruntled Democrat, shot and killed 8 people at a church service.

    • In 2001 a left wing radical Democrat fired shots at the White House in a failed attempt to kill George W. Bush, President of the US.

    • In 2003 Douglas Williams, a disgruntled Democrat, shot and killed 7 people at a Lockheed Martin plant.

    • In 2007 a registered Democrat named Seung – Hui Cho, shot and killed 32 people in Virginia Tech.

    • In 2010 a mentally ill registered Democrat named Jared Lee Loughner, shot Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and killed 6 others.

    • In 2011 a registered Democrat named James Holmes, went into a movie theater and shot and killed 12 people.

    • In 2012 Andrew Engeldinger, a disgruntled Democrat, shot and killed 7 people in Minneapolis.

    • In 2013 a registered Democrat named Adam Lanza, shot and killed 26 people in a school in Newtown, CT.

    • As recently as Sept 2013, an angry Democrat named Aaron Alexis shot 12 workers at the Washington Navy Ship Yard.

      Clearly, there is a problem with Democrats and guns. Even those Democrats who haven’t shot anyone have a problem with them as in the recent case of California Democrat and state senator Leland Yee, a staunch supporter of gun-control legislation, who was arrested by the FBI and charged with conspiracy to purchase millions of dollars of illegal firearms from the Philippines to be resold in the U.S. in exchange for contributions to his election campaign.

      And lets not forget about our Democrat Attorney General Eric Holder, the top law enforcement officer in the United States, and his infamous Fast and Furious gun running scheme that was contrived to further the push for gun control laws. He didn’t shoot anyone but one of the guns he arranged to get smuggled into Mexico was used to murder U.S. Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry.

      Almost forgot to mention the story about Democrat Congressman Charlie Wilson from the 1980s. Remember Charlie Wilson? He sure was a popular Democrat back in the Reagan years. They even made a movie about him starring Tom Hanks, called Charlie Wilson’s War. Know what Charlie did? He teamed up with a contact in the CIA and sent a couple of billion dollars worth of military hardware over to Afghanistan to help the rebels fight the Russians. Operation Cyclone was one of the longest and most expensive covert CIA operations ever undertaken; funding began with $20–30 million per year in 1980 and rose to $630 million per year in 1987. Funding continued after 1989 as the Mujahideen battled the forces of Mohammad Najibullah’s PDPA during the Civil war in Afghanistan (1989–1992). Want to know what the rebels did with the weapons? They saved a lot of them and used them against American troops that were in Afghanistan fighting the Taliban Muslim extremists. As of April 4, 2014, there have been 2,178 U.S. military deaths in the war in Afghanistan.

      It should also be noted that during the Jimmy Carter years in the White House, Democrats were more concerned with social engineering and managed to convince lawmakers that people confined to mental institutions were unjustly deprived of their human dignity. The practice called deinstitutionalization, is the process of replacing long-stay psychiatric hospitals with less isolated community mental health services for those diagnosed with a mental disorder or developmental disability. Because of the attitude change many mental hospitals were closed and the patients were released back into society. And because of recent HIPPA rules about patient confidentiality, mentally ill people have been able to buy guns because they don’t show up on background checks.

      Not one NRA member, Tea Party member, or Republican conservative was involved in any of these shootings and murders.

      SOLUTION: It should be illegal for Democrats to own guns.

      My name is Nelson Abdullah and I am Oldironsides.

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      Obamacare Slashes Senior Home Health Care Services

      In early April, the Obama Administration delayed cuts in the Medicare Advantage program mandated by Obamacare. These plans, used by 30% of Medicare beneficiaries, supplement traditional Medicare coverage. The planned cuts to the MA program risked a political firestorm just months before the midterm elections. While MA received a short-term pardon, the Obama Administration is going forward with dramatic cuts to home health care services for seniors.

      by Mike Flynn 23 Apr 2014, 7:59 PM PDT  -  Breitbart.com  -  Cross-Posted and THITW: Over 3.5 million seniors receive health care services in their home. Over 60% of the recipients are women. These beneficiaries tend to be older, poorer and sicker than the overall Medicare population. Because of this, they often lack transportation, making home health care services critical for their well-being. Those impacted by the ongoing cuts are the most vulnerable and at-risk seniors. 

      Obamacare gave the Obama administration wide latitude in containing spending in the program. In a decision that baffled critics, however, the administration chose to impose the maximum cuts allowed, cutting reimbursements by 14% over the next four years. The announced cuts will dramatically shrink the home health care sector and leave over a million seniors without access to health services. 

      “Despite the broad discretion granted to it by Obamacare, the Administration decided to impose the deepest possible cut, which is already having a dire impact on jobs, women and vulnerable seniors,” Eric Berger, CEO of the Partnership for Quality Home Healthcare said. “Without relief, these Medicare cuts will continue to impact the home health professionals upon whom millions of the Medicare program’s most vulnerable seniors depend.” 

      In issuing its reimbursement guidelines, the administration acknowledged that “approximately 40%” of the more than 11,000 home health care agencies would be losing money by 2017. 

      Home health care services had been one of the fastest growing sector for jobs. In December, 2013, however, on the eve of the cuts taking effect, the sector shed almost 4,000 jobs, the largest loss of jobs in the sector in more than a decade. Over 1.2 million Americans currently work in the home health care sector, 90% of whom are women. An analysis by Avarle Consulting estimated that almost half of these jobs, 498,000, are threatened by the Obamacare cuts.

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      War Games As Putin Covets Eastern Ukraine And Beyond

      A Focused Putin Move Forward With Reunification… As Obama and the World Look On

      By: Terresa Monroe-Hamilton  -  The NoisyRoom

      Today, US Army paratroopers arrive in Poland. They are the first wave of a contingent of American soldiers dispersed to four nations across Europe to support America’s Eastern European allies from the Russian menace. Only 600 soldiers will initially land, which seems to be merely a token move on Obama’s part.

      Approximately 150 soldiers will arrive in Poland. The others will be spread out among Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. All are countries that Russia would love to welcome back into the USSR fold. The US will have to do a lot better than 600 troops as a show of deterrence and I believe Obama knows that. He is playing both sides of the game here and is far from serious about stopping Russia. Anyone foolish enough to believe the faux agreement struck between the US and Russia last week means anything at all, needs to have their head examined. NATO and the US seem to be playing a very dangerous game, but Russia is holding a winning hand and is not put off one bit by this weak show of bravado. I hear that the US may send as many as 10,000 troops to Poland, but I wouldn’t hold my breath if I were you. Obama has also authorized the deployment of NATO anti-missile defenses, including the USS Cole, an Aegis-equipped missile warship, near Crimea. Once again, I do not see this as a solid show of strength. It is window dressing. Russia has 40,000 troops on the Ukraine border, so repelling any Russian advance is laughable at this point with what little we have put into play.

      Russia, in the mean time, is becoming a bigger and bigger threat. Just a few days ago, two nuclear armed bombers circled the US territory of Guam before being intercepted by our jets. As Bill Gertz says, this was a dry run for a nuclear attack on the United States. It’s the third one by the way:

      Video: Russia Warns US With Nuclear Armed Jets

      Russia has also buzzed our Naval ships as well. In an act seen as “provocative,” a Russian Sukhoi-24 fighter jet repeatedly buzzed the USS Donald Cook as low as 500 feet over a 90-minute period on April 12th, as the US warship trolled the Black Sea in international waters near Crimea. Russia is not afraid of us – they are making fun of us and toying with us before the kill.

      We are in a classic military trap between Russia and China. One moment, Obama says we must build up our might in Asia… then Russia invades Crimea and Obama says we have to pivot back to Europe. Our troops and military assets are being spread so thin, they can’t win in either theater and Obama knows it. Our strategy appears fickle and indecisive. It screams weakness to our enemies.

      While we dither from one side of the planet to the other, China is beefing up their military even more, which I contend is now the largest in the world.


      Photographer: STR/AFP via Getty Images — A soldier jumps over a ring of fire during a tactical training mission in Heihe, northeast China’s Heilongjiang province, on March 5, 2014.

      President Obama will go on an Asian tour this week, but he won’t even bother with China. Of course, his wife and family just vacationed there, so all must be good. Commies of a feather. China is also daydreaming of taking down the US. Supposedly, Obama is going to try and assure four Asian nations that we will protect them from the threat of a militarized China, while dining on $300 Sushi in Tokyo. How laughable. In reality, Obama is covertly supporting the Chinese and Russians. I’m convinced of it.

      Pivoting back to Russia and speaking of laughable… Biden warned Russia to pull back its troops and abide by last week’s international agreement or face the certainty of swift new sanctions. Once again, its an agreement that means nothing and the Russians are still snickering over it, I am sure. Biden is soft in the head and the spine and is nothing more than a bad joke with hair plugs to our enemies. Biden says time is short — well, at least he got that part right, but not for the Russians. And on the US’ comedy tour of Europe, here comes John Kerry — what a buffoon. He is claiming this conflict is much harder than the Cold War. You know, the Cold War that never ended, but shifted. The Cold War where our guys fought and died to free the world of Communism, just so some day (now), Progressives in our own government could hand the world back to the Communists. And you thought time travel was confusing.

      While Obama has been disarming the US, Russia and China have been strengthening their military ranks with more soldiers and more weapons. Russia now has the world’s third largest defense budget at 70 billion. I know this will surprise you, but as Obama was coming into power in 2008 and starting his systematic neutering of our military might, Russia started modernizing every weapon and every soldier they had. So did China. All of this started with Obama. Think about that.

      We are giving lip service and a token military presence to the Ukraine that will in no way stop the Russian bear. The US has now pledged 25 million in funds to help the Ukraine defend themselves. We have given them packaged food, blankets, sleeping bags, helmets and generators — but not weapons. That should make them a little more comfortable before the Russians charge in and take them to the gulags.

      Meanwhile, Russia is growing tired of playing with its food:

      DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine’s highly publicized goal to recapture police stations and government buildings seized by pro-Russia forces in the east produced little action on the ground Wednesday but ignited foreboding words from Moscow.

      Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov warned that Russia would mount a firm response if its citizens or interests come under attack in Ukraine. Although he did not specifically say Russia would launch a military attack, his comments bolstered wide concern that Russia could use any violence in eastern Ukraine as a pretext for sending in troops.

      Separately, the Russian foreign ministry issued a statement demanding that Ukraine pull its armed forces out of the crisis-ridden region. Russia, meanwhile, has tens of thousands of troops stationed in areas near the Ukrainian border.

      As Putin seems to be walking in the footsteps of Hitler and the Jews once again are beginning to fear death camps, one can’t help but see the comparison between the two. Putin is persecuting homosexuals and there are tales of executions. He has always been an uber nationalist, feeling that Russians are superior to others. Although Putin is reminiscent of Hitler pre-1939, it wouldn’t take much to jump that line as history repeats itself over and over. Only this time, the US is no longer in a position to come to the rescue and neither are the Western allies.

      The West should be worried:

      The head of a think tank associated with Vladimir Putin wrote the following in response to critics who liken the Russian president to Adolf Hitler and what he did so long ago: “One must distinguish between Hitler before 1939 and Hitler after 1939. The thing is that Hitler collected [German] lands. If he had become famous only for uniting without a drop of blood Germany with Austria, Sudetenland and Memel, in fact completing what Bismarck failed to do, and if he had stopped there, then he would have remained a politician of the highest class.”

      Migranyan’s comment, published in a Russian newspaper, has received quite a bit of attention, both because of his position and for its chilling content. There is no doubt that Hitler crossed a line in September 1939 when he invaded Poland, finally forcing Britain and France to go to war. (Maybe Migranyan remembers that the Soviet Union also invaded Poland.) Up to then, Hitler had mostly satisfied himself with collecting the lands of German-speaking peoples — Austria, the Sudetenland of Czechoslovakia, etc. — although Poland also had a substantial German minority.

      If something like this is what Putin has in mind — gathering Russian-speaking people under his rule — then Migranyan seems to be saying: What’s the big deal? What he does not mention, though, is that by 1939 Hitler was already engaged in killing Jews, dissidents, communists, homosexuals and, that year, the mentally and physically feeble. Kristallnacht, a government-sanctioned pogrom, occurred in 1938; the Nuremberg laws, depriving Jews of their civil rights, were promulgated in 1935; and Germany was rapidly re-arming, in violation of its treaty obligations. It was, way before 1939, an outlaw state vigorously engaged in murder.

      Putin is a murderous thug. He pretends to be a Christian when it suits him. He relies on useful idiots in the West to muddy the waters for him and give him cover to push forward a global agenda of conquest and power. He is simply evil.

      So, tell me again why we are playing at war with Russia? They are even holding one of our journalists hostage and not a peep from Obama. Russia is now war gaming the Ukraine, while the UK just chased off two Russian jets. This is not a game to millions of people and as Putin covets Eastern Ukraine and beyond, a weakened West lays a buffet for Communists to feed on. The question is, who’s next on the menu?

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