The Sunday cable news shows are a weekend staple among Washington D.C.’s movers and shakers, an audience that is jealously guarded by the top networks and coveted by those scrambling to catch up.
“Fox News Sunday’s” big D.C. win over NBC’s “Meet The Press” last Sunday is a big deal — and a possible sign that the Sunday news hierarchy is shifting.
Nielsen Media Research reports that Fox’s flagship Sunday program, headed by Chris Wallace, beat out “Meet The Press” in every Washington ratings category for the first time in nearly seven years.
107,000 people tuned in to watch Wallace, including 41,000 in the all-important 25 to 54 demographic. NBC’s David Gregory could only muster 73,000 viewers, with just 33,000 in the 25 to 54 age group.
The two shows extensively covered the ongoing conflict between Israelis and Palestinians in Gaza, with both newscasters interviewing Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Washington’s politicos and leading lawmakers apparently preferred Wallace’s interview and exposition of the crisis.
“Fox News Sunday” has slowly gained ground on “Meet The Press” throughout the year — beating the NBC program in the 25 to 54 demographic in April, winning out in total viewership in early May and earning more total households than “Meet The Press” in June.
Fox also beat out ABC’s “This Week” and CBS’ “Face The Nation” across the board in Washington last Sunday, a rare feat for a Sunday show that often places near the bottom of the ratings pack.
“Meet The Press” has long been dominant on the national scene, even more so in Washington. But under David Gregory’s leadership that dominance has been in decline.
And new reports claiming NBC is seriously considering firing the hapless television host may have hastened his D.C. ratings slide. Nobody — particularly in Washington — wants to watch a loser.
By Mary-Ann Russon
July 28, 2014 14:09 BST
StingRay – a device that is allegedly being used by Californian police to monitor citizens’ mobile communicationsUS Patent and Trademark Office
A civil liberties group has discovered emails showing that the US government has concealed police use of fake mobile base stations which can spy on citizens without requiring search warrants since at least 2009.
Emails obtained by the American Civil Liberties Union show that federal law enforcement officials insisted police in Sacramento, Florida conceal their use of the devices, known as “StingRay”, in order to prevent criminals from learning how to get around them.
Sgt. Ken Castro of the Sarasota Police Department sent emails to members of the North Port Police Department in April 2009, informing them that the US Marshals Service requested that police not disclose StingRay in court depositions, but instead refer to it as “information from a confidential source regarding the location of the suspect”.
The North Port Police Department implemented the new rules and continues to avoid mentioning StingRay, according to the emails.
When contacted by the Wall Street Journal, the US Marshals Service refused to comment.
Illegal telecoms equipment
There is an underground market for illegal telecoms equipment, much of which comes from China. The equipment can be used to pretend to be a mobile base station, tricking all users’ phones to connect to it as they pass close to areas where the fake base station is located.
In addition to transmitting a mobile phone user’s location and identifying information, data from text messages can easily be intercepted using an SMS server, without the user’s mobile operator or the user themselves being any the wiser.
In March, Chinese authorities arrested a total of 1,530 suspects in a crackdown on spam text messages, and found that there were 3,540 cases of suspected crimes, with some of the scams run by gangs in various cities.
Around the same time, local TV station Sacramento News 10 submitted public information requests to all the major law enforcement agencies in Northern California.
StingRay in use across California
By piecing together information from a 2012 federal grant application from the San Jose police department, the TV station discovered that StingRay has been used by the San Jose Police, US Marshals Service, Oakland Police Department, Sacramento Sheriff’s Department, San Diego Sheriff’s Department, Los Angeles Police Department and the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department.
“We will work with the Fusion Center to partner with San Francisco and Oakland to ensure we have the ability to cover all of the Bay Area in deploying cell phone tracking technology in any region of the Bay Area at a moment’s notice,” the application said.
The San Jose Police Department said that it had consulted with the Sacramento Sheriff’s Department about how it was using StingRay.
News 10 spoke to the Sacramento District Attorney’s Office and was told that no judge had approved warrants using the device. Warrant applications filed by the Sacramento Police Department also showed that the police department had never divulged that it was using the device to track suspects.
None of the police departments mentioned have admitted to using the devices, and the worry is that a wide amount of data is being collected about citizens who are not under suspicion of committing a crime.
The Fed wants bubbles
by PHOENIX CAPITAL RESEARCH | LEWROCKWELL.COM | JULY 28, 2014
Many commentators have previously argued that the Fed is too dumb or too inept to identify of categorize asset bubbles.
By focusing on the Fed’s mental acuity, these commentators are overlooking a key factor: the Fed WANTS to asset bubbles.
The reason for this?
Asset bubbles, at least according to the Fed’s models, will paper over the steady decline in quality of life that began in the US roughly 50 years ago.
This fact is staring everyone in the face, though few people make it explicit. Back in the 1950s, the average American family had one working parent and was able to get by just fine. Today, most families have two working parents, sometimes working more than two jobs and they’re still not able to live a stable life.
Indeed, a 2012 study by NYU Professor Edward Wolff found that the median net worth of American households was at a 43-YEAR LOW. The average American in the 21st century was in worse shape than his 1970s counterpart.
This process began to accelerate in the late ‘90s. Indeed, looking at real media household income, one can see clearly that things have generally been downhill for nearly 20 years now.
It is not coincidence that the Fed began blowing serial bubbles starting in the late ‘90s. The Fed is aware on some level that quality of life in the US has fallen. The Fed’s answer, rather than focus on items that it doesn’t understand (job growth, income growth, etc.) was to blow bubbles to paper over this decline.
This is why we’ve had bubble after bubble after bubble in the last 15 years. The Fed doesn’t have a clue how to create jobs or boost incomes. Why would it? Most of the Fed’s Presidents are academics with no real world business experience.
Instead, the Fed believes in the “wealth effect” or the theory that when housing prices or stock prices soar, people feel wealthier and so go out and spend more money. This theory is baloney. People spend based on their incomes, NOT the value of their homes or portfolios.
After all, both assets only convert into actual cash once the owner sells the asset. Anyone who goes out and spends more money because their home went up in value will only end up with credit card debt, which combined with their mortgage, puts an even greater strain on their financial resources.
The Fed wants asset bubbles because they hide the rot within the US economy. If the Fed didn’t raise stock or housing prices, people might actually start to wonder… “hey, why is my life getting more and more difficult despite the fact that I’m working all the time?”
The Fed wants bubbles. So we’re doomed to keep experiencing them and the subsequent crashes.
MSM engages in deceptive reporting in attempts to downplay opposition to illegal immigration..
Establishment media outlets predictably attempted to downplay the size of an anti-illegal immigration protest held over the weekend in Boston, hoping to propagate the illusion of a diminished public outcry.
The rally, which took place Saturday on the steps of the Massachusetts State House, attracted anywhere from four to ten thousand participants, judging by numerous social media photos of the unprecedented event and estimates by State Troopers.
Local Boston media, however, gave the impression that mere “hundreds,” or that only “about a thousand” people showed up, significantly downplaying Bostonian opposition to recent proposals to house additional illegal aliens in their state, backed by Gov. Deval Patrick.
Despite her best efforts, a CBS reporter had to admit the rally was the largest she’d seen.
According to ALIPAC president William Gheen, at least 4-5,000 protesters showed up to the “Stop the Invasion Rally” largely organized by WRKO radio host Jeff Kuhner.
“The Boston Globe and a local CBS affiliate rushed to get pictures that tried to make the crowd look like a few hundred out on the web before anyone else,” said ALIPAC president William Gheen, posting photos of his own to disprove the media’s figures. “They even used the title ‘hundreds protest’ but it was a blatant lie that we are about to bust wide open!”
From the White House website, posted on Sunday, July 27 (emphasis added):
As Muslims throughout the United States and around the world celebrate Eid-al-Fitr, Michelle and I extend our warmest wishes to them and their families. This last month has been a time of fasting, reflection, spiritual renewal, and service to the less fortunate. While Eid marks the completion of Ramadan, it also celebrates the common values that unite us in our humanity and reinforces the obligations that people of all faiths have to each other, especially those impacted by poverty, conflict, and disease.
In the United States, Eid also reminds us of the many achievements and contributions of Muslim Americans to building the very fabric of our nation and strengthening the core of our democracy. That is why we stand with people of all faiths, here at home and around the world, to protect and advance their rights to prosper, and we welcome their commitment to giving back to their communities.
On behalf of the Administration, we wish Muslims in the United States and around the world a blessed and joyous celebration. Eid Mubarak.
Earlier this month a Gallup poll indicated that 72% of Muslims approve of the job Obama is doing, even though his support has plummeted among virtually every other group.
Two weeks ago, Obama celebrated the Muslim holiday of Ramadan in the White House.
BY PAUL BEDARD | JULY 28, 2014 | 9:21 AM
Boehner Blasts Obama On Incoherent Migration Policy
Speaker of the House John Boehner sent a letter to the president Wednesday, calling on him to follow through on his June requests for changes to the migration processing system that would allow the…
TOPICS: WASHINGTON SECRETS IMMIGRATION BARACK OBAMA POLLS MEXICO BORDER SECURITY
Photo – Children from Latin America making their way into the United States. AP Photo
Children from Latin America making their way into the United States. AP Photo
A huge majority of Americans, 81 percent, believe the new immigration crisis of unaccompanied children streaming over the U.S.-Mexico border is serious, and almost as many want them gone — some even if it’s not safe to return, according to a new poll.
In an Economist/YouGov.com survey, however, the public isn’t heartless in how they view the plight of the children, with 66 percent expressing sympathy for their situation that drove them north, where U.S. Border Control officers are catching the new arrivals for immigration processing.
But while there is an understanding among many Americans that some of the children are fleeing violence in El Salvador, Honduras and Guatemala, a majority, 57 percent, believe the illegal immigrants are coming to America because they believe “that the U.S. government is or will be granting amnesty to undocumented immigrant children,” said the new poll.
The poll is the latest to show that the nation doesn’t believe the president’s immigration policies are working. And it is proof that most want the flow of illegals into the United States slowed or shut off.
While 77 percent said they want the illegals returned, there are different degrees in how fast it should be done. For example, 10 percent said that Border Control should just return the children to the Mexican border. Another 32 percent said that the children should be returned home “regardless of conditions in their home country,” and 35 percent said they should be returned “only if” conditions are safe.
And for those allowed to stay temporarily, the public is split evenly on whether unaccompanied children should be housed in their state or in another state.
The poll also revealed that the crisis has become a drag on President Obama. “The approval rating of the president on immigration, like his approval ratings on many other issues, is negative. A majority disapproves, and only a third approve. But the evaluation of the president is even worse among those who would deport the child migrants as soon as possible: only 16 percent in that group approve of how Barack Obama is handling immigration. Those who want the children to stay until they can be returned safely approve of the president’s performance,” said the poll analysis.
Paul Bedard, the Washington Examiner’s “Washington Secrets” columnist, can be contacted at email@example.com.
Photos showing dozens of members of the militia groups on the U.S.-Mexico border carrying semi-automatic rifles and wearing masks, camouflage and tactical gear provide one of the first glimpses into the group’s activities on the border. Photo: Provided To The San Antonio Express-News Photo By provided to the San Antonio Express-News Photos showing dozens of members of the militia groups on the U.S.-Mexico border carrying semi-automatic rifles and wearing masks, camouflage and tactical gear provide one of the first glimpses into the group’s activities on the border. 11 of 79
Photos showing dozens of members of the militia groups on the U.S.-Mexico border carrying semi-automatic rifles and wearing masks, camouflage and tactical gear provide one of the first glimpses into the group’s activities on the border.Photos showing dozens of members of the militia groups on the U.S.-Mexico border carrying semi-automatic rifles and wearing masks, camouflage and tactical gear provide one of the first glimpses into the group’s activities on the border.Photos showing dozens of members of the militia groups on the U.S.-Mexico border carrying semi-automatic rifles and wearing masks, camouflage and tactical gear provide one of the first glimpses into the group’s activities on the border.Photos showing dozens of members of the militia groups on the U.S.-Mexico border carrying semi-automatic rifles and wearing masks, camouflage and tactical gear provide one of the first glimpses into the group’s activities on the border.Photos showing dozens of members of the militia groups on the U.S.-Mexico border carrying semi-automatic rifles and wearing masks, camouflage and tactical gear provide one of the first glimpses into the group’s activities on the border.Photos showing dozens of members of the militia groups on the U.S.-Mexico border carrying semi-automatic rifles and wearing masks, camouflage and tactical gear provide one of the first glimpses into the group’s activities on the border.Photos showing dozens of members of the militia groups on the U.S.-Mexico border carrying semi-automatic rifles and wearing masks, camouflage and tactical gear provide one of the first glimpses into the group’s activities on the border.
Anti-government citizen militia groups want to ‘secure the border’ in Texas
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SAN ANTONIO – Photos showing dozens of members of the militia groups on the U.S.-Mexico border carrying semi-automatic rifles and wearing masks, camouflage and tactical gear provide one of the first glimpses into the group’s activities on the border.
Members of the militia groups, who say they have 10 active “teams” along the state’s southern border, are seen at campsites, walking along the Rio Grande River, pointing rifles and pistols out of frame and flipping off the camera in the photos obtained by the San Antonio Express-News.
A spokesperson for the group provided the photos under the condition that members’ faces be blurred because of fear of being identified by “cartel and gang members.”
One of the photos shows a Border Patrol agent leaning through an armed militia member’s vehicle window and pointing on a map. The U.S. Customs and Border Protection earlier this month strongly rebuked the group’s presence on the border but did not return multiple requests for comment regarding the photo.
Gov. Rick Perry, who last week ordered 1,000 Texas National Guard members to the border, declined to comment specifically on the militia groups through a spokesman but said he is “leading to secure the border.”
The groups, including Oathkeepers, Three Percenters and Patriots, began recruiting and organizing more than a month ago, as national media outlets began focusing on an influx of Central American immigrants illegally crossing the border, including more than 50,000 unaccompanied minors.
Barbie Rogers, founder of the Patriots Information Hotline, which is helping organize and recruit for the militia groups, said there are 10 “operations on the ground along the Texas border” from El Paso to Laredo to the Rio Grande Valley. Many of the groups are stationed on ranch land with permission from the owners, she said.
Some Facebook comments from members of the militias indicate the groups are not fearful of using force.
“(Rules of Engagement) is if in fear of bodily injury, weapons free, if fired upon, return fire. Real simple,” member KC Massey posted along with a photo on Facebook. “We are not worried about an “International” incident if they shoot at us.”
State Sen. Leticia Van de Putte, D-San Antonio, denounced the militia groups in a statement, saying “pointing guns at children solves nothing.”
“Local law enforcement and federal border patrol agents have been clear. The presence of these outside independent militia groups does nothing to secure the border; it only creates an unsafe situation for law enforcement officials that are protecting our communities. Unfortunately, the vile rhetoric of my opponent inspires misguided efforts,” said Van de Putte, who is running against state Sen. Dan Patrick, R-Houston, for lieutenant governor.
In an interview with the Express-News, Chris Davis, commander of the militia’s “Operation Secure Our Border: Laredo Sector”, who is seen in some of the photos, said members would secure the border in a “legal and lawful manner.”
However, in a since-deleted 21-minute YouTube video of Davis, he said: “How? You see an illegal. You point your gun dead at him, right between his eyes, and you say, ‘Get back across the border or you will be shot.'”
Davis, 37-year-old truck driver from Von Ormy, was discharged from the Army in 2001 “under other than honorable conditions in lieu of trial by court martial,” according to a summary of Davis’ military service obtained by the Express-News.
The Texas militia’s operation names, according to Rogers, are: Bolinas Border Patrol, Central Valley Militia, Independant Citizens Militia, Alpha Team, Bravo Team, FOB Harmony, Operation Secure Our Border: Laredo Sector, O’Shanessy’s Team, the 77’s and Camp Geronimo.
Rogers called on Perry to send 5,000 more National Guard members to the border and “if cost is an issue” to “call the militia. They will come if you call them.”