John Kerry, Israel and his family ties to Iran UPDATE

How does Kerry keep getting recycled back into into the government? John Kerry, the U.S. special envoy for climate change, is facing calls for his resignation from Republican lawmakers and pundits for reportedly discussing Israeli military operations with Iran’s foreign minister when he served as then-President Obama’s secretary of State. Should we be surprised? UPDATE:

 

Iran orders probe into leaked audio of Zarif bemoaning military’s influence

Rouhani-ordered investigation seeks to identify who released ‘stolen’ three-hour recording that has sparked anger among country’s conservatives

 

“In the Islamic Republic the military field rules,” Zarif said in the audiotape, quoted by The New York Times. “I have sacrificed diplomacy for the military field rather than the field servicing diplomacy.”

Back to the post:

First, let’t take a look at his Iranian connection in case we wonder why his concern about Iran.

Kerry’s daughter Vanessa is married to an Iranian national and physician. Who was best man at the ceremony? The son of Mohammad Javad Zarif, Iran’s Minister of Foreign Affairs.

Zarif was also and Kerry’s chief counterpart in the nuclear deal negotiations.

Kerry also said he was “strongly committed to resolving” the differences between the United States and the Islamic Republic of Iran, “to the mutual benefit of both of our people.”

Blackmail?

“But what if the regime simply decides to round up Nahed’s family members and torture them? Or sends its goons to visit them at home? Or exerts some form of more subtle pressure on them that gets no publicity, and then makes it known they want the United States to release Iranians jailed in the United States on terrorism charges or for attempting to procure weapons technology or military spare parts”?

Our patriot Kerry:

Kerry exposes Iranian family tie — and subjects family to blackmail

In a greeting to the Iranian people on the occasion of the traditional New Year (Nowruz) holiday last week, Secretary of State John Kerry exposed a secret that journalists and academics have been agonizing over for the past six weeks: the fact that his daughter has married an Iranian-American who has extensive family ties to Iran.

Since its inception, the FBI has vetted U.S. government officials involved in national security issues, and it generally won’t grant clearances to individuals who are married to nationals of an enemy nation or have family members living in that country, for fear of divided loyalties or, more simply, blackmail.

Kerry has repeatedly appeared with groups such as the American Iranian Council (AIC), and has taken money from Iranian-Americans for his political campaigns, including at least one illegal donation from an Iranian woman who did not have a green card.

Among Sen. John Kerry’s top fund-raisers are three Iranian-Americans who have been pushing for dramatic changes in U.S. policy toward the Islamic Republic of Iran.

So he didn’t need to have an Iranian-American family member to believe that the United States should forge direct relations with the Islamic Republic or ease U.S. pressure on the regime.

Read more: Daily Caller

2013:

United States Secretary of State John Kerry has controversially claimed that American Senators should ‘stop listening to the Israelis’ in respect to Iran’s nuclear program. Kerry made the incendiary remark during a behind-close-doors briefing he gave to the Senate Banking Committee, where he made an impassioned plea to the lawmakers to put a halt to proposed new sanctions on the Islamic Republic.

But of course nothing will happen. Just a little snafu for Kerry.

Republican blowback is running the gamut from calling for Kerry to leave his position as the top official addressing climate change to calling for an investigation and his prosecution. Biden administration officials are dismissing the allegations, saying the information Kerry allegedly shared was widely known at the time.

Sen. Dan Sullivan (R-Alaska) called for Kerry’s resignation in a floor speech, one of several senators to do so Monday.

Keep reading

Let us not forget as well a post done in 2010. Lucky us, she is back again as well.

Iranian Born Valerie Jarrett Rises Again

Valerie Jarrett-Named Iranian of the Month

Obama’s closest aide is Shirazi

 Jarrett is a member of African-American and Chicago royalty. But her story and her life begin in the Middle East, not the Midwest. She was born in 1956 in Shiraz, Iran, Hospital, where Jarrett was born, and spent her early years. ”Every memory from Iran is a very happy memory,” Jarrett told me in an e-mail.  . Jarrett speaks Persian-Farsi and French.

“I had the honor of being in Shiraz and was student and later friend of Professor and Mrs Bowman (Valerie parent).
This Family is highly exceptional and Dr Bowman loves Iran and Shiraz and had been in touch with Shiraz ever since Valerie was in Shiraz and she is a brilliant and superb individual who belong to entire world”

The very best of the swamp today.

George Soros long fingers in Chicago and DA races, State Secretaries of State

One benefit that has occurred with the Smollett case in Chicago was the name George Soros came to the fore. George has been a very busy man with local and State elections these past years focusing on little appreciated obscure positions in State governments such as Secretarys of State. These are critical positions that handle elections. Lately he has moved on to District Attorneys.

Example A:

Michelle Obama and Chief of Staff Tina Tchen

One Tina Tchen who greased the skids for Smollett via Foxx.

Tchen is a close pal of Obama consigliere Valerie Jarrett and a longtime bag woman for Illinois Democrats

Tchen headed up the “Office of Public Engagement,” a murky outfit overseen by Jarrett that, among other things, had its hands in the Obama’s failed Chicago Crony-lympics bid and was in the middle of Obama administration efforts to recruit artists to advance their political agenda.

I pointed out in November 2009 that Tchen, a high-powered campaign finance bundler for Team Obama who personally raised more than $200,000 while a lawyer at Skadden Arps, is listed in White House visitor logs as having met there with none other than…  George Soros.

From Michelle Malkin

George Soros Spent $408k on Prosecutor in Jussie Smollett Case

Kim Foxx

Then we had State Attorney FOXX. 

Left-wing billionaire mega-donor George Soros donated $408,000 in 2016 to a super PAC that supported Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx, whose office prosecuted — and dropped — the Jussie Smollett case

Law Enforcement Today

 

George Soros, the billionaire of progressive-slash-socialist and globalist causes the world over, has been busy buying his way into local district attorney campaigns in the United States. He has found he can get a lot of bang for his bucks in these races.

George Soros

Talk about trying to turn the judicial system into an activist camp for the left.

It’s one thing to exercise one’s First Amendment rights to support candidates with similar political leanings. It’s another thing entirely to try and collapse a limited government republic, from the bottom up, and implement, in its place, a judicial branch filled with people who twist the Bill of Rights into something it’s not, the Constitution into something it was never intended to be, and the rule of law into a mocking tool for far-left gain.

In California alone:

He was referring to the big money that Soros, via his funding of progressive-minded California Justice & Publicly Safety PAC, is tossing into several local D.A. races. In Contra Costa, a Soros-tied PAC has kicked in $100,000-plus to support the leftist candidate; in Alameda County, more than $550,000 of Soros-tied money has gone to a hard-core civil rights attorney fighting for the comparatively conservative District Attorney Nancy O’Malley’s seat. Another $400,000 or so of Soros money’s gone toward the Sacramento County district attorney race.

Washington Times

But the real deal are the State Secretary offices. Think it doesn’t matter? Look what happened with having Mark Ritchie Secretary of State in Minnesota and the Al Franken win. Who is Mark Ritchie?

Ritchie in the 1990s had been a member of the now-defunct socialist New Party.[20] Moreover, he has ideological ties to the Communist Party USA and has been described by communist Tim Wheeler as a “friend” of the Party.

It gave us Obamacare with the 60th vote.

Minnesota’s November election for U.S. Senate, Republican incumbent Norm Coleman finished 725 votes ahead of Democratic challenger Al Franken; the thin margin of victory, however, triggered an automatic recount. With Mark Ritchie presiding over the recount process during the ensuing weeks, Coleman’s lead gradually dwindled due to what journalist Matthew Vadum describes as a long series of “appalling irregularities” that invariably benefited Franken.

As USA Today reported at the time: “The political battle for control of the federal government has opened up a new front: the obscure but vital state offices that determine who votes and how those votes are counted.”[11]

The Secretary of State Project (SoSP) was established in July 2006 as an independent “527” organization devoted to helping Democrats get elected to the office of secretary-of-state in selected swing, or battleground, states.

One of the principal duties of the secretary of state is to serve as the chief election officer who certifies candidates as well as election results in his or her state.[2] The holder of this office, then, can potentially play a key role in determining the winner of a close election. Funding included George Soros. Other players were Mark Ritchie.

To establish “election protection” against similar disappointments in subsequent political races, SoSP in 2006 targeted its funding efforts on the secretary-of-state races in seven swing states: Colorado, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, New Mexico, and Ohio.[10]

Democrats emerged victorious in five of those seven elections, all except Colorado and Michigan. Politico.com would later characterize SoSP as “an administrative firewall” designed, “in anticipation of a photo-finish presidential election,” to protect Democrats’ “electoral interests in … the most important battleground states.”[12]

In 2008, SoSP supported Democratic secretary-of-state candidates in Missouri, Montana, Oregon and West Virginia; all four Democrats won. These results represented yet another high return on a relatively small financial investment for SoSP.

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All going as planned. George Soros sponsored this little number Foxx as DA. Purpose? To break down the final thin blue line and society as a whole. To create this very angst. It is the Alinsky and Cloward-Piven way. The latest shiny object to keep us off our toes and overwhelm the system.

Other than that, all’s well in the swamp.

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Obama: ‘That’s just how White folks will do you’

Let’s trot out this old post done back on October 20, 2012. Now that Rudy Giuliani has opened the door for us to have the much heralded “conversation” on race that the Left keeps harping on, and for Holder who thinks we are “a Nation of cowards,” let’s take a look at what Obama has to say about us “White Folks.” The clip includes portions of the book that were scrubbed.

When I caught the headline from Breitbart that the audiobook version of Obama’s book had scrubbed mentions of Frank Marshall Davis, a video I had seen some time ago came to mind. To me, the portions left out were far more explosive than any discussions of the trio of Davis, Axelrod and Jarrett and Communism. The portions left out gave a glimpse of his anger towards white people. It explained far more about his motivations in governance than Davis. So if  you have a bit of time, it is worth looking at. Part below from a the Breitbart excerpt.

Excerpt from Breitbart:

Professor: ‘Dreams from My Father’ Audiobook Oddly Scrubs Mentions of Frank Marshall Davis

This is the latest in a series of exclusive interviews with Dr. Paul Kengor, Cold War historian and professor of political science, on his blockbuster book, The Communist: Frank Marshall Davis, The Untold Story of Barack Obama’s Mentor.

The Communist is based on declassified material from Soviet archives, FBI files, and archived articles from Communist Party publications. Among the material reproduced in Kengor’s book are reports from Davis’s 600-page FBI file listing Davis’s Communist Party number: 47544. Kengor’s book provides stunning information that the mainstream media has carefully avoided. Like Breitbart News’s Vetting project, Kengor’s exposé is doing the vetting of Obama that the pro-Obama media refuses to do.

Breitbart News Network: Professor Kengor, you’ve told us some very intriguing things about Obama’s mentor, Frank Marshall Davis, including the interview we did on the troika of Obama, David Axelrod, and Valerie Jarrett, all of whom have common political ancestors in Chicago’s Communist Party circles in the 1940s. (A great interview that explains the three’s connection with Frank Marshall Davis.) But let us get to the heart of the matter:

“That’s just how white folks will do you. It wasn’t merely the cruelty involved; I was learning that black people could be mean and then some. It was a particular brand of arrogance, an obtuseness in otherwise sane people that brought forth our bitter laughter. It was as if whites didn’t know they were being cruel in the first place. Or at least thought you deserved of their scorn.”Barack Obama, Dreams from My Father: A Story of Race and Inheritance

Politico wants Valerie Jarrett to pack up and leave the WH

Could anything bring us more fun than to see Obama dispatch Valerie? Not that it will happen. But the sniping has been so much fun this week. For oh so many years we have heard how the GOP is in disarray. Now for sure the chickens are coming home to roost. Even Politico has called upon her name. Valerie represents all that is wrong with the administration. Corrupt and evil. I will leave a link to a sullied past at the end of the post.

Politico:

Almost since the start of Barack Obama’s presidency, people who have actual, real duties in the West Wing of the White House—the working, executive part of the government, that is—have been urging him to do something about Valerie Jarrett. Push her into the East Wing, where she can hang out with Michelle Obama and the White House social secretary, or give her an ambassadorship—or something—but for Pete’s sake get her out of the way of the hard work of governing that needs to be done.

Now it’s really time to do it.

Let’s stipulate right away that it would be unfair to blame Jarrett, the longtime Obama family friend and confidante, for the walloping that the president and his party suffered at the polls on Tuesday. And Jarrett will no doubt be needed in the weeks ahead to comfort her old pals, Barack and Michelle. What happened on Tuesday almost couldn’t be worse for Obama personally—not just the Senate’s going Republican but all those governorships lost, including Illinois Governor Pat Quinn’s defeat in Obama’s adopted home state, even after the president and first lady came to Illinois to campaign for him. The morning after the elections, Democrats and their top staffers were hopping mad, blaming Obama and, by extension, his staff for the defeat.Keep reading…

Recall  Valerie Jarrett: ‘Scandals – What scandals, things happen’  First let us go down your corrupt rabbit hole.

Holder fines bank $9 Billion, guess where the fine money goes?

Will someone ask Eric where are all the fines that he is collecting from banks going? I have a clue, and I will include it below in an old post. Today we hear that he has hit BNP Paribas bank with a big big fine. Maybe they deserve it. But the point is these fines are simply “walking around money” for his favorite charities such as Acorn. So here we go:

Wth a record $9-billion fine against BNP Paribas, one of the world’s largest banks, the Justice Department aimed Monday to send a clear message to bank shareholders everywhere.

“The $9 billion that’s walking out the door today is your money,” FBI Director James B. Comey said at a Monday news conference. Until shareholders hold corporate chiefs accountable for following the law, “the money will keep walking out the door.” (Better to go to Acorn)

The conviction contrasts sharply with a series of large settlements with U.S. banks linked to the financial crisis, as well as with foreign banks such as Britain’s HSBC, which was accused of widespread money-laundering violations. With no criminal components, those cases have been attacked as comparative “wrist slaps” by Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), among other critics. (Ed: Really Liz? A Slap?)  More at LA Times

But let us take a ride in my way back machine from an old post and let me know if this was a slap:

December 11, 2013 — bunkerville 

A little reported story rang a bell, and I headed in time: Recall JPMorgan Chase – first bank takedown by Obama? $13 Billion fine posted October 22, 2013? Want to know where the money went? Yepper, Acorn like groupies. But this is not the first extortion. Eric has been extorting money from them for years. Here’s a list of what the fines and settlements have cost JPMorgan Chase to date in the fallout of the 2008 financial crisis. Keep in mind the loans were not loans JPMorgan made, but loans they absorbed through the purchase of outside assets that were questionable.

Oct. 2013: $100 million.

Sept. 2013: $920 million

Sept. 2013: $389 million

July 2013: $410 million

January 2013 and Feb. 2012: $1.8 billion

November 2012: $296.9 million

August 2012: $1.2 billion

April 2012: $20 million

August 2011: $88.3 million

July 2011: $228 million

June 2011: $153.6 million

April 2011: $56 million

June 2010: $48.6 million

 

Rather than simply settling for the smug satisfaction of seeing some Wall Street Fat Cats get taken down a peg or two, how about getting your hands on some of the cash yourselfHot Air tells us the facts.

It seems Attorney General Eric Holder has created a multi-million dollar backdoor kickback for activist groups in the $13 billion JP Morgan Chase subprime loan deal recently settled, WND reports.

It appears the Obama administration has a strategy for reviving subprime mortgage lending by coercing banks to fund community organizing groups that may once more put low-income families into mortgages beyond their means.

But wait… you can’t just take the penalty money and hand it out to your friends, can you? According to the breakdown from Investors.com, apparently you can.

Just when we thought its post-crisis probe of banks couldn’t get more corrupt, the Obama administration has cut radical Democrat groups in on the record $13 billion JPMorgan Chase subprime loan deal.

On Page 5 of “Annex 2″ of the recently released consent order, you’ll find this little gem: The Justice Department mandates that JPMorgan fork over any unclaimed or unpaid consumer damages to a nonprofit group that finances Acorn clones and other shakedown groups.

They stand to reap millions. The “consumer relief” portion of the deal by itself totals $4 billion.

If the government “determines that a shortfall in that obligation remains as of Dec. 31, 2017,” the agreement states, “JPMorgan shall make a compensatory payment in cash in an amount equal to the shortfall to NeighborWorks America to provide housing counseling, neighborhood stabilization, foreclosure prevention or similar programs.”

Potentially billions could be distributed to Democrat activists through NeighborWorks, a government-funded “affordable housing” group that supports a national network of left-wing community organizers operating in the same vein as Acorn.

Breakdown of fines over at USA Today

 Here is a clip that gives us the take down. October, 2013 dated.
Is Obama Admin Targeting JP Morgan For Criticizing Obama Admin & Dodd-Frank)

A tidbit below of our gal Val and Schultzy from my way back machine:

Dem. Chair Invested in Swiss Banks, Jarrett has Bermuda line of credit

July 11, 2012

Disclosure forms reveal that Democratic National Committee chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz, a member of Congress from Florida, previously held funds with investments in Swiss banks, foreign drug companies, and the state bank of India. This revelation comes mere days after the Democratic chair attacked presumptive Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney for holding money in Swiss bank accounts in the past. H/T: Weekly Standard

White House adviser Valerie Jarrett’s recent financial disclosure form lists a line of credit from a Bermuda insurance company, according to ABC News: Now why would she need this? Anyone want to guess.

Valerie Jarrett’s financial disclosure form filed May 4 lists a line of credit from a Bermuda insurance company valued between $100,000 and $250,000.

We’ve asked the White House what exactly this mark is, and we’re waiting to hear back. … 

Jarrett is one of Obama’s closer advisers and has been with him since he was sworn in. In a lengthy New York Times profile in 2009, an Obama campaign official said that “there are two people he’s not going to say no to: Valerie Jarrett and Michelle Obama.” Washington Free Beacon

Obama’s ShoreBank manager lose $5 Million in Green car venture

This is a story that is definitely in the weeds. But when I picked up a story with the headline “ShoreBank” it brought back oh so many memories of numerous posts. It was a slush bank for Acorn, and all of the worst of  the cronies of Obama. The cast of characters include the Clinton’s, Jarrett, Van Jones, Jan Schakowsky and felon hubby and on and on.

…but because of the Clintons, the Obamas, the Moseley Brauns of the world, and ShoreBank’s sentimental value because it supported their community organizing efforts, it should be saved. No word yet from convicted felon Robert Creamer on this one, or his wife Jan Schakowsky. That is right. Jan’s hubby is in the clinker.

 …evidence that may explain the intense interest of Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL) in bailing out ShoreBank, the “community development” bank that has received extraordinary assistance from her and several other “friends in high places.”

 None of them were saying that about the bank in Wisconsin that kept family-owned farms afloat. Wonder how those banks’ investors feel about the Obama Administration’s lack of interest in them.” From:American Spectator

The New York Times confirms that Rep. Schakowsky played a leading role in the ShoreBank bailout. Yet ShoreBank is not based in Rep. Schakowsky’s congressional district, and she did not help the Bank of Lincolnwood–which is in her district, and failed in 2009–or Park National Bank, which was also active in community development in Chicago until it was closed by federal regulators last year.

Now, court documents that have been obtained reveal that ShoreBank was one of several banksthat Rep. Schakowsky’s husband, Robert Creamer, used in the check kiting scheme for which he was convicted and sentenced to federal prison in 2006.

When another bank, Cole Taylor Bank, refused to continue honoring his checks, Creamer turned to ShoreBank for help. ShoreBank evidently provided him with extra time to find over $1.4 million to cover the overdrafts.

But I digressed. Here is the story:

Crain’s) — The state agency managing the College Illinois prepaid tuition program expects to lose more than half its $10 million investment in luxury hybrid-car startup Fisker Automotive.

ShoreBank Crony Manages to Lose $5 Million for ISAC in Green Car Venture

The Illinois Student Assistance Commission, which runs the $1.1 billion fund backing the college savings plan used by more than 30,000 Illinois families, disclosed the bad news at its Sept. 14 meeting, spokesman John Samuels said.

ISAC, which embarked on an unconventional and controversial investment strategy featuring private-equity and hedge funds under previous Executive Director Andrew Davis, famously lost nearly $13 million it invested in Chicago-based urban lender ShoreBank when that bank failed in August 2010. A few months after the ShoreBank failure, ISAC plowed $10 million into a private-equity venture backing Fisker, a federally subsidized startup firm making the luxury hybrid Karma, which since has endured numerous mechanical problems.
Read more: Chicago Business

Earlier psot: Jarrett, Acorn, Van Jones and their Shorebank involvement back in the news

This story brought back a memory of a post of May 10 2010. At the time, I was hot on the trail of Obama’s Kenyan connections and his Muslim cousin Odinga running for President. So here is a taste.

In 2006, before his Presidential race, then-Sen. Barack Obama visited his father’s homeland of Kenya, and around the same times ShoreBank donated $1 million to that country to assist in micro-loan programs there. At the time, Obama officials said it was a coincidence that ShoreBank made the contribution to Kenya. Why I am just laughing myself silly!

…discussions to bail out the bank, which has close ties to both senior members of the Obama Administration, as well as the Clinton family, went deep into the weekend as Chicago politicians scrambled to save the bank.

Focus on the White House’s role is due in large part to the ties senior staffers there have to the investors and management of the bank, which started out as a community bank, and lately has been deeply involved in “micro-financing” and “green” loans.

Senior White House aide Valerie Jarrett appears to be the central figure in the Financial Services’ interest, according to Republican staffers with ties to the committee.

A Tri-fecta of intrigue just coming our way! No word yet from convicted felon Robert Creamer on this one, or his wife Jan Schakowsky.

Earlier from Crain:

Prepaid tuition program failed in ShoreBank review, auditor general reports.

The state agency running the College Illinois prepaid tuition program, which lost all of a $12.7-million investment in Chicago community bank ShoreBank, failed to follow the state’s competitive procurement requirements in hiring a firm to vet the investment beforehand, the Illinois Auditor General concluded in a report Thursday

The auditor general also criticized the agency for considering only ShoreBank after changing its investment parameters to consider direct investments in private companies.

The report also chided the commission for hiring a firm with no expertise in advising on equity investments and for not having a contract in place before the work started. Full story here at Chicago Business

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