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Report: ISIS to Attack USA Today 2pm

Vocativ, a media company that uses data-mining to dig up content from the deep-web, posted that it discovered a threat against the United States.

A group of hackers affiliated with ISIS are threatening to carry out a cyber attack—dubbed “Message to America”—against a number of targets 2 p.m. EST today. The targets were not identified on ISIS forums and social channels but the hackers are promising something “surprising” that “will frighten America”.

In an early morning tweet on Monday, ISIS-sympathizers promised an attack that will frighten America.

It is unclear whether this group is the same one that hacked into the United States Central Command in January.

The best translation of the tweet CDN has been able to procure:

Obar_klavh # # # Rabotth_alonsar soon Hecr_rabotth_alonsar offers you : Letter to America from the ground to the digital world

The Vocativ post does not offer direct proof of the threatened attack, just the tweet shown above.

Domestic U.S. Military Bases Heighten Security Amid ISIS Threat

Admiral William Gortney signed the order to increase all U.S. Military bases in North America to Force Protection Bravo on Thursday night.

A spokesman for the U.S. Northern Command told reporters that the command is “doing this as a prudent measure due to a lot of things in the news lately.” The spokesman explained that no specific threat has caused the increased security measures but, “recent events have led us to recognize the need to take prudent steps to ensure that our security measures can be increased quickly.”


Wholesale Inventories and Sales Miss Expectations

The Commerce Department reported today that wholesale inventory growth is slowing and that wholesale sales have dropped yet again.

Wholesalers are the folks that sell stuff to the retailers that sell stuff to every day Americans. When consumers buy more stuff, retailers buy more stuff from wholesalers and the wholesalers then buy more stuff and increase their inventories – that’s not what happened in March.

March wholesale inventories increased at a barely-measurable .1% after having only grown .2% the month before. Analysts had expected to see an increase in inventory growth velocity to .3% – that’s a miss.

March wholesale sales were even more disappointing. Sales of wholesale goods dropped .2%  which is the 8th straight reduction in wholesale sales.

Consumers aren’t spending so retailers don’t spend which means wholesalers don’t spend. One more report, saying the same thing, that the media seems to be glossing over. The economy still sucks.

April Employment Report: Jobs Situation Still Sucks

The Bureau of Labor Statistics released their Employment Situation Report for April and there was no good news in it – at all.

The report pushed to the headline the usual artfully constructed numbers – last months job creation and the unemployment rate.

Total nonfarm payroll employment increased by 223,000 in April, and the 
unemployment rate was essentially unchanged at 5.4 percent, the U.S. Bureau
of Labor Statistics reported today.

That’s great news right? I mean, in March we only created 126,000 jobs and 223 is bigger than 126! Not so fast.

Digging deeper, it’s clear that Americans are not finding jobs and that we’re getting smoke blown up our butts.

The number of persons unemployed for less than 5 weeks increased by 241,000 
to 2.7 million in April. The number of long-term unemployed (those 
jobless for 27 weeks or more) changed little at 2.5 million, accounting 
for 29.0 percent of the unemployed.

The number of people unable to find a job in the short term increased by a quarter-of-a-million and the number of longer-term jobless stayed the same. Not sure where the good news is in those two numbers.

Some other quotes from the report indicate that things really aren’t getting better, which means they are still awful unless you’re a politician or already wealthy (isn’t that the same thing?) Ok, I digress here are the low points:

  • In April, the civilian labor force participation rate (62.8 percent) 
    changed little. Since April 2014, the participation rate has remained 
    within a narrow range of 62.7 percent to 62.9 percent.
  • The number of persons employed part time for economic reasons (sometimes 
    referred to as involuntary part-time workers) was little changed at 6.6 
    million in April
  • In April, 2.1 million persons were marginally attached to the labor 
    force, little changed over the year
  • Among the marginally attached, there were 756,000 discouraged workers 
    in April, little different from a year earlier.

How does an employment situation – that has changed little in the last year – get reported as good? The job market sucked a year ago. Now the report says it hasn’t changed – ergo – the job market still sucks!

The downward revisions of the previous month’s report is where the real bad news shows up.

the change for March was revised from +126,000 to +85,000 ... Over the past 3 months, job gains have averaged 191,000 per month.

March had already come in with some of the weakest numbers in awhile, now they’ve been revised down heavily. A 32% downward revision is nothing to sneeze at and may indicate that we are in for an equally-terrible adjustment for the numbers we got today.

If the same revision is applied to April’s figures, the new job creation number for last month would be 151,000 jobs created – and that would be waaayy under the 191,000 the BLS portrays as the average from the preceding 3 month period. Then again, they could always just seasonally adjust in some magical, otherwise non-existent, new jobs in the next report – because they’re from the government and they’re here to help.

Food Stamps Make People Fat

food_stamps-600x395A recent government study found that those on food stamps are more likely to be obese than those not taking the government assistance.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture looked at data from 2007 through 2010, then compared average weights of those on food stamps — officially called the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program — to those who weren’t.

The findings, released on Tuesday, are striking. Food stamp recipients are far more likely to be obese than poor people who are eligible but don’t take the help. And they’re even more likely to be obese than those with higher incomes.

Fully 40% of food stamp recipients are obese, the study found, compared with just over 30% of those who don’t participate in the program.

The report also found that children of families on food stamps (SNAP) are also more likely to be obese.

What the report tells us is that the foods government-assistance recipients choose to buy with their benefits are not healthy or are in too great of a quantity. Clearly, no one on food stamps is starving.

What the report also indicates is that Michelle Obama may be targeting the wrong crowd with her school lunch program. The kids hate the food and are throwing it away by the ton, school lunch providers are skirting the rules just to keep kids fed and administrators are struggling under the increased cost of the undesirable foods.

Perhaps the first lady should turn her attention to the diets of food stamp recipients. Maybe they should only be able to buy the foods that her school lunch program allows.

No more french fries, sodas, burgers or pizza – just baked fish and veggies. If the first lady is serious about stopping obesity in America, and especially childhood obesity, this government report shows her exactly where to target.

Court to NSA: Phone Spying Illegal, but Keep Doing It

The NSA’s telephone data collection program is illegal according to a Federal Appeals Court, but the ruling does not require the government to shut it down.

a federal appeals court said the controversial program exceeds what Congress has allowed and urged lawmakers to step in.

A three-judge panel of the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan permitted the National Security Agency program to continue temporarily as it exists, and all but pleaded for Congress to better define where the boundaries exist.

The program in question collects “meta-data” from American’s private phone conversations. The program will sunset on June 1st, but many in Congress are pushing for a straight-up renewal of the Patriot Act that would include this data collection program.

While many privacy activists hail the court decision, ultimately, nothing happened. The case will likely have to proceed to the Supreme Court before the program is stopped.

Until then – the NSA is listening.

Storm off East Coast Could Go Tropical, Threaten SE U.S.

745 AM EDT THU MAY 7 2015

For the North Atlantic...Caribbean Sea and the Gulf of Mexico:

A non-tropical low pressure system located about 230 miles south-
southeast of the South Carolina-North Carolina border has moved
little during the past several hours.

Since yesterday, the low has
become better defined with increasing organization of the associated
thunderstorm activity.  

Environmental conditions are gradually
becoming more conducive for development, and an increase in the
organization of the thunderstorms could result in the formation of a
subtropical cyclone later today or on Friday.  An Air Force Reserve
reconnaissance aircraft is scheduled to investigate the low this
morning.  The low is expected to drift generally northward over the
next couple of days, and interests along the southeastern coast of
the United States should continue to monitor the progress of this
system. Regardless of development, heavy rain is expected over
portions of the coastal southeastern United States for the next
several days. For additional information, see products from your
local National Weather Service forecast office and High Seas
Forecasts issued by the National Weather Service. The next Special
Tropical Weather Outlook on this system will be issued by 2 PM EDT.
* Formation chance through 48 hours...high...70 percent
* Formation chance through 5 days...high...70 percent


Twitter Hashtags Conservatives Use

Twitter is a different way of consuming and disseminating information. As a company that uses Twitter prolifically, we often get asked – how do I find Conservative content on Twitter?

Hashtags are your first, best way to locate Conservative content. Hashtags are keywords/terms that are preceded by a pound sign (#.) The most used by Conservatives are:

  • #tcot (Top Conservatives on Twitter)
  • #tlot (Top Libertarians on Twitter)
  • #gop (The Republican Party on Twitter)

If you are a supporter of gun rights and the second amendment, you might also search out:

  • #nra (National Rifle Association)
  • #2A (Second Amendment)

If you find other Conservative hashtags you’d like us to add to the list, post them in comments, DM @CDNNow, or email [email protected]

Once those hashtags show you something you’re interested in, just follow the people that tweeted the messages and favorite the ones that repeatedly show you things that matter to you.


Victims Deserve to Get Attacked Because They Ask for it

The long heard line from the left about rape victims is that regardless of how a victim dressed or acted – rape is solely the fault of the attacker – and I agree. But now, when an event featuring cartoons of Muhammad is to blame – it’s the victims fault, because she asked for it.

Winning-cartoonPamela Geller put on an event in Garland, Texas to find the best cartoon art of the prophet Muhammad. Muslims believe that any depiction of Muhammad is blasphemy. In America, we call it free speech.

Two ISIS-backed terrorists attacked the event and were stopped by a 45 caliber pistol-wielding cop (aka Hero.)

Now, liberal pundits, main stream media talking heads, democrats in-general and even the Garland Mayor are saying that Geller – the victim – basically goaded those muslims into going all jihadi on the place. Basically, they say she was asking for it.

The Mayor of Garland castigated Geller for choosing his town as the place for her event:

Mayor Douglas Athas said he wished Ms. Geller, co-founder and president of the American Freedom Defense Initiative, hadn’t picked Garland as the site for Sunday’s event, the Dallas Morning News reported.

“Certainly in hindsight, we as a community would be better off if she hadn’t,” he told the paper. “Her actions put my police officers, my citizens and others at risk. Her program invited an incendiary reaction. She picked my community, which does not support in any shape, passion or form, her ideology.


Of course the mayor spends no time admonishing the two body armor-clad wanna-be-mujaheddin who would definitely have struck somewhere else if not there, some other day if not that night.

Terrorists are looking for a reason to attack and need their deeds to bear symbolism. It Wasn’t about drawing Muhammad cartoons, it was that Americans were doing something Islamists didn’t like – and they needed to be punished for it.

The media and this ill-thought mayor are saying that if a scary person tells you not to do something, do NOT be brave – just do what they say. Then again, that’s exactly how Sharia law works.

Who’s up for a good stoning?

Piss-ChristNow turn the tables again. Remember “Piss Christ” where an artist submerged a crucifix into a jar of urine as an art exhibit? Christians were outraged at what they saw as blasphemy and the display was ultimately vandalized. The media – blamed the vandals, not the artist.

It’s a double-standard. Islamic terrorists are becoming some sort of protected class. Our political correctness will be the weakness they exploit so they may expand, strengthen and attack – over .. and over .. and over.

Then again, it’s our fault – because we asked for it.

National Labor Relations Board Ambushing the Workplace [Video]

A new set of regulations allows for some pretty scary tactics by unions.

The new regulations allow “snap” elections, prohibit employers from presenting a competing case to unionization, forbids businesses from involving legal counsel and forces employers to turn over private information on workers.

While recent rulings prevent the NLRB from providing worker’s information to political groups or telemarketers, it doesn’t prevent the “in-bed-with-Democrats” unions from doing the same.

ADP: April Showed Slowest Hiring in Last 18 Months

us-unemployment-rate-decline-2012Payroll processor ADP reported that companies hired at the slowest rate in the last 18 months.

Hardest hit were manufacturing jobs. More than 10,000 jobs were lost in the sector. Losses are attributed to a strong dollar making American goods too expensive overseas and to cuts in oil and gas drilling in the U.S.

ADP said that businesses added just 169,000 jobs in April, which is 6 thousand less than were added in an abysmal March.

The ADP report along with a downturn in PMI, negative consumer confidence, a terrible March durable goods report, and record high consumer credit defaults all point to a slowing economy. It is likely that Q1 GDP, the measure of the U.S. economy’s output, will be negative.


Hillary’s “Full and Equal” Citizenship May Not Be So Equal

Hillary announced Tuesday that she supports “full and equal citizenship” – whatever that means.

The Clinton campaign pushes her stance as superior to Republicans because they’ve never said “full and equal.” Then again, no one has.

The Clintons are expert at saying a lot without saying anything and this latest blurb is a shining example.

First, what does “full and equal” actually mean?

The full part is obvious, but equal is confusing. Does she simply mean equal citizenship with other Americans or that new, illegal immigrants will be considered equally with those having spent years and dollars to go through the legal process?

This is a ploy – pure and simple. Clinton is suffering among her base and moderates. Now, she has to appeal to the non-American voters (yeah, I think I just about puked.)

The fact that the left has no choice but to appeal to people that have no right to vote, wreaks of desperation. It also points to a tyranny yet to develop.

One plays on the weak when they have nothing strong to offer.

ISIS Threatens Pamela Geller, Her Security and Many Other American Targets

Two men attempted to interrupt a free speech event in Garland, Texas on Monday. The men were ISIS sympathizers, dressed in body armor and ready to die as martars. Instead, they just died.

Since then, a self-titled ISIS representative left a somewhat threatening letter on social media under the title “The New Era”:

To our brothers and sisters fighting for the Sake of Allah, we make dua for you and ask Allah to guide your bullets, terrify your enemies, and establish you in the Land. As our noble brother in the Phillipines said in his bayah, “This is the Golden Era, everyone who believes… is running for Shaheed”.

The attack by the Islamic State in America is only the beginning of our efforts to establish a wiliyah in the heart of our enemy. Our aim was the khanzeer Pamela Geller and to show her that we don’t care what land she hides in or what sky shields her; we will send all our Lions to achieve her slaughter. This will heal the hearts of our brothers and disperse the ones behind her. To those who protect her: this will be your only warning of housing this woman and her circus show. Everyone who houses her events, gives her a platform to spill her filth are legitimate targets. We have been watching closely who was present at this event and the shooter of our brothers. We knew that the target was protected. Our intention was to show how easy we give our lives for the Sake of Allah.

We have 71 trained soldiers in 15 different states ready at our word to attack any target we desire. Out of the 71 trained soldiers 23 have signed up for missions like Sunday, We are increasing in number bithnillah. Of the 15 states, 5 we will name… Virginia, Maryland, Illinois, California, and Michigan. The disbelievers who shot our brothers think that you killed someone untrained, nay, they gave you their bodies in plain view because we were watching.

The next six months will be interesting, To our Amir Al Mu’mineen make dua for us and continue your reign, May Allah enoble your face.

May Allah send His peace and blessings upon our Prophet Muhummad and all those who follow until the last Day.

Abu Ibrahim Al Ameriki

Maryland seems oddly familiar… oh yeah.. that’s where Baltimore is. Is this some tangential claim to having been responsible for burning down a CVS? Wow.. melting boxes of chocolates in the name of Allah – I’m sure he’s proud.

Then there’s the Clinton-like spinning of the Garland failure into a success when Al Ameriki says, “The disbelievers who shot our brothers think that you killed someone untrained, nay, they gave you their bodies in plain view because we were watching.” Um, ok,  the cop doesn’t think he shot them dead, he knows he shot them dead. Just because you were watching doesn’t make their evil mission to kill innocent people any more godly. It just means they’re dead and they got left in the middle of the road like dead animals for quite some time according to news reports.

Police in the U.S. carry guns and they are trained to use them. Heck a huge portion of Americans carry guns and are very adept at using them. Check your history on the revolutionary war Mr. Ameriki – we adapt to aggressor tactics better than any nation in history.

This is not Europe, where the average citizen has no way to protect themselves and, after decades of anti-gun laws, likely do not have the skills to manage it.

What’s even more ridiculous is that this “leader of men” is angry about … a cartoon. Then again, they stone women that don’t do what they want.

America is a different nation – a country others look up to for its freedoms, opportunities and understanding. As long as progressives are unable to limit the freedoms the bill of rights affords Americans, U.S. Citizens will continue to thwart simple men like Abu Ibrahim Al Ameriki.

Besides, this is America, and we have Chuck Norris.. so there!

Greece Considers Cash Withdrawal Tax – Could it Happen Here?

Greece has revealed it is to introduce a surcharge for all cashpoint withdrawals and financial transactions in a desperate attempt to prevent citizens withdrawing their money from the country’s beleaguered banks.

Let that sink-in. The government is taxing people if they choose to withdraw their own money!

Greek citizens were taxed when they made the money. They got taxed on any money their money made (interest.) Now the government is making a last ditch effort to slow the run on the banks by taxing the people’s money if the people decide they’d like to keep it.

Greece would not need this new tax if they had not just elected an anti-austerity government that has spent months thumbing its nose at the EU nations that had lent is so much money.

As the Greek economy teeters on the verge of bankruptcy, millions of panicking citizens have completely cleared their accounts – pulling more than €28 billion out of banks and pushing the total cash revenue held in the country’s financial institutions to a 10-year low.

The question is, could it happen in America? And the answer is YES – easily.

Many Americans keep precious little cash on them and even less in personal stores (outside banks.)

Recently the largest American banks are telling customers that they can neither store cash in safe deposit boxes or use cash to pay bills owed to the bank.

Deflation is the most-urgent concern of the Fed, which is why several re-wordings, interest rates have stayed scarily near zero.

It won’t take much of an alarm to scare U.S. account holders into pulling their cash from the bank. In a fractional reserve system – that spells trouble.

To avoid a bank run, the Fed could push for regulations making it too expensive to withdraw cash – the Greek withdrawal tax being an excellent example. More than likely, this would start a panic and a 1930’s -style bank run.

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