Message board post encourages attacks on Times Square and the Las Vegas strip
NEW YORK (PIX11) — Users on an ISIS message board have threatened Times Square, providing instructions on how to carry out a pipe bomb attack in one of the busiest tourist areas of New York City, according to a Vocativ report.
One of the posts titled, “To the Lone Wolves in America: How to Make a Bomb in Your Kitchen, to Create Scenes of Horror in Tourist Spots and Other Targets,” gives step-by-step instructions on how to build a bomb with common household items.
The post encourages attacks on Times Square and the Las Vegas strip, Vocativ reports, but other tourist and commuter hubs in the US are mentioned.
It also includes sections of the 2010 article “How to Make a Bomb From the Kitchen of Your Mom” from the Al-Qaeda magazine “Inspire.”
The article gives details on how to make a pressure cooker bomb, and was allegedly used as a guide for the Tsarnaev brothers who bombed the Boston Marathon in 2013, which left 3 people dead and hundreds injured.
Speaking at a press conference Tuesday, Police Commissioner Bill Bratton said that although there has no credible threat to New York City, the potential for terrorists to attempt an attack “is very real.”
“We’re concerned with the capabilities of ISIS much more so than Al-Qaeda was ever able to … their ability to use social media to try and spread their recruitment efforts, to try and inspire,” Bratton said.
“This is a new world, if you will, the evolving world of terrorism and we’re staying ahead of it.”
Twice as many sign up for food stamps
Illinois’ sluggish jobs recovery is coming at a tremendous cost. For every post-recession job created in Illinois, nearly two people have enrolled in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, commonly known as food stamps.
In the recession era, the number of Illinoisans dependent on food stamps has risen by 745,000. Without adequate job creation in the state, Illinois families have had no choice but to depend upon food stamps to put bread on the table.
The Prairie State has had the worst recovery from the Great Recession of any state in the U.S. There are nearly 300,000 fewer Illinoisans working today than in January 2008, and 170,000 fewer payroll jobs.
Jobs began to come back to Illinois in January 2010. But even since then, job creation hasn’t kept up with the needs of Illinois families. Food-stamp enrollment has outpaced job creation by nearly 2-to-1 during Illinois’ jobs recovery, from January 2010-July 2014.
The pace at which Illinois has been creating jobs is simply not good enough for Illinois families, and policy mistakes, such as the historic 2011 tax hikes, have made it worse. Illinois has gained only 240,000 jobs since the bottom of the recession, while food-stamp enrollment has gone up by 420,000.
Even this year, as policy leaders claim the state is amidst a recovery, food-stamp enrollment continues to surge. Over the first seven months of 2014, Illinois is dead last in the U.S. for private sector job creation, having lost 5,900 private sector jobs. Food-stamp enrollment has surged by 17,000 over the same time period.
There are now over 2 million Illinoisans dependent on food stamps, and more than 1 million in Cook County alone. That means that one in five residents of Cook County depend on food stamps just to get by.
Lawmakers need to jump-start entrepreneurship and embrace structural reform in order to get the economy going again. Without a fair shot at work, Illinoisans are forced into food-stamp dependency.
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That’s because welfare is meant to keep people dependent of gov’t
Robert Rector is a leading national authority on poverty, the U.S.welfare system and immigration and is a Heritage Foundation Senior Research Fellow.
Today, the U.S. Census Bureau will release its annual report on poverty. This report is noteworthy because this year marks the 50th anniversary of President Lyndon Johnson’s launch of the War on Poverty. Liberals claim that the War on Poverty has failed because we didn’t spend enough money. Their answer is just to spend more. But the facts show otherwise.
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Since its beginning, U.S. taxpayers have spent $22 trillion on Johnson’s War on Poverty (in constant 2012 dollars). Adjusting for inflation, that’s three times more than was spent on all military wars since the American Revolution.
One third of the U.S. population received aid from at least one welfare program at an average cost of $9,000 per recipient in 2013.
The federal government currently runs more than 80 means-tested welfare programs. These programs provide cash, food, housing and medical care to low-income Americans. Federal and state spending on these programs last year was $943 billion. (These figures do not include Social Security, Medicare, or Unemployment Insurance.)
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Over 100 million people, about one third of the U.S. population, received aid from at least one welfare program at an average cost of $9,000 per recipient in 2013. If converted into cash, current means-tested spending is five times the amount needed to eliminate all poverty in the U.S.
But today the Census will almost certainly proclaim that around 14 percent of Americans are still poor. The present poverty rate is almost exactly the same as it was in 1967 a few years after the War on Poverty started. Census data actually shows that poverty has gotten worse over the last 40 years.
How is this possible? How can the taxpayers spend $22 trillion on welfare while poverty gets worse?
The typical family that Census identifies as poor has air conditioning, cable or satellite TV, and a computer in its home.
The answer is it isn’t possible. Census counts a family as poor if its income falls below specified thresholds. But in counting family “income,” Census ignores nearly the entire $943 billion welfare state.
For most Americans, the word “poverty” means significant material deprivation, an inability to provide a family with adequate nutritious food, reasonable shelter and clothing. But only a small portion of the more than 40 million people labelled as poor by Census fit that description.
The media frequently associate the idea of poverty with being homeless. But less than two percent of the poor are homeless. Only one in ten live in mobile homes. The typical house or apartment of the poor is in good repair and uncrowded; it is actually larger than the average dwelling of non-poor French, Germans or English.
According to government surveys, the typical family that Census identifies as poor has air conditioning, cable or satellite TV, and a computer in his home. Forty percent have a wide screen HDTV and another 40 percent have internet access. Three quarters of the poor own a car and roughly a third have two or more cars. (These numbers are not the result of the current bad economy pushing middle class families into poverty; instead, they reflect a steady improvement in living conditions among the poor for many decades.)
The intake of protein, vitamins and minerals by poor children is virtually identical with upper middle class kids. According to surveys by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the overwhelming majority of poor people report they were not hungry even for a single day during the prior year.
We can be grateful that the living standards of all Americans, including the poor, have risen in the past half century, but the War on Poverty has not succeeded according to Johnson’s original goal. Johnson’s aim was not to prop up living standards by making more and more people dependent on an ever larger welfare state. Instead, Johnson sought to increase self-sufficiency, the ability of a family to support itself out of poverty without dependence on welfare aid. Johnson asserted that the War on Poverty would actually shrink the welfare rolls and transform the poor from “taxeaters” into “taxpayers.”
Judged by that standard, the War on Poverty has been a colossal flop. The welfare state has undermined self-sufficiency by discouraging work and penalizing marriage. When the War on Poverty began seven percent of children were born outside marriage. Today, 42 percent of children are. By eroding marriage, the welfare state has made many Americans less capable of self-support than they were when the War on Poverty began.
Bono Quote, free enterprise
President Obama plans to spend $13 trillion dollars on means-tested welfare over the next decade. Most of this spending will flow through traditional welfare programs that discourage the keys to self-sufficiency: work and marriage.
Rather than doubling down on the mistakes of the past, we should restructure the welfare state around Johnson’s original goal: increasing Americans capacity for self-support. Welfare should no longer be a one way hand out; able-bodied recipients of cash, food and housing should be required to work or prepare for work as condition of receiving aid. Welfare’s penalties against marriage should be reduced. By returning to the original vision of aiding the poor to aid themselves, we can begin, in Johnson’s words, to “replace their despair with opportunity.”
By Onan Coca
Muslim religious leader and educator Anjem Choudary has been making the rounds through the media in recent days on Fox News, CNN and now RT. Choudary is an expert on Sharia law and the ideological leader of many Muslims in America and the United Kingdom. He has been called a “radical,” but in reality he is one of the foremost thinkers in “mainstream’ western Islam; he is called radical because he comes agonizingly close to endorsing the terrorist regimes of the Islamic world.
However, Choudary says that far from being “radical,” he is simply reading and obeying what the Koran says.
Recently our President said this of ISIS and Islam.
“ISIL is not ‘Islamic.’ No religion condones the killing of innocents, and the vast majority of ISIL’s victims have been Muslim. And ISIL is certainly not a state; it was formerly al Qaeda’s affiliate in Iraq and has taken advantage of sectarian strife and Syria’s civil war to gain territory on both sides of the Iraq-Syrian border. It is recognized by no government nor by the people it subjugates.”
“ISIL is a terrorist organization, pure and simple, and it has no vision other than the slaughter of all who stand in its way.”
Once again, President Obama could not be more wrong. Islam does indeed condone the killing of “innocents.” At least, we would consider them innocent… Islam would just consider them infidels – no guilt or innocence necessary. But don’t just take my word for it, let’s see what a bona fide Islamic SCHOLAR says…
“As a lecturer in Sharia law, I would say to the people in Russia, the Muslims and the non-Muslims, that every action for a Muslim must be based upon the Koran, the word of Allah, and the teachings of the messenger Mohammed…who is the final messenger for mankind. I mean I would first invite the people to think about and embrace Islam, but those who are already Muslim must know that Allah mentions in the Koran, in fact, if you look in chapter 8 verse 60, he said prepare as much as you can ‘steeds of war’ to terrorize the enemy. So terrorizing the enemy is in fact part of Islam. I mean this is something that we must embrace and understand as far as the jurisprudence of Islam is concerned.”
Liberals all over the western world are leading us to destruction (in more ways than one). When they discuss Islam they do it through their lens of understanding. This is why they so often equate Islam and Christianity. They “understand” Christianity, they’ve been raised on the quotes and morals of the New Testament scriptures, and they erroneously believe that Islam is somehow akin to what they’ve been taught of the Bible. The same thing happens when they talk about the Quran. They think that because the Quran is the “Scripture” of Islam that it is probably very similar to the Bible… when in reality, nothing could be further from the truth.
Sadly, they do this to our detriment. It’s why liberals like President Obama continue to miscalculate in their dealing with the Islamic world and why they continue to underestimate just how dangerous Islamic terrorism can be. His own words convey just how little he really understands what is actually happening in the world. If we continue to elect liberals who believe in some kind of fairy tale Islam, then we are damning ourselves to a future filled with violence and pain…
Here’s the full Anjem Choudary interview from RT.