EPA gives grant to Church for White Priviledge

Apparently White Privilege now falls under the purview of the EPA. Better yet, why not give grants to churches? Even better, let’s support the next generation to buy into the Kool-aid. What happened to the separation of church and state? There is a clip of the Church leader over at the link. An earlier post of mine gives more detail in this perverse program:

EPA to study Churches, develop programs to combat climate change

But I digressed:

The Environmental Protection Agency has given $30,000 to a Unitarian church that preaches about “white privilege” and says that America is “structurally racist.”

The Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Boca Raton, Florida, received an “environmental justice grant” for education and training about sea level rise and climate change, the agency announced Wednesday.

“In the first 2nd Hour Class On Being White led by Rev. Harris we did a privilege walk … and learned visually where we stand in terms of privilege,” she said. “Most of us fit squarely in the middle group: Neither Highly Privileged (the million-billionaires of society) nor among the impoverished locked out of society folk.”

The church provided an image of the badge, which features a “W” representing white placed behind an “A,” standing for ally, that is black, yellow, and red, representing the “people [Harris] would work with” to fight racism.

“I want to be a White Ally in the struggle for Racial Justice,” Harris said. “I don’t know what that looks like. I don’t know how I will need to become different than I already am. I just know this is the path I am on. This is part of my covenant, with Life, with myself.”

EPA’s EJ Small Grants have been a foundational piece to the portfolios of many community organizations that have gone on to make a visible difference in their communities. The 2015 grants will help organizations in 22 states and the U.S. Virgin Islands carry out projects that will educate residents about environmental issues that may impact their health, collect data about local environmental conditions, and work collaboratively to address environmental justice issues in their communities. The grants support activities that not only address a range of community concerns, but also support activities that are educating and empowering youth and the next generation of environmental stewards

More at Free Beacon

Reject USDA School lunch program? Punishment follows

You know the drill by now. Schools are abandoning the Michelle Obama’s school lunch programs due to the uneatability and loss of revenue. If you thought just giving back the subsidies would be the end of the story, think again. No, the jackboots come. The USDA promises a “Cascade of Regulations.”  It is the Chicago way.

In the words of board vice chairman John Laferriere:

“Essentially, we want to get off the federal teat. At the end of the day, that’s what it is. And we’re getting penalized for it.”

What did they think Michelle Obama et al. were going to do, give them a gold star for resisting?

Today’s lesson at Londonderry High: The purpose of Big Government is to become Bigger Government. Those who succumb are absorbed. Those who resist are squashed. H/T:Moonbattery


School officials last year decided to remove Londonderry High School from the National School Lunch Program after nutrition regulations championed by first lady Michelle Obama resulted in a significant drop in cafeteria sales, and a significant increase in food waste, the New Hampshire Union Leader reports.

The move meant the high school forfeited federal subsidies that come with the program, but officials increased lunch prices and introduced new offerings students love to make up the difference, and then some.

The high school’s successful transition, however, apparently doesn’t sit well with federal bureaucrats at the U.S. Department of Education, who apparently issued a threat to district officials recently in hopes of changing their minds.

The USDA’s national office told school officials they must provide an “accountability and reconciliation plan” to document production and waste in the high school’s kitchen and comply with “more than monthly” inspections to continue its arrangement“ Dining services director Amanda Venezia said Monday she was told in a conference call last week that the U.S. Department of Agriculture may not treat the school as a processing facility,” the Union Leader reports. “The categorization would impose substantial regulatory and financial burdens, she said, require at least one new hire and lots of paperwork.”

More at EAG News

FBI checking out security of Hillary’s e-mail server

I give you a few snippets from the Washington Post story. Will Val Jar send Hillary to the dust bin of history? All she has to do is give the thumbs up and from what it sounds like, the thumb is up. Leaks to the New York Times and Washington Post from “high government sources” come with the purpose. There is blood in the water. Here we go:

The FBI has begun looking into the security of Hillary Rodham Clinton’s private e-mail setup, contacting in the past week a Denver-based technology firm that helped manage the unusual system, according to two government officials.

Also last week, the FBI contacted Clinton’s lawyer, David Ken­dall, with questions about the security of a thumb drive in his possession that contains copies of work e-mails Clinton sent during her time as secretary of state.

For instance, the server installed in her Chappaqua, N.Y., home as she was preparing to take office as secretary of state was originally used by her first campaign for the presidency, in 2008, according to two people briefed on the setup. A staffer who was on the payroll of her political action committee set it up in her home, replacing a server that Clinton’s husband, former president Bill Clinton, had been using in the house.

The e-mail system was not always reliable, these people said, with Pagliano summoned at various times to fix problems. Notably, the system crashed for days after New York was hit by Hurricane Sandy in October 2012, while Hillary Clinton was secretary of state.

That led to new conversations about the need for better security, durability and a more professional setup, according to these people. In 2013, the Clintons hired Platte River to maintain the data.

Full story Washington Post

Obama and his treatment of Jordan and Israel

Let’s see if we can figure how this goes. Jordan’s King met with members of Congress, but no plan was in the works for him to meet with the President until a photo-op presented itself after the report of the killing of the Jordan pilot. But Israel? Nope, Bebe cannot talk with Congress and now our boy king says he will never, ever meet with Israel again. I think I have this.Israeli Newspaper: Obama May Not Meet with Netanyahu Again
White House Dossier.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is “toast” at the White House following his acceptance of an invitation to address Congress, and President Obama may never meet with him again, according to one of Israel’s leading newspapers.

Writing in the liberal Haaretz, known as “Israel’s New York Times,” diplomatic correspondent Barak Ravid paints a dire portrait of the relationship between Netanyahu and both Obama and Secretary of State Kerry, saying the animus is now deeply personal.

And how is our best and only partner willing to do some bombing?

After ISIS execution, angry King Abdullah quotes Clint Eastwood to U.S. lawmakers | WashingtonExaminer.com

Washington Examiner – 
King Abdullah of Jordan,  met with Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman.
Members of the House Armed Services Committee met with Jordan’s King Abdullah Tuesday not long after news broke that ISIS had burned to death a Jordanian pilot captured in the fight against the terrorist group. In a private session with lawmakers, the king showed an extraordinary measure of anger — anger which he expressed by citing American movie icon Clint Eastwood.

“He said there is going to be retribution like ISIS hasn’t seen,” said Republican Rep. Duncan Hunter Jr., a Marine Corps veteran of two tours in Iraq and one in Afghanistan, who was in the meeting with the king. “He mentioned ‘Unforgiven’ and he mentioned Clint Eastwood, and he actually quoted a part of the movie.

Nothing on the Schedule —   why not? Our major partner?
Obama Schedule || Tuesday, February 3, 2015

10:00 am || Receives the Presidential Daily Briefing

11:35 am || Meets with Americans who wrote letters about how they benefitted from the Affordable Care Act; Roosevelt Room
2:10 pm || Holds a Cabinet meeting; Cabinet Room

All times Eastern

Oops- found time for a photo-op with the President.

Clinton unable to name one achievement during her tenure

Wouldn’t you think by now Clinton could come up with some sort of achievement for an answer? There are a number of clips out there as she moves about peddling her book. Let’s focus on this one. If I thought I was sick of looking at Obama, Hillary and her faux smile is getting close to first place these days. I would say she avoided the answer. Maybe the interviews are not quite as friendly this time around?

Clinton Unable To Name A Signature Achievement From Her State Dept Tenure (June 6, 2014)

HHS Nominee Sylvia Mathews Burwell, Dumpster-Dived Dead Vince Foster’s Trash

In what has to be labeled as nothing more than a love fest, the HHS nominee Secretary hearing of Sylvia Mathews Burrell who will head up Obamacare was the most disgusting display of non vetting I have ever watched. John MCain took me over the edge. So my regular readers will have to humor me, as I run a re-do of an earlier post. Remember how we were going to get a shot at presenting all that was wrong with Obamacare when the GOP got their shot at the nominee?  Fools all of them. The headline?  HHS Nominee Burwell Faces Barrage of Flattery at First  TIME ‎-

Ms. Burrell with Bill Clinton: No worries Bill, I took care of everything. Don’t worry about the Whitewater notes of Vince Foster. (Not an actual quote)


Republican senators, acknowledging their deep support of would-be Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell i

I advised her against taking the leadership position at HHS,” said Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) as he sat as a witness on behalf of Burwell. “After all, who would recommend their friend take over as captain of the Titanic, after it hit the iceberg?”

Sen. Richard Burr (R-N.C.) gave her an outright endorsement for the position, saying Burwell had “a portfolio of experience that would make her a tremendous asset.” (understatement of the day)

The questioning was surprisingly soft. While some lawmakers quizzed her on the Independent Payment Advisory Board, a federal agency created by the law to lower Medicare costs that some conservatives feared would be “death panels,” Burwell simply responded that it was her estimate that the board would never actually be activated. (This was the most absurd).

So Ms Burwell will slide into the position of head of Obamacare without a smidgen of discussion of her political ties. Rather than choosing someone with a Healthcare background, let’s pick another political operative. She got herself off to a good start with helping out Hillary and Bill Clinton and picking through dead Vince Foster’s trash the day of his death. No worries over White Water, Travel Gate or who knows what. She will be an excellent foot soldier. So just who is she?

Who is Burwell?

According to the Free Beacon:

In July 1995, Burwell (then Sylvia Mathews) was one of several key aides questioned by the Senate Whitewater Committee regarding the death of deputy White House counsel Vince Foster.

Foster’s death was officially ruled a suicide. The Clinton White House eventually admitted to misleading investigators about how senior officials had seized and disposed of files relating to the first couple’s controversial investments in the Whitewater Development Corporation, a failed real estate venture.

Clinton spokeswoman Dee Dee Myers admitted that then-White House counsel Bernard Nussbaum, who had recovered documents relating to the Whitewater controversy from Foster’s office after his death, did not turn over the documents to the Clinton family’s personal attorney, contrary to what White House officials had claimed. Nussbaum had actually given the documents to Hillary Clinton’s chief of staff, who placed them in a White House safe for five days before being turned over to the family attorney.

Under questioning, Sylvia Mathews and her colleagues denied impeding a police investigation into Foster’s death after his body was found in a northern Virginia park. According to the New York Times, Mathews testified “in laborious detail about what she had found in Mr. Foster’s garbage on the night he died.”

Recall Travel Gate? For those too young:  Vince Foster Dead. A great link for a refresher.


…the long-hidden notebook kept by Vincent Foster had been in the office of White House Counsel Bernard Nussbaum following Mr. Foster’s death. The notebook chronicled Mr. Foster’s anguish over Hillary Clinton’s role in the firings, Harry Thomason’s potential criminal liability, and whether the White House scandal containment strategy could be maintained to stop at the level of David Watkins.

(snip) NY Times:

The committee today began what will be weeks of intensive questioning of White House aides about whether Mrs. Clinton, in advance of investigators, had told officials to remove papers from the office of Vincent W. Foster Jr., her close friend and former law partner who was the deputy White House counsel at the time he killed himself on July 20, 1993.


The committee also focused today on Mr. Foster’s office trash. Members questioned Sylvia Mathews, a former White House aide, in laborious detail about what she had found in Mr. Foster’s garbage on the night he died. Other than a few routine documents, the garbage contained nothing that shed light on Mr. Foster’s thinking, said Ms. Mathews, who is now chief of staff at the Treasury Department.

Republicans on the committee found it significant, however, that Ms. Mathews had also managed to retrieve a special bag of garbage containing classified and sensitive papers that was usually destroyed by the Secret Service. The contents of that bag were never examined by anyone to see if Mr. Foster had left anything in it that might shed light on his state of mind.

Ms. Mathews said that she got the bag from the Secret Service and began looking briefly through it, when she discovered that it contained all of the classified garbage from the West Wing.

(Excerpt) Read more at nytimes.com …

Our gal Sarah Palin has an idea of who Sylvia Mathews Burwell is. She gives it to her on her Face Book page to the delight of the Liberal media.
Remember last year when America’s war memorials, national parks, patriotic amenities, student White House tours, etc. were shut down because the Obama administration’s spending priorities are so out of whack? Americans were told the Federal government didn’t have enough of our tax dollars to allow WWII vets to walk across a public sidewalk to visit a statue honoring these heroes. This, during the “shutdown” when crony capitalism, earmarks, and waste and fraud continued to fill the swamp. This, while the first family continued to live elaborately large and some in Congress had the gall to whine that they aren’t paid enough. This, while the people’s will continued to be arrogantly ignored.

What a cold and callous bureaucrat it was who’d direct that quite revealing fiasco, an episode over which the Obama Administration never recovered in the court of public opinion. 

Who would do such a thing? Who would punish patriotic Americans? Who sent the email initiating all this?

The political operative Sylvia Burwell.


UPDATE: From the Daily Kos- which linked to us. I am not feeling the love.

Bunkerville blog: HHS Nominee Sylvia Mathews Burwell, Dumpster-Dived Dead Vince Foster’s Trash

Dumpster-diving. I see. How is that working out for you?

This is the best you have, and these are the best sites still standing on the Burwell nomination? LOL

Even Free Republic has given up. They have had nothing on Burwell for weeks, although they still have plenty of CT on Obamacare overall.


10,000 Syrian children dead after red line, but we will find Nigerian Children

When I heard that Lurch AKA John Kerry had taken his political side-show to Africa  last week after clearly flailing about in the Middle East and elsewhere, we had to know that Africa had to be the next attention distraction . Kerry Urges Steps to Ensure Democracy in Africa – ABC News.

Look, I am sympathetic to the hundreds of missing girls kidnapped by Boko Haram in Nigeria. They have been missing for months. Why now the attention? And how about the 10,000 children that have been killed and tortured in Syria? Interesting that we hear precious little about Obama/Clinton’s failed Syrian policy, but now the drum beats for Nigeria. So Obama wants to be a hero, and the media is lapping it up. Meanwhile we will destabilize more countries as the Democracy rhetoric beats louder as was done in the Arab Spring.

More than 10,000 children have been killed in the Syrian civil war, the United Nations says, while many more are subjected to “unspeakable” suffering, including rape, torture and recruitment for combat.

Thousands more have also been forced to flee their homes during the three-year conflict, according to a report released this week to the Security Council and posted on the UN website.

More importantly, those in the State Department refuse to admit it is the  Muslims creating a war against Christians  in Nigeria, and have been slaughtering them for years.

From an earlier post:

Religion Is Not Driving violence in Nigeria After Islamists Slaughter 39 Christians April 11, 2012 — bunkerville

Another Dangerous Team Obama Idiot: State Official Says Religion Is Not Driving Extremist Violence in Nigeria – After Islamists Slaughter 39 Christians, reads the headline. 

Where do they find these nut jobs?
Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs Johnnie Carson told an audience on Monday that religion is not driving the extremist violence in Nigeria after the Islamist group Boko Haram took credit for slaughtering 39 Christians at Easter services on Sunday.
CNS News has the clip. H/T: Gateway Pundit

“While some seek to inflame Muslim-Christian tensions, Nigeria’s ethnic and religious diversity, like our own in this country, is a source of strength, not weakness,” he added,  “and there are many examples across Nigeria of communities working across religious lines to protect one another.”

The Islamist group Boko Haram took credit for the attack. They declared war on Christians in December.

Similarly, on Christmas Day, the Nigerian Islamist terrorist group, Boko Haram, attacked a Catholic church in that country, killing more than 40 people.

CIA Factbook:

Muslims are 52% and reside mostly at the Northern part of the country. Christians form about 47 to 48% and reside majorly in the Southern part of the country.

Asst. Secretary of State Johnnie Carson  “ I want to take this opportunity to stress one key point and that is that religion is not driving extremist violence either in Jos, or northern Nigeria,” Assistant  Secretary of State Carson said Monday at a forum on U.S. policy toward Nigeria held at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) in Washington, D.C. ED. (So much fo his insight)

Last Friday, ahead of the Easter attacks, the United States Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF)issued a press release expressing “deep concern” about threats from Boko Haram before the Christian holiday and described the group as espousing “an extreme and violent interpretation of Islam.”

“These threats,” USCIRF Chairman Leonard Leo said, “should be taken seriously, especially given Boko Haram’s coordinated attacks on Christmas Day, when suicide bombers attacked churches in five different cities in central and northern Nigeria.” CNS News

More over at Hot Air:

Did Hillary refuse to designate Boko Haram as a terrorist organization?

Josh Rogin at The Daily Beast reported last night that the State Department was asked repeatedly during her tenure as Secretary of State to add it to their list of terrorist organizations — but refused to do so:

What Clinton didn’t mention was that her own State Department refused to place Boko Haram on the list of foreign terrorist organizations in 2011, after the group bombed the UN headquarters in Abuja. The refusal came despite the urging of the Justice Department, the FBI, the CIA, and over a dozen Senators and Congressmen.

“The one thing she could have done, the one tool she had at her disposal, she didn’t use. And nobody can say she wasn’t urged to do it. It’s gross hypocrisy,” said a former senior U.S. official who was involved in the debate. “The FBI, the CIA, and the Justice Department really wanted Boko Haram designated, they wanted the authorities that would provide to go after them, and they voiced that repeatedly to elected officials.”


Here a bonus to the story:

In December 2010, David Plouffe received $100,000 for two speeches in Nigeria from an affiliate of the South African telecommunications company MTN Group. At the time, MTN had been doing business with thegovernment of Iran since 2005. Recently, MTN has come under increased scrutiny by the U.S. for allegations that the Iranian government has used the MTN network in the country to track and monitor dissidents. MTN has been listed on the “Iran Business Registry” of prominent watchdog group United Against Nuclear Iran since 2009.[17]  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/David_Plouffe

From LWashington Post:David Plouffe , a senior White House adviser who was President Obama’s 2008 campaign manager, accepted a $100,000 speaking fee in 2010 from an affiliate of a company doing business with Iran’s government.

Since Plouffe’s speeches, MTN Group has come under intensified scrutiny from U.S. authorities because of its activities in Iran and Syria, which are under international sanctions intended to limit the countries’ access to sensitive technology. At the time of Plouffe’s speeches, MTN had been in a widely reported partnership for five years with a state-owned Iranian telecommunications firm.



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