John Kerry: Epic Fail

John Kerry is a complete and utter failure as the Secretary of State. It isn’t even close. This is a man who makes Hillary Clinton’s tenure as Secretary of State look competent. He is the perfect Secretary of State for Barack Obama, arguably the worst president in the history of the Republic.

kerry on a bike2A classic example is currently underway in the nuclear talks with the mullahs in Iran. Kerry’s wicked smart negotiating team is described as negotiating from a position of weakness, and routinely “plea” with Iran in their talks, and that Iran’s leading negotiator “frequently shouts” at U.S. officials. link

And now, according to a survey of professors at the top 25 foreign policy schools conducted by Foreign Policy Magazine, Kerry is the absolute worst Secretary of State in history. source

Is anyone really surprised?

Critical Infrastructure compromised by Iran

The attacks have collectively been dubbed Operation Cleaver after a string found in various malware tools used by the hacker group, which is believed to operate primarily out of Tehran.

operation-cleaver“We discovered over 50 victims in our investigation, distributed around the globe,” said researchers from IT security firm Cylance in an extensive report released Tuesday. “Ten of these victims are headquartered in the US and include a major airline, a medical university, an energy company specializing in natural gas production, an automobile manufacturer, a large defense contractor, and a major military installation.”

Other victims were identified in Canada, China, England, France, Germany, India, Israel, Kuwait, Mexico, Pakistan, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, South Korea, Turkey and the United Arab Emirates.

The attackers used publicly available attack tools and exploits, as well as specialized malware programs they created themselves. Cylance believes the team consists of at least 20 hackers and developers who support Iranian interests and were probably recruited from the country’s universities.

“The infrastructure utilized in the campaign is too significant to be a lone individual or a small group,” the Cylance researchers said. “We believe this work was sponsored by Iran.”

The type of access the hackers obtained inside various organizations and the data they stole varied widely. In the case of universities, they targeted research data, student information, student housing, as well as identifying information, pictures and passports. In the case of critical infrastructure companies, they stole sensitive information that could allow them or affiliated organizations to sabotage industrial control systems and SCADA (supervisory control and data acquisition) environments, the Cylance researchers said.

No evidence of such sabotage by the group exists so far, but Cylance believes this could be the campaign’s end goal, as retaliation by Iran for the Stuxnet, Duqu and Flame malware attacks. Stuxnet, which is viewed as the world’s first cyberweapon, is believed to have been created by the U.S. and Israel to sabotage Iran’s uranium enrichment efforts and set back its nuclear program.

“Perhaps the most bone-chilling evidence we collected in this campaign was the targeting and compromise of transportation networks and systems such as airlines and airports in South Korea, Saudi Arabia and Pakistan,” the Cylance researchers said. “The level of access seemed ubiquitous: Active Directory domains were fully compromised, along with entire Cisco Edge switches, routers, and internal networking infrastructure.”

“They achieved complete access to airport gates and their security control systems, potentially allowing them to spoof gate credentials,” the researchers said. “They gained access to PayPal and Go Daddy credentials allowing them to make fraudulent purchases and allowed unfettered access to the victim’s domains. We witnessed a shocking amount of access into the deepest parts of these companies and the airports in which they operate.”

John Kerry wants to make a deal with these people.

I guess we know now why he was so anxious to give them a six month extension on the nuke talks.

Nah, the Obama Administration wouldn’t allow themselves to be blackmailed, would they?

12-12-12. T Minus 9 days and counting till TEOTWAWKI

I’m watching the 12-12-12 benefit concertRoger Daltry of The Who looks to be about 100 years old.  But the music still rocks – without a doubt.

Nine days till  <<THE END>>.  Here’s what the hedgehog sees as he peeks above the rim of his burrow:

Over a half  million family farms threatened by Obama’s new death tax.

Large “Ball of Light” crashes in Sweden.

More on the mystery orb:  UFO recovery team dispatched.

Obama plans direct talks with Iran.

Iran admits exporting drones to Chavez

Next 9-11:  Iranian death squads are here.

h/t Stan Deyo

Got any good linkage?  Post ’em in the comments section….

Classic Pink Floyd Hit Gets An Update

From the UK Telegraph, the story of two brothers from Iran and a remake of “Another Brick In The Wall.”

The punchline, instead of “Hey…teacher, leave those kids alone,” is now “Hey Ayatollah, Leave Those Kids Alone.” With the violence of the aftermath of the stolen 2009 Iranian elections as the backdrop, this classic song is perfectly adapted to modern times.

The former Pink Floyd founding member, Roger Waters, gave the rights to the song to the brother’s group, Blurred Vision.

As one might expect, this video is going viral.

“Telling blow”

Anybody care to speculate on what the “telling blow” will be?

2nd day of protests in Iran

TEHRAN — Hard-line militiamen firing tear gas and throwing stones stormed a crowd of thousands of university students protesting for a second day Tuesday, as Iran threatened a tougher crackdown on the opposition after the biggest anti-government demonstrations in months.

More than 200 people were arrested in Tehran on Monday during protests by tens of thousands at universities nationwide, and Iran’s top prosecutor warned further unrest would not be tolerated. He hinted authorities could even pursue the top opposition leader, Mir Hossein Mousavi, an escalation the government has so far balked at in Iran’s postelection turmoil.

Masked motorcyclists — likely hard-line militiamen — harassed Mr. Mousavi at his Tehran office on Tuesday. An angry Mr. Mousavi confronted them, daring them, “Kill me!” before being hustled away by aides, according to pro-opposition Web sites.

There has been no comment from the White House, as President Obama is busy preparing for his Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech. This is now the second opportunity for President Obama to offer support for democratic protesters in Iran, and again he seems to be voting “present”.

In the first round of protests after the stolen elections in June, Obama made a self-serving and self-promoting statement claiming credit for his speech in Cairo as the motivator of the student protests, never once condemning the brutality of the ahmadinejad regime. In fact, within a month of the uprising, Obama was still trying to curry favor with the mullahs by the release of the Irbil Five.

It isn’t comfortable for many Americans to see their president appearing feckless on the world stage. And, since the eloquent Mr. Obama seems unable to find just the right words for the Iranian people, I offer these words for consideration …

To the people of Iran:

You are rich in culture and talent.

You have a right to live under a government that listens to your wishes, respects your talents, and allows you to build better lives for your families. Unfortunately, your government denies you these opportunities, and threatens the peace and stability of your neighbors. So we call on the regime in Tehran to heed your will, and to make itself accountable to you.

The day will come when the people of Iran have a government that embraces liberty and justice, and Iran joins the community of free nations. And when that good day comes, you will have no better friend than the United States of America. source

Palin steps down

sara-winkSarah Palin steps down.  Nothing like grabbing control of the news cycle on a long holiday weekend.

Unless L’l Kim decides to launch a nuke against Hawaii or Japan, we’re going to hear about this for the next 72 hours.

Obama-care, Jack-o, Honduras, Iran, and the rest:  Move over to page 2.

You’ve just been ‘Cuda’d.

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