Report: Three Syrian “Refugees” Rape Little Girl at Knifepoint in Idaho

Furious residents accuse council of cover-up


U.S. Yogurt billionaire asks businesses to hire more foreign refugees

Posted By Leo Hohmann On 01/20/2016 @ 11:47 am In Front Page,Money,Politics,U.S.,World

Editor’s note: This story has been updated since the original posting to clarify certain parts.

Ever wonder why the federal government would be sending hundreds of foreign refugees to a relatively small town in Idaho?

Wonder no more.

Many of them end up working in the world’s largest yogurt factory.

As WND previously reported, Twin Falls is in line to receive about 300 refugees this year, many of them Muslims from Syria. And the state of Idaho, despite its reputation as a mostly white, conservative farm state, has been a popular destination for refugees in recent years.

Boise Mayor David Bieter has gone on record as a huge supporter of President Obama’s welcoming initiative for immigrants and refugees, writing in a blog post that, for his city, “diversity isn’t a buzzword. It’s our birthright.”

The U.S. State Department has shipped more than 11,000 refugees directly from the Third World to Idaho since the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. Just in the past year, 989 refugees have arrived in the rural state, most of them landing in either Boise or Twin Falls. Nearly half have come from some of the world’s nastiest jihadist hot zones, including 95 from Iraq, 94 from Somalia, 47 from Sudan, 39 from Afghanistan, 31 from Iran, 28 from Syria and 11 from Pakistan, according to the federal refugee database.

But despite growing protests by local residents against the refugee arrivals, the Twin Falls area can count on being a prime spot for refugees for years to come, thanks to one man’s rising business enterprise.

That man is Hamdi Ulukaya, a Kurdish Muslim and immigrant from Turkey who created the billion-dollar U.S.-based Chobani yogurt empire.

Ulukaya opened the world’s largest yogurt factory in Twin Falls about two years ago, and the plant now employs 600 people with about 30 percent of those jobs filled by foreign refugees shipped to the U.S. from United Nations camps in the Middle East and Africa.

But now Ulukaya is upping the ante.

Taking his message to a bigger stage

At the World Economic Forum meeting this weekend in Davos, Switzerland, he will call on other CEOs to join his campaign to throw corporate cash, lobbying initiatives, services and jobs to refugees.

Six companies have already taken him up on the idea. Ikea, MasterCard, Airbnb, LinkedIn, Western Union and UPS have all agreed to hire more refugees or provide free services to them.

In an op-ed for CNN, Ulukaya writes:

“Some business leaders have stepped up. Airbnb is offering travel credits to relief workers on the ground. LinkedIn will run an innovative pilot project in Sweden that uses data to match refugees with job openings by comparing the skills they have with the skills employers are looking for. Other companies are providing refugees with free computers, access to online education, and packages filled with essentials like soap and sunscreen.”

Ulukaya wants more companies to join the effort of hiring and helping refugees. He started a new foundation, the Tent, for this purpose.

“The Tent Pledge asks companies all over the world to step up and do more. We’re asking them to provide refugees with job training, employment opportunities, and the kind of direct assistance that experts have identified as a priority – everything from blankets and water, to debit cards and Internet access,” he writes.

Watch interview with CNN in which the Chobani founder sings the praises of refugees and what they can add to the U.S. labor force:

1-20-16, Opinion: Big business must ‘hack’ refugee crisis

The Obama administration is increasing the number of foreign refugees taken in by the United States, from 70,000 annually over the past decade to 85,000 in fiscal 2016 and 100,000 in 2017. Those figures include 10,000 Syrian refugees in 2016 and “many more” in 2017, according to the U.S. State Department.

Obama has also lowered the standards for refugee screening, allowing more than 1,500 refugees who participated in terrorist activity to enter the U.S. in 2014, WND previously reported, allegedly because they committed their crimes “while under duress.”

Looking out for his own?

Ulukaya’s efforts appear spurred by his own cultural background as a Kurdish Muslim and by a personal visit to the refugee camps in Turkey and Greece.

Ulukaya has told several media outlets that he was horrified by the human suffering he witnessed.

But he said the fact that he shares a cultural affinity with many of the refugees — he grew up near the Syrian border in Turkey, before moving to the U.S. as a student – made an even bigger impact.

Ulukaya has also been critical of the bureaucratic red tape involved in the refugee resettlement industry, which starts at the top with the United Nations.

“The refugee issue is being dealt with using [methods from] the 1940s and it’s in the hands of the U.N. and mostly government and you don’t see a lot of private sector and entrepreneurs involved,” he told Gillian Tett of the Financial Times magazine last week. “I decided we have got to hack this — we have got to bring another perspective into this issue, there are technologies that can be used.”

The Tent initiative will funnel money and technology into refugee work. Ulukaya personally made a $2 million donation last year to the U.N. High Commissioner on Refugees.

What about Americans who need jobs?

Currently refugees account for about 30 percent of the total workforce at Ulukaya’s yogurt plants. That means about 600 of Chobani’s 2,000 employees in the U.S. are foreign refugees.

“There are 11 or 12 languages spoken in our factories,” Ulukaya told Financial Times. “We have translators 24 hours a day.”

Refugee watchdog Ann Corcoran said the strategy being pushed by corporate America is done in the name of compassion but actually leaves jobless American citizens and veterans further behind.

“Take UPS, for example. Almost every county has a UPS depot, and it’s a really nice job for people who are low skilled, loading the trucks,” said Corcoran, author of the blog Refugee Resettlement Watch. “It’s kind of a job that people are willing to do. You don’t have to ship people here from the Third World to fill those jobs.”

Chobani is not a shy company

This is not the first time Chobani has turned heads with controversial moves.

Last summer, as WND reported, the company made a TV commercial featuring two lesbian women, naked and in bed eating the company’s signature Greek-style yogurt.

After graduating from Ankara University, Ulukaya came to the U.S. on a student visa in 1994 and studied at the University of Albany. He founded a feta cheese company called Euphrates in a suburb of New York in 2002. He bought an old yogurt factory in 2005 and started Chobani. He began making Turkish-style strained yogurt in 2007, which became popular in the U.S. as “Greek” yogurt.

In 2009, Ulukaya was named one of the “forty most successful entrepreneurs under 40” by the Business Review. Ulukaya’s net worth in 2013 was $5.4 billion, according to Bloomberg, and Chobani was named the top-selling yogurt brand in the U.S. Ulukaya was also named “Ernst & Young World Entrepreneur of the Year” in 2013.

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CBS Battleground Polls: Donald Trump Extends Leads, Lack of “Authenticity” Dogging Ted Cruz… — The Last Refuge


CBS via YouGov has released a series of battleground polls for New York, Pennsylvania and California (full pdf’s below). Interestingly the polls are not identical questionnaires; instead they appear geographically nuanced, specifically on the Democrat queries. However, there are some rather interesting trend similarities which are embedding as the campaigns of the three remaining republican candidates take […]

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Oregon Judge Refuses to Perform Same-Sex Marriages

Judge Vance Day refuses to perform same-sex marriages on the grounds that he is deeply religious, instructing staff to refer couples to other judges. (Photo : Getty Images)

Marion County Judge Vance Day is being investigated by a judicial fitness commission in part over his refusal to perform same-sex marriages on religious grounds, a spokesman for the judge said.

SALEM, Ore. — Sep 5, 2015, 3:09 AM ET

Marion County Judge Vance Day is being investigated by a judicial fitness commission in part over his refusal to perform same-sex marriages on religious grounds, a spokesman for the judge said.

When a federal court ruling in May 2014 made same-sex marriage legal in Oregon, Day instructed his staff to refer same-sex couples looking to marry to other judges, spokesman Patrick Korten said Friday.

Last fall, he decided to stop performing weddings altogether, aside from one in March that had long been scheduled, Korten said.

“He made a decision nearly a year ago to stop doing weddings altogether, and the principal factor that he weighed was the pressure that one would face to perform a same-sex wedding, which he had a conflict with his religious beliefs,” Korten said.

In an email, Day declined to comment and referred questions to Korten.

The issue of same-sex weddings is “the weightiest” of several allegations against Day that are being investigated by the Commission on Judicial Fitness and Disability, Korten said.

He declined to detail any of the allegations, saying he didn’t want to defy the commission, which considers complaints confidential until it is ready to make them public.

The investigation of Day’s conduct comes amid heightened national attention to the responsibilities of public officials who oppose same-sex marriage. Kim Davis, a county clerk in Kentucky, went to jail Thursday because of her refusal to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples.

Last month, the Ohio Supreme Court’s Board of Professional Conduct said judges can’t refuse to marry same-sex couples on personal, moral or religious grounds.

Judges who stop performing all marriages to avoid marrying same-sex couples may be interpreted as biased and could be disqualified from any case where sexual orientation is an issue, the Ohio board ruled.

The investigation of Day came to light Thursday when the Oregon Government Ethics Commission — a separate entity from the judicial fitness commission — approved the judge’s request to create a legal defense fund to pay his lawyers.

Day, a former chairman of the Oregon Republican Party, was appointed to the bench in 2011 by then-Gov. John Kitzhaber, a Democrat.

Day’s move concerned Jeana Frazzini, co-director of the gay-rights group Basic Rights Oregon.

“Taking that kind of a step really calls into question how an LGBTQ person could expect to be treated in a court of law,” Frazzini said. “It goes beyond marriage and gets to serious questions about judicial integrity.”

Hillary Seeks a FAB-Solution from “The Devil?”

by Maighread Ferguson

2 September 2015


Photo courtesy of New York Magazine

Hillary Clinton has finally got religion in the one Denomination no one expected, least of all Hillary. Last Sunday, according to the Daily Mail, she joined the “Priestesses” of Fashion’s Who’s Who at a fundraiser luncheon for herself at the Hampton’s home of Tory Burch. Burch’s co-hosts were the probable “Devil wears Prada,” Vogue Editor-in-Chief, Anna Wintour and Donna Karan. Other top fashion Designer attendees included Stacy Bendet of “Alice and Olivia” and Jill Sanders. Chelsea, Charlotte and Chelsea’s husband also made an appearance before leaving early to feed the baby.

In spite of her 2008 snub of all things sartorial and the rejection of a Vogue Cover offer at the time, Hillary is quickly converting into a believer in the power of Dress for Success—at least its fundraising abilities. Wintour, Karan and Burch seemed happy to accomodate Hillary’s new found faith. Not unthinkable as she is the democratic female Front-Runner for the 2016 election. Barack Obama has already been there, done that during his successful campaign for President against Hillary seven years ago. Now it seems Hillary is taking a cue from Obama’s playbook and tapping into the power of 5th Avenue and trendy circles to boost her bankroll. She may finally be enough of a penitent neophyte to know she needs to reach out to cultural power brokers on this side of the business scene and ask for help. There are even rumors that she will finally do a Vogue cover.

If Hillary were back in high school and she were a classmate to Wintour, Karan and Burch, would she have set her food tray down at their table? Would she have spent more time with the “Artsy types” in college if she had known then the magnetic effect of fashion on money? Maybe, but Hillary’s college days were filled with legal research and writing briefs, not designing them. Neither did her post-Wellesley and Yale days in Community Organizations and Law Firms require any fashion-forwardness. It seems that Hillary was always more comfortable wearing basic business attire (with the exception of a few beautiful gowns at the White House) as she and Bill built their careers. Perhaps she wanted to be taken more seriously than the Sarah Palin’s of politics and so avoided any connection to high fashion at the risk of alienating those in the business.

But more recently, since the White House and during her State Department days, Hillary’s wardrobe did transform into a kind of livelier “fruit bowl” color scheme, (some in double knits no less) that made one nostalgic for the former business suits. Lime green, real orange, banana yellow and other hues brightened up her appearances and at the same time gave you a feeling of the dreaded “fashion don’t” horror. You couldn’t look away and maybe that was the goal. Fashion, good or bad, can be a political tool.  

Image courtesy of Free Republic

Note Bernie Sanders iconic Einsteinian hairdo and off-the-rack suits.


The Designer of many of her latest outfits, Nina McLemore, is a favorite among the high-powered political class of females, Hillary’s real classmates. Janet Yellen, Elena Kagan and Christine Todd Whitman are just a few of Ms. McLemore’s clients. The Wall Street Journal states that at least twenty-five percent of women on the Fortune 500 shop the Nina McLemore Label. This could be because Nina apparel is specifically designed to complement the figures of more “seasoned” moxie mavens and her prices tend to be moderate, respectively. Wealthy women are generally practical if not stylish.

Another recent outfit, made famous as Hillary wore it to the public presentation of her new granddaughter last Fall, looked like a nod to the PRC (People’s Republic of China) “party wear” or a middle-schooler’s best efforts in sewing class.

Image courtesy of Just Jared

Was this a promise kept to some youngster who obviously put a lot of effort into a gift or did someone in the new Grandmother’s circle advise her to dress this way as a kind of sabotage? Hillary’s camp equivalent of 9/11 being an inside job? If so, it wasn’t Bill.

When Hillary needed to boost her poll numbers during the 2008 election, it is rumored she came to her husband in an unusual mood of serious reflection asking his opinion on what to do.  According to an unnamed radio host:

Months ago I heard a story going round (true or not) that Hillary asked Bill’s advice on how to improve her poll ratings and popularity, in general, for her bid to become President. “After all,” the reporter said, “Bill Clinton’s campaign advisors were the best of the best.” Bill’s reply to Hillary was instant and short, “Get rid of the Pantsuits and exercise.”

Obviously, Hillary ignored his advice. But this is not actually (between the lines) a story about Hillary’s clothes’ closet. Knowing, as the world can’t avoid it, that Hillary has been almost “anti-fashion,” neither wearing nor colluding, throughout her public career, the question to ask at this juncture of her game plan is–Why Fashion, why now? Because the combining of Hillary Clinton with the Fashion world is as obvious and unnatural an act as putting a donkey (only as a Democratic symbol) in the middle of a fancy royal ball. We cannot simply stand up watching the donkey bray in the middle of the dance floor, we must ask ourselves the eternal Why? Why is this donkey there?

This story is really about a bathroom closet, where Hillary’s private servers holding State’s Secrets were recently kept:

One [former Platte River Networks employee], Tera Dadiotis, called it ‘a mom and pop shop’ which was an excellent place to work, but hardly seemed likely to be used to secure state secrets. And Tom Welch, who helped found the company, confirmed the servers were in a bathroom closet.

Anyone watching the scandal of the classified emails found on Hillary’s private accounts and who listens to the candid Donald Trump as he lays her cards on the table on her behalf, she’s in trouble. Her bid for the 2016 Democratic Presidential nomination seems to no longer be a done deal. The sharks, even in her own party and including Joe Biden, are circling the podium.  The Clinton campaign has been scrambling to find willing lifeboats for a ride to the convention.

Then three days ago along came a Steamliner, The Anna Wintour, again. She pulled a more willing Hillary on board as the Presidential-hopeful seeks absolution through collusion with the Fashion Set, that may never come. Her new-found rapture could be short-lived if the Justice Department is able to make charges stick to the infamous teflon-coated Clinton skin. Anna and Friends just may not be able to rescuscitate Hillary from a political death that history will deem a suicide. Time will tell if they have the clout to resurrect and give new life to HRC as they baptize her public image (not her, necessarily) in Ralph Lauren and Valentino. Even Anna may not have that kind of power.