Thursday, July 19, 2012

HILARY ADMITS JERUSALEM IS IN ISRAEL

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Here in Israel’: In Jerusalem, Clinton Breaches U.S. Policy

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Secretary of State Hillary Clinton meets with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem on Monday, July 16, 2012. (AP Photo/Brendan Smialowski, Pool)
(CNSNews.com) – Contradicting a longstanding U.S. policy that irks many conservatives, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Monday identified Jerusalem’s location at least three times as being in Israel.
The apparent slip-ups came during Clinton’s first visit to the Israeli capital in two years, on the final day of a nine-country, 12-day trip.
Meeting with U.S. diplomatic staff and families at the U.S. consulate-general in Jerusalem, she said she was glad to see Consul General Daniel Rubinstein and his wife Julie, adding, “I got to work with Dan when he was in the White House, and it’s wonderful to see him in action here in Israel.”
Clinton used the same phrase when she greeted Defense Minister Ehud Barak at Jerusalem’s David Citadel hotel several hours later.
Well, I am always pleased to have a chance to be here in Israel and to continue the conversations you and I have carried on over many years now, when we were both much younger,” she told Barak.
Later, opening a press conference at the same hotel shortly before flying home, Clinton declared herself “happy to be back in Israel.”
Those words – “here in Israel” and “back in Israel” – fly in the face of strict U.S. government policy not to state publicly that Jerusalem, Israel’s capital, is in fact located in Israel.
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Secretary of State Hillary Clinton talks with Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak in Jerusalem, Israel on Monday, July 16, 2012. (AP Photo/Brendan Smialowski, Pool)
Like its Republican and Democratic predecessors, the Obama State Department does not recognize Israeli sovereignty over the city, saying its future status remains to be determined in a negotiated peace settlement.
The U.S. policy applies even to western Jerusalem – parts of the city west of the 1949 armistice lines and so ostensibly not in dispute – as made clear by the administration’s stance in a legal case, brought on behalf of a young American born in Jerusalem, whose parents sought without success to have “Israel” given as place of birth on his passport.
Menachem Zivotofsky was born in a hospital in west Jerusalem, but State Department policy is that “U.S. citizens born in Jerusalem may not have ‘Israel’ listed in their passports as their place of birth.”
The Supreme Court last March sent Zivotofsky v. Secretary of State back to trial, saying in an 8-1 decision that it did not present a political question, as lower courts had asserted. The addition of the word “Israel” would only affect Zivotofsky’s official documentation, not U.S. Mideast policy.
The executive and legislative branches have long wrangled over the Jerusalem issue.
By large margins, both houses of Congress in 1995 passed a law recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and instructing that the U.S. Embassy in Israel, located in Tel Aviv, should be moved to Jerusalem no later than May 1999.
An inbuilt waiver authority allowed the president to postpone the relocation for “national security” reasons for consecutive six-monthly periods, and they have done so ever since, most recently on June 1.
Many of the waiver notifications – particularly under President Obama – have been issued on Friday afternoons, a popular time for the “dumping” of material that tends to get less media attention. (Six of the seven waiver notifications issued by Obama to date have been on Fridays; four of President Bush’s 16 waivers were issued on Fridays; two of President Clinton’s four waivers were sent to Congress on Fridays.)
Frustrated by the ongoing delays, pro-Israel lawmakers have tried to force the issue over the years. Most recently, bills introduced in the House last year by Rep. Dan Burton (R-Ind.) and in the Senate by Sen. Dean Heller (R-Nev.) removed the waiver authority from the 1995 law and called for the embassy to be moved to Jerusalem “as soon as possible, but not later than January 1, 2013.”
Both bills (H.R. 1006 and S. 1622) were referred to committee, with little prospect of movement.
‘Jerusalem, Israel’
Assuming they were not deliberate, Clinton’s comments on Monday demonstrated again the difficulty of maintaining a policy that defies decades of reality.
In 1948 Israel’s leaders declared the city – the capital of King David’s kingdom of Israel 3,000 years ago – to be the capital of the nascent state of Israel. The ensuing war launched by its Arab neighbors ended with the eastern parts of the city controlled by Jordanian forces.
Jordan’s occupation – recognized as legal only by Britain and Pakistan – lasted until the Six Day War in 1967, when Israel expelled the Jordanians from the eastern parts of the city and the West Bank. It later annexed those areas, in a move not recognized by the international community.
Palestinian leaders, who regularly dispute the city’s Jewish heritage, want at least eastern Jerusalem as the capital of a future independent state.
The State Department takes care not to identify Jerusalem as being in Israel, saying for example that a U.S. official is traveling to Egypt, Lebanon, Jordan and Jerusalem.
The website of the U.S. consulate-general states its mailing address to be, “P.O. Box 290, Jerusalem 91002,” with no country given.
References to “Jerusalem, Israel” have been found periodically on U.S. government websites – and when attention is drawn to them, usually scrubbed.
They can still be found, however, as in a White House biography of a trainee foreign service officer whose “first foreign service assignment will be in Jerusalem, Israel beginning August 2011,” a guidebook for grant applications that states “Jerusalem, Israel” in giving the U.S. consulate general’s address, or an official letter from the U.S. Trade Representative’s office to its counterpart’s office in “Jerusalem, Israel.”
As recently as last Thursday, the State Department’s daily public schedule included an entry saying “Deputy Secretary [William] Burns is on foreign travel in Jerusalem, Israel.”  The entry was later edited to remove the word “Israel.”
As the Zivotofsky case made its way through the lower courts, State Department lawyers argued that the occasional appearance of references to “Jerusalem, Israel” in official documents was irrelevant.
“[A]ny isolated, erroneous references to ‘Jerusalem, Israel’ that plaintiff might be able to find on Department of State Internet pages or that might appear in scattered individual passports or Consular Reports of Birth Abroad – references that plaintiff himself admits are ‘mistaken’ – do not constitute a change in policy and do not, therefore, damage the interests of the United States abroad,” State lawyers argued when the case was before the D.C. District Court in Dec. 2006.

 by wp:  It is amazing what level of stupidity the US State Department exhibits in its daily operations.  According to many reports the State Department operates under a system of rules that have little if any relativity to actual reality.  They operate by regulations nobody knows or understands and cause enormous amounts of political destruction to US interests.  Hilary Clinton is a prime example in her running from nation to nation making treaties and signing agreements that the American People are not told about or consulted as to our point of view .  She along with Obama ass-ume they know what we want or is for the best good.  Usually the good of those working to subvert the rights of the American people. The State Department is one major agency that needs to be shut down and eliminated as it is usually working treason.






TSA LETS 25 ILLEGAL ALIENS ATTEND FLIGHT SCHOOL OWNED BY ILLEGAL ALIEN

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TSA Let 25 Illegal Aliens Attend Flight School Owned by Illegal Alien

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(CNSNews.com) -- The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) approved flight training for 25 illegal aliens at a Boston-area flight school that was owned by yet another illegal alien, according to the Government Accountability Office.
The illegal-alien flight-school attendees included eight who had entered the country illegally and 17 who had overstayed their allowed period of admission into the United States, according to an audit by the GAO.
Six of the illegal aliens were actually able to get pilot’s licenses.
Discovery of the trouble at the flight school began when local police--not federal authorities--pulled over the owner of the school on a traffic violation and were able to determine that he was an illegal alien.
Rep. Mike Rogers (R.-Ala.), chairman of the House Homeland Security Subcommittee on Transportation Security, said he found the GAO's findings "amazing."
"We have cancer patients, Iraq War veterans and Nobel Prize winners all forced to undergo rigorous security checks before getting on an airplane," said Rogers, "and at the same time, ten years after 9/11, there are foreign nationals in the United States trained to fly just like Mohammed Atta and the other 9/11 hijackers did, and not all of them are necessarily getting a security background check."
Stephen Lord, who is the GAO's director of Homeland Security and Justice Issues, testified about the matter Wednesday in Rogers' subcommittee. Rogers asked him: "Isn't it true that, based on your report, the Transportation Security Administration cannot assure the American people that foreign terrorists are not in this country learning how to fly airplanes, yes or no?"
Lord responded: "At this time, no."
Although the illegal alien who owned the Massachusetts flight school had not undergone a required TSA security threat assessment and had not been approved for flight training by the agency, he nonetheless held two Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) pilot licenses, also known as FAA certificates.
In response to the September 11, 2001 attacks on the U.S. homeland perpetrated by terrorists who learned how to pilot aircraft at flight schools in Florida, Arizona, and Minnesota, the TSA, a component of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), developed the “Alien Flight Student Program (AFSP) to help determine whether foreign students enrolling at flight schools pose a security threat,” said the GAO's Stephen Lord in written testimony prepared for Wednesday's hearing in the House Homeland Security Subcommittee on Transportation Security.
According to the 911 Commission Report, four of the Sept. 11 hijackers who entered the United States with legal visas had overstayed their authorized period of admission.
Under the Alien Flight Student Program, foreign nationals are supposed to be subjected to a TSA security threat assessment prior to receiving flight training to determine whether they pose a security threat to the United States.
“According to TSA regulations, an individual poses a security threat when the individual is suspected of posing, or is known to pose, a threat to transportation or national security, a threat of air piracy or terrorism, a threat to airline or passenger security, or a threat to civil aviation security,” Lord said in his written testimony.
“According to TSA officials, when a foreign national applies to AFSP to obtain flight training, TSA uses information submitted by the foreign national--such as name, date of birth, and passport information--to conduct a criminal history records check, a review of the Terrorist Screening Database, and a review of the Department of Homeland Security’s TECS [anti-terrorism] system,” Lord testified.
However, a “weakness” in TSA’s Alien Flight Student Program, noted by GAO, is that it does not check for immigration status.
“AFSP is not designed to determine whether a foreign flight student entered the country legally; thus, a foreign national can be approved for training through AFSP after entering the country illegally,” stated the GAO in its report.  “In March 2010, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) investigated a Boston-area flight school after local police stopped the flight school owner for a traffic violation and discovered that he was in the country illegally. In response to this incident, ICE launched a broader investigation of the students enrolled at the flight school.”
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“ICE found that 25 of the foreign nationals at this flight school had applied to AFSP and had been approved by TSA to begin flight training after their security threat assessment had been completed; however,” reads the GAO report, “the ICE investigation and our subsequent inquiries revealed the following issues, among other things:
--“Eight of the 25 foreign nationals who received approval by TSA to begin flight training were in ‘entry without inspection’ status, meaning they had entered the country illegally. Three of these had obtained FAA airman certificates [pilot’s license]: 2 held FAA private pilot certificates and 1 held an FAA commercial pilot certificate.
--“Seventeen of the 25 foreign nationals who received approval by the TSA to begin flight training were in ‘overstay’ status, meaning they had overstayed their authorized period of admission into the United States.
--“In addition, the flight school owner held two FAA airman certificates. Specifically, he was a certified Airline Transport Pilot (cargo pilot) and a Certified Flight Instructor. However, he had never received a TSA security threat assessment or been approved by TSA to obtain flight training. He had registered with TSA as a flight training provider under AFSP.”
A GAO official told CNSNews.com that, based on their names, none of the 25 illegal aliens who attended the flight school appeared to be from Muslim countries. Instead, they had Latin American names.
The GAO found that, “From January 2006 through September 2011, 25,599 foreign nationals had applied for FAA airman certificates, indicating they had completed flight training.” That information is placed on the FAA airmen registry.
The GAO provided information from the FAA’s airmen registry to TSA “so that the agency could conduct a matching process to determine whether the foreign nationals in the FAA airmen registry were in TSA’s AFSP database and the extent to which they had been successfully vetted through the AFSP database.”
The GAO found that not everyone in the FAA registry had been vetted properly.
“TSA’s analysis indicated that some of the 25,599 foreign nationals in the FAA airmen registry were not in the TSA AFSP database, indicating that these individuals had not applied to the AFSP or been vetted by TSA before taking flight training and receiving an FAA airman certificate,” stated the GAO.
The GAO continued, “TSA’s analysis indicated that an additional number of the 25,599 foreign nationals in the FAA airmen registry were also in the TSA AFSP database but had not been successfully vetted, meaning that they had received an FAA airman certificate but had not been successfully vetted or received permission from TSA to begin flight training.”
The GAO did not provide the full number of individuals who were not properly vetted.
The GAO’s Stephen Lord, in his prepared remarks, told lawmakers that the TSA does not screen new and existing FAA pilot license holders against the Terrorist Screening Database until after the foreign national has completed flight training.
“Thus, foreign nationals obtaining flight training with the intent to do harm, such as three of the pilots and leaders of the September 11 terrorist attacks, could have already obtained the training needed to operate an aircraft before they received any type of vetting,” warned the GAO.
The TSA and ICE are working on a pilot program for vetting the names of foreign nationals against immigration databases.
However, the GAO noted that the two agencies “have not specified desired outcomes and time frames, or assigned individuals with responsibility for fully instituting the program.”
The GAO further stated, “We recommended that TSA and ICE develop a plan, with time frames, and assign individuals with responsibility and accountability for assessing the results of their pilot program to check TSA AFSP data against information DHS has on applicants’ admissibility status to help detect and identify violations, such as overstays and entries without inspection, by foreign flight students, and institute that pilot program if it is found to be effective.”
“DHS concurred with this recommendation and stated that TSA will prepare a plan by December 2012 to assess the results of the pilot program with ICE to determine the lawful status of the active AFSP population,” said the GAO.

WAS BARACK MARRIED BEFORE MICHELLE??

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THE COMING NEW WORLD

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     There is a new world coming for America and we have to make the choice that determines what our new world will be.   We have to make a series of choices with each choice having two options to pick from. Our choices will set the path we want to follow for good or for bad.

     America was formed by a combination of circumstances created long before you and I were born and these circumstances formed the foundation for this nation and its prosperity.  We had nothing to do with these acts and yet they have everything to do with us.  Decisions made by our Founding Fathers and the early citizens of this nation formed it into a nation and became the United States of America.  Created to provide a land where all men could have an opportunity to worship GOD as they chose and to grow and prosper to the degree their own efforts would allow.

    When our Founding Fathers brought this nation into being it was with the guidance and blessing of Almighty God.   These men sought God's direction with much prayer and soul searching as they worked to form this Republic in such a way that it would be a welcoming place for those seeking freedom and the right to pursue their dreams as they could.  It was a nation of workers, merchants, farmers, hunters and landowners. It was a nation where a man prospered by the work of his hands, his heart and mind.  It was America.

   Our first President was a man of deep prayer and faith in the God he worshiped and believed in.  As such He and the first Congress gathered together in solemn assembly to dedicate this nation to God and His purposes.  They also made a Covenant with God and became the second nation on earth to do so, the other being the nation of Israel.  We are the only nations with a God formed Covenant as our basic foundation of being.

   America was created to become the Light to the world.  A place of hope. A place of charity, help and freedom to become all that a person could be.  A sanctuary from the evils of many nations that did not believe in freedom.  We were brought into existence to show the world what could happen if nations would follow the tenets of God and open their hearts. We were to become a blessing to the hurt, the needy, the poor and to show them God's love and protection.

   What a calling!  We grew and developed into the most powerful, the richest, and the most blessed nation on earth as we followed the leading of Almighty God. This nation grew in wisdom, education knowledge.  Great minds developed many wonderous inventions that blessed and caused the world to grow and progress beyond most peoples dreams.

   Yes we slipped.  We stumbled and made mistakes.  We fell down and yet, we followed God's directions and repented of our failings and God provided His Protection over our land.  Many times men of low character and lower morals tried to control where this nation was heading but men of prayer and Godliness would lead us into the correct path as we would stray.  WE WERE BLESSED.

   We fought several wars against nations that refused to see God's hand and wanted the blessed land for their own.  Yet God's protection was ours.  Even when men of our own nation desired to change the way God was leading us to create a nation after their own ideals God Protected this nation.  Because  the men we elected to govern this nation were men of prayer and believed in the calling God gave the nation.

   Now we face another attack on the nation of America.  One we brought upon ourselves because we became lax in our responsibilities. We stopped making sure that our relationship with God was first and foremost in our hearts. We stopped honoring Him and following his commandments in our nation, our schools, our governing bodies and worst of all, in our churches.  We stopped doing what we had been called to do and let godless men get into positions of power in our government.  We allowed pastors into our congregations that had no sound basis in God or His Word.  We stopped caring about the widow, the orphans and the hurtand dying and turned them over to government programs that are never qualified to provide for them.

   We allowed God and the Ten Commandments to be removed from our Halls of Justice so that justice was not to be found.  We allowed them to be removed from our schools and then cry out as our youth run wild without restraint because they have no firm base of restrictions and guidelines of right and wrong.  We have riots within our cities and children killing children because we allow a government to tell us it is wrong to set limits on anyone.  We cry out WHY.  WHY has this happened,  yet we will not get on our knees before a merciful, loving God and repent of our sins.  We will not seek God's face and ask for His ever so ready forgiveness because in our self pride we cannot admit our weaknesses and failure.

   God has  warned us and continues to warn us.  As with Israel God demands that we repent and renew our Covenant with Him.  As with Israel God has removed His divine protection from around our nation and has allowed chastisements to fall on our nation as they did Israel.  9-11 Was the first major warning.  Obama is another as a part of the second major warning.  And so the warnings started coming one after another.  AND WE STILL DO NOT SEE.  God is calling to us and wanting us to turn back to Him and all we do is look to the next election . the next change  we can make to make things better. IT WILL NOT HAPPEN UNTIL WE RESPOND AS GOD REQUIRES.  The next major disaster we face will be the complete collapse of our monetary base.  Oue economy is heading for a complete collapse as we continue in our refusal to return to the foundations established by our founding fathers.  We have allowed men and women with ideologies in direct opposition to Gods plan.  They seek to dominate all others to their own benefit. WE REAP WHAT WE HAVE SOWN.  Selfishness, self interest, and greed have become our goals rather than charity, generosity and compassion.  We are no longer our brothers keeper.

   Our choices are very basic if we will see them as such. They are between serving God or ourselves and evil.  They are as basic as right or wrong,  good and evil.  justice or injustice, truth or lies.  THE DECISION IS OURS,  AS IT ALWAYS HAS BEEN.  GOD GAVE US THE CHOICE.  TO SERVE HIM FREELY AND BE BLESSED AND PROTECTED   OR TO SERVE SELF AND SATAN AND REAP HELL.

   THE CHOICE IS OURS AND EACH ONE OF US MUST MAKE THAT CHOICE FOR OURSELVES AND OUR NATION.  IT IS WE, THE PEOPLE OF GOD AND OF AMERICA WHO WILL DECIDE THE FATE OF OUR NATION AND ITS PEOPLE. WE CAN CHOOSE TO MAKE THE RIGHT CHOICES AND BECOME AGAIN THE MIGHTY NATION GOD CALLED US TO BE.  CALLED TO BE THE LIGHT TO THE WORLD OF GODS LOVE THROUGH JESUS CHRIST.
                            WHAT IS YOUR CHOICE??  THE TIME DRAWS CLOSE.

A DECK OF CARDS

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ANOTHER DOCTORED IMAGE DEEPENS OBAMA MYSTERY Filmmaker claims black man removed from 2012 campaign Facebook image

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A professional graphic artist who examined the 1973 photo believes the image of Obama’s mother, Ann Dunham, was airbrushed into the scene to cover up an African-American man who was standing next to Obama at the Honolulu airport.
Filmmaker Joel Gilbert, who commissioned the analysis, told WND there’s substantial evidence that the man in the original photograph was Frank Marshall Davis, the Communist Party member, pro-Soviet propagandist and pornographer who played a fatherly role in Obama’s teen years.
In his full-length documentary “Dreams from My Real Father,” Gilbert presents a compelling case that Davis was Obama’s biological father as well as his ideological mentor. He believes the Dunham family recruited the Kenyan student Barack Hussein Obama to act as the father, to cover up an illicit affair with a subversive political activist.
Gilbert posted a page on his website at the time this article was published with details of his find.
Gilbert says the black male hand under Obama’s armpit is strikingly similar to the right hand of Davis.
“We know from Obama’s own writing and interviews with Davis’ neighbors, that Obama was a regular visitor to Davis’ house from age 10,” Gilbert told WND. “This doctored photo on Obama’s own Facebook page seems to be part of a pattern of document forgery by President Obama to hide his biological and ideological relationship to communist Frank Marshall Davis.”
Obama would have been about 12 years old at the time the photo was taken. The image also shows Obama’s half-sister, Maya, and his grandfather, Stanley Dunham.
After Gilbert saw the photo on Obama’s Facebook page, he found a clearer version on the Web that he used in his video. The image used in his video has not been enhanced.
Gilbert commissioned Robert Nikolakakis, a professional graphic artist and illustrator from Montreal, Canada, to examine the photograph.
“There seem to be several suspicious anomalies in this family photo depicting President Obama as a child along with his half-sister, mother and grandfather,” Nikolakakis wrote in a report.
“All suspected alterations to the photo seem to point to the cutting, pasting and airbrushing of Barack Obama’s mother, Ann Dunham, into the photo to cover up someone of African-American origin,” he wrote.
Nikolakakis, with 21 years experience as an illustrator and graphic designer, has created websites, corporate identities, editorial illustrations, photo retouches and photo-manipulations for television shows, film studios, magazine publishers and photography studios. He as also served as a consultant for old-age special-effects makeup and has contributed to tutorials on photo manipulation.

A clearer version of the photo on Obama's Facebook page
His analysis of the Obama photo found at least half-a-dozen anomalies:
  • The black hand under Obama’s right armpit doesn’t match Ann Dunham’s right arm. The size and color is wrong for a white female, and the hand is positioned closer to the camera than Dunham’s arm. The hand appears to be a remnant from a black male before it was airbrushed.
  • The chair on the far left next to Ann Dunham is brown and smaller than the chairs on the right, which are white. The horizontal support bar for the brown chair does not align with the white chairs’ support bar.
  • Ann Dunham’s hair over both her right and left shoulders show signs of airbrushing.
  • The lighting on Ann Dunham’s face is from the far left and is not consistent with the other figures, who are lit from above. This suggests Ann Dunham’s image was placed into this scene from a different photo.
  • Above and below Obama’s right elbow is a ghosting effect in which a glow emanates from the arm, suggesting a different underlying image such as a light-colored shirt behind Obama. Uneven pixilation is a sign of cloning.
  • Ann Dunham looks to be about 25 years old, too young for this 1973 photo. Maya, who was born Aug 15, 1970, looks to be about 3 years old. Ann should look 30 years old.
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MICHELLES $83,000.00 DOLLAR SKI TRIP

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A February 2012 ski trip enjoyed by first lady Michelle Obama and her two daughters cost taxpayers at least $83,000, according to records obtained by Judicial Watch.
The total cost of the President’s Day weekend getaway was at least $83,182.99. The largest expense was $48,950.38 for Secret Service protection, which included accommodations at the Fasching Haus deluxe condominium and the Inn at Aspen.
The cost of transportation was also hefty. Using official Department of Defense hourly rates, Judicial Watch estimated that the flights cost $22,583.70. This didn’t include in-flight purchases costing $235.44. The cost of rental cars was $6,442.23.
Judicial Watch received the records after filing a May 31 lawsuit against the U.S. Air Force and Secret Service.
“No wonder we had to file a lawsuit in federal court and wait six months to get basic information on Michelle Obama’s luxury Aspen vacation,” said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton. “The costs of the Obama family ski weekend are staggering. These high-priced luxury vacations, and the lack of transparency about them, are beginning to seem like an abuse of office.”
Few details were released about the vacation, but FoxNews.com pointed out that it was the 16th vacation in three years for the Obama family.
While the cost of the trip was high, it hardly compares to some of the other trips the Obamas have taken, including a vacation to Spain that cost $467,585 and a trip to Africa costing $424,142.


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USDA WORKS WITH MEXICO TO GET FOOD STAMPS TO MEXICAN ILLEGALS

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NEW YORK - FEBRUARY 10: Kethia Dorelus a social worker with the Cooperative Feeding Program displays a Federal food stamps card that is used to purchase food on February 10, 2011 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)
The Mexican government has been working with the United States Department of Agriculture to increase participation in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), or food stamps.
USDA has an agreement with Mexico to promote American food assistance programs, including food stamps, among Mexican Americans, Mexican nationals and migrant communities in America.
“USDA and the government of Mexico have entered into a partnership to help educate eligible Mexican nationals living in the United States about available nutrition assistance,” the USDA explains in a brief paragraph on their “Reaching Low-Income Hispanics With Nutrition Assistance” web page. “Mexico will help disseminate this information through its embassy and network of approximately 50 consular offices.”
The partnership — which was signed by former USDA Secretary Ann M. Veneman and Mexican Secretary of Foreign Affairs Luis Ernesto Derbez Bautista in 2004 — sees to it that the Mexican Embassy and Mexican consulates in America provide USDA nutrition assistance program information to Mexican Americans, Mexican nationals working in America and migrant communities in America. The information is specifically focused on eligibility criteria and access.
The goal, for USDA, is to get rid of what they see as enrollment obstacles and increase access among potentially eligible populations by working with arms of the Mexican government in America. Benefits are not guaranteed or provided under the program — the purpose is outreach and education.
Some of the materials the USDA encourages the Mexican government to use to educate and promote the benefit programs are available free online for order and download. A partial list of materials include English and Spanish brochures titled “Five Easy Steps To Snap Benefits,” “How To Get Food Help — A Consumer’s Guide to FNCS Programs,” “Ending Hunger Improving Nutrition Combating Obesity,” and posters with slogans like “Food Stamps Make America Stronger.”
When asked for details and to elaborate on the program, USDA stressed it was established in 2004 and not meant for illegal immigrants.

“The partnership with the Mexican embassy was established in 2004,” a USDA spokesman wrote The Daily Caller in an email. “USDA does not perform outreach to immigrants that are undocumented, and therefore not eligible for SNAP.” (RELATED: USDA buckles, removes Spanish food stamp soap operas from website)
Alabama Republican Sen. Jeff Sessions, who has been pushing for reform of SNAP, sent a letter to Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack on Wednesday demanding more answers and documents pertaining to the partnership.
The agency has yet to supply documents and information requested by Sessions’ Senate Budget Committee staff, including the Memorandums of Understanding between USDA and the Mexican government regarding the food assistance partnership.
In an interview with TheDC, Sessions explained that the little-known partnership raises questions not just about where tax money is going, but about America’s immigration policy.
“It’s a very disturbing policy, gone on for some years, and it raises very serious questions about American immigration policy as well as fiscal policy,” Session said. “Let’s get back to the fundamentals. What happened with the ‘96 welfare reform was to say that if want to you come to America you come legally, you assert you’re not coming for welfare benefits but you’re coming to work or otherwise be independent. There is no logic behind an immigration policy that would encourage immigrants who can’t successfully operate within this society.”
According to Sessions, immigrants who come to America should be able to operate successfully without the aid of government.
“An immigration policy should seek to bring people to the United States who will be able to function independently without government subsidies,” he explained. “We’ve got millions of people that want to come here, millions of people who would be able to perform without a subsidy, so we need to be selecting those people.”
Sessions isn’t simply concerned that the USDA has eschewed transparency with their Mexican partnership or that legal immigrants are encouraged to get on the government’s handout rolls — he is also worried about the lack of protections against undocumented immigrants receiving benefits for which they are not qualified.
As the senator detailed in his letter to Vilsack, and the USDA’s 2011 Guidance on Non-Citizen Eligibility for SNAP explains, although undocumented immigrants are usually not eligible to enroll in SNAP, illegals may enroll their eligible children.
It is up to the states to determine if applicants or households are qualified aliens. In some circumstances, SNAP benefits can be conferred upon people who merely state, upon penalty of perjury, that they are in the country legally.
“Applicants need only attest that they are citizens of the United States, and the state must accept that attestation as conclusive,” Sessions explained in his letter. “Some states currently voluntarily participate in the Systematic Alien Verification for Entitlements (SAVE) program, which allows administrators to run a simple check to determine if non-citizen applicants are eligible for benefits. States that do not use SAVE to verify alien status may simply accept the applicant’s attestation of legal status as a substitute for verification, or, alternately, may accept submitted documents without checking their veracity.”
Sessions offered an amendment to the Senate version of the 2012 farm bill last month which would have required the government to use SAVE — a program similar to E-Verify — to ensure SNAP recipients are in the country legally. The amendment was not brought to the floor for a vote.

According to Sessions’ office, the Congressional Budget Office was unable to estimate how much money the SAVE amendment would have saved because the federal government does not know how many ineligible illegal immigrants have accessed SNAP.
Mexico is the only country with which USDA has a nutrition assistance outreach partnership agreement.


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OBAMA CARE EXPLAINED

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"Obama Care Explained"

Let me get this straight . . .
We're going to be "gifted" with a health care
plan we are forced to purchase and
fined
if we don't,

Which purportedly covers at least
ten million more people
,
without adding a single new doctor,
but provides for 16,000 new IRS agents,

written by a committee whose chairman
says he doesn't understand it,

passed by a Congress that didn't read it but
exempted
themselves from it,

and signed by a President who smokes,
with funding administered by a treasury chief who
didn't pay his taxes
,

for which we'll be taxed for four years before any
benefits take effect
,

by a government which has
already bankrupted Social Security and Medicare
,

all to be overseen by a surgeon general
who is obese,

and financed by a country that's broke!!!!!
'What the hell could possibly go wrong?'

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