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Monday, August 21, 2017

THE INSTITUTE FOR THE SHEKELS OF WAR

I can't say that I am surprised at the president's collapse of resolve tonight.  His campaign pronouncements about cutting out of useless wars had little hope against the combined weight of the GOP neocon war cabal was just too much for him.

FOX News waivers when it comes to the President's pronouncements, but not tonight.  The President walks away from his own voters and analysis and who does FOX have making this failure of nerve look like wisdom?  Retired General Jack Keane.  Keane is now Chairman of the Board of the Institute for the Study of War.  The Founder of that Institute used to appear for her organization but Keane is always trotted out now.  Why?

Because the Institute is such an obvious nest of warmongering Israel lobby manipulators that they had to find a plausible non-Jewish face or give the game away.


This is Jack Keane. 
This is his President, Founder and paymaster at The Institute for the Study of War...


Kimberly Kagan hopped rides into all George W's war zones and hung out at HQ's grooming herself as an expert on all matters of war, strategy and Middle East war matters.  She has a degree in Military History and she taught all about it at West Point.  The commanders she was cultivating have such degrees themselves but she is married to this guy....
Who is Fred Kagan, premiere Neocon war provocateur and son of this guy at the American Enterprise Institute....a wholy owned tool of the Israel Lobby....

Who is also the Father of this guy......
Robert Kagan. Also a Neocon keyboard warrior and founder, along with Bill Kristol of the war mongering Project for the New American Century.  After riding the Bush years to good effect he switched to the Democrats.  He now discribes himself as a "Liberal Internationalist."  He married.... 

Victoria Nuland. She is the delightful lady diplomate and Hilary pal who fomented a revolution in Ukraine and was recorded saying ''Fuck the EU." She embodies the Neocon Democrate wing.

The takaway here is that Fox invites a front man for a clan of warmongering crypto-Israelis and no one has the gumption to notice.  At least someone could alert the President's speechwriter not to use the war shekel's briefing papers exact language.  Trump spoke using the exact memes and phases as Keane!  These people make money and gain influence whenever some idiot president sends young Americans to die in far off Muslim places.    

Friday, August 18, 2017

DREHER TO LEAVE TAC?

There is a constituency for denunciations of  Rod Dreher among my readers and I do appreciate it.  Still, how many times can one point out the obvious! Dreher announced that he was fractionally African American a few months ago.  He ruined his underpants over the Charlottesville fiasco.  He now denounces Pat Buchanan as a white supremacist  for writing a rational and tradition minded column about who we are as a nation. Is anyone shocked, perhaps only those who never read his tripe before.

To Dreher Pat Buchanan committed the ultimate evil by reacquainting readers with the knowledge that the founders of our country, the European explorers and conquerors of the New World and indeed pretty much every one of the propagators of Western Civilization were convinced of the superiority of their own Blood.  

As always it's hard to separate Rod the cunning knave from Rod the historical ignoramus. I think the knave wins here. He knows that he loses nothing in siding with the likes of Mona Charen, Neocon wisewoman.  He quotes her in his column as a way of separating himself from all the nastiness of actual conservatism.  

Dreher writes, "With that, Buchanan repudiates not only the founding principle of our constitutional order, but also a core teaching of our Christian faith, which holds that all men are created in the image of God.  It is fine to disbelieve in egalitarianism as a basis for policy.  Most conservatives do, and most conservatives rightly reject the idea that all cultures are equally good.  And it is reasonable to argue against the puritan iconoclasts who destroy monuments and historical memory in the name of a mindless, ideological dogmatism."

"But that's not what this is. Buchanan is not meditating on the tragic nature of history, an any conservative worth the name must do.  No, Buchanan is defending white supremacy, straight up."

This is the pivot point to understanding Dreher and all his scribblings.  Buchanan's real sin is a frightening association with the affairs of men and the inevitable compromises this entails.  Buchanan not only "Meditates" he involves himself in the history of our time.  To spineless specimens like Dreher the purpose of the writer is to make a living "Meditating" on the decline all around without getting dirty hands.  And this is what Dreher does. He meditates on the world from his position of bogus moral fastidiousness.  He can't cope but insists on judging those who can.    

It has been obvious for some time that Dreher is a weak, opportunistic inadequate, hiding in a backwater he retreated to when the world of big city journalism got to much for him.  He lives by issuing his prescious  sermons to the rest of us as though he had any idea what it takes to make anything happen.   

But there is a way for him to change this perception of him. Dreher can have the courage of his dubious convictions and refuse to allow his name to appear in the rag that Pat and a few other naughty Conservatives created in The American Conservative.  For a writer who changes his church every time he detects a fault, continuing to write for TAC is straight up wrong.  


Sunday, July 30, 2017

THE RHINO'S LAST THROES?

We should all heed the old hunter's advice about approaching a wounded animal.  Having written that no one should take pleasure in Senator McCain's possibly fatal brain malignancy, he gives us all a reminder of just why so many people hate him so much.

This is an interesting historical moment.  The senior congressional leadership of the GOP is now revealed to be what some of us of said for a long while.  They are posturing, careerist poltroons who mean not a word they say.  It's particularly poignant that McCain complains about the populist radio ranters like Limbaugh.  Sure they're idiots, but they represent millions of formerly trusting GOP voters that the McCains, Grahams, and other GOP establishment types have been gulling for time out of mind.

It was inevitable that at some point all those endlessly deceived voters would turn to an outsider.  Enter Trump.  
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McCain and company find themselves exposed as the enemy of the very things they claimed to deliver.  It remains to be seen if they are willing to make a stab at making their lies into truths, or if they prefer to maintain control of a party that no longer has a purpose.  

I still won't root for the cancer, not because we need any more of McCain, no, it's just out of common Christian charity.  

Thursday, July 20, 2017

MY LATEST ON VDARE.COM

Attorney General Jeff Sessions and HHS Secretary Tom Price announced indictments of 412 Medicare/Medicare cheats across 41 federal districts on July 13 [Documents and resources from the July 13, 2017 National Health Care Fraud Takedown Press Conference, Department of Justice, July 13, 2017]. And this doesn’t represent all Federal Districts so there will be more to come.
It’s a significant step in draining the swamp of Medicare leeches, and as VDARE readers may expect, many of these leeches are immigrants.
Recently, Ann Coulter gave us a glimpse at the immigrant names among accused Medicare fraudsters in the Detroit area.

VDARE.com has covered the nexus between crooked medical minorities/ immigrants and the collapse of professional standards over the past few years. Here I will take a deeper dive into the Florida and some of the New York City cases. Who is involved in this and how does this happen?
The demographics of the defendants and local immigrant populations mirror each other, as we would expect. Based on the names in the list of indictments in the Southern District of Florida (i.e. Miami and environs) in the list provided by the Department of Justice, the list of 28 defendants contains only two non-Hispanics. In contrast, Middle Florida rendered just 5 defendants, all appear to be white.
Meanwhile, the Eastern District of New York, which contains parts of New York City, produced six defendants, including one Indian, one Chinese person, and, from the last names, apparently four Russian Jews. (Someone is just not looking hard enough there, but it’s a start.)
The amounts stolen are not trivial. Here’s back of the envelope tally of claimed fraud amounts for the NYC defendants.
  1. Bhambhani – $3,725,995 between 2010 and 2017 (Page 8 – Indictment)
  2. Meliksetyan – NA
  3. Shargordskya – Over $5 million (Page 8 – Indictment)
  4. Alexseyev – $6 million (Page 8 – Indictment)
  5. Bakry – $11-12 Million (Page 11 – Indictment)
  6. Zhang – $7,126,342 (Page 8 – Indictment)
The Department of Justice estimates 1.3 Billion in fraud in total for all 412 cases [National Health Care Fraud Takedown Results In Charges Against Over 412 Individuals Responsible for $1.3 Billion in Fraud Losses, Department of Justice, July 13, 2017].
How did this get so out of control? One graphic tells the story [2017 Health Care Fraud Takedown: Daily Stat Breakdown, Department of Justice, July 12, 2017.
The Obama Administration only prosecuted 89 Medicare fraudsters nationwide in the fiscal year 2013. In 2014, it was only 90. The fiscal years 2015 and 2016 saw increases to 243 and 301 respectively.
That sounds like they were responding to a growing problem–until you consider that the Trump Administration has already indicted 412 in six months. At that rate, this Administration will bring charges against more people in one year than the total charges brought by Obama in four years—at 824 (my estimate) it will be twice Obama’s cumulative total of 723.
Quite obviously, the Obama Administration was not keen on riding herd, especially when doing so might mean confronting the myth of virtuous hard-working minority immigrants making it in America.[Fewer prosecuted in benefits program fraud, By Brad Heath, USA TODAY, June 28, 2011.]After all, Obama once proudly proclaimed himself a Desi.
They don’t need to work all that hard, though. Medicare is like a safe made from balsa wood. It is so weak it invites pilferage.
Medicare is a federally-funded program administered by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to provide medical services to the infirm, elderly and poor. It does this by providing payment for health care services. It provides no services itself. Instead, the money passes to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), which also provides no actual services. Instead, it administers the program.
For example, if one was dealing with treatment for those confined to their home, CMS would contract with various Home Health Agencies (HHAs). These are bound to CMS by regulations, codes and payment methodologies so CMS can supposedly track what’s being provided and to whom.
The HHAs in turn contract with lesser providers like nursing services, equipment vendors, etc. This is where the lion’s share of the cheating goes on, as crooked agencies can use vendors to inflate payments and hide the money trail.
Since this is pretty complicated, CMS regularly contracts with Benefit Administrators who provide oversight of everyday spending and practices. They are supposed to be gatekeepers and quality control monitors.
Yet this is an imperfect system. Medicare is like a great bag of coins with a hole in the bottom. Everyone catches some while passing the overflow down to the next level. The owner of the bag can only hope that the coins at the bottom are well spent.
Reading the complaints filed by DOJ, it seems obvious little is being done at the provider level to establish even the existence of patients or services. The ratio of paper pushers and paper creators to inspectors is weighted toward the thieves. There are not enough undercover inspections and not enough operational auditing.
Also, if Benefit Coordinators were on the job, how could the scams go on for multiple years? They either aren’t doing the job or are in on the take. It’s difficult to see another plausible answer. This is an ideal scenario for low-trust foreigners with audacity and a bit of creativity.
The financial status of the fraudsters doesn’t seem to be investigated with any rigor. There are more red flags in the operating procedures of these defendants than at an old Red Square May Day parade.
Indictments are loaded with dummy companies, and money laundering operations. I’ve seen multiple instances of immigrant fraudsters with connections to check-cashing businesses. Why would a physician have connections with an obvious money laundering scenario?
For instance, in the Eastern District of New York, Dr. Xiailiang Zhang seems to have walked away with over $7 million, billing the taxpayers for back rubs and hot packs. That’s according to a cooperating witness and an undercover Inspector General Investigator as cited in the complaint. He piled up this fortune over a period of three years. How carefully are these providers monitored if they can get away with this for years at a time?
Why are so many immigrants involved? My experience tells me there are two reasons:
  • First, there is a critical mass of poorly or non-assimilated foreigners from low-trust societies in such places.
This helps in recruiting confederates and in manning schemes. Everyone gets a cut and landsmen are less likely to turn on one another. There are also many local criminals who will eagerly participate for a few bucks.
  • The bottom of the American food chain also populates places like these. It’s easy to run a Medicare scam in an area full of disability parasites, addicts, and down and outs.
All manner of welfare and insurance fraud already goes on where foreign MD’s deploy their “services.” A small kickback or gift is enough to get a meth-head to enroll as your phantom patient. (Try finding him to testify, by the way).
Those praying on these losers in the American lottery are often not even Americans. But Americans are still the ones paying for it, both in terms of our tax dollars and in the collapse of our formerly First World society.
And until we can come to grips with this problem, fixing health care will remain an impossibility.
Thomas O. Meehan (email him) is a free-lance writer and former government Senior Research Analyst and Inspector. A refugee from the People’s Republic of New Jersey, he now lives in Bucks County PA. He blogs from Odysseus On The Rocks.

PITY THE RHINO

In some sort of cosmic convergence, news of the last three White Rhinos imminent extinction and John McCain's possible extinction from brain cancer came at a single news cycle.   Ghoulish expressions of glee broke out immediately, especially by obscure internet sites previously unknown to me.  

Pardon me for not joining in.

The US Senate will be a better place for John McCains absence.  The United States or humanity at large will not be, if cancer destroys the person, John McCain.  

Whatever McCain is, he is not a monster.  When I say monster I mean someone like Lenin, who oversaw the murder of millions and took glee in doing so.  It is fair comment to wish that the young woman who shot Lenin in the head had better aim or a bigger revolver.  That would be, in old time police parlance a, "Community service homicide."  Some criminals are such a scourge to society, particularly their own immediate community, that it is impossible to ignore the good of their extinction in light of the provocations bringing it about and the subsequent peace and quiet.   

John McCain is an elected official in our still somewhat free republic and rooting for a cancer taking his life is deranged.  He stands against a lot of what I believe in and is a scourge and a stumbling block to patriotic immigration activism.  But rooting for the cancer eating his brain shows a savage, low mindset.  Wishing your political opponents dead by any at all means is the very stuff of totalitarianism and is indicative of the mentality of those we wish to keep off our shores.  

I write a lot of uncharitable stuff about what I see as bad people and bad causes.  I enjoy pricking the humbug bubble of political correctness in the spirit of Auberon Waugh and others. 

I sincerely hope that I will never slip into mindless destructive glee.  It's beneath me and I hope, us. 


Thursday, July 13, 2017

DOJ GET'S REVENGER ON HOBBY LOBBY

The Deep State Gets Even With Hobby Lobby


The Deep State in the form of the US Department of Justice just got even with Hobby Lobby for winning a Supreme Court decision. It seems that Hobby Lobby is building a museum in Washington dedicated to increasing understanding and veneration of the Bible. As part of this effort they purchase many artifacts from the Middle East.
Shady dealing is a norm in that part of the world. There are also lots of purloined artifacts on the market thanks to our destruction of the place. There are lots of purloined artifacts on the market in general. The government spent years trying to prove that Hobby Lobby bought some of these items.
So in an investigation begun while the Hobby Lobby case was wending it’s way up the federal court system, Hobby Lobby has been coerced into to handing over everything it purchased and pay a 3 million dollar fine. According for the DOJ:
“The government also filed a stipulation of settlement with Hobby Lobby, in which Hobby Lobby consented to the forfeiture of the artifacts in the complaint, approximately 144 cylinder seals and an additional sum of $3 million, resolving the civil action,”
Hobby Lobby got suckered by a UAE, and an Israeli dealer into buying some ancient clay tablets that the government doesn’t even claim to have cultural academic significance. But then the law is the law and we must all follow it. As one Special Agent in Charge Melendez said in the Government release”
“The protection of cultural heritage is a mission the (CBP) take very seriously as we recognize that while some may put a price on these artifacts, the people of Iraq consider them priceless.”
Well, some of them may, but others consider all such reminders of pre-Islamic life so much garbage.
For his part, Mr. Green, President of Hobby Lobby said Hobby Lobby ….”was new to the world of acquiring these objects, and did not fully appreciate the complexities of the acquisitions process.”
The Government was at pains to fault Hobby Lobby for not being careful enough in the process of buying from shifty Middle Easterners but when a journalist for The Daily Beast got too close to blaming Hobby Lobby for deliberate deception, The Beast was forced to publish the following correction:
Correction: This story has been edited to make clear that Hobby Lobby received falsely labeled artifacts from a supplier, according to the Department of Justice. The UAE-based dealers involved in the transactions falsely labeled the artifacts as “ceramics” and “samples” and illegally shipped them to Hobby Lobby stores and corporate affiliates in the United States, the DOJ said.”
Given this, why a three million dollar fine? That’s far more than the value of the items, items that have never been described as historically meaningful. People familiar with the Federal Justice system are not surprised at this heavy scrutiny and selective enforcement of politically unflavored citizens. Does anyone think that the three million dollars will go to a good cause?

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

FROM VDARE.COM I FOLLOW UP ON OBAMA'S PARDONS



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As expected, the black beneficiaries of Obama’s mass pardon/commutations are already returning to whence they came. As reported by myself and others over the last few years here on VDARE.COM, Obama commuted the sentences of a whopping 1715 federal inmates and outright pardoned another 212. These pardons were heavily weighted to black drug offenders. The reason he gave was a belief that the justice system was rigged against his fellow African-Americans.
It seems that Carole Denise Richardson  (above right) one of his fellows who needed a second chance, is back in custody for theft and according to authorities, “Richardson violated five separate terms of her release including failing to report that she was arrested, that she’d been terminated from a job for failing to show up and that she had changed her address.” [Texas woman granted clemency by Obama ordered back to federal prison for multiple violations, by Gabrielle Banks, Houston Chronicle, June 8, 2017]
She had an extensive rap sheet before her initial sentencing to life in prison in 2006. Clearly, she was not a good risk for clemency but she was the right color.
This story has been making the rounds but one must ask, how many more are returning to the system? What’s the track record?
The place to look is the Bureau of Justice Statistics, particularly recidivism studies. Alas, these are old and bear heavily on state rather than federal offenders. Some studies I’ve seen are obvious attempts to justify the former president’s pardon binge.
As Obama left office with this legacy of unleashed drug felons, is it too much to ask Attorney General Sessions to start keeping a running count of clemency/pardon failures? I think he would do this, especially if prompted to by Congressmen and we patriots.
Let’s turn up the heat.