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Healthcare to Illegals
Arnold Ahlert
Sen. scumbag-Menendez stalls Issa 
nomination over fake ID flap from youth
By Brooke Singman 
{ } ~ Former GOP Rep. Darrell Issa’s confirmation hearing for a top trade position in the Trump administration was indefinitely delayed... Thursday after Senate Foreign Relations Committee Ranking Member scumbag-Bob Menendez insisted on the release of an FBI background file that sources say shows Issa used a fake ID when he was 17. Issa, the colorful former chairman of the House Oversight Committee, was nominated a year ago to be director of the U.S. Trade and Development Agency. With the confirmation process at a crawl, he's already signaled he's ready to move on, creating an exploratory committee for a potential run against embattled Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-Calif. Asked Thursday about the latest delay, Issa told Fox News: “My desire is to serve the president and help in any way I can. If it becomes my best course to take a congressional seat and help take back the majority in the House, that’s OK, too.” The focus on the fake ID he used as a 17-year-old Army private raised eyebrows, considering Issa had a well-known history of run-ins with the law when he was a teenager involving more serious accusations. But, during the confirmation hearing on Thursday, scumbag-Menendez, D-N.J., argued that the committee did not have access to the information needed to determine whether Issa could be confirmed to his post, and said there was “problematic” information from his FBI background investigation that could be “potentially disqualifying.” An official familiar with the situation told Fox News that scumbag-Menendez, Issa and Committee Chairman Jim Risch, R-Idaho, met on the sidelines of the hearing to discuss the file, which also includes Issa's other legal run-ins. The official told Fox News that the specific issue scumbag-Menendez was citing was a falsified military ID card that Issa used when he was a 17-year-old private. According to the official, in the early 1970s, when Issa was stationed near Pittsburgh, he had a military ID that said he was two years older. The official said Issa, at the time, was disciplined by the lieutenant in charge, who was “not amused.” “It was a military ID where the ID office had put the wrong birthday on, which made Issa look older,” the official said... My goodness he was 17 as many young men have done before. scumbag-Menendez how about you when you were 17.  
Pentagon sending 'defensive' troops and 
missiles to Saudi Arabia after Iranian oil attacks
by Russ Read
{ } ~ The Pentagon is sending additional troops and missiles to Saudi Arabia in response to Iran's attack on Saudi oil facilities last weekend... "The president has approved the deployment of U.S. forces, which are primarily defensive in nature," Defense Secretary Mark Esper said in a surprise briefing Friday night. He said the kingdom had asked President Trump for the support. "We are contributing to Saudi Arabia's defense," Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Marine Corps Gen. Joseph Dunford added. Neither official would say how many troops the United States is contributing, but the number will likely be in the hundreds. Nothing is happening immediately, and Dunford said he will present more specifics next week. Esper said U.S. and Saudi officials on the ground confirmed the attack originated in Iran. Houthi rebels took  credit for the attacks on the Saudi oil facilities, which disrupted 5% of the world's daily oil supply, but Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Sunday there is "no evidence the attacks came from Yemen."President Trump said in a tweet Sunday that the United States was "locked and loaded" to retaliate against whoever was responsible, adding, "There is reason to believe we know the culprit." Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif warned Thursday that any attack against Iran in response to the attacks would lead to "all-out war." "While the foreign minister of Iran is threatening an all-out war and to fight to the last American, we are here to build out a coalition aimed at achieving peace and peaceful resolution,” Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in response. Trump announced new sanctions targeting Iran's central bank on Friday morning.
US Adversaries: Nothing 
to Fear from the White House?
by Con Coughlin
{ } ~ For all US President Donald Trump's bluster that the US military is "locked and loaded", the reality is that the White House has absolutely no interest in launching military action against Iran... in retaliation for its involvement in the devastating attack on Saudi Arabia's oil infrastructure. It is a decision doubtless not lost on Iran. On the contrary, for all Mr. Trump's machismo posturing, the most the President can be expected to do is intensify the sanctions regime against Tehran, a move that is unlikely to strike fear into the hearts of Iran's battle-hardened veterans of its Revolutionary Guard. Indeed, the President's disinclination to confront Iran over its increasingly aggressive conduct towards the US and its allies in the region appears only to have emboldened the ayatollahs to even greater acts of provocation, such as last weekend's attacks on Saudi Arabia's Khurais oil field and the Abqaiq oil processing facility, which resulted in the Saudis losing nearly 50 per cent of the country's oil processing capacity and for a while sparked a sharp jump in oil prices. As senior Saudi officials said in the aftermath of the most significant attack Saudi has suffered since the First Gulf War, when Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein fired a barrage of Scud missiles at his Saudi neighbours, the attack was not just an attack against the Saudi kingdom, but against the entire global economy. Tehran has, of course, denied any involvement in the attack, a claim that holds no credibility whatsoever after Saudi officials later put on display parts of the weaponry used in the attack that proved categorically their Iranian provenance. Markings on the cruise missiles used in the attack showed clearly that they were manufactured in Iran earlier this year, while wreckage from delta wing drones that are used by the Iranian military were also put on display. Which begs the question why, if Iran had nothing to do with the attack, were Iranian missiles and drones involved? Moreover, international pressure on Iran to explain its actions is likely to intensify, after it was shown that the attack originated from Iranian soil to the north of Saudi Arabia, and not from Houthi-controlled territory in Yemen to the south as was originally claimed...
Facebook Created Over 100 Pro-ISIS Pages, Meantime Censoring Conservatives
By Jared Harris  
{ } ~ While still facing criticism over the censorship of conservatives, Facebook was walloped by a report this month that documented hundreds of pro-terrorist pages created by the social media giant itself... The report came in the form of a Sept. 12 update to the National Whistleblower Center’s assessment of criminal and terrorist activity on social media. “Nearly 200 auto-generated business pages for the Islamic State were recently identified,” the report reads, “and dozens more pages for other terrorist groups including Al Qaeda and Ansar Al Sharia remain on the site.” Some of the vile pages carry names that one might think should trigger a lightning-fast response from Facebook’s supposedly sophisticated algorithm, including “I love islamic state,” “Afghanistan Terrorist School” and “Islamic State Training Camp.” It can’t be stressed enough that these are not pages created by individuals that happened to slip past Facebook’s algorithm, but rather pages auto-generated by the social media platform itself. Facebook’s response to the controversy downplayed the significance of the pro-terrorism pages. “Our priority is detecting and removing content posted by people that violates our policy against dangerous individuals and organizations to stay ahead of bad actors,” a Facebook spokesperson told The Associated Press. “Auto-generated pages are not like normal Facebook pages as people can’t comment or post on them and we remove any that violate our policies.” “While we cannot catch every one, we remain vigilant in this effort,” the spokesperson said. John Kostyack, executive director at the National Whistleblower Center, is unconvinced that Facebook’s reliance on algorithms is the magic bullet the social media giant insists it is. “Facebook would like us to believe that its magical algorithms are somehow scrubbing its website of extremist content,” Kostyack told the AP. “Yet those very same algorithms are auto-generating pages with titles like ‘I Love Islamic State,’ which are ideal for terrorists to use for networking and recruiting.”...
New York Times Kavanaugh Reporter 
Told Source What To Say
By Mollie Hemingway
{ } ~ Year-old texts contained in a Senate Judiciary Committee report show that New York Times reporter Robin Pogrebin engaged in questionable journalistic tactics to shape a false narrative against Kavanaugh... by telling a source what to say and by asking sources to confirm information she herself had given them. And despite including a highly opinionated discussion of the text exchange in their book, the authors never admitted that Pogrebin was a key player in the exchanges. Pogrebin made a bizarre and unsupported claim this week that Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh had told her to lie. It turned out Pogrebin had mischaracterized discussions with the Supreme Court’s public information officer, not Kavanaugh, who had merely explained the terms of an off-the-record interview that was being sought and never obtained. Despite the many errors and false claims Pogrebin and her co-author Kate Kelly made, corporate media picked up on this false statement as if it were true. A 2018 text exchange between Karen Yarasavage and Kerry Berchem shows them discussing Deborah Ramirez’s claim against Kavanaugh. Yarasavage was extremely close to Ramirez — having asked Ramirez to be a godmother to one of her children — and knew Kavanaugh well, too. Berchem was younger and not at Yale when the alleged incident was said to have taken place. While in reality, the text exchanges show Berchem trying to get Yarasavage to say something supportive of Ramirez’s claim, even though Yarasavage said she’d never even heard of any such incident and felt confident she would have if it had happened, the media characterized the discussions as evidence of Kavanaugh’s guilt. In their book, Pogrebin and Kelly continue the media narrative that the exchanges were the opposite of what they were. They write that discussions of media inquiries to find anti-Kavanaugh dirt in the summer instead “raised questions as to whether Kavanaugh and his friends or representatives had been trying to influence events as far back as July.” The exchanges “had started with seemingly innocent social contacts, but — in the context of the Ford and Ramirez allegations — they had taken on importance as potentially relevant material to show the FBI.”...
Demonizing Those Who Provide 
Healthcare to Illegals
Arnold Ahlert:  “The identities of the individual Customs and Border Protection agents who are physically separating children from their families and staffing the detention centers are not undiscoverable. Immigration lawyers have agent names; journalists reporting at the border have names, photos and even videos. These agents’ actions should be publicized, particularly in their home communities.” —New York Times columnist Kate Cronin-Furman, June 29, 2019

Nothing demonstrates American leftists’ fascist tendencies better than their effort to strike fear into those who refuse to march in lockstep with “progressive” dogma. And while President Donald Trump is their main target, nothing animates the Left’s hatred more than his effort to rein in illegal immigration. Thus government workers who belong to ICE have also been demonized.

Now it’s the Border Patrol’s turn, and the Times — an entity no reasonable person can any longer refer to as a “newspaper” — wants to extend that demonization to those who protect the border. The paper “reports” that the Border Patrol’s new focus is “to block and detain hundreds of thousands of migrant families fleeing violence and extreme poverty — herding people into tents and cages, seizing children and sending their parents to jail, trying to spot those too sick to survive in the densely packed processing facilities along the border.”

For those who prefer reality to rank propaganda, “herding” people into tents and cages is exactly what the scumbag/liar-nObama administration did, even as the same leftist propagandists mistakenly used pictures from 2014 to blame the Trump administration.

That inconvenient truth hasn’t dimmed the ardor of Democrats like the inimitable Rep. commie-Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), who never misses an opportunity to “enlighten” her fellow Americans. “The United States is running concentration camps on the southern border,” she insisted last June. “And that is exactly what they are. They are concentration camps.”

Unsurprisingly, the Democrat/Media Complex advanced  this meme. Even Wikipedia joined the progressive campaign, adding “Migrants at the Mexico–United States border” to its “List of concentration and internment camps” throughout the world.

All of this effort is designed to advance a radical leftist agenda whereby Americans either countenance the wholesale invasion of their nation, and simply hope illegal aliens show up for their immigration court hearing that will be years in the future — due to the backlog of more than 850,000 cases clogging those courts — or one is tantamount to a “Nazi” or Nazi sympathizer.

Yet since America still maintains a grip on reality (albeit more tenuous than ever), that’s not going to happen, any more than it happened during the scumbag/liar-nObama administration. Thus it once again behooves the NY Times to remind us what detainees really need. “Outbreaks of scabies, shingles and chickenpox were spreading among the hundreds of children and adults who were being held in cramped cells, agents said,” according to the paper.

Sounds like some detainees need medical treatment. And since they do, one would assume the American Left would welcome those who provide it with open arms.

Think again. “As part of this effort to controversialize ICE, the illegal immigrant supporters point to what they call inhumane conditions and treatment of the migrants in federal custody as the system has been overwhelmed,” reporter Sharyl Attkisson explains. “That’s where part two of the phenomenon comes into play. At the same time they complain ICE isn’t providing the illegal immigrants proper medical treatment, shelter, food and care — the activists are working to discourage companies and contractors that are doing just that. A new article on the website Medscape, which is owned by Web MD, ‘outs’ medical centers that have contracts with ICE, as if the business relationship [is] something to be considered controversial.”

Got that? If you help illegals you also get demonized. Medscape makes sure everyone knows who the “culprits” are in an article entitled “Does Your Medical Center Have a Contract With ICE? These Do.” They even provide two tables — “Table 1. Institutions With ICE/CBP Medical Care Contracts” and “Table 2. Institutions With ICE/CBP Nonmedical Care Contracts” — that list each entity’s Institution, Agency, Purpose, Contract Fee, Start Date, and End Date.

What about medical ethics and obligations? In an editorial for The Washington Post, Ranit Mishori, a professor of family medicine at the Georgetown University School of Medicine — and faculty leader of the Asylum Program and the Incarceration and Health student interest group — made sure readers understood the subliminal message that any doctor who wishes to become the lead physician at an ICE detention center in Basile, Louisiana would be required to “follow orders” she deems unethical. “Any doctor who signs up to work in an ICE detention facility and commits ‘philosophically’ to the mission there will face an ethical dilemma,” she asserts. “As physicians, we swear to put patients’ well-being above any other consideration — to ‘first, do no harm.’ The immigration policies the administration is carrying out now would make that extremely difficult.”

Only if one elevates left-wing politics over real-world medical needs. Nonetheless, Medscape sounds the alarm, warning, “Whether the medical care contracts are renewed may depend on continued protests by those who disagree with ICE and CBP policies.”

Protests that could ultimately prevent illegals who need medical attention from getting it.

Some doctors aren’t buying into the nonsense. In an article published by JAMA on Aug. 30, Johns Hopkins University physicians Paul Spiegel, Nancy Kass, and Leonard Rubenstein explain what “first do no harm” really means. “Whatever the future of US immigration policy, decent and humane treatment of children, as well as all other detainees, and preservation of the independence of physicians and other health professionals to meet patients’ medical and psychological needs are essential,” they write. “Now is not a time to change the commitments, reputation, and integrity of physicians and the medical profession.”

ICE released a statement responding to Medscape Medical News asserting the agency has “several levels of oversight in order to ensure that residents in ICE custody reside in safe, secure and humane environments,” including “a comprehensive physical exam within 14 days of arrival to identify medical, mental health and dental conditions that require monitoring or treatment,” and “timely and appropriate responses to emergent medical requests, and timely medical care appropriate to the anticipated length of detention.” In fact, the statement adds, “At no time during detention will a detainee be denied emergent care.”

That anyone would oppose such treatment for any reason is a testament to the ideological bankruptcy that surrounds the issue of illegal immigration.

Yet who’s kidding whom? Other than a handful of conservative Republicans and Trump, no one is really interested in solving the illegal immigration problem. Democrats wish to fundamentally transform the nation itself, while Chamber of Commerce-beholden RINOs are content to fundamentally transform the wage structures of those forced to compete with workers who have no business being here.

Both parties serve a globalist agenda completely antithetical to the interests of ordinary Americans. And if that agenda requires a wholly illogical and inhumane approach to medical care — as in allowing people to suffer because it’s a more effective political tool than alleviating that suffering — so be it.

“Doc doxxing” has a nice ring to it — all the sarcasm fully intended.   ~The Patriot Post

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