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Being the "Queen of Everything" (Mr. dixie is the Prince of What's Left) but................ Golden Retrievers RULE!!!

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What to do if Syrian refugees relocate to your neighborhood:

from PlantingPeace.org

The Spooky and Scandalous Past of Ben Carson's Top National Security Adviser

On Tuesday, the New York Times published a story that had the politerati abuzz. The headline was bold: "Ben Carson Is Struggling to Grasp Foreign Policy, Advisers Say." The piece reported that the GOP presidential candidate's "remarks on foreign policy have repeatedly raised questions about his grasp of the subject," and it noted that "two of his top advisers said in interviews that he had struggled to master the intricacies of the Middle East and national security and that intense tutoring was having little effect."
Duane Clarridge, a top adviser to Carson on terrorism and national security, told the Times, "Nobody has been able to sit down with him and have him get one iota of intelligent information about the Middle East." Ouch.

Shades of Palin, right?

But more importantly...this article is about WHO is coaching Carson....and it is not good.

A particularly intriguing aspect of this dustup was that Carson had turned to Clarridge for foreign policy advice. Often portrayed as a veteran spymaster in the media, Clarridge has indeed had a long career in intelligence, but it has been a checkered one.

Clarridge first achieved public notoriety during the Iran-contra affair—the doozy of a scandal in which President Ronald Reagan secretly sold arms to the terrorist-supporting regime of Iran in order to free American hostages and in which his national security crew used these ill-gotten proceeds to secretly finance the CIA-backed contras who were trying to overthrow the socialist government of Nicaragua. Clarridge, then a top CIA official, played a role in both sides of the conspiracy. He helped White House aide Oliver North use a CIA front company to ship US-made HAWK missiles to Iran. According to the independent counsel who investigated the scandal, he also sought funding from the apartheid regime of South Africa for the contras, after Congress had cut off assistance for the contras. Clarridge retired from the CIA in 1987 after being formally reprimanded for his involvement in the Iran weapons deal.

But there was worse blowback to come. In 1991, independent counsel Lawrence Walsh charged Clarridge for lying to congressional investigators and a presidential commission about his role in the trading-arms-for-hostages skullduggery. Essentially, after news of the clandestine deal with Tehran broke, Walsh alleged, Clarridge had repeatedly lied to investigators, claiming that he had not known that the shipments he had helped North arrange contained weapons. Clarridge had stuck to the cover story that these shipments involved oil drilling equipment. Walsh asserted, "There was strong evidence that Clarridge's testimony was false."

Walsh also pointed out that Clarridge had falsely testified when he had told government investigators that he had not known about Reagan administration efforts (arguably illegal) to seek secret financial aid from other countries for the contras and and that he himself had not sought such funds for the contras. Walsh maintained that CIA cables proved that Clarridge had misled investigators about this. Yet Walsh did not bring perjury charges against Clarridge for these allegedly false statements, noting the reasons for sidelining this portion of the case were classified.

1,000 words

In China several doctors bow to an 11 year old boy diagnosed with terminal brain cancer who managed to save the lives of several others
by donating his organs shortly after he passed.

Pic courtesy of Plantingpeace.org

This brought tears to my eyes.........I am a parent.

no one leaves home
unless home is the mouth of a shark
you only run for the border when you see the whole city running as well

you have to understand,
that no one puts their children in a boat
unless the water is safer than the land
— Warsan Shire

Seen on Anonymous tweet just now.

"Syrian passport found NEAR a terrorist body".

French media claim terror investigation is saying that a 'Syrian' passport was found near a terrorist body.


That brings back unfortunate reminder of other passports finds, like the pristine one found on the street after 9-11.

Police hostage-takers blew themselves up as police approached -

Once the Paris police decided to storm the Bataclan theater, where four terrorists were holding dozens of people hostage,
the assailants decided to detonate the suicide belts they were wearing, according to local media reports, who added that over 110 people died as a result of the siege.
Three of the attackers were killed after letting off their explosive devices, while the fourth died after being shot by police.
The exact number of hostages killed is still unknown. The Le Parisien newspaper claims over 100 people died, with at least a dozen suffering injuries.
One of the gunmen at Bataclan reportedly shouted: "It's for Syria" and "Allahu Akbar!" meaning, “God is greatest” in Arabic.

Note: This same info, is all over Twitter via other news feeds also.

Secret Service officer charged with trying to solicit minor

DOVER, Del. (AP) — Federal authorities say a Secret Service agent from Maryland sent obscene images and texts to someone he thought was a young Delaware girl, sometimes doing it while on duty at the White House.

Unbeknownst to agent Lee Robert Moore, the person he thought was a 14-year-old girl was actually an undercover Delaware police officer. Moore now faces state and federal charges.

According to a complaint filed Thursday in federal court in Wilmington, Moore surrendered Monday to Maryland State Police after being placed on administrative leave last week.

According to the complaint, Moore often engaged in online chats while on duty, once asking the girl to send him something "exciting" on a day when he was checking IDs for building entrance.

Presenting...... The perfect solution to the Starbucks red cup issue:

to http://www.plantingpeace.org/

awww.....I an so happy there is room for these sweet guys.

ROLF! at Carson

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