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http://www.judicialwatch.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/Defs-Document-Production-March-7-2016.pdf

State Department Belatedly Releases New Clinton Benghazi Documents

 

APRIL 14, 2016

Document Release Raises New Questions about State’s FOIA Responses, Court Statements

(Washington, DC) – Judicial Watch announced today it has obtained new documents from the Department of State containing the telephone transcripts from the evening of September 11, 2012, in which then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton informs then-Egyptian Prime Minister Hisham Kandil that the deadly terrorist attack on the U.S. compound in Benghazi “had nothing to do with the film.”  The documents include previously unreleased telephone transcripts with world leaders about the Benghazi attack.

Clinton’s admission to Kandil was first produced to the Select Committee on Benghazi on October 13, 2015 and publicized on the day of Mrs. Clinton’s testimony, October 22, but court filings in Judicial Watch litigationshow that the record was only produced after two federal court judges ordered the State Department to produce more Benghazi-related records to Judicial Watch.  Similarly, Judicial Watch litigation also forced the release of the September 11, 2012 email in which Secretary of State Hillary Clinton informed her daughter by email that the attack had been staged by an “Al Qaeda-like group,” rather than as the result of “inflammatory material posted on the Internet,” as Mrs. Clinton had claimed in her official public statement one hour earlier.

The State Department previously told a federal court that the Kandil document wasn’t responsive to Judicial Watch’s request and resulting lawsuit (Judicial Watch v. U.S. Department of State (No. 1:14-cv-01511)) seeking:

Any and all records concerning, regarding, or related to notes, updates, or reports created in response to the September 11, 2012 attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya. This request includes, but is not limited to, notes taken by then Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton or employees of the Office of the Secretary of State during the attack and its immediate aftermath.

But the State Department then produced this information last month to Judicial Watch.  The records, the State Department told the Court, were found among thousands of new Clinton State Department records supposedly only discovered in December, 2015 – again, two months after the key Kandil document was first produced to the Benghazi Committee.

Under court order, the State Department released 11 documents responsive to the Judicial Watch request with large blocks of information redacted. The documents also include phone conservations between Clinton and other foreign dignitaries and heads of state during the period of the deadly terrorist attack on the Benghazi consulate.

At 10:08 p.m. on September 11, Mrs. Clinton issued an official State Department press statement, approved by the White House, placing the blame for the attack on an Internet video:

Some have sought to justify this vicious behavior as a response to inflammatory material posted on the Internet. The United States deplores any intentional effort to denigrate the religious beliefs of others. Our commitment to religious tolerance goes back to the very beginning of our nation. But let me be clear: There is never any justification for violent acts of this kind.

Yet the next day, in her 7:49 PM September 12 conversation with Kandil, Clinton said, “We know the attack in Libya had nothing to do with the film.  It was a planned attack – not a protest.”  Kandil responded, “You’re not kidding. Based on the information we saw today we believe that group that claimed responsibility for this is affiliated with al-Qaeda.”

On September 15, in a telephone call with then-Egyptian Foreign Minister Mohamed Amr, Clinton emphatically portrayed the “stupid, very offensive film” as the root cause of the Benghazi violence. Clinton told Amr, “I have repeatedly, as has the President and other officials in our government, deplored not only the content of this stupid, very offensive film… But we have to exercise more self-discipline… otherwise we’ll be in a vicious downward circle against everyone who has ever felt offended, particularly on the internet….”

Clinton’s telephone call with Amr also contained a curious reference to what the former secretary referred to as a “very successful investment visit led by my deputy Tom Nides, and on the very day they left this series of incidents began to unfold.” According to the Washington Post, Nides, who was deputy secretary for management and resources at the State Department, was at the same time responsible for “communications with donors” to the Clinton Foundation. Nides was also involved in the scandal involving Clinton’s efforts to provide special access to State Department officials for hedge fund clients of her son-in-law, Marc Mezinsky.

In a September 12 call with the Afghan President Hamid Kharzi, Clinton says at some point they need to talk about “about religious feelings and insults and defamation.”  Islamists seeks to criminalize criticism (“defamation”) of Islam.  The Obama administration worked closely with advocates for restrictions on free speech as part of their Benghazi video pr campaign.

The documents also show that Clinton referenced the “actions of a mob” to Tunisian Prime Minister Jebali on September 14.  Jebali responded that he condemned “these terrorist actions.”

“There are two scandals here.  The first is Hillary Clinton was telling different stories to different foreign leaders about the Benghazi attack – including an admission that it was a terrorist attack,” said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton. “The second is the State Department’s cover-up of these documents.  The State Department is forcing Judicial Watch to play ‘whack-a-mole’ with Clinton and Benghazi documents.  It is no wonder that two frustrated federal court judges granted Judicial Watch discovery into the Clinton FOIA issues.”

Source: Will County News

Homer 33C Junior High students “Choose Kind”

News Release

Homer CCSD 33C

Goodings Grove   Luther J. Schilling   William E. Young   William J. Butler

Hadley Middle   Homer Jr. High

 

Contact: Charla Brautigam, Communications/Public Relations Manager

cbrautigam@homerschools.org | 708-226-7628

 

For Immediate Release:

April 20, 2016

 

Homer Junior High students “Choose Kind”

Photo  from Homer School District 33C regarding a pledge Homer Junior High students took yesterday to “Choose Kind.” They took the pledge after hearing the story of Mary Cate Lynch, who was born with Apert’s Syndrome.

 

 

Before commenting on a person’s appearance or avoiding them altogether, everyone should “Choose Kind,” Homer Junior High School students were told this week.

 

“Everyone you meet is fighting a battle you don’t know about,” guest speaker Kerry Lynch told students on April 20. “If we all try to do our best to treat each other with kindness, wouldn’t it be easier to fight those battles?”

 

Lynch’s oldest child, 4-year-old Mary Cate, was born with Apert’s Syndrome, a rare craniofacial condition that affects the head, hands and feet. Only about 25 babies are born with the spontaneous genetic mutation each year.

 

“We had no idea until she was born that she was different,” Lynch told students. “Her fingers and toes were fused together and the bones in her skull fused together. The doctors said they had never seen this before.”

 

The toddler has undergone five surgeries to separate her toes and fingers and to open her skull to allow the brain to grow. She is expected to undergo another 10 to 20 surgeries by the time she turns 20 — the age at which our bones stop growing.

 

Lynch was motivated to educate others about the syndrome because of a comment the doctor made shortly after Mary Cate was born.

 

“She is always going to look different,” he told the new parents, “and people may not treat her kindly.”

 

Lynch now writes a blog and visits schools, sharing stories about Mary Cate’s progress and encouraging them to treat others with kindness and acceptance.

 

“The world would be boring if we all looked the same,” she told Homer Junior High students.

 

The school invited Lynch to share Mary Cate’s story because it ties in with its efforts to promote acceptance and support for one another.

 

“It has been our goal to focus on the theme of acceptance and the importance of recognizing each other and our similarities and differences,” said Meagan Doornbos, the school’s dean of students. “As a school, we strive to foster a safe, supportive community where all individuals feel confident in their own skin.”

 

Toward the end of the school assembly, students were asked to take the “Choose Kind” pledge.

 

“When given the choice between being right and being kind, I will choose kind,” they said in unison.

 

“Choose Kind” is an anti-bullying campaign inspired by the novel Wonder by R.J. Palacio.

 

 

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Source: Will County News

Summary of Homer District 33C Board of Education Finance and Operations Committee Meeting April 18, 2016

Summary of Homer District 33C Board of Education Finance and Operations Committee Meeting

April 18, 2016

 

John Reiniche, Assistant Superintendent for Business, led the following discus- sions:

  • An exploration of the District’s food service options and whether the District should hire Quest Food Management Services to provide healthier, made-from- scratch meals to students and staf The Lombard-based company currently ser- vices over 60 locations in over 110 kitchens across Chicagoland, including schools in Orland Park and Tinley Park. Reiniche recently surveyed Homer 33C parents to find out what type of meals like would like to see served in the schools and whether they would be willing to pay more for fresher, healthier meals. Of the 567 responses received, 75 percent indicated they would be willing to pay more for higher quality food. Students currently pay $3.00 for pre-packaged meals. For 50 cents more, the District could offer meals that include fresh fruits and vegeta- bles each day as well as freshly prepared sandwiches, wraps, pizza and pasta on a rotating basis. A committee of parents, (including one who has a child with die- tary restrictions), two PTO members, two principals, an administrator and a sup- port staff member recently taste-tested meals from Quest Food Management and gave it high marks for taste and quality. The District is moving away from the re- strictive National School Lunch Program (NSLP), which only benefits about 10 percent of our students. The program’s strict guidelines for the types/portions of food served have greatly impacted our student participation rate. Currently, only about 15-20 percent of our students participate in the food service program. We expect those numbers to double (based on results seen in neighboring districts) by offering fresher, made-from-scratch meals. Another advantage to switching pro- grams and moving away from NSLP is that we’ll be able to invite our PTOs back into the lunchrooms to offer healthy treats and other fundraising events. The op- portunity was negated by NSLP restrictions.

 

  • An update on the District’s tax levy. The District’s preliminary tax extension from Will County is $40,668,074 — $2,119.74 (0.005 percent) more than the project- ed extension of $40,665,950.00. Of that amount, $704,536.94 is new money; the effective rate increase is 1.763 percent.

 

  • A review of items going out for bid, including buses, paper, fuel and a district truck for Buildings and Grounds use. The District is working hard to create effi- ciencies throughout the District by taking stock of its supplies and implementing an inventory system that tracks everything from cleaning supplies to reams of pa- per at each school.

 

  • An update on Will County’s plan to widen 143rd Stre The Will County Divi- sion of Transportation wants to acquire a sliver of property in front of Goodings Grove School as well as a temporary construction easement. The District is cur- rently negotiating a price with the Division of Transportation.

 

  • An update on how the District is working with Frankfort School District 157C to write legislation making it mandatory for the State’s Attorney’s Office to consult school districts before settling tax objection cases. Homer 33C recently lost about

$150,000 in tax revenue when the Will County State’s Attorney’s Office entered a

settlement agreement without consulting the school districts.

 

 

 The Next Regular School Board Meeting is  April 26, 2016 at 7: 30 p.m .

Source: Will County News

Humpty Dumpty, Entropy, & Gold

Humpty Dumpty, Entropy, & Gold

Humpty Dumpty, Entropy, & Gold

Posted on 07/12/2015 by | 1 comment

Dear Chairman Meow,
Is gold real money? – Janet, Washington, D.C.

Ah, thank you for your question, Janet. Chairman Meow is a very knowledgeable and observant cat with a healthy distrust for human governments. Allow him to teach you about a concept called,“entropy,” that is pervasive in our world, and tell you why it matters to your savings so that you may always provide a warm home and salmon treats for your kitty.

THE CONCEPT OF ENTROPY

Entropy is the tendency of systems to move from order to disorder. Entropy is all around us. For examples of entropy, watch an ice cube melt in hot tea, or observe a burning campfire deteriorate into ash.

jurassic park entropyChairman Meow is reminded of the movie Jurassic Park.

Do you remember when the obese, greedy, human turns off the security system for his own financial gain? The park quickly falls into disorder as the dinosaurs break out of  their cages and start eating people.

After entropy takes hold, returning a system to its original state of order becomes difficult or impossible.

HUMPTY DUMPTY & ENTROPY

The concept of entropy is also illustrated by the famous story of Humpty Dumpty.”

humpty dumpty largeHumpty Dumpty sat on a wall,
Humpty Dumpty had a great fall.
All the king’s horses and all the king’s men
Couldn’t put Humpty together again

You see, the corpulent anthropomorphic egg fell off the wall, and he landed with a sickening splat. He made a disorderly mess on the ground, and could not be reassembled, even by the most powerful figures (all the king’s horses and all the king’s men) in the land.

So, allow all-knowing Leader Chairman Meow explain how this relates to your money.

ENTROPY, CURRENCY, & GOLD

A system of currency (like the dollar or the Japanese Yen) not tethered to gold is subject to the laws of entropy; like a bike left outside in the rain, or a giant egg-man perched precariously on a wall. You see, when currency is not anchored to something of intrinsic value, it gradually deteriorates and falls into disorder because of entropic forces acting upon it.

While these entropic forces change over centuries, today they involve currency devaluation, interest rate manipulation, and stimulus efforts. Just read today’s economic headlines in the news and you’ll see entropy at work.

BUT, WHY IS GOLD MONEY?

raccoon gold ringGold and silver have what is called, “intrinsic value” which means that humans and raccoons will always believe they are precious, and worth hoarding.

Under a gold standard, paper money was simply an IOU that could be redeemed for actual gold or silver at any time.

Gold is ideal as hard money because it’s easily measured, doesn’t deteriorate or rust, and can’t be reproduced or engineered in a lab. The world’s gold supply is consistent, and never increases by more than about 1% each year, even with all of the newly mined gold.

Because of this intrinsic value and stability, gold and silver served as the foundation of money for thousands of years.

(*The traditional gold standard was a simplistic system lacking the flexibility needed for the 21st Century, but at least it established a solid foundation for currency, and demanded collateral for debt)

A NEW SCIENCE OF ALCHEMY?

alchemist_creates_gold2Men called, “Alchemists” tried for many years to create gold from lead without success. (meanwhile, cats spent their time on more noble pursuits.)

However, if money couldn’t be created from base metals, then perhaps it could be created from paper, or even by computers?

This was attempted many times throughout history, and all of the attempts were doomed to end in failure. A couple of well-known examples include when France severed the tie between gold and the French currency, leading to chaos and the French Revolution.

Or, Janet, consider when Germany lost WWI and suspended the gold standard. Their paper “marks” soon became worthless as a result of hyperinflation due to their crushing debt, leading to the rise of Hitler.

fem biljoner mark

A Starbucks tall latte would cost 20 billion German Marks!

However, as they say, “those who don’t learn from history are doomed to repeat it.”

In 1971 Richard Nixon formally took the U.S. off the gold standard, replacing the dollar’s tether to precious metals with a foundation of nothing but faith and trust in the U.S. government.

That’s also the year that Disney World opened to the public, charging $3.50 per ticket. Today that same 1-day park ticket will cost you over $100. Do you see where wise leader Chairman Meow is going with this, Janet?

You might say that August 15th, 1971 was the birthday of the monetary “Humpty Dumpty” we depend on today.

THE LAW OF ENTROPY SUGGESTS THIS WON’T END WELL

humpty dumpty entropy wallDid president Nixon and the Federal Reserve succeed where alchemists had failed for centuries? Or, is something more valuable and tangible than faith needed to support a currency?

Perhaps an egg on a wall is a good metaphor for where we find our monetary system today. Even though the ability to create limitless debt has brought us growth, and even lifted us out of financial crisis, humanity will eventually learn that it is still subject to the laws of entropy and gravity.

So, Janet, when debt and stimulus finally reach their limits and Humpty falls, will all the king’s horses and all the king’s men be able to put Humpty back together again?

A POST-APOCALYPTIC FUTURE OF CAT WORLD-RULE?

cat fall of rome

Although Chairman Meow was looking forward to a 21st Century of flying cars, reasonably priced Disney tickets, and responsible central banks, it appears he will be disappointed. However, as they say,“in every failure their is an opportunity.”

While greedy men risk their future by amassing colossal debt, the kitteh simply watches and waits for his opportunity, and the dawn of the glorious Kitty Revolution

Chairman Meow haz spoken.

Source: Will County News

Prof.Lindzen Weighs in on Climate Change, Risking Prison Term?

Prof. Richard Lindzen Weighs in on Climate Change, Risking Prison Term?

| April 18 2016

Lindzen NyeWhom should one consult on the science behind climate-change alarmism? MaybeBill Nye, “The Science Guy”? Or maybeRichard Lindzen, MIT Professor Emeritus of Atmospheric Physics?

If you’re a politician, activist, or reporter (Group 3 as Lindzen calls it in the video), you should probably stick with Bill Nye.

Granted, Nye’s credentials aren’t nearly as impressive as Lindzen’s, and he often behaves like a rodeo clown, but he buys in to the climate change hysteria that is so beloved by politicians who seek wealth and power, activists who need a grand cause to champion, and those media that thrive on doomsday headlines.

In fact, Nye says he’s comfortable with jail terms for those who dare to challenge climate change “science”!

On the other hand, if you haven’t bought in to climate-change hysteria just yet, you may want to hear first from Lindzen in the Prager University 5-minute video below. After that, if you still want to jump on the climate-change bandwagon, thereby avoiding a Bill-Nye-recommended jail sentence, at least you’ll have done it with your eyes open.

In one sense, I suppose Lindzen has been a fool. He could have sacrificed his integrity long ago by falsifying data, perverting its interpretation, and/or outright lying in print in exchange for massive federal grants to “prove” the mythical “scientific consensus” about anthropogenic climate change (aka global warming).

Sadly, Lindzen has allowed himself to be swayed by hard data, objective analysis, and thescientific method. Apparently he is among those who insist that:

If it’s consensus, it isn’t science. And if it’s science, it isn’t consensus. 

Too bad for Prof. Lindzen. He could end up in prison next to the other ‘deniers’.

How about you?

 

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Afterword:

Okay, okay, so this article is kind of sarcastic and silly. Imagine comparing a science clown like Bill Nye to a top-tier atmospheric physicist like Richard Lindzen. No one should take this seriously, right?

Wrong.

See also this link http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3485864/Attorney-General-Loretta-Lynch-considered-taking-legal-action-against-climate-change-deniers.html or simply Google “climate change deniers Loretta Lynch” and see what comes up.

This is all deadly serious. The US Attorney General is giving serious consideration to prosecuting real scientists who dare to challenge the “settled science” of climate change. What’s next? Ordinary citizens who ask legitimate questions about it?

If American leftists/neo-Marxists/progressives/statists/Stalinists/Maoists/whatever-ists can criminalize scientific inquiry, what do you think they’ll do with political speech they don’t like?

How about:

  • Prosecuting Common Core critics for endangering the welfare of minors?
  • Prosecuting Obamacare critics for creating a public health hazard?
  • Prosecuting open border critics for hate speech?
  • And so on, and so on …

Do you think none of that can happen?

Stick around.

We’re talking Big Government here with over 500 federal agencies and departments, crawling with unelected bureaucrats churning out new regulations every year that have the force of law. Their budgets increase automatically every year. Even Congress, stalwart defenders of We the People, have little power or desire to anything about it. And lawsuits don’t help much — even the Supreme Court sides with the bureaucrats again and again. It’s called “Chevron deference,” and you can read about it at this link.

If we get a president who likes to side with Big Government regulators instead of We the People, we’re in for some rough times.

[Edited April 20, 2016]

Source: Will County News