May 20, 2018

Snoopy and Woodstock Having Lighthearted FUN! :)


I ❤ Snoopy! ๐Ÿ˜Š

Here's one for the road. Snoopy and Woodstock having a good time making music together, dancing and laughing. I hope you are having a great weekend doing the same. Try to take a break from this world's nonsense. It's good for your health. Believe me, all of the world's nonsense will continue to go on with and without your attention. So with that said, don't lose any sleep over it. Have a little fun doing whatever it is that puts a great big smile on your face and song in your heart. It doesn't have to be anything extravagant. You may feel that reading a book is fun or listening to your favorite music or watching your favorite movie, tv show, sports game or playing video games or you may enjoy gardening, even cleaning your house helps too. Once you have become relaxed, centered and have all of your batteries recharged, then you can catch up with this world's nonsense. I'm sending you lots of love and I'm giving you a great BIG HUG! :) ♥

"To succeed in life, you need three things:
a wishbone, a backbone and a funnybone."
~ by Reba McEntire

Treasure Every Moment That You Have!

Treasure Every Moment That You Have!
[source: Board of Wisdom]

Imagine there is a bank account that credits your account each morning with $86,400. It carries over no balance from day to day.

Every evening the bank deletes whatever part of the balance you failed to use during the day. What would you do? Draw out every cent, of course?

Each of us has such a bank. It's name is TIME.

Every morning, it credits you with 86,400 seconds.

Every night it writes off as lost, whatever of this you have failed to invest to a good purpose.

It carries over no balance. It allows no over draft. Each day it opens a new account for you. Each night it burns the remains of the day.

If you fail to use the day's deposits, the loss is yours. There is no drawing against "tomorrow."

You must live in the present on today's deposits. Invest it so as to get from it the utmost in health, happiness and success!

The clock is running!! Make the most of today.

To realise the value of ONE YEAR, ask a student who failed a grade.

To realise the value of ONE MONTH, ask a mother who has given birth to a premature baby.

To realise the value of ONE WEEK, ask the editor of a weekly newspaper.

To realise the value of ONE HOUR, ask the lovers who are waiting to meet.

To realise the value of ONE MINUTE, ask a person who just missed a train.

To realise the value of ONE SECOND, ask someone who just avoided an accident.

To realise the value of ONE MILLISECOND, ask the person who won a silver medal at the Olympics.

Treasure every moment that you have! And treasure it more because you shared it with someone special, special enough to spend your time with. And remember time waits for no one.

Yesterday is history. Tomorrow is a mystery. Today is a gift. That's why its called the present.

INSPIRATIONAL POEM: Hidden Mystery ♥

written by Fred Burks

In the deepest depths of you and me
In the deepest depths of we
Lies the most beautiful jewel
Shining forth eternally

Within that precious jewel
Within that priceless piece of we
Lies a time beyond all time
Lies a place beyond all space

Within that sacred source of radiance
Lies a love beyond all love
Waiting
Waiting
Waiting
Ever so patiently

Waiting for you, waiting for me
Waiting patiently for all to see
The beauty that is you inside of me
The beauty that is me inside of thee

In the deepest depths of you and me
In the deepest depths of we
Lies the love and wisdom
Of all Eternity ♥

Indescribable! ❤


I originally posted this song back in April 2008 when I woke up hearing 'God Inspiration Universe'. I was led to this video by Chris Tomlin titled 'Indescribable'. This video and song are AMAZING! This song has been playing in my spirit all day today and it is filling me up with so much JOY! That is why I am re-posting it for my readers who have not been introduced to this song. I love love love the lyrics to this song!

God is TRULY AMAZING! God is the Universe. The Universe lives and breathes in each and every one of us! We are carbon-based lifeforms, carbon units. The Universe expands and contracts. The Universe breathes in and breathes out. If the Universe is made up of Energy, then God is energy and the Source of ALL LIVING things. Connect to His Infinite POWER outlet and allow God to live and breathe LIFE and JOY into you. Jesus Christ (Yahshua HaMashiach) IS the CONDUIT to our Source (God). Jesus Christ (Yahshua HaMashiach) IS the LIVING BREATHING WORD of God, represented by the Holy Spirit who is the BREATH of God that comes to LIVE INSIDE of you.

God wants you to TRUST and BELIEVE in His WORD. Yahshua HaMashiach is the Creator God Himself - an omnipresent Spirit Being who manifested Himself as a Human Being. When you receive Jesus Christ (Yahshua HaMashiach) into your HEART, you are welcoming unspeakable joy into your life. Your creative LIGHT will emanate from the core of your being. Choose LIFE! Set yourself FREE from the barrage of limitations and condemnation that comes from this world. Re-connect to your Source and discover who God says you are and His will for your life! God sets the standards for living NOT man. Get to know Him. God wants to embrace you right where you are and love's you as you are. You are a child of the Most High God. God LOVES YOU sooooooo very much! ♥ Say YES, God I need you. Surrendering your life to God is the most freeing experience.

I also want you to think about this for a moment, God created us from the dust of the earth and when we die our bodies return to the dust of the earth. God breathed LIFE, His Spirit into us. God created ALL Living things on the earth. Therefore, wouldn't it make ABSOLUTE SENSE to RESPECT ALL living things INCLUDING the EARTH. I am NOT in any way indicating worship of the earth. I am however encouraging RESPECT. Afterall it is our ONLY HOME. When God told us to take dominion over the earth and everything in it, God means for us to be GOOD SHEPHERDS,  GOOD STEWARDS, CARETAKERS! Not destroyers! Dominion means home, domain, kingdom, sovereign authority, lordship. With this type of power granted unto us, comes great responsibility! NOT ABUSE!

UNI-VERSE = One Song

MeltingEarth created this great video interpretation of the song. I have taken the following from YouTube description from MeltingEarth to share with you.

The song is of course Chris Tomlin's version of Indescribable - and the lyrics are very literal (not very metaphorical - e.g. a river is a river, not freedom). i really tried to stretch the video story in new directions. Much of my inspiration is from Brian Green's Book "The Elegant Universe" (...if you can think of a more God-glorifying name for a book than that - let me know!!)... but also based on my own training. e.g. the cool looking formula's you see are "Maxwell's Equations", and they govern everything about light electricity and magnetism - or "electro-magnetic fields". I studied those four equations for two semesters in my undergrad engineering coursework, but didn't get a very good grade from my "fields" teacher.
  
Indescribable ~ by Chris Tomlin

From the highest of heights to the depths of the sea
Creation's revealing Your majesty
From the colors of fall to the fragrance of spring
EVERY CREATURE UNIQUE in the song that it sings
All exclaiming Indescribable, uncontainable,
You placed the stars in the sky and You know them by name.
You are AMAZING God
All powerful, untameable,
Awestruck we fall to our knees as we HUMBLY proclaim
You are AMAZING God
Who has told every lightning bolt where it should go
Or seen heavenly storehouses laden with snow
Who imagined the sun and gives source to its LIGHT
Yet conceals it to bring us the coolness of night
NONE can fathom
Indescribable, uncontainable,
You placed the stars in the sky and You know them by name
You are AMAZING God
All powerful, untameable,
Awestruck we fall to our knees as we humbly proclaim
You are AMAZING God
You are AMAZING God
Indescribable, uncontainable,
You placed the stars in the sky and You know them by name.
You are AMAZING God
All powerful, untameable,
Awestruck we fall to our knees as we humbly proclaim
You are AMAZING God
Indescribable, uncontainable,
You placed the stars in the sky and You know them by name.
You are AMAZING God
Incomparable, unchangeable
You see the depths of my heart and You love me the same
You are AMAZING God
You are AMAZING God

Praise to the Sovereign Lord for His Creation and Providence

Psalm 104 New King James Version (NKJV)
[source: Biblegateway.com]

1 Bless the Lord, O my soul!
O Lord my God, You are very great:
You are clothed with honor and majesty,

2 Who cover Yourself with light as with a garment,
Who stretch out the heavens like a curtain.

3 He lays the beams of His upper chambers in the waters,
Who makes the clouds His chariot,
Who walks on the wings of the wind,

4 Who makes His angels spirits,
His ministers a flame of fire.

5 You who laid the foundations of the earth,
So that it should not be moved forever,

6 You covered it with the deep as with a garment;
The waters stood above the mountains.

7 At Your rebuke they fled;
At the voice of Your thunder they hastened away.

8 They went up over the mountains;
They went down into the valleys,
To the place which You founded for them.

9 You have set a boundary that they may not pass over,
That they may not return to cover the earth.

10 He sends the springs into the valleys;
They flow among the hills.

11 They give drink to every beast of the field;
The wild donkeys quench their thirst.

12 By them the birds of the heavens have their home;
They sing among the branches.

13 He waters the hills from His upper chambers;
The earth is satisfied with the fruit of Your works.

14 He causes the grass to grow for the cattle,
And vegetation for the service of man,
That he may bring forth food from the earth,

15 And wine that makes glad the heart of man,
Oil to make his face shine,
And bread which strengthens man’s heart.

16 The trees of the Lord are full of sap,
The cedars of Lebanon which He planted,

17 Where the birds make their nests;
The stork has her home in the fir trees.

18 The high hills are for the wild goats;
The cliffs are a refuge for the rock badgers.

19 He appointed the moon for seasons;
The sun knows its going down.

20 You make darkness, and it is night,
In which all the beasts of the forest creep about.

21 The young lions roar after their prey,
And seek their food from God.

22 When the sun rises, they gather together
And lie down in their dens.

23 Man goes out to his work
And to his labor until the evening.

24 O Lord, how manifold are Your works!
In wisdom You have made them all.
The earth is full of Your possessions—

25 This great and wide sea,
In which are innumerable teeming things,
Living things both small and great.

26 There the ships sail about;
There is that Leviathan
Which You have made to play there.

27 These all wait for You,
That You may give them their food in due season.

28 What You give them they gather in;
You open Your hand, they are filled with good.

29 You hide Your face, they are troubled;
You take away their breath, they die and return to their dust.

30 You send forth Your Spirit, they are created;
And You renew the face of the earth.

31 May the glory of the Lord endure forever;
May the Lord rejoice in His works.

32 He looks on the earth, and it trembles;
He touches the hills, and they smoke.

33 I will sing to the Lord as long as I live;
I will sing praise to my God while I have my being.

34 May my meditation be sweet to Him;
I will be glad in the Lord.

35 May sinners be consumed from the earth,
And the wicked be no more.
Bless the Lord, O my soul!
Praise the Lord!

Praise for the Lord’s Mercies

Psalm 103 New King James Version (NKJV)
[source: Biblegateway.com]

1 Bless the Lord, O my soul;
And all that is within me, bless His holy name!
2 Bless the Lord, O my soul,
And forget not all His benefits:
3 Who forgives all your iniquities,
Who heals all your diseases,
4 Who redeems your life from destruction,
Who crowns you with lovingkindness and tender mercies,
5 Who satisfies your mouth with good things,
So that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.

6 The Lord executes righteousness
And justice for all who are oppressed.
7 He made known His ways to Moses,
His acts to the children of Israel.
8 The Lord is merciful and gracious,
Slow to anger, and abounding in mercy.
9 He will not always strive with us,
Nor will He keep His anger forever.
10 He has not dealt with us according to our sins,
Nor punished us according to our iniquities.

11 For as the heavens are high above the earth,
So great is His mercy toward those who fear Him;
12 As far as the east is from the west,
So far has He removed our transgressions from us.
13 As a father pities his children,
So the Lord pities those who fear Him.
14 For He knows our frame;
He remembers that we are dust.

15 As for man, his days are like grass;
As a flower of the field, so he flourishes.
16 For the wind passes over it, and it is gone,
And its place remembers it no more.
17 But the mercy of the Lord is from everlasting to everlasting
On those who fear Him,
And His righteousness to children’s children,
18 To such as keep His covenant,
And to those who remember His commandments to do them.

19 The Lord has established His throne in heaven,
And His kingdom rules over all.

20 Bless the Lord, you His angels,
Who excel in strength, who do His word,
Heeding the voice of His word.
21 Bless the Lord, all you His hosts,
You ministers of His, who do His pleasure.
22 Bless the Lord, all His works,
In all places of His dominion.

Bless the Lord, O my soul!

An Exuberant Declaration of Faith

An Exuberant Declaration of Faith
Psalm 27 NKJV
[source: Biblegateway]

1 The Lord is my light and my salvation;
      Whom shall I fear?
      The Lord is the strength of my life;
      Of whom shall I be afraid?
2 When the wicked came against me
       To eat up my flesh,
       My enemies and foes,
       They stumbled and fell.
3 Though an army may encamp against me,
       My heart shall not fear;
       Though war may rise against me,
       In this I will be confident.

4 One thing I have desired of the Lord,
       That will I seek:
       That I may dwell in the house of the Lord
       All the days of my life,
       To behold the beauty of the Lord,
       And to inquire in His temple.
5 For in the time of trouble
      He shall hide me in His pavilion;
      In the secret place of His tabernacle
      He shall hide me;
      He shall set me high upon a rock.
6 And now my head shall be lifted up above my enemies all around me;
      Therefore I will offer sacrifices of joy in His tabernacle;
       I will sing, yes, I will sing praises to the Lord.

7 Hear, O Lord, when I cry with my voice!
      Have mercy also upon me, and answer me.
8 When You said, “Seek My face,”
      My heart said to You, “Your face, Lord, I will seek.”
9 Do not hide Your face from me;
      Do not turn Your servant away in anger;
      You have been my help;
      Do not leave me nor forsake me,
      O God of my salvation.
10 When my father and my mother forsake me,
        Then the Lord will take care of me.

11 Teach me Your way, O Lord,
       And lead me in a smooth path, because of my enemies.
12 Do not deliver me to the will of my adversaries;
       For false witnesses have risen against me,
       And such as breathe out violence.
13 I would have lost heart, unless I had believed
       That I would see the goodness of the Lord
       In the land of the living.

14 Wait on the Lord;
        Be of good courage,
        And He shall strengthen your heart;
       Wait, I say, on the Lord!

May 18, 2018

USA: On Wednesday, U.S. Surgeon General Rescued A Distressed Fellow Passenger.

The Washington Examiner
written by Kimberly Leonard
Thursday May 16, 2018

When Delta cabin crew inquired Wednesday whether a doctor was on board to help a passenger who had passed out, they probably weren't expecting to get help from "America's Doctor."

But Surgeon General Jerome Adams, who was standing just outside the flight at the airport, eagerly answered the call on Wednesday.

"On my Delta flight to Jackson, Mississippi (by way of Atlanta), and they asked if there was a doctor on board to help with a medical emergency – why yes – yes there was," he said, posting a selfie on Twitter. "Patient doing well and like a good USPHS officer, I was glad to be able to assist!"

The USPHS stands for the United States Public Health Service Commissioned Corps, a division of the federal government's health agency.
The surgeon general's office disclosed that Adams, along with two nurses, responded to a call for emergency help from the Delta flight crew while they were waiting on the tarmac for their departure from the Fort Lauderdale airport. A passenger had lost consciousness and the crew needed help with evaluating the person's condition.

The passenger regained consciousness, but Adams ultimately determined it was necessary to have the person get off the flight and go back to the gate before being evaluated in a hospital. Adams called the patient's spouse and explained the situation.

He and the nurses escorted the patient off the plane and to medics who were called to the gate.

His office reported that the "patient was stable and thankful for the help." Details of the patient's gender and age were not disclosed.

Flight crews will issue similar requests for a doctor when passengers face a medical emergency, which can range from a heart attack, stroke or panic attack, or to administer an injection. According to a 2013 study in New England Journal of Medicine, medical emergencies happen in about 1 out of 600 commercial flights.

The surgeon general is an anesthesiologist by training and was health commissioner in Indiana before taking on his current role, in which he has been a vocal advocate on preventing and treating opioid addictions.

On Thursday he scheduled to visit the University of Mississippi Medical Center with Republican Gov. Phil Bryant to discuss what steps the administration is taking to combat the opioid crisis.

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Lifezette News
written by Michele Blood
Thursday May 17, 2018

On a Wednesday afternoon flight, this medical officer leaped into action to aid a person in distress.

A broadly smiling Vice Adm. Jerome M. Adams, M.D., M.P.H., the surgeon general of the United States, took to Twitter on Wednesday to deliver a bit of happy news.

Among the expressions of congratulatory appreciation for the doctor was Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant.

Adams was sworn into office by Vice President Mike Pence in September 2017.

Details about the emergency in the sky and the patient's condition were not immediately available.


On Thursday, Adams mentioned that he was part of a team that responded, that he was proud of all of them — and that he was overwhelmed by the response to his tweet.

WCPO.com | 9 On Your Side Published on Apr 9, 2018: For U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Jerome Adams, addiction treatment is deeply personal. As he promoted the use of naloxone in Northern Kentucky, he talked about how his brother is in prison for theft to pay for his addiction.

CHINA: To Curb Separatist Ideas, Chinese County Bans India-Trained Tibetan Monks From Teaching Buddhism.

Hindustan Times, India
written by Sutirtho Patranobis, Hindustan Times, Beijing
Wednesday May 16, 2018

While the exact number of monks banned by the Litang county is not known, Chinese officials believe it is necessary to tighten supervision to prevent the “14th Dalai Lama” clique from using local Buddhists to conduct separatist activities.

A county in southwest China’s Sichuan province has banned Tibetan monks it says were “wrongly educated” in India from teaching Buddhism to prevent the spread of “separatist” ideas.

Litang county officials recently issued the ban, the first such move outside the Tibet Autonomous Region (TAR), the nationalistic Global Times tabloid reported. Sichuan is located close to the TAR.

“As some monks received education overseas from the 14th Dalai Lama clique – whom China regards as separatists – it is necessary to tighten supervision so as to prevent the clique from using local Buddhists to conduct separatist activities,” Zhu Weiqun, former head of the Ethnic and Religious Affairs Committee of the National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference, was quoted as saying.

It was not immediately clear how many India-trained monks were banned.

Beijing considers the Dalai Lama a secessionist engaged in anti-China activities and plotting to secure Tibet’s independence, a charge he denies. The spiritual leader says he only wants autonomy for Tibet.

The county conducts patriotic education classes every year for those educated and awarded the Gexe Lharampa – the highest academic degree in Tibetan Buddhist studies – in India, an official from Litang’s ethnic and religious affairs bureau told Global Times.

“Those who behave improperly at patriotism classes or show any signs of separatist intent are strictly monitored and banned from teaching Buddhism to the public,” the report said.

While Gexe means knowledgeable, Lharampa is the highest of all four ranks in the Gexe system of Tibetan Buddhism.

Some 105 monks in TAR have been awarded the Chinese Buddhist version of the degree since 2004, state-run Xinhua news agency reported. The test was suspended after Tibetan activists allegedly instigated a riot during the event in 1988.

Litang county, a prominent seat of Tibetan Buddhism, is home to leading religious figures such as the seventh and tenth Dalai Lama. Litang Temple has about 800 monks and can accommodate more than 4,300 students, news site china.com reported.

EUROPEAN UNION: A Top European Union Court Upholds The Ban On Three Insecticides Blamed For Killing Off Bee Populations, Dismissing Cases Brought By Chemicals Giants Bayer And Syngenta.

Yahoo News
written by AFP staff
Thursday May 17, 2018

Luxembourg - A top European Union court on Thursday upheld the ban on three insecticides blamed for killing off bee populations, dismissing cases brought by chemicals giants Bayer and Syngenta.

The decision involves a partial ban by the European Union from 2013, but the bloc has since taken more drastic action after a major report by European food safety agency targeted the chemicals.

"The General Court confirms the validity of the restrictions introduced at EU level in 2013 against the insecticides clothianidin, thiamethoxam and imidacloprid because of the risks those substances pose to bees," a statement said.

"Given the existence of new studies ... the Commission was fully entitled to find that it was appropriate to review the approval of the substances in question," it said.

Bees help pollinate 90 percent of the world's major crops, but in recent years have been dying off from "colony collapse disorder," a mysterious scourge blamed partly on pesticides.

The pesticides -- clothianidin, imidacloprid and thiamethoxam -- are based on the chemical structure of nicotine and attack the nervous systems of insect pests.

Past studies have found neonicotinoids can cause bees to become disorientated such that they cannot find their way back to the hive, and lower their resistance to disease.

Fears have been growing globally in recent years over the health of bees.

Pesticides have been blamed as a cause of colony collapse disorder along with mites, pesticides, virus and fungus, or some combination of these factors.

Last month EU countries voted for an outright ban on the use of the three neonicotinoid pesticides in fields meaning that they can only now be used in sealed greenhouses.

May 16, 2018

USA: Judge Ruled That The “Elections Supervisor In Florida’s Second-Most Populous County Broke State And Federal Law By Unlawfully Destroying Ballots Cast In Race Debbie Wasserman Schultz Won

The Western Journal
written by Cillian Zeal
Tuesday May 15, 2018

Remember Debbie Wasserman Schultz?

Yes, I know, you’d like to forget her as she fades into obscurity — particularly when evidence emerges that she may have tried to rig an election.

Wasserman Schultz, a Florida Democrat, may be beloved by family members, but that’s pretty much it. Rank-and-file Democrats detest her for her god-awful handling of the Democratic National Committee’s top role — a position she was forced to resign from after email hacks and numerous scandals. The party’s left fringe believes Wasserman Schultz and her retinue have engaged in pretty sketchy behavior to keep them down.

Now, I know that supporters of Sen. Bernie Sanders do indulge in some tinfoil haberdashery from time to time. However, this conspiracy claim appears to have some legitimacy.

See, Florida has some fairly strict “sunshine” laws when it comes to public transparency, and this spills over to elections. So, when Wasserman Schultz faced a difficult primary challenge in 2016 and won with 58 percent of the vote, it was well within the rights of challenger Tim Canova to request a recount of the ballots.

The only problem is that after much stalling, it turns out the ballots had been destroyed. As in, very illegally.

The saga has wound its way through the court system, but a judge ruled Friday that the “elections supervisor in Florida’s second-most populous county broke state and federal law by unlawfully destroying ballots cast in Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s 2016 Democratic primary … in a case brought by the congresswoman’s challenger who wanted to check for voting irregularities,” according to Politico.
Broward County Election Supervisor Brenda Snipes has already been under extreme scrutiny since the incident happened, and what happened during 2016 looks like it’s going to make her job a whole lot harder.

“During the upcoming election, the Department of State will send a Florida elections expert from the Division of Elections to Supervisor Snipes’ office to ensure that all laws are followed so the citizens of Broward County can have the efficient, properly run election they deserve,” a written statement from the office of Florida Gov. Rick Scott said.

Snipes and her lawyer haven’t commented on the ruling. Keep in mind, too, that Snipes got her job 15 years ago when her predecessor screwed up the 2002 Democrat gubernatorial primary.

There are two takeaways from this. First, Snipes has been on the job a decade and a half and, in spite of Florida’s famous sunshine laws, she still doesn’t realize that she can’t destroy ballots. And second, it’s so hard to find good governmental help these days.

In all fairness, Snipes claimed that she accidentally signed a certification that no cases were pending involving the ballots (this is a blatant lie; Canova had repeatedly requested the ballots). She called it a “mistake” and insisted that “nothing on my part that was intentional.” Which is why she still has her job, of course.

I’m not Florida’s governor and I don’t have anyone to mollify. However, I think this is pretty much a fireable offense. And, furthermore, I don’t think Snipes did this without permission — not from the very top, anyway.

Wasserman Schultz won easily with 57 percent to Canova’s 43, although this didn’t seem to jibe with polls that showed the race significantly closer. That doesn’t necessarily prove anything, except for the fact that Floridians are getting awfully tired of Wasserman Schultz’s presence.

And if you don’t believe me, just ask them about her IT guy.

Debbie Wasserman Schultz Former I.T. Staff And Staffer's Wife Has Been Indicted. The Leftist media hardly reported this very critical information. This was huge news. If the Democrats cared so much about sensitive classified federal government information getting into the hands of foreign enemies, why didn't the media flinch when this information came to light? (emphasis mine)

Debbie Wasserman Schultz defends not immediately firing IT staffer.

Debbie Wasserman Schultz told a police chief there would be "consequences" if he didn't hand over her ex-IT staffer's computer over to her. Pulling the race card. She's a fast talking con artist.

FBI seized smashed hard drives from Debbie Wasserman Schultz

The Daily Caller
written by Luke Rosiak, Investigative Reporter
April 1, 2018

Every one of the 44 House Democrats who hired Pakistan-born IT aides who later allegedly made “unauthorized access” to congressional data appears to have chosen to exempt them from background checks, according to congressional documents.

All of them appear to have waived background checks on Imran Awan and his family members, even though the family of server administrators could collectively read all the emails and files of 1 in 5 House Democrats, and despite background checks being recommended for such positions, according to an inspector general’s report. The House security policy requires offices to fill out a form attesting that they’ve initiated background checks, but it also includes a loophole allowing them to simply say that another member vouched for them.

Among the red flags in Abid’s background were a $1.1 million bankruptcy; six lawsuits against him or a company he owned; and at least three misdemeanor convictions including for DUI and driving on a suspended license, according to Virginia court records. Public court records show that Imran and Abid operated a car dealership referred to as CIA that took $100,000 from an Iraqi government official who is a fugitive from U.S. authorities. Numerous members of the family were tied to cryptic LLCs such as New Dawn 2001, operated out of Imran’s residence, Virginia corporation records show. Imran was the subject of repeated calls to police by multiple women and had multiple misdemeanor convictions for driving offenses, according to court records.

If a screening had caught those, what officials say happened next might have been averted. The House inspector general reported on Sept. 20, 2016, that shortly before the election members of the group were logging into servers of members they didn’t work for, logging in using congressmen’s personal usernames, uploading data off the House network, and behaving in ways that suggested “nefarious purposes” and that “steps are being taken to conceal their activity.”

A pair of closely-held reports on Imran Awan, his brothers Abid and Jamal, his wife Hina Alvi, and his friend Rao Abbas, said, “the shared employees have not been vetted (e.g. background check).”

“Shared employees” means they were all hired as part-time, individual employees by individual members, cobbling together $165,000 salaries. Jamal began making that salary at only 20 years old, according to House payroll records; Abid never went to college, his stepmother said; and Rao Abbas’ most recent job experience was being fired from McDonald’s, according to his roommate. (“Whether they had formal training or not, they were trained on the job by Imran,” one of Imran’s lawyers said.)

Among the 44 employers, the primary advocate for the suspects has been Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Florida, who introduced a bill Monday that would require background checks on Americans purchasing ammunition. “Without bullets a gun is just a hunk of useless metal,” she said, calling ammunition the “loophole” in gun control policy.
Wasserman Schultz was also chair of the Democratic National Committee when Wikileaks published its emails. (The Wikileaks emails show that DNC aides called Imran when they needed the password to her device.) Since then, she and other Democrats have described cyber breaches in the strongest possible terms, such as “an act of war” and “an assault on our democracy.”

But there is no indication Democrats put those concerns into practice when they entrusted the Pakistani dual citizens with their data, nor when suspicious activity was detected. Police banned the suspects from the network after the IG report, but Wasserman Schultz kept Imran on staff anyway. He was in the building and in possession of a laptop with the username RepDWS months later, according to an April 6, 2017 police report.

The House security policy, HISPOL16, says “House Offices shall… Ensure background checks, as defined in this policy, have been conducted on Privileged Users.” It includes quarterly reviews of privileged accounts’ appropriateness. By the time the policy was enacted, some members had dropped the Awans for assorted reasons, including Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona in early 2015 for what her spokesperson called “incompetence.”

The $1.1 million bankruptcy in itself would be enough to stop many employers from giving access to sensitive data. “Excessive indebtedness increases the temptation to commit unethical or illegal acts in order to obtain funds to pay off the debts,” so “financial problems are the number one killer of security clearances,” according to ClearanceJobs.com.

For each server administrator, an “Authorizing Official” from the member’s office must fill out a form on which the office attests: “I have assessed the risk of the prospective Privileged Account holder via background check processes outlined in HISPOL 16.”

However, there is an alternative: “I have verified that a trustworthiness determination has been made on behalf of this shared resource by another Member.”
The option B does not ask the name of the member that vouched for the employee, and the language does not directly specify that vouching for an employee requires that the earlier member provided a background check.

The Daily Caller News Foundation reached out to all 44 members, and none disputed that they had not conducted a background check. Not a single one of the 44 would say which of their colleagues vouched for the Awans, nor stated what criteria they used to determine that it was prudent to give them access to all their data.

Besides Wasserman Schultz, Imran has longstanding personal relationships with Reps. Gregory Meeks and Marcia Fudge of New York, Politico reported. Employers also include Rep. Ted Lieu of California on the Foreign Affairs Committee and three members of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence: Reps. Andre Carson of Indiana, Jackie Speier of California and Joaquin Castro of Texas.

The HISPOL16 policy was created in September 2015 and says “As privileged accounts have a greater potential impact on information and information systems than general user accounts, organizations must promote trustworthiness of users of privileged accounts. Authorization officials must check the backgrounds of users of privileged accounts for elements that might make trustworthiness of a user questionable… The Office of the CISO suggests that Hiring Officers and their designees use the rigorous criminal history records search services provided by the United States Capitol Police.”

The policy focuses on and encourages members to use the Capitol Police’s background check service, but it says private background check companies can also be used. The IG report does not specify whether it made the determination that the Awans had not received background checks by looking at the forms or by consulting with the Capitol Police, but it says that they “have not been vetted.”

The Shared Employee Handbook, published in 2009, says “Due to the sensitive nature of the information to which Shared Employees may be exposed during day-to-day job functions, it is recommended that Member and Committee offices request a Capitol Police Criminal History Records Check on potential Shared Employees.”

Eric McCracken, a spokesman for the Committee on House Administration, would not say why the screening policy provided the option B loophole that allowed another member to vouch for the aides in lieu of a background check. Despite the IG report addressing it, Gregg Harper, the Mississippi Republican who controls the committee, told The Daily Caller in 2017 that he did not know whether the Awans had background checks.

The Awans’ employers also included Rep. Yvette Clarke of New York, who saw $120,000 in computer equipment disappear under Abid Awan’s watch but “wrote off” the taxpayer funds rather than make an issue of it, according to the IG report and multiple senior government officials.

Xavier Becerra, now attorney general of California, ran the House Democratic Caucus, and his server was physically stolen shortly after the IG report named it as evidence in a hacking probe, three senior government officials said. A list of the members who did not conduct background checks is below.

CLICK HERE to read =>The IT guys in the House criminal probe could read these members' emails

The Awans and their associates collected more than $5 million in pay from congressional offices, often drawing chief-of-staff level pay though there is reason to believe many didn't even show up. The House's internal probe found they logged into servers they had no affiliation with, used members' usernames, covered their tracks, and persisted even after being fired.

The money is broken down by year, congressional office and family member paid:
Imran, Abid and Jamal Awan and Hina Alvi, Natalia Sova, Rao Abbas, Hasseb Rana, and Muhammad Awan.

USA: Cheesecake Factory In Miami Suspends Workers Who Verbally Abused Man In MAGA Hat Having Dinner With Family. These Employees Should BE FIRED Not Suspended!


CBS News
written by Kate Gibson, Moneywatch
Tuesday May 15, 2018

The Cheesecake Factory says it has suspended workers involved in an incident in which a black customer reportedly was subjected to verbal abuse by restaurant staff over his "Make America Great Again" cap.

Eugenior Joseph, 22, was dining with his girlfriend's family at a Cheesecake Factory restaurant in Miami on Sunday, when his red MAGA hat was spotted by a female staff member, according to the Daily Wire, which first reported the incident. After the woman encouraged her co-workers to confront Joseph, about a dozen Cheesecake employees surrounded his table, multiple witnesses told the conservative news site.
One employee tried to scare Joseph by standing behind him "balling his fists, smacking his fists," Joseph told the Daily Wire. When he exited a restaurant bathroom, Joseph encountered employees "clapping and yelling, and just screaming things at me," he told the site.

The casual-dining chain operates 214 locations throughout North America.

"Upon learning of this incident, we immediately apologized to the guests in person," a Cheesecake Factory spokesperson stated in an email to CBS MoneyWatch. "The individuals involved in the incident have been suspended pending the results of our investigation."
UPDATE 5/17/18 at 2:29 am: I just found out the Cheesecake Factory employees responsible for this unacceptable behavior have been fired. I added the tweet below.

USA: Burlington (Iowa) Police Have Made Three Arrests, Two Juveniles And One Teen Adult, In Connection To Multiple Burglaries In Which Multiple Guns Were Stolen.

WQAD News8, Iowa
written by Staff
Wednesday May 16, 2018

BURLINGTON, Iowa — Two juveniles and one teen adult have been arrested in connection with a string of weapon thefts dating back to November of 2017.

According to police, Kaleb Branton, 19; a 17-year-old male and a 17-year-old female burglarized multiple home and car burglaries in which a number of weapons – including at least one AK-47 assault-style rifle, two shotguns, an SKS rifle and multiple handguns – were stolen.

The home burglaries occurred on Nov. 8 and Nov. 21 of 2017 and raised the suspicion of police because both victims are members of the same church and the burglaries occurred during church services.

Investigators got their break on Monday, May 14, after a vehicle burglary was reported by the same victim whose home was burglarized on Nov. 21. In the vehicle theft, the suspects took a handgun from the victim’s car.

Police had a description of the suspect’s vehicle from the May 14 crime, and on Tuesday, May 15, spotted the suspect vehicle in the 900 block of 6th Street. The two juvenile suspects were taken into custody and interviewed and both juvenile suspects admitted to the May 14 vehicle burglary, adding that the male juvenile later sold the stolen handgun. Branton, who was taken into custody later in the day at his home, admitted to participating in both the vehicle and home burglaries.

The 17 year-old male is charged with 3rd degree burglary and trafficking stolen weapons. The female teen is charged with 3rd degree burglary and Branton faces charges of 2nd degree burglary, trafficking stolen weapons and 3rd degree burglary.

USA: This Morning In Illinois, Teenage Gunman Opens Fire At High School — But School Armed Resource Officer Steps In And Does His Job, Preventing Massacre On The Spot.

IJR News
written by Julio Rosas
Wednesday May 16, 2018

On Wednesday, the city of Dixon, Illinois, announced the school resource officer assigned to Dixon High School had engaged in a firefight with an armed male inside of the school's gym, where students were gathered for graduation practice, according to Sauk Valley.
According to the investigation so far, after being confronted by the officer, the suspect fired at him. The officer returned fire and hit the gunman.


“No students or staff were injured in the incident,” the city statement added. “The Dixon High School and all Dixon Public Schools are on lockdown. Dixon Police believe the suspect acted alone and that there is no further threat to the safety of students or staff.”

Danny Langloss, the Dixon city manager, told WGN-TV they do not believe the suspect was a student.

USA: More Than 300 Larry Nassar Victims Have Reached A $500 Million Settlement With Michigan State University Over Sexual Assault.

New York Daily News
written by Terence Cullen
Wednesday May 16, 2016

Michigan State University reached a $500 million settlement Wednesday with hundreds of victims who sued the school after being sexually assaulted by disgraced USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar.

The agreement is with 332 girls and women across the world who said officials at the East Lansing-based school disregarded complaints about Nassar's misdeeds for decades.

"We're pleased with the outcome, but the fight's not over," Vince Finaldi, one of the attorneys for the survivors, told the Daily News.

They agreed to receive $425 million from Michigan State on Wednesday morning, he said. A third-party official — usually a retired judge — will decide how much each victim receives.

Michigan State will earmark the remaining $75 million for future victims who come forward.

Nassar, who worked at the school from 1997 to 2016, is serving a 60-year federal prison sentence after pleading guilty to child pornography charges last year.

The 54-year-old former osteopathic physician was separately slapped with a 40- to 125-year prison sentence earlier this year after copping to 10 counts of sexual assault on girls and women he was supposed to treat.

Nassar sat through a marathon of sentencing hearings for those charges, during which victims including Olympian Aly Raisman detailed how he sexually abused them under the veil of medical procedures.

Michigan State's settlement is nearly five times larger than the $109 million agreement Penn State University made with 35 boys and men who accused ex-assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky of sexually abusing them.

Michigan State faced a wave of criticism for its handling the allegations against Nassar, which went as far back as the 1990s.

Lou Anna Simon stepped down in January after 13 years as Michigan State's president amid criticism she gave a poor response to the Nassar fallout.

Finaldi said the settlement lets the survivors move "on to the next stages of dealing with the abuse they suffered," adding there were "mixed emotions" after Wednesday's announcement.

"Most of them are satisfied Michigan State decided to do the right thing," he told The News. "It's never going to be something that's going to be a happy event. Because in their opinion they shouldn't be here in the first place."

He declined to speculate on why the school would settle, but aid it's not made "without some implicit acknowledgement of the harm that was done."

Nassar's hundreds of accusers will also be honored this July at the ESPYS, where they'll received the Arthur Ashe Award for Courage, ESPN announced Wednesday.

The university didn't indicate how it would make the payments.

"Michigan State is pleased that we have been able to agree in principle on a settlement that is fair to the survivors of Nassar's crimes," Robert Young, the school's special counsel, said in a news release.

The settlement doesn't cover suits against USA Gymnastics, the U.S. Olympic Committee and several facilities including the Karolyi Ranch in Texas — where Nassar abused some of his victims.

"Although the MSU chapter is closed, we turn to another chapter and continue," Finaldi said.

Finaldi, who's representing some of Nassar's victims in those cases, said "we're intent on proceeding" with those cases.

"This quest for some of the survivors, which is a quest to eradicate sexual abuse against kids, continues," he said. "They're going to continue that fight in many different areas, in many different ways."

Good Morning Happy Hump Day! Sending A Smile Your Way. :) ♥


UPDATE 5/16/18 at 4:49pm: Hi everybody! I just wanted to say, that some of you will see the cartoon that I've shared with you above as childish. Others of you, will see this as a message to lighten up and smile. But then there are those of you, that will see the message within the message. The song that Nibbles is singing is a French lullaby song title, Frรจre Jacques. In English, the title of this song is, Are You Sleeping? I'm sharing the lyrics of this song with you below in French and translated to English.

Frรจre Jacques - (Are You Sleeping)

Frรจre Jacques, Frรจre Jacques,
Dormez-vous? Dormez-vous?
Sonnez les matines, sonnez les matines
Ding ding dong, ding ding dong.

English Version:
Are you sleeping, are you sleeping?
Brother John, Brother John?
Morning bells are ringing, morning bells are ringing
Ding ding dong, ding ding dong.