This is what Obama’s Environmental Protection Agency does with its lawyers and overbearing regulations- they turn a simple common product that works into a fire hazard that will poison you with toxic chemicals. Remember the old style gas containers? They were simple and rarely leaked. The new ones are designed to spill gas onto hot surfaces and you have to hold it between your knees to pour while putting gasoline on your hands.
You can get these new gas cans to work properly but you have to re-engineer it a little. This guy shows how:
A crazy liberal actress thought it would be ingenious to kill two birds with one stone- get an insta-divorce and also smear 2nd Amendment Tea Party types by sending ricin-laced letters to President Obama and NYC Mayor Bloomberg. Her idea was to frame her husband- a military Vet- for the crime. Things didn’t go according to plan mostly because this bitch is crazy and stupid.
From ABC here:
Shannon Richardson had been married to her husband less than two years when she went to authorities and told them her suspicions: He was the one who had mailed ricin-laced letters to President Barack Obama and New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg threatening violence against gun-control advocates.
When investigators looked closer, they reached a different conclusion: It was the 35-year-old pregnant actress who had sent the letters, and she tried to frame her estranged husband in a bizarre case of marital conflict crossing with bioterrorism.
Richardson, a mother of five who has played bit roles on television and in movies, was arrested and charged with mailing a threatening communication to the president. The federal charge carries up to 10 years in prison.
Richardson contacted authorities on May 30 and implicated her husband, Nathaniel Richardson. She described finding small, brown beans with white speckles — a description matching the key ingredient in ricin, castor beans — at the couple’s home in New Boston, Texas. She also told investigators that she had found a sticky note on her husband’s desk with addresses for Bloomberg and Obama.
But she later failed a polygraph test, the document said, and investigators looking into her story found numerous inconsistencies. Among them: Nathaniel Richardson would have been at work when Internet searches tied to the letters were made on the couple’s laptop and when the envelopes containing the letters were postmarked.
Finally, in an interview with authorities on Thursday, Shannon Richardson admitted that she had received syringes and lye — a caustic chemical used in making ricin — in the mail; that she had printed the labels for the letters; and that she mailed them. However, she insisted her husband typed them and “made her” print and send them.
Okay, this guy is now going to win every contest for who has the craziest ex-girlfriend. Plus, she has five kids and only got married to this guy two years ago and she goes to these bizarre lengths to get out of the relationship? She should have just had one of those “We need to talk” conversations.
Drudge revealed this shocking powerpoint slide today. It is labeled Top Secret/NorForn, which means that only cleared personnel of American origin can see its contents. It details the PRISM program which boasts to be able to deliver the meta and contents of many internet communication types- Gmail, Hotmail, Skype, videoconferencing, photostreams, Yahoo Mail and much more. Companies like Google and Apple have flatly denied that they have granted access to the NSA for these collection activities. So what’s the deal? Did the NSA backdoor these companies’ servers? Or are they achieving their goals via a different method?
From the Guardian here, which, by the way, is another foreign news organization that has managed to scoop Obama’s bootlicking media sycophants:
The National Security Agency has obtained direct access to the systems of Google, Facebook, Apple and other US internet giants, according to a top secret document obtained by the Guardian.
The NSA access is part of a previously undisclosed program called PRISM, which allows officials to collect material including search history, the content of emails, file transfers and live chats, the document says.
The Guardian has verified the authenticity of the document, a 41-slide PowerPoint presentation – classified as top secret with no distribution to foreign allies – which was apparently used to train intelligence operatives on the capabilities of the program. The document claims “collection directly from the servers” of major US service providers.
Although the presentation claims the program is run with the assistance of the companies, all those who responded to a Guardian request for comment on Thursday denied knowledge of any such program.
In a statement, Google said: “Google cares deeply about the security of our users’ data. We disclose user data to government in accordance with the law, and we review all such requests carefully. From time to time, people allege that we have created a government ‘back door’ into our systems, but Google does not have a back door for the government to access private user data.”
Several senior tech executives insisted that they had no knowledge of PRISM or of any similar scheme. They said they would never have been involved in such a program. “If they are doing this, they are doing it without our knowledge,” one said.
An Apple spokesman said it had “never heard” of PRISM.
The NSA access was enabled by changes to US surveillance law introduced under President Bush and renewed under Obama in December 2012.
To me, this presentation smacks of a sales pitch by a Contractor. I think the capabilities are over-hyped and there is literally no way that the NSA can backdoor so many of these major internet providers, collect data over the providers’ network without their knowlege, and exfiltrate logs, content and meta back to Fort Meade. But they can still get all of this content without backdooring a single server.
Let me explain. Each of the major providers listed in the presentation do have something in common. Each uses Akamai as a content distribution network- pushing your content to Akamai instead of hosting it on a single server allows for geographically load balanced content. That’s why you can’t DDoS Yahoo. Their servers are everywhere, serving the same content. You might be able to take down a single point, but the others stay up, thus the service stays up. Same with gmail, hotmail, and Apple.
In order to scrape all of this data, you could access Akamai’s logs for meta. Akamai’s top executive was murdered on 9/11 when the plane he was on was smashed into the Pentagon by dirtbag jihadis. Akamai has long had a good working relationship with DoD, DHS, and other security departments since then, and to me, I think this is very patriotic of them. But notice I said LOGS. You can’t get photos, videos and other content streams with logs. You need to intercept the packet streams. Then reassemble the packets into the content you are looking for.
So I think the NSA has tapped into the core routers at the major content distribution networks- Akamai, FBCDN (facebook’s content delivery network), and other similar CDNs. Once tapped they can see all of the traffic going in and out.
PRISM would face some other huge challenges, however, which makes me think this presentation is over-hyped. Packet storage would be vast, and would have to be located at the capture point- they can’t steam that much payload back to Fort Meade. Also, SSL decryption would be a challenge. In order to get data from Google, they would have to have been given signed CERTS from Google to allow them to intercept and decode the SSL traffic as man-in-the-middle. It is likely that NSA simply purchased these.
As far as the progression of the capability as presented on the slide over at Guardian, to me this represents the times when the contractors were able to write reassembly parsers for the targeted content. Hotmail, gmail, and more until Skype came along. The Skype parser likely also relied on a signed cert from Microsoft after their buyout of the popular encrypted chat program a few years back.
Finally, regardless of all of this collection capability, the biggest hurdle would be eyes on glass to hunt and identify what they are looking for. This is a massive data set and you would likely have to be given a target to look at to begin your investigation- in other words, ask PRISM a question and it will help you find the answer. But to just start digging into the system to hope you find something will be time-wasting and fruitless. And remember, the government missed all of the clues to the Boston Bomber’s ties to terrorism, and PRISM did nothing to prevent it.
Remember when leftists freaked out over Bush’s warrantless wiretapping, which turned out to be interception of foreign communications? Well now Obama is datamining all American cellphone records in a hunt for “enemies.” And Obama’s lawyers are loosely interpreting the business logs section of the Patriot act to scoop up these logs too.
From the Guardian here:
The National Security Agency is currently collecting the telephone records of millions of US customers of Verizon, one of America’s largest telecoms providers, under a top secret court order issued in April.
The order requires Verizon on an “ongoing, daily basis” to give the NSA information on all telephone calls in its systems, both within the US and between the US and other countries.
The document shows for the first time that under the Obama administration the communication records of millions of US citizens are being collected indiscriminately and in bulk – regardless of whether they are suspected of any wrongdoing.
The secret Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (Fisa) granted the order to the FBI on April 25, giving the government unlimited authority to obtain the data for a specified three-month period ending on July 19.
Under the terms of the blanket order, the numbers of both parties on a call are handed over, as is location data, call duration, unique identifiers, and the time and duration of all calls. The contents of the conversation itself are not covered.
Fisa court orders typically direct the production of records pertaining to a specific named target who is suspected of being an agent of a terrorist group or foreign state, or a finite set of individually named targets.
The law on which the order explicitly relies is the so-called “business records” provision of the Patriot Act, 50 USC section 1861.
I’m sure the business records section was supposed to be about investigations into a business suspected of aiding and abetting terrorist organizations. It was never intended to be used as a cudgel to snarf up all of the cell records of service providers. When lefties thought Bush was doing this, they were apoplectic. Lets see if they can match their outrage now that Obama is doing it. And if you oppose these collections of American records? It means you are a racist.
Matt Drudge tweeted a rare thought-stream this morning. In the wake of the Obama Administration using the IRS to harrass the Tea Party and to suppress votes in Ohio by denying Tea Party groups the ability to collect charitable donations, Drudge reminded everyone that soon the IRS will have access to all American health records too. The Obamacare model puts the IRS in charge of taxing health care plans and confirming that Americans are eligible for health insurance. This is the way it is done now at the Veteran’s Administration. Drudge Tweeted:
And soon the IRS will have your health information. Cough.
— MATT DRUDGE (@DRUDGE) May 13, 2013
Gov’t will have your ObamaCare ID #, access your health records, see your meds, know your diagnosis…
— MATT DRUDGE (@DRUDGE) May 13, 2013
Hackers will finally know if Bill Clinton has herpes. Hillary takes Topomax. When Pelosi had Botox. Obama’s valium dose. Biden’s latest MRI.
— MATT DRUDGE (@DRUDGE) May 13, 2013
White House official will know the health status of a reporter grilling him… “Mr. Woodward, do you really want to go there?”
— MATT DRUDGE (@DRUDGE) May 13, 2013
And in 25 years after the great civil war, after American Holocaust is over, a brave new president will unplug the database, vow NEVER AGAIN
— MATT DRUDGE (@DRUDGE) May 13, 2013
So is Drudge correct? Will hackers break into the Obamacare database and expose health privacy information of Americans? Would hackers release a database of anyone who received drug rehab treatments? How about HIV infections? What about abortions? Once the government puts all of that information in a single place it will get breached. Think it can’t happen? Well, it already did- at least in the Veterans Administration, the health model that Obamacare is based on.
In 2010 I had the pleasure of working on the VA’s network. I had full network packet access and some of the breaches I saw were absolutely shocking. For one, there was tons of Russian Botnet Beaconing on the network’s backbone. When traced, it was discovered that most of the beaconing was originating from small linux boxes that were purchased by the VA for use by doctors to remotely monitor veterans’ health. These tiny linux boxes monitored things like blood O2 levels, heartrate, IV drips, and so forth. But these boxes came from the manufacturer with these Russian botnets pre-installed.
When we asked the VA if they were going to disinfect these boxes, they refused to do so. They cited Veteran’s health as more important than cyber-security issues. So the Russian botnets stayed, collecting and exfiltrating data to criminals. And it will be child’s play for Anonymous or other hacker groups to stage a similar wide-scale breach. Think it was shocking when Wikileaks posted secrets online? Wait until no one has medical privacy anymore. Obamacare will be expensive, breachable, and will do nothing to improve anyone’s healthcare. Drudge thinks Ocare cyber breaches will happen, and I know for a fact it will.
In Atlas Shrugged, directive 10-289 forced private industries to sign over their intellectual property and profits to the government in the form of “gift certificates.” Now Kathleen Sibelius, the Secretary of Health and Human Services is strongly encouraging health industry officials to donate money to the department to help implement Obamacare. Of course, what is implied, is if these Health Care bigwigs don’t play along and donate, they will likely come under fire by the government.
From the WaPo here:
Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius has gone, hat in hand, to health industry officials, asking them to make large financial donations to help with the effort to implement President Obama’s landmark health-care law.
Over the past three months, Sebelius has made multiple phone calls to health industry executives, community organizations and church groups and asked that they contribute whatever they can to nonprofit groups that are working to enroll uninsured Americans and increase awareness of the law.
Federal regulations do not allow department officials to fundraise in their professional capacity. The industry official who had knowledge of the calls said there was a clear insinuation by the administration that the insurers should give financially to the nonprofits.
Meredith McGehee, policy director for the nonpartisan Campaign Legal Center, which researches government ethics issues, said she was troubled by Sebelius’s activities because the secretary seemed to be “using the power of government to compel giving or insinuate that giving is going to be looked at favorably by the government.”
So 10-289 is finally here, or at least part of it is. Obamacare is neither affordable nor fair, but the government will not stop trying to force it down our throats- even if it means that they forcibly take cash from health care providers to do it.
Those Occupy leftists and looters are still running around. They took to the streets on Communism’s biggest day- May 1st, to harass, create mayhem and destruction. Leftists are rarely peaceful or tolerant in their orchestrated chantings and riots. Greg Gutfeld points this out:
Welcome to the anthem of the youth of Obama. In a country where anyone under 30 has no hope of getting a job or is stuck in a wage freeze, shopping at thrift stores is now the new normal. Seems like everyone in the country has seen this video with 240 million hits, but I just got to see it yesterday. It has a great beat and is funny and sad at the same time. Enjoy your hand-me-downs kiddies. You get what you vote for.
As I have written before, the Department of Homeland Security, who has the job of keeping Americans safe in this post-911 era, completely failed to protect the people of Boston from the terrorists who bombed the Boston Marathon. Every day more word leaks out that DHS had received very specific warnings about the terrorists and chose to ignore those warnings. And in the weeklong manhunt for the killers, those names still did not bubble to the top of the suspect list. Now there is word that Saudi Arabia sent a written letter to DHS and their analysis center warning about the bombers, their intent to detonate a bomb, and mentioned the bombers by name.
From the DailyMail here:
The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia sent a written warning about accused Boston Marathon bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security in 2012, long before pressure-cooker blasts killed three and injured hundreds, according to a senior Saudi government official with direct knowledge of the document.
The Saudi warning, the official told MailOnline, was separate from the multiple red flags raised by Russian intelligence in 2011, and was based on human intelligence developed independently in Yemen.
Citing security concerns, the Saudi government also denied an entry visa to the elder Tsarnaev brother in December 2011, when he hoped to make a pilgrimage to Mecca, the source said. Tsarnaev’s plans to visit Saudi Arabia have not been previously disclosed.
The Saudis’ warning to the U.S. government was also shared with the British government. ‘It was very specific’ and warned that ‘something was going to happen in a major U.S. city,‘ the Saudi official said during an extensive interview.
It is one thing for the government to fail to protect us. It is something completely insidious for the government to not even try. Why are we spending billions of dollars for DHS programs if they won’t even bother to try to do their jobs? Obama refused to protect his State Department ambassador in Benghazi. Now he is refusing to protect Americans in their own cities.
This is so hilarious on so many levels. Those Taiwanese animators skewer everyone in this one.
Remember those annoying Scooter Store commercials? Well the FBI raided the Scooter Store for medicaid fraud and now the company is bankrupt.
From ABC here:
The Scooter Store, which claims it has given 700,000 senior citizens back their mobility, has itself run aground. The company this week filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy, listing assets of $1 million to $10 million and liabilities of between $50 million and $100 million.
Major creditors include the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), which, according to the filing, is looking to collect $19.5 million–the amount the Scooter Store previously had agreed to repay the U.S. government after an independent audit found that the company had overbilled Medicare and Medicaid by $46.8 million to $87.7 million from 2009 to 2011.
Last month agents of the FBI, the Office of the Inspector General, the U.S. Department of Health and the Texas Attorney General’s office raided the Scooter Store’s headquarters in New Bruanfels, Texas. Two weeks after that, Scooter’s CEO Martin Landon sent an email to employees telling them not to return to work until further notice.
The government audit found that seniors with no medical need for a power chair had nonetheless gotten one through the Scooter Store—an outcome due in part to the company’s skill at badgering doctors to prescribe its products.
The company, which according to bankruptcy filings, once had over 2,400 employees, now is gets by with just 300. It has stopped selling chairs and stopped running its once ubiquitous TV commercials promising seniors they could not be turned down for a “free” power chair, courtesy of government health coverage.
I’m happy to see a company that was looting taxpayers go right down the crapper. And with Obamacare coming, audits like this are going to become very frequent.
Obama gutted NASA. He wanted to use it for outreach to Islam, cancelled any plans to go to the moon or to Mars, and now, for the ultimate silliness, NASA will go and capture an asteroid with a giant net. Yee-Haa space cowboys.
I thought the Prez was supposed to be a baller? It took him 15 tries to sink a basket at the White House with the press and other families watching.
Mobs of “youths” which is codeword for blacks, have attacked shoppers in Downtown Chicago over the weekend. News accounts are being very racially careful in how they describe the attacks because if you point out that the gangs of teenagers were black they might get accused of racism.
View more videos at: http://nbcchicago.com.
From NBC here:
More than two dozen teens were arrested Saturday night after dozens of groups began randomly attacking pedestrians on Chicago’s Magnificent Mile.
Police responded to reports of disturbances around 6:30 p.m. Saturday near Michigan and Chicago avenues. They said a number of teens took to the streets and started fighting.
Police said 28 teens were arrested during the incident and charged with misdemeanor reckless conduct and battery and later released, according to Police News Affairs. Eleven other teens were charged with misdemeanor charges after they allegedly attacked a group of women on the CTA Red Line, police said.
“You have over three to four hundred teenagers with mob action, jumping on individuals that are downtown,” community activist Andrew Holmes said. “Multiple people have been arrested and I caution those parents that get this call about your child being arrested–maybe you need to check your child.”
Officers began breaking up the attacks by ushering teens to the Red Line. Chaos continued underground but many attackers reportedly left the area.
Looters running rampant. It’s not going to stop any time soon either. Last week the mobs crashed Ford City Mall, smashing cars, rioting and stealing. This is what a generation of liberalism has wrought in the black community.
View more videos at: http://nbcchicago.com.
The laziest President ever took in a college hoops game at the DC Verizon Center. When a shot of him appeared on the scoreboard, the crowd booed loudly.
Somehow this is the republican Congress’ fault, right?
Barack Obama can’t sit by while Michelle Obama gets to present Oscars. He has to have a nice Hollywood gig too. He begged the producers of the epic History Channel’s The Bible to give him a role. And they did, although its not a speaking part. He plays Lucifer, Satan and the Devil. Kinda like an Eddie Murphy movie, taking multiple roles.
Check out more over here at DailyMail.
This is an awesome and educational video about Obama’s new efforts to raise cash.
Seems like people are coming to the conclusion that Obama really doesn’t know anything about money or budgets.
And I love the teacher’s response the most.
At a press conference, Obama declared that he couldn’t fix the sequester mess he initiated because he couldn’t “Jedi Mind Meld” with republicans or something. Twitter hilarity immediately ensued.
Hatred leads to anger, anger leads to sequester, sequester leads to mixed up scifi references #jedimindmeld
— Ben(@BenK84) March 1, 2013
“Boehner’s threats are meaningless. His light saber is set to ‘stun.’” #jedimindmeld
— Jon Gabriel (@ExJon) March 1, 2013
Sci-fail: Genius Obama says he ‘can’t do a Jedi mind meld’ bit.ly/15Wm6GL
— TwitchyTeam (@TwitchyTeam) March 1, 2013
“Teleporter, TARDIS, whatevs.” #jedimindmeld
— Jon Gabriel (@ExJon) March 1, 2013
President Obama explains the plot of the Star Wars trilogy: ow.ly/1SZf8y
— Mary Katharine Ham (@mkhammer) March 1, 2013
“Dammit Luke, I’m a doctor, not your father!” #ObamaSciFiQuotes
— Angela Nelson (@angelaisms) March 1, 2013
And wrong on every level RT @jbendery: Obama just said “Jedi mind meld.” Surely a presidential first
— Derek Hunter (@derekahunter) March 1, 2013
Use the Force, Spock.
— Cuffé (@CuffyMeh) March 1, 2013
Oh good. Now everyone will just talk about ‘Jedi mind meld’
— Andy Lancaster (@andylancaster) March 1, 2013
Obama: “As Spock always said…” **imitates Chewbacca growl**
— Frank J. Fleming (@IMAO_) March 1, 2013
But hey, he’s the hippest and smartest Pressie evah, right? Lulz.
Ray’s Hellburger is an awesome restaurant in Rosslyn. I bring my out-of-town friends there for lunch and the greasy burgers are definitely worth the wait. I heard about the place from Food Network, and then Obama started going there, taking his idiot Vice President with him. Now the business is shutting down, possibly due to a dispute with the landlord, but this is just one more in a very long line of doomed businesses that tie back to a visit by Obama.
From HumanEvents here:
Ray’s Hell-Burger is closing its doors in Washington DC. The burger joint rose to prominence after Obama visited the business twice. Now they’re closed.
It’s a sad day for D.C.-area burger lovers.
Ray’s Hell-Burger and its sister restaurant, Ray’s Hell-Burger Too, are closing their doors forever, Washingtonian reported Wednesday.
The cult-followed burger joints, helmed by acclaimed chef Michael Landrum, announced their temporary closure due to a “landlord-tenant dispute” in January. But the real estate company responsible for the properties, located in Rosslyn’s Colonial Village Shopping Center, confirmed that the two shuttered units are indeed now available for lease.
Ray’s Hell-Burger rose to international prominence after President Barack Obama dined there twice; first with Vice President Joe Biden in 2009 and again with Russian president Dmitry Medvedev a year later.
Now Obama took away my favorite cheeseburger too. Bastard.