global terror (#islam) spiked 81% in 2014 (@barackobama’s islam killed 32,727)

WASHINGTON, June 19 (UPI) — The State Department said the number of terrorist attacks and people killed by terrorists worldwide spiked in 2014, largely due to the rise in Islamic State extremists in the Middle East and the Boko Haram in Africa.

The annual Country Report on Terrorism found terror groups have ramped up their ability to inflict mass casualties, saying the total number of terrorist-attack-related fatalities jumped 81 percent to 32,727 in 2014. The total number of attacks increased by 35 percent to 13,463. Pakistan and India terrorist activities also contributed to the increase, the report said. More than 9,400 people were taken hostage or kidnapped, three times more than in 2013.

The report stated the IS, also known as ISIS and ISIL, has replaced al-Qaida as a major extremist group.

“The prominence of the threat once posed by core al-Qaida diminished in 2014, largely as a result of continued leadership losses suffered by the AQ core in Pakistan and Afghanistan,” the report said. “AQ leadership also appeared to lose momentum as the self-styled leader of a global movement in the face of ISIL’s rapid expansion and proclamation of a Caliphate.”

When asked by reporters at a State Department briefing Friday about the effectiveness of the U.S. in combating terrorism globally, Tina Kaidanow, the department’s coordinator for counterterrorism, said “the numbers don’t tell the whole story.”

“They’re geographically very much in conflict areas and the lethality of those attacks have really gone up because of the savagery of them,” she said.

The report blamed weak and failed governments, especially in Syria, Iraq, Yemen and Libya, for offering an “enabling environment” for such groups.

State Department: Global terror-attack fatalities spiked 81 percent in 2014

The Obama disease takes toll on economy

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Ronald Reagan’s famous question that sank Jimmy Carter in 1980 — “Are you better off than you were four years ago?” — could be reprised to measure the performance of Barack Obama and the Democrats. The latest figures from the Census Bureau and Federal Reserve suggest the answer would be an emphatic “no.”

In 2008, Mr. Obama’s message of hope and change resonated with the promise of “policies that invest in our middle-class, create new jobs, and grow this economy from the bottom up so that everyone has a chance to succeed.” Audiences cheered, but now with the knowledge from experience, the question becomes, has that investment paid off?

A new Federal Reserve study finds the median net worth of families last year fell to its lowest level since 1992, after adjusting for inflation. For most families, this means that the work of two decades of economic struggle has vanished. The dollar figure on the paycheck is higher, but dollars don’t buy nearly as much as they did.

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By this measure, the presiding generation is less well-off than the one that preceded it. This is not a surprise to parents who find their dreams of peace in an “empty nest” dashed when their children return from college, unable to find jobs.

Stimulus and “investment” were supposed to reinvigorate the economy. Government spending would create jobs and rescue Americans from the grim clutch of poverty. Census Bureau statistics released Tuesday show 45.3 million Americans living below the poverty level as measured by the government. That’s almost 10 million more living in poverty than in 1992.

While the population is larger, the poverty rate is identical — 14.5 percent. It’s as likely that someone is poor today as in 1992, or in 1962. Mr. Obama’s economic policies have achieved nothing, but worse, the entire 50-year Democratic “war on poverty” has made no discernible impact on poverty.

Washington Times: The Obama disease takes toll on economy