Tuesday, December 31, 2013

2013 Closes With Record Number Of Americans On Disability Getting Highest-Ever Monthly Benefits

(CNSNews.com) - The total number of people in the United States now receiving federal disability benefits hit a record 10,988,269 in December, up from the previous record of 10,982,920 set in November, according to newly released data from the Social Security Administration.
The average monthly benefit paid to a disabled worker also hit a record of $1,146.43 in December, up from a previous high of $1,130.34 in December of last year.
Spouses of disabled workers also got a record average monthly benefit of $308.13 in December, up from a previous high of $304.31 in August. Children of disabled workers also received a record average monthly benefit of $341.42 in December, up from a previous high of $337.13 in May.
As CNSNews.com reported earlier this month, the number of Americans getting disability benefits now exceeds the entire population of Greece, which is 10,772,967, according to the CIA World Factbook.
The record 10,988,269 total disability beneficiaries in December, included a record 8,942,584 disabled workers (up from 8,941,660 in November), 1,888,624 children of disabled workers, and 157,061 spouses of disabled workers. Keep Reading
What a racket many of these leaches have going. Turn on the tube and you see commercials from lawyers telling us how they can get you on disability just by giving them a call. The Obama regime has made it so easy to scam the system. 

President Putin delivers his annual New Year's address from Khabarovsk

The Voice of Russia
31 December 2013

The New Year 2014 has come to Russia. Kamchatka and Chukotka residents and border guards at the easternmost point of the country, Big Diomede Island in the Bering Strait, became first to meet it. This year President Vladimir Putin addressed Russian citizens with his annual New Year's speech from the city of Khabarovsk where Mr. Putin arrived to celebrate New Year with the victims of September floods. In his address the President praised the bravery of the citizens of Khabarovsk and bowed his head for the victims of recent Volgograd bombings. Mr. Putin said he was confident that Russia would fight against terrorists until their total destruction.

Dear Friends!
We are now standing on the verge of the new year 2014. In a few minutes we will make a step from the present into the future.
Celebration of this wonderful holiday is one of our warmest and heartfelt traditions. It is passed from generation to generation, uniting all of us.
This year we have faced various problems and serious challenges, including the inhumane terrorist attacks in Volgograd and the unprecedented flood in the Far East. In such times of hardship Russia has always been united and cohesive.
This year, my dear friends, I am addressing you with my New Year's speech not from the Moscow Kremlin but from the Far East where I have arrived to celebrate New Year with those who with honor and dignity faced the flood and with those who cannot yet celebrate the holiday at their own home. Together with these people I congratulate the entire country and raise a glass for our people and for the health of all those who selflessly fought with the disaster and those who showed mercy and generosity.
Dear friends! We also bow our heads for the victims of brutal terrorist attacks. I am confident that we will continue to fight against terrorists until their total destruction. We will support all the victims of terror and will restore and construct everything that was planned to be restored and built.
At the same time, we achieved a lot last year. Our country has become better and wealthier. We have aggressively defended our interests in international affairs. Today, we are sincerely bracing for the New Year. We are meeting it with hope and with dreams for the future.
Wherever we are, the atmosphere of New Year's Eve warms our hearts. We sincerely believe in the best, in luck, and in success. Each of us understands that prosperity does not come by itself but it is achieved through hard work and personal achievements, through efforts to bring everything that was planned to life. The fate of our country is shaped by these achievements, and the loving care for our family, children, and parents is inextricably linked with responsibility for Russia. These feelings and aspirations consolidate our unity. Only together we can be strong and ensure Russia's progression into the future, and bring our plans and ideas into reality.
Dear friends! In the upcoming year we have a lot to work on in the economic sphere; we have to work on improving our living standards, on ensuring people’s safety, on holding the Olympic and Paralympics Games at the highest level.
New Year's Eve is a time when we realize how close we all are. Let's thank each other for understanding and support, for love and care. In the bustle of everyday life we rarely do it. But it is the support of our close friends and family that always gives us confidence and a desire to give them more than we received.
I wish you health and happiness! Let every house be filled with joy and let every family live in agreement and prosperity! Happy New Year, Russia!

Car Bomb Kills Three People in Spa Town 170 Miles East of Sochi

From Gateway Pundit
December 31, 2013
Pyatigorsk is 170 miles east of Sochi (OD Russia)
A car bomb killed three people in the spa town of Pyatigorsk on Friday. Pyatigorsk is only 170 miles east of Sochi where the 2014 Olympic games will be held in February.
The Islamist Kavkaz Center reported:
A car bomb killed three people in the southern Russian city of Pyatigorsk on Friday, officials said, in a worrying development for the Kremlin as Russia prepares to host the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi in six weeks’ time.
Pyatigorsk lies 270 kilometres east of Sochi, where the Games, a major prestige project for President Vladimir Putin, will open on Feb. 7.
The blast blew out the windows of buildings in an industrial neighbourhood of the spa resort town, officials said. Three people were killed, Pyatigorsk mayor Lev Travnev said on state-run Rossiya-24 television.
Officials say the blast badly damaged a traffic police building and blew out the windows of buildings in the vicinity. (Google map)
Interfax said the blast badly damaged a traffic police building. The explosion blew out the windows of buildings in the area, a regional police spokesman, Yevgeny Arnautov, said on Rossiya-24 television. He gave no casualty figure.
The spa resort town of Pyatigorsk lies 270 kilometres east of Sochi, just north of a strip of mostly Muslim provinces plagued by near-daily violence linked to an Islamist insurgency whose leader has called on militants to stop the Games taking place.
In a video posted online in July, the leader of the insurgency, Chechen warlord Doku Umarov, urged militants to use “maximum force” to prevent Putin staging the Olympics.

Bald Eagles Fall to Green Energy

National Review Online
May 21, 2012
Obama favors wind-power companies over America’s national symbol. 

Black Justice Department: Only White People Will Ever Be Charged With Hate Crimes In ‘Knockout Game’ Attacks

After ignoring dozens of anti-white knockout game attacks, as 99.9% of knockout game attacks are committed by blacks against whites, filthy anti-white Eric Holder’s filthy anti-white justice department charges only a white man with a knockout game attack. The message is clear. Only white people will ever be charged.
Excerpted from The Washington Times: Federal authorities said Thursday they have arrested and charged a Texas man in connection with the “knockout game,” accusing him of a hate crime for targeting a black man for a vicious street attack.
Most knockout victims that have appeared in news reports have been white, but the Justice Department said in this instance the victim was a 79-year-old black man, and stepped in with federal charges.
“Suspected crimes of this nature will simply not be tolerated,” said Kenneth Magidson, the U.S. attorney for the southern district of Texas. “Evidence of hate crimes will be vigorously investigated and prosecuted with the assistance of all our partners to the fullest extent of the law.”
The Justice Department said it filed a criminal complaint against 27-year-old Conrad Alvin Barrett on Tuesday and arrested him on Thursday.
According to Justice officials, Mr. Barrett recorded himself on his cellphone attacking the 79-year-old man, laughing and saying “Knockout” as he runs away.
The 79-year-old man had his jaw broken in the Nov. 24 attack.
“The plan is to see if I were to hit a black person, would this be nationally televised?” Mr. Barrett says in the video, according to the authorities.
Knockout, in which someone decides to attack a random victim and tries to knock him or her out with one punch, has been in the news after a spate of assaults in recent weeks.
The “game” has spawned a fierce debate since many of the reported victims have been white and their assailants have been black, but hate crimes charges have been all but non-existent. Keep reading
We haven't forgotten how the case of those Black Panther Party members blocking a polling booth in Philly was handled. With Blacky Holder in charge, no blacks will be charged with any polling violations or intimidation. Blacks are guilty of almost all of the knockout game assaults and yet not one has been charged with a hate crime. This is just one more reason Holder should be fired for his lack of equal justice for all. 

Monday, December 30, 2013

The all-new BMW i8 Full Review

Peter Schiff was Right (2006-2007 Edition)

'Person of the Year' is Putin - The Times

The Times, an influential British newspaper, has called Russia’s President Vladimir Putin “The Person of the Year on the International Arena”. Among his merits is the prevention of the military interference in the Syrian conflict from the outside and the achievement of greater closeness with Kyiv amid the attempts of Ukraine –EU integration. Two months earlier Putin led the Top Influence Rating, released by the Forbes magazine.

It is for the second time in a row, within a short period of time, that the Western press praises Vladimir Putin as a world figure influencing the international system of relations. And as it appears, professionalism, not ideology, was exactly what has mattered here . Moscow’s successes in finding a solution to the issue of Syrian settlement - the issue of great importance for the Middle East – without foreign interference with the use of force, need no comments. And as regards Ukraine, a credit worth 15 billion dollars given to it and a considerable discount on the Russian gas supplies have enabled Kyiv to avoid a large-scale economic collapse and a deep political crisis, which was inevitable as well. Suffice it to mention here that European strategists offered Ukraine enslaving terms for its associated membership in the European Union, which practically meant an inferior membership in the organization and an insufficient financial aid - not on a free-of-charge basis.
The key criterion for the choice of the Person of the Year was this: to name a person who has influenced the events of the outgoing year to the greatest degree, Henry Luce, the publisher of the Time magazine, said.
An expert with the Historical Perspective Foundation, Pavel Svyatenkov, says.
"Putin has played the key role in preventing a foreign aggression against Syria, which seemed to be inevitable. His efforts in easing the crisis in Ukraine, which emerged after Yanukovych refused to sign the Ukraine EU Association Membership agreement is not called into question either. Thus, last year’s political events offer proof that Putin is figure No. 1 on the international arena."
By the way, the Russian President was very quiet about his leadership in the FORBES rating, saying that such ratings are subject to changes. That is why I usually do not pay much attention to such facts, Putin said.
The General Director of the Centre for Political Analysis Pavel Danilin pointed out other tangible achievements of Moscow in the outgoing year.
"First of all, we should mention here a breakthrough on the Iranian track – meaning preventing a war with Iran. Russia has managed to convince Israel and the US that Iran has the right to peaceful atom. Its 10 –year –long efforts have finally proved successful. Not everybody is satisfied with Russia’s strengthened position in the world though. And one more thing of importance here. Russia has successfully hosted the G20 summit and is making preparations now for the G8 summit, due to be held next year. There is no doubt that the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympics will add much to the strengthening of Russia’s image. Therefore, it is not surprising that Putin was named Global Leader No. 1."
 It would also be good to mention here that Russia has granted a temporary asylum to the former NSA contractor Edward Snowden. It is thanks to him that the world has learned more about the secret - although not always legal - methods of work used by the Western special services, which have nothing to do with the declarations of democracy or the observance of human rights.

Volgograd terrorist attacks killed 32 people - Emergency Situations Ministry

The Voice of Russia
December 30, 2013

The death toll from the two terrorist attacks in Volgograd has reached 32 people, Russian Deputy Emergency Situations Minister Vladimir Stepanov told reporters. The Investigative Committee has announced it established a link between the explosions at the Volgograd train station and on the trolleybus. 

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"We currently have information that the two explosions have hurt 104 people, of which 32 were killed," he said.
Stepanov said the process of the victims' identification has not been completed yet.
"Unfortunately, this process may take more than one day. Some victims are expected to be identified with relatives' help. There are plans to use genetic tests, too," he said.
The terrorists wanted to sow panic and fear, making use of the impossibility to ensure the complete security of transportation systems, Lev Korolkov, veteran of the Vympel special task unit, told the Voice of Russia.
“It is impossible to take each and every transportation vehicle or each and every crowded place under guard. Then, all public transport would have to be halted, all shopping centers closed and all railway stations shut. It’s a process aimed at destabilizing the general situation. Such high-profile terrorist attacks inflicting a large number of casualties mean that some forces are attempting to rock the boat. Those forces could be those seeking territorial secession or maximum control over the North Caucasus to create fertile ground for a future caliphate. We have seen similar things in the Middle East and North Africa over recently,” the expert said.
Photo: EPA
Cynically planned on the eve of New Year celebrations, this strike is another attempt by terrorists to open an internal front, spread panic and chaos, cause inter-religious hatred and conflict in Russian society, says Russian Foreign Ministry.
The terrorist attacks in Volgograd are an attempt to trigger inter-confessional strife in the Russian society. This came in a report of the Russian Foreign Ministry’.
"A strike that was that was cynically planned on the New Year’s eve is another terrorist to attempt to open an internal 'front', to cause panic and chaos, and to trigger inter-confessional strife and conflicts in the Russian society. We’ll continue our struggle with the shrewd enemy who knows no borders and can be stopped only by common efforts."
Criminal attacks in Volgograd, as well as the attacks of terrorists in in the US, Syria, Iraq, Libya, Afghanistan, Nigeria, and other countries, have much in common, and their inspirers have much in common too, the document stresses.
Russia’s Foreign Ministry stresses that amid the continued "frank" provocation appeals issued by the bandit warlords - such as Doku Umarov – to unite the forces under the flag of jihad and to draw new militants into the war, the destructive position of some politicians and "political technologists", who are trying to divide into "correct" and "incorrect", depending on the geopolitical tasks, is becoming more and more evident.
Such moves have more than once led to tragic consequences. Terrorism is always a crime, and terrorists must be punishable by law. And what is needed today is a unanimous denunciation of terrorism and, of course, international solidarity to counter terrorism and the ideology of violence and extremism, which is a feeding ground for terrorism, Russia’s Foreign Ministry said.
According to preliminary data, the terrorist's name is allegedly Pavel Pechenkin, born in Mari El region, who joined resistance forces in 2012, the Voice of Russia's source said. According to information obtained by the Voice of Russia, suspected Volgograd trolley-bus bomber Pechyonkin, aged 32, is a former paramedic. In 2012, he joined the bandit underground, having left a note for his mother on his lap top computer. Pechyonkin has since communicated with his parents two or three times via the Internet.
Photo: Pechyonkin’s photo was provided to the Voice of Russia by the National Anti-Terrorist Committee.
Pavel Pechenkin, a member of the Buinaksk ring operating in Dagestan who was born in the town of Volzhsk in the Republic of Mari El, is suspected of the Volgograd railroad terminal bombing, a source from the law enforcement authorities said.
He said Pechenkin joined the Dagestani militants in spring 2012.
"Pavel's parents - Nikolai and Fanaziya - came to Dagestan in September 2013 and searched for him in the town of Buinaksk and the suburbs. The search was unsuccessful and they made a video address to their son, who had adopted the Islamic name of Ansar ar-Rusi. The parents failed to find their son and returned home," the source said.
According to the parents, Pavel Pechenkin was an ER nurse in his home town.
The suicide bomber will be definitively identified in DNA tests. Pavel's father, Nikolai, donated his blood for the DNA test on Monday morning.
According to the Russian Health Ministry, 41 people were hurt in the Volgograd trolley bus explosion on Monday.
"There is information that 41 people were hurt by the explosion, of which 27 have been hospitalized, the ministry press service told Interfax. The terrorist attack killed 14 people, of which 11 died at the scene and three died on their way to the hospital, the Health Ministry said.

Volgograd suicide bomber's identity confirmed, photos now public

The Voice of Russia
December 29, 2013

The suicide bomber who set off a 10kg TNT charge today in the southern Russian city of Volgograd had officially been identified as Oksana Aslanova, a 26-year-old Tabasaran national from Turkmenistan, the Voice of Russia's source reports.

An explosion rocked the railway station in Volgograd at 12:45 Moscow Time on Sunday, December 29th . According to the latest reports, 14 people were killed and dozens injured. One of the current version of events, the terrorist attack was carried out by Oksana Aslanova from Daghestan but that information needs to be confirmed,” the source said.
The woman was married to a militant warlord who was killed during a recent special operation. She was married several times. Investigators are searching for the relatives of Dagestani bandits suspected of masterminding terrorist attacks in Central Russia.
Investigations to establish the whereabouts of Oksana Aslanova has been underway in Daghestan since June of 2012.
Oksana Aslanova was reportedly born June 16, 1987 in Turkmenistan. She later moved to live in Russia’s North Caucasian Republic of Dagestan. She settled in the city of Derbent at 15/41, Rasulbekov Street and studied at the Dagestan State Pedagogic University.
She married Mansur Velibekov, a Chechen radical and member of the Southern (Yuzhnaya) criminal ring that was wiped in 2008. Upon her death, Velibekov’s widow became a so-called “Sharia wife” of the gang’s leader, Gasan Abdulayev.
Another report suggests that Aslanova was also married to a known terrorist, Israpil Validzhanov, who went under the nickname of Amir Hasan. He was eliminated on March 18, 2011 near the Dagestani village of Tashkapur.
There is no information about her since March 8, 2012 it is possible that the so-called "black widow", who outlived all her husbands, underwent training as a suicide bomber.
Her ID was reported as follows: passport series 6706 No 719598, issued on Aug. 25, 2007 by the Federal Migration Service in the Khanty-Mansi Autonomous Region. She was registered at the address: 12/34, 1 Mikrorayon, city of Raduzhny in Nizhnevartovsk district in the Region of Tyumen.
Another theory has it that the Volgograd bombing was carried out by a male terrorist who carried explosives in a backpack, a police source told Russia's Interfax news agency.
“We’ve discovered that the suicide bomber was in fact a man who brought the IED to the railway station in a rucksack. His identity has been determined.”
The source did not name the alleged attacker, but added investigators had found an unexploded hand-grenade and a pistol at the scene, which presumably belonged to the terrorist.
Yet another police source in the North Caucasus region told Interfax the railway station’s CCTV footage also showed a man who might have been behind the bombing. “Videos from the building’s cameras suggest that the terror attack was apparently carried out by a man, although this information needs to be confirmed.”
As Dmitry Rutkov, psychologist and blogger from Volgograd, said in an interview with the Voice of Russia, people were not surprised by this attack.
"People received information from Internet and from other people. There is a list of injured and dead people but it is not full. I can see now in the Internet – the list of injured: there are only 11 people, but now in the Internet people are saying that there are 18 dead people. The scariest thing is that people were not surprised by this terror attack. It’s even scarier than the explosion itself," he said in an interview.
Volgograd is a major transportation hub in southern Russia, and this probably explains why it has been a target for bombings on two occasions in the last few months, a law enforcement source in the North Caucasus Federal District said in comments on Sunday's suspected suicide attack in the city that claimed at least 15 lives.
"It is, indeed, the second time that Volgograd has become a target for terrorist attacks. First of all, a female suicide attack set off an explosive device and then at a train station," the source told Interfax.
"Apparently this city is attractive to terrorists as it is a major transportation interchange hub in the south of Russia. The terrorist act carried out there has inevitably caused wide-scale reverberations, and that is the objective of the criminals," he said.
The station had apparently been the target for Sunday's blast, which is thought to have been perpetrated by a female suicide attacker, the source said.
"One can go to Moscow, St. Petersburg and other cities from that station, but it isn't very likely that the female suicide bomber, with more than 10 kilograms of TNT on her, would have ventured a long-distance trip on a train or bus," he said.
Detectives are exploring strong suspicions that there is a well-organized militant group based in Volgograd, according to the source.
"There are most likely people in Volgograd who can meet an evildoer, supply her with explosives, and send her to a crowded place to carry out a terrorist act," the source said.
Investigators also believe it is highly likely that the suspected bomber came from the Caucasus, most likely from the Dagestan republic.
Earlier, a Dagestani law enforcement source said records on everyone who had left Dagestan in the past few days were being checked in trying to trace Sunday's suspected attacker. The bomb set off at the entrance to the Volgograd-1 station on Sunday claimed 15 lives and left about 50 people injured, according to updates.
As Sunday's attack, October's bus explosion is believed to have been perpetrated by a female suicide bomber. The attack is confirmed to have immediately claimed six lives and is believed to have killed the bomber as well. The toll rose as a woman injured in the attack died in a Moscow hospital on November 18.