Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Will Reid punt?

Gary Gross - The illegal immigant crisis is still getting tons of attention, with Democrats looking particularly inept. According to John Sununu’s op-ed, this crisis has put Harry Reid in a box of his own making:
Harry Reid has a border problem. More accurately, America has a border problem that Reid, as Senate majority leader, will need to help solve in the next three weeks. The Nevada senator’s difficulties stem from his dislike of the bipartisan solution recently offered, disagreement with the approach suggested by President Obama, and disdain for anything passed by the House of Representatives.
Harry Reid’s biggest problem is that his actions are hurting his candidates in their re-election campaigns. The conventional wisdom is that President Obama’s unpopularity is hurting Democrats. In this instance, that conventional wisdom is right. There’s a new truth that’s emerging that should frighten senators like Mark Udall, Mark Pryor, Mary Landrieu and Kay Hagans.

That new truth is that gridlock will continue as long as Harry Reid is the majority leader. The emerging truth is that bipartisanship is impossible with Reid acting like a tyrant.

If you’re Mike McFadden, why wouldn’t you ask Al Franken why he’s consistently suppported Harry Reid’s my-way-or-the-highway tactics? If you’re Tom Cotton, why wouldn’t you question Mark Pryor about why he’s let Harry Reid run roughshod over bipartisan, bicameral legislation? If you’re Corey Gardner, why wouldn’t you ask Mark Udall to explain why he hasn’t stood up to Harry Reid’s anti-American diatribes?

Naturally
Naturally, Obama tried to throw some of the blame onto George W. Bush. Citing a 2008 law designed to prevent human trafficking, the president argued that rules requiring court hearings for minors coming from countries other than Mexico, such as Honduras and Guatemala, were preventing him from taking faster action.
This is typical Obama tactics. That being said, let’s highlight the BS factor in the Democrats’ non sequitur response. The 2008 law didn’t cause the flood of unaccompanied youths and adults from Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras to the Tex-Mex border. That flood was caused by President Obama telling Central America that he wouldn’t deport people if they got to the US.
The White House called for changes to that law to allow for faster reviews and deportations. In response, a bipartisan bill introduced by Republican Senator John Cornyn and Democratic Representative Henry Cuellar, both of Texas, would change the law to address those concerns and would provide additional resources for border enforcement and immigration hearings.
This is where Reid’s problems begin. He likes the law the way it is, and views the crisis quite differently than most of his colleagues. In an interview last week, he stated unequivocally, “The border is secure.”
This is where the Democrats’ problems start, too. Being led by a tyrant isn’t the image they want to project to their constituents right before a tough election. Still, that’s the hand they’re being dealt. That’s the hand Democrats are getting forced to play.

Simply put, Harry Reid is the bigger nightmare for Democratic senators than President Obama. He’s the my-way-or-the-highway tyrant that’s preventing a solution from being reached. If I were getting paid to advise Senate Republican candidates, I’d have hired a staffer finding statements where my Democrat opponent said he/she supported Harry Reid, then turning that into a video with Harry Reid saying that the “border is secure.” I’d finish that ad with this question: Do you want someone who listens to you or someone that defends Harry Reid?

Israelis Living near Gaza: ‘We’re Like Ducks in a Shooting Gallery’

Algemeiner - In the two weeks since the onset of the Israeli army’s Operation Protective Edge to stop rocket salvos from Gaza, area residents in dozens of kibbutzim, towns and villages are now coping with threats from another direction: terror infiltrators via terror tunnels.
“We’re like ducks in a shooting gallery,” Raya Pasi of Kibbutz Yad Mordechai, north of the coastal enclave, told Israel’s Channel 2 News on Monday.
“This is a threat that’s coming up between our feet,” she said of the repeated attempts to strike civilian communities from underground.
There have been four tunnel terrorist attacks within three days.

Early Monday, near southern Gaza, terrorists with handcuffs and syringes containing knockout drugs, and disguised in IDF uniforms and webbing succeeded in killing four IDF soldiers some 200 meters from Kibbutz Nir Am.
Ten other Palestinian infiltrators were killed in a firefight with troops and helicopters, which averted a major kidnapping attempt.
“It’s a sense of great fear, mixed with uncertainty,” Pasi said. “You have no idea where the tunnel ends and where they’ll pop up.”
Until the latest fighting, she and her neighbors “didn’t understand the significance” of the threat. “Our kibbutz is fairly well protected (against missiles), and that provides a sense of security against the rockets,” she pointed out.   Read More

Thomas Sowell - Bordering on Madness


Townhall.Com - In a recent confrontation between protesters against the illegal flood of unaccompanied children into the United States and counter-protests by some Hispanic group, one man from the latter group said angrily, "We are as good as you are!"

One of the things that make the history of clashes over race or ethnicity such a history of tragedies around the world is that -- regardless of whatever particular issue sets off these clashes -- many people see the ultimate stakes as their worth as human beings. On that, there is no room for compromise, but only polarization. That is why playing "the race card" is such an irresponsible and dangerous political game.
The real issue when it comes to immigration is not simply what particular immigration policy America should have, but whether America can have any immigration policy at all.
A country that does not control its own borders does not have any immigration policy. There may be laws on the books, but such laws are just meaningless words if people from other countries can cross the borders whenever they choose.
One of the reasons why many Americans are reluctant to keep out illegal immigrants -- or even to call them "illegal immigrants," instead of using the mealy-mouthed word "undocumented" -- is that most Hispanics they encounter seem to be decent, hard-working people.
This column has pointed out, more than once, that I have never seen Mexicans standing on a street corner begging, though I have seen both whites and blacks doing so.   Read More

Monday, July 21, 2014

Feds to Spend More Than $87 Million Flying Illegal Aliens Around US

Breitbart - HOUSTON, Texas--The U.S. Senate Appropriations Subcommittee approved a Department of Homeland Security (DHS) budget for Fiscal Year (FY) 2015 that includes $5.508 billion for Immigration and Customs Enforcement operations. 

Included in that amount is more than $87 million for the transportation of illegal immigrants--most often via plane--from the U.S.-Mexico border to federal facilities around the nation. 

The FY 2015 bill summary states that the federal government will provide "$87.6 million above the request for the transportation of unaccompanied immigrant children– often via commercial or charter aircraft – from DHS custody to the legally required shelters operated by the Office of Refugee Resettlement within Department of Health and Human Services." 

DHS request for “escort services for unaccompanied alien children,” posted online in January, claimed that 50 percent of transported foreign minors are brought to interior U.S. cities via commercial planes. The others are transported via local ground transport and ICE charter air crafts.    Read More

'Convert, Pay Tax or Die,' Islamists Tell Christians in Mosul


Charisma - The statement issued by the Islamic State, the al-Qaida offshoot which led last month's lightning assault to capture swathes of north Iraq, and seen by Reuters, said the ruling would come into effect on Saturday.

It said Christians who wanted to remain in the "caliphate" that the Islamic State declared this month in parts of Iraq and Syria must agree to abide by terms of a "dhimma" contract—a historic practice under which non-Muslims were protected in Muslim lands in return for a special levy known as "jizya."

"We offer them three choices: Islam; the dhimma contract—involving payment of jizya; if they refuse this they will have nothing but the sword," the announcement said.

A resident of Mosul said the statement, issued in the name of the Islamic State in Iraq's northern province of Nineveh, had been distributed on Thursday and read out in mosques.   Read More

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DoJ honors Buffalo-based al Qaeda fundraiser, director of Pakistani spy front group with top award

Creeping Sharia - 

via Justice Department Honored Al Qaeda… – Americans for Peace and Tolerance.

Justice Department Honored Al Qaeda Charity Fundraiser in Buffalo
Khalid Qazi, a man honored by the US Justice Department in Buffalo, has a long history of Islamic extremist activity including raising money for an Al Qaeda charity.

Ilya Feoktistov, APT’s Director of Research said New York District Attorney William Hochul gave the Justice Department’s highest award for community service to Khalid Qazi on June 5. At the ceremony, Hochul described Qazi as a man who “has done so much to break down the barriers between the Muslim community and law enforcement.”

But Feoktistov said, “U.S. Attorney William Hochul should be well-aware of Qazi’s background since his own Justice Department has investigated and prosecuted several of Qazi’s close associates, as well as helped shut down several groups that Qazi had worked with.”   Read More

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Gohmert: 'Our Continued Existence Is At Risk' With Border

Breitbart - On Tuesday’s broadcast of CNN’s “The Lead,” former Vice President Dick Cheney accused President Barack Obama of “doing nothing” to secure the border and the president “clearly isn’t supporting security on the border.” Failures that he says have destroyed the “integrity” of the border.

Cheney was asked about a story by Breitbart Texas that stated “the belief among the illegal immigrants that they would receive permisos and be allowed to stay was the driving factor in their choices to come to the United States” based on an intelligence report from the El Paso Intelligence Center and the Bush administration’s 2008 anti-human trafficking law in creating this perception. 


I think a lot of that as I recall...a lot of it had to with the problem of human trafficking, and I think it had widespread support. I don't think there was anything very controversial about it at the time,” Cheney said.  He added “I think partly what's happened here is that there is an absolutely obviously this administration is doing nothing in terms of enforcing the border.”  


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Issa’s Fight With White House Reaches New Peak


The Hill - Rep. Darrell Issa’s (R-Calif.) fight with the White House reached a new peak on Wednesday as the administration ignored a subpoena for the director of President Obama’s Office of Political Strategy and Outreach to testify at the House Oversight Committee.
 The White House’s lack of a response was “absurd” and “deeply disturbing,” according to Issa, but he did not make any promises to take the administration to court over David Simas’s refusal to testify.
Issa said his panel would look to “clarify” whether Obama intended to invoke executive privilege to deny Simas from testifying.
 “The American people have a right to know if their tax dollars are being used for political activity,” Issa said, adding that the testimony was “critically important” to his investigation into whether the political office had violated the Hatch Act, prohibiting executive branch employees from partisan campaign activity.
 “It is deeply ironic that an administration claiming to be the most transparent ever has resisted oversight of its political office and offered less cooperation than its predecessors,” Issa said.
The chairman told Politico he wasn’t ruling out the possibility of holding Simas in contempt. 
Throughout the day, the White House and congressional Democrats needled Issa, who is nearing the end of his term at Oversight.
 “Throwing out subpoenas like candy on Halloween has not served the functioning of that committee very well,” White House press secretary Josh Earnest said. “It also has, I think, understandably caused a lot of people to tune him out. And I think that’s probably a source of some frustration to him.”   Read More

New Hamas Hebrew Video Threatens IDF Soldiers


In its latest propaganda video, Hamas warns soldiers against a ground assault on Gaza.


Arutz Sheva - The Hamas terrorist group has published another Hebrew-language video in which it threatens Israelis.

After previously releasing a Hebrew version of a popular Hamas battle song calling to 'exterminate' Jews and Israel, Wednesday’s video directly threatens IDF soldiers and warns them not to launch a ground assault on Gaza.

“Zionist soldier, don’t move. You’re in Gaza. You are being targeted by Hamas snipers,” says the video, after it shows snipers firing at IDF soldiers who are advancing towards Gaza.   Read More

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Border Crisis Is Spiking Asylum Claims To 40,000 By Fall

Daily Caller - The number of border-crossing juveniles who file legal claims for asylum is likely to exceed 40,000 by October, and is roughly six times the level seen in 2010.
The spike is caused by the growing wave of unskilled Central American migrants who are crossing into Texas on the belief that President Barack Obama’s policies will allow them to settle in the United States.
The number of juveniles seeking residency rose from 7,162 in 2010, to 11,411 in 2012, and 21,351 in 2013, according to the federal data cited by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse at Syracuse University.
During the first six months of 2014, the data shows that 19,671 juveniles asked for residency. If that six-month upward trend continues, more than 40,000 juveniles will file for green cards by October 2014.
The cross-border wave of unaccompanied Central American youths is growing fast. Federal data shows that 57,000 children and working-age youths have arrived since last October. An additional 30,000 juveniles arrived between October 2011 and the end of September 2013.
Also, tens of thousands of Central Americans are arriving in “family units” of one parent and some children. Many of the adults and children are filing asylum cases that will be decided over the next few years.   Read More

House Dems pitch 'first 100 days' - In An Attempt To Win Back The House

The Hill - House Democrats made a populist pitch for retaking the majority on Wednesday, detailing a 100-day legislative agenda aimed squarely at the middle class.


While Democrats are considered a long shot, at best, to win back the House, the party is trying to move the needle by vowing to move on a host of bills dealing with economic issues.

“Democrats have a straightforward, ambitious agenda. We will not waste time and taxpayer money,” said Rep. Xavier Becerra (D-Calif.), the House’s No. 4 Democrat. “Give us a chance to lead the people’s House, and in 100 days, we will accomplish the work of America, putting the middle class first.”
They used a slogan-heavy rally on the Capitol steps Wednesday to draw a contrast to the current Republican majority, which proceeded Wednesday morning with a lawsuit against President Obama over his use of executive power.
“You couldn’t have a more vivid contrast in priorities,” said Rep. Steve Israel (D-N.Y.), the head of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee.   Read More

Fifth Lesson of the Gaza War: Trust Obama’s Actions, Not His Words


Algemeiner - “I cannot condemn strongly enough the actions of Hamas in so brazenly firing rockets in the face of a goodwill effort to offer a ceasefire,” Secretary of State John Kerry declared on July 15.
Actually, there are a number of things that Secretary Kerry could be doing beyond issuing statements expressing dismay. The Obama Administration could take meaningful actions to show Hamas that there is a political price to be paid for its terrorism against Israel.
Let’s start with the money.
The United States gives $500-million each year (more than $10-billion since 1994) to the Palestinian Authority regime. Even after the PA earlier this year created a new unity government with Hamas – long designated by Washington to be a terrorist organization – the Obama Administration kept writing the checks.
How does the Administration justify maintaining a half billion dollars annual subsidy to a PA-Hamas coalition? By pretending that Hamas, the coalition partner, actually has nothing to do with the coalition. The individual functionaries in the government are not Hamas members but “technocrats,” the Administration insists. That’s the favorite new word of U.S. Mideast policymakers. Their theory – as absurd as this may sound – is that if someone is appointed by Hamas, but does not actually carry a laminated Hamas membership card in his wallet, then he’s just a “technocrat,” not a Hamas appointee.
State Department spokesperson Jen Psaki took this absurdity to a new level in her daily press briefing on July 7, by converting “technocrat” from a noun to a proper noun. She twice referred to the PA-Hamas regime as “the Technocratic Government,” as if that is its official name.   Read More

Is border crisis hurting Democrats?

Gary Gross - There are few political analysts I trust more than Michael Barone. I trust Mr. Barone because, in addition to being one of the best number crunchers in the business, he’s a superb researcher. That’s why I took note of what he wrote in this article:
A new Washington Post story quotes Texas Rep. Beto O’Rourke as favoring “greater emphasis on the interests of these children who are refugees from extreme violence” instead of “an acceleration of the deportation process at the expense of these children.” But the Post reporters note that “O’Rourke added that he has been surprised by the anger he has heard toward the immigrants of many of his El Paso constituents, who ?feel like we can’t take care of everyone, and these children and their families are gaming the system.’” O’Rourke’s district, which includes most of El Paso County, is 79 percent Hispanic.
That’s stunning. When Hispanics are upset with the flood of illegal immigrants, that’s a sign that this issue isn’t hurting Republicans or helping Democrats. Here’s Mr. Barone’s observation on that:
Democrats are trying to blame the situation on House Republicans’ refusal to pass comprehensive immigration legislation. That seems pretty lame: There’s nothing in the bill the Senate passed in June 2013 that addressed this particular situation. As this article in the Hill makes plain, perhaps despite the writer’s intention, this is a troublesome situation for Democrats whose names are on the ballot this fall.
In past elections, Democrats did a good job convincing Hispanics that Republicans were anti-immigration. That led to Democrats winning the Hispanic vote by a wide margin. The border crisis exposed Democrats as not caring about securing the border. That’s hurt Democrats with independent and Hispanic voters.

While the American people generally favor immigration reform in the abstract, they demand fairness and the rule of law. In this influx of illegal immigrants, they’re seeing neither fairness or the rule of law. It’ more than that, though.

As these illegal immigrants get sent to cities across the country, a nasty case of NIMBYism is settling in:
In the other, Lovelace quotes the chief of staff of the mayor of Lynn, Mass., about how many Guatemalan “children” were sent there and placed in public schools. “Some of them have had gray hair and they’re telling you that they’re 17 years old and they have no documentation,” the official is quoted as saying.
Part of this is due to these illegal border crossers not being children. Another part of this is that cities are getting stuck with the bill from an unexpected influx of people. Mostly, though, they juts don’t want to have to deal with the problem. It’s one thing when they’re someone else’s problem. It’s another when they’re your problem.

If Democrats, including President Obama, don’t work towards fixing this crisis, it’ll be high profile proof that they’re incapable of governing. That’s the worst accusation to hit an incumbent with during election season. If people think that politicians aren’t interested in or are incapable of governing, the other things don’t matter.

This is a tipping point moment for Democrats, especially if they’re on the ballot this fall. If they don’t provide real leadership on this issue, they’ll be hurt this fall.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

What Won't Democrats Do To Win?

Where reasonable rules are ignored civilizations die

Dave Weinbaum - We are witnessing such in America where the Democrat-run Senate, the agencies of the federal government and President Obama himself are lawless political hacks, aided by a corrupt press. Their entire world is NOT what’s in America’s interest. It’s obvious that Dems are so incompetent they can’t run anything successfully—except their mouths. Their one and only desire—the thing that holds them together—is to do anything to achieve and increase their power. 

Here’s what we know right now about what Dems will do to win:

  • ·         The IRS ratting out conservatives to the Justice Department to delay applications. Their intent is to have them audited and throw them in jail. That includes a sitting US Senator, Chuck Grassley. What was once Richard Nixon’s wet dream is now part of the Democratic Party’s game book. 

  • ·         Place guns in the hands of Mexico’s drug cartel—to destroy our own Second Amendment rights revoked.

  • ·         Our President classifies a bathroom break in the Senate as a recess to appoint members to the powerful NLRB. The Supremes ruled 9-0 against this illegal power grab.

  • ·         The Obama-controlled EPA is destroying the clean coal industry. That will drive up already high electric rates 20 to 40% more, plus eliminate thousands of jobs in clean coal plants across the country.
  • ·         Refusal to build the Keystone Pipeline, a no-brainer for energy independence and thousands of jobs. (This and the last point keep major fundraising amongst the Dem base flowing.)

  • ·         Two militias are in Obamacare bill with Obama in charge. Remember that civilian force just as strong and just as well funded as our regular armed forces Obama promised us when he was running in July of 2008? It’s the law, now!

  • ·         The President breaks his own law—Obamacare--40 times, playing hide-and-seek with the truth about how oppressive this law is and how expensive it will further destroy our health care system and our once-robust capitalism. 

  • ·         The President and his Secretary of State lied to America, aided by a complicit press, especially Candy Crowley of CNN. As a moderator, Crowley became party to the Obama Administration during the 2012 Presidential debates to counter a Romney Benghazi claim. 

  • ·         Obama’s AG, Eric Holder drops charges against New Black Panthers who clearly broke election law and admitted to such by showing up at a Philadelphia polling place armed with clubs—keeping his black base energized.

  • ·         Obama, Holder and the IRS have committed crimes from contempt of Congress to obstruction of justice, all to hide the real facts of what they’re doing to this country.

  • ·         Leaving four Americans, one an ambassador and three American soldiers to be tortured and murdered over 8.5 hours in an attack.  No one was ordered to go in and fight to save them—not by President Obama or then Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton.

  • ·         Obama’s phony war on women has now morphed to equal blame on Republicans and the Supreme Court ruling on the Hobby Lobby suit to be exempted from participating in abortive contraception.

  • ·         Obama, seeking to destroy Congress, now rules with a phone and a pen.

What’s next? 

  • ·         Human sacrifice(Benghazi)

  • ·         Kneeling and praying to our new Messiah(the MSM)

  • ·         Herding veterans, tea partiers and political enemies into reeducation camps (Janet Napolitano’s wet dream)

  • ·         Tag instead of NFL Football

  • ·         The Washington Redskins defrocked of their name

  • ·         Turning red states into blue via mass invasion of illegal aliens

  • ·         Thirty-eight news organizations issuing a letter to President Obama pleading with him to be more open (Check that one off the to-do list.)

  • ·         Card Check-union officials being able to observe how you vote.

  • ·         Stealing our money from our banks, brokerage firms, pension plans to redistribute to whomever they want.

As I was walking out of the house last Friday to do my radio show, my girlfriend Lisa stopped me. She had found that I had left my pen and my phone. As she handed them over, she said something profound. “Dave, you are now qualified to be President of the United States!”

Upon hearing this, the skeletons in my closet woke up and nearly laughed us into an earthquake. 

Right now, the best bet is to be laser-focused on the 2014 elections. We must make Democrats pay for their intentional destruction of our country for half-baked ideas that they can’t administer and have failed throughout history. 

Whatever you do, don’t forget the lawlessness they imposed upon us and the total disregard for the way our founders intended the Constitution to work.

If not us, who? If not November, when?

Who finances Hamas’s rockets?


Money Jihad - 
 
Short answer: Iran.

Iran manufactures missiles, loads them up at its Bandar Abbas port, ships them to Sudan, where they are transported by ground to the Sinai for final transfer through smuggling tunnels to Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad in Gaza.

Smuggling was rampant particularly when the Muslim Brotherhood controlled Egypt under Muhammad Morsi, making a significant contribution to Hamas’s 10,000 missile stockpile. “Under Morsi it was almost a highway,” said one observer.   Read More

U.S. signs agreement for $11 billion arms sale to Qatar

(Reuters) - The United States signed an agreement with Qatar on Monday to sell the Gulf Arab ally Apache attack helicopters and Patriot and Javelin air-defense systems valued at $11 billion.

"Today's signing ceremony underscores the strong partnership between the United States and Qatar in the area of security and defense and will help improve our bilateral cooperation across a range of military operations," Pentagon spokesman Rear Admiral John Kirby said in a statement.

The agreement was signed at the Pentagon by U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and Qatar's defense minister, Hamad bin Ali al-Attiyah.

 
 
It was the biggest U.S. arms sale so far this year, according to media reports.

Hagel visited Qatar in December when he and al-Attiyah signed a 10-year Defense Cooperation Agreement to govern interaction between U.S. and Qatari forces and enable the continued assignment of American troops to installations in the area, including the Combined Air Operations Center at Al Udeid Air Base.   Read More

White House Contests Subpoena of Obama's Political Adviser Who Has Been Called To Testify About His Office's Operations


(Reuters) - The White House asked the Republican chairman of a congressional committee on Monday to lift a subpoena against President Barack Obama's political adviser, who has been called to testify on Wednesday about his office's operations.

Representative Darrell Issa, chairman of the House of Representatives' Oversight and Government Reform Committee, last week subpoenaed Obama political adviser David Simas to testify about how his office complies with the Hatch Act, a law that forbids most federal government employees from engaging in partisan political activity.

Simas is director of the White House Office of Political Strategy and Outreach. Recent presidents, both Democratic and Republican, have all had at least one top political adviser in a position similar to that of Simas.

The subpoena is "precipitate and surprising in light of our clear willingness to work with you to meet your informational needs," White House counsel Neil Eggleston wrote in a letter to Issa on Monday.   Read More

Will Cain, Whoopi, & Bullying. Time to Empower the Individual


John Dunne - There was an interesting exchange between Will Cain & Whoopi Goldberg on “The View” earlier this week over the use of language and whether words should be banned or not. Depending on your definition of bullying, I can make an argument that I have been bullied at different times during my whole life and I will give details below but first I need to make a very important side point. We ALL need to be more understanding about the situations people go thru in life and stop trying to demean the opinions of others just because they have not shared the same experiences as us. After all some would question what a white person would know about racism, or a skinny person know about being fat, or a gorgeous person know about being ugly? Everyone of us has a story and different experiences so how about we let them express an opinion before judging them on merit, not on their prior experiences.

We live in a world where politicians and spin doctors spend all day every day trying to divide us all into groups. Why should we help them and further divide people? We need to unite on principles and helping people overcome difficulties should be a principle we can all agree on. So how do we overcome bullying? Well let’s break this down into sections.

Equality

I know this is a question for another longer post but let me ask every American a question. Your Declaration of Independence states, “All men are created equal” – Do you believe this is still the case? Or do you now believe all are created equal, unless you win an election, or are appointed as an unelected bureaucrat, then you have some additional rights where you can impose your will on others?

Constitutional Rights
 
I would like to share with you the text from the First Amendment,
“Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances”
I don’t think the First Amendment could be much clearer. It may not be the case in America in 2014 but no law can super-cede the Constitution therefore no words or speech can be banned regardless of the pain they may or may not potentially cause.

I know some who will have read the first couple of paragraphs may think I am just another heartless person who tells others to suck it up and not moan. They might even think similar thoughts to Whoopi in this clip that I don’t have a prior experience. However nothing could be further from the truth.

My Early Childhood

I have no doubt the vast majority of kids are bullied in some form during the many years we spend in school today but I was bullied A LOT and not only verbally but physically. When I was a kid I was small, chubby, wore glasses, was quiet and a loner (I always had problems mixing with kids my own age). I was bullied everywhere – in class, in the playground at lunchtime or leaving school. It would start with name calling and end up some form of physical beating. The routine was always the same for me especially with the physical beatings, lots of crying, go to the teacher and report it, one of my parents would come, and I would get an apology from the student or students involved and everything went back to normal… until the next time.

Late Childhood / Early Teens

During this time I found out that school is only good for 3 things…. Being super smart, being popular and be sporty and sometimes you needed 2 out of 3. I was never smart, never popular and while I loved sports and would play them all day, I usually sucked at them hence why I was picked last i.e. I was the kid you got, never the one you picked. One day an adult friend of the family offered to take me to the gym and I saw a new world. I trained and while I never really lost weight, I increased my strength and size, gained confidence learning to box and got a point where thankfully physical bullying was never an issue again for me. However that didn’t mean the bullying stopped…. It just matured. As kids got older, they got more “educated” which turned into new ways of insulting me. This went on for years as I learned there was no way to stop it so eventually you just get used to it.

Adult Life

Fast forward to today and I could make an argument I am still bullied. Just look at me and what I stand for and you can imagine the things I get called so let me give you a few (in particular order):
  • Since looks are paramount in today’s society, let’s start there – I am a big guy who is ugly, fat, has a receding hairline and bald patches.
  • I am a devout Christian and a huge supporter of God’s country Israel.
  • I am a huge supporter of the U.S Army (side point: It really is sad how many American citizens who think your army are terrorists).
  • I am Irish (I am supposed to be jolly and drunk all day long – I rarely drink).
  • While I have completed some college courses, I do not hold a degree and I know plenty of people look down on that and think I am not in the same league as they are.
  • Because of my political beliefs I am called a wacko bird, a terrorist, a right wing nut job, an extremist or something along those lines regularly.
  • I live in the Irish state of Utopia which makes loving America, defending your Constitution, encouraging freedom, free market capitalism and individual rights and responsibilities very unpopular.
However I am extremely fortunate because I have great faith in GOD and only he can judge me, making those comments irrelevant. However that does not mean they do not hurt – so what is the solution?

Solution

There is no easy answer but I can safely say it does not involve politicians, banning words or fake apologies. If you start banning words, where does it stop? Let me give you an example. What if I got offended every time someone called me fat and started a campaign to ban the word fat? What happened if people started using the word obese and that offended someone else and they tried to ban that word? This process could on forever with the banning of words such as big, over-weight and the plenty of other ways you can say fat?

So we can spend our time banning words or we can spend our time getting to the root of the problem which will require a lot of time, work and patience from everyone. We need to spend our time empowering the individual being bullied and help them get to a point where those comments mean nothing and where they can laugh them off (this is not an easy process) and continue with their daily lives. We also have a responsibility to offer lots of love and support as a friend, as a family member or a member of a Church or community to play our part in ensuring that person is loved in their own right and to help them focus on the positive words instead of the negative ones. We all need to do a better job standing up to bullies together and ensure they know that they will never hurt or beat us.

Finally, we must remember the aim here has to be the full empowerment of the individual and to rise above the hate and NOT to push others down by enslaving, belittling or stripping them of their individual God-given rights.

Rand Paul & Barack Obama vs. Rick Perry & Ronald Reagan

Gary Gross - Whether he realizes it or not, Sen. Rand Paul sounds frighteningly like President Obama.

Sen. Paul’s op-ed sounds exceptionally dovish, starting with this:
President Obama has said he might use airstrikes in the future. I have also been open to the same option if it makes sense.
Notice the qualifier-filled statements from President Obama and Sen. Paul. It’d be surprising if President Obama did anything more than token air strikes. With Sen. Paul, we just don’t know, though his record is fairly isolationist and dovish. That isn’t the worst part, though. Sen. Paul’s intellectual dishonesty is frightening:
Said Perry forthrightly during a Republican presidential primary debate in 2012, “I would send troops back into Iraq.” Obviously, this is something he advocated long before the rise of ISIS. At the time, Perry urged the United States to return troops to Iraq to act as a balance against Iran, a country my colleague Sen. Lindsey Graham says we must work with to help beat back the extremists.

Does Perry now believe that we should send U.S. troops back into Iraq to fight the Iranians—or to help Iran fight ISIS?
Why would Sen. Paul ask that question? First, he notes that Gov. Perry made that statement in 2012, when the situation in Iraq was dramatically different. Why does Sen. Paul automatically assume that Gov. Perry’s policy would be the same today as it was in 2012? As intellectually dishonest as Sen. Paul’s assumption is, that isn’t the part that frightens me most. This question is:
How many Americans should send their sons or daughters to die for a foreign country, a nation the Iraqis won’t defend for themselves?
First, it assumes that Gov. Perry would send in troops, which isn’t a safe assumption. Second, it’s the wrong question. Why doesn’t Sen. Paul understand that troops deployed to Iraq wouldn’t be there to “die for a foreign country”? Why doesn’t he understand that they’d only be deployed to obliterate a terrorist training ground in the heart of Iraq?

Isn’t Sen. Paul bright enough to understand that a terrorist state in the heart of the Middle East is a huge threat to the United States, not just to our allies?
This statement is frighteningly fictional:
Reagan ended the Cold War without going to war with Russia. He achieved a relative peace with the Soviet Union—the greatest existential threat to the United States in our history—through strong diplomacy and moral leadership.
Sen. Paul, it’s time you talked with people in the Reagan national security team. They’d tell you that he didn’t miss an opportunity to talk with dissidents jailed in the Soviet Union’s gulags. They’d tell you that he beefed up Radio Free Europe to tell dissidents that he was fighting for them. They’d tell you that diplomacy didn’t work until Reagan made it clear that he’d counter anything the Soviets would attempt to do.

The negotiations didn’t start until Reagan had frightened the bejesus out of President Gorbachev. Once he’d shown President Gorbachev who was the real superpower, then the negotiations started.
Reagan had no easy options either. But he did the best he could with the hand he was dealt.
If Sen. Paul meant that Jimmy Carter left President Reagan with a crappy hand, that’s right. If Sen. Paul means that there was any doubt in President Reagan’s mind that his plan would work and work fairly quickly, the answer to that question is an emphatic no. Reagan knew that the Soviet Union’s economy was on the verge of collapse. He knew that putting pressure on the Soviets would put them on the defensive.

Apparently, Sen. Paul doesn’t really understand the genius of President Reagan’s foreign policy genius. There’s no question whether Reagan was a hawk. It’s just that his foreign policy strategy was multi-faceted.

Sen. Paul’s op-ed is based on supposition, not fact. It’s based on something Gov. Perry said in 2012, not this summer. It’s apparent that Sen. Paul is as accomplished as President Obama in using strawman arguments. I expect that from this president. From now on, I guess I should expect it from Sen. Paul, too.

Monday, July 14, 2014

“I Spy” the Goodness of America


Cynthia Quinn - There is a series of children’s books entitled “I Spy.” These picture riddle books contain pages filled with hundreds of photographed objects meant to confuse and camouflage the hidden “treasures” the reader must find. If there were a 2014 “Federal Government Special Edition,” the pages would be crammed full of photos of Saul Alinsky, Bill Ayers, Cloward and Piven, Vladimir Lenin, Chairman Mao, the Obama Oligarchy, and the hundreds of useless federal departments and their resulting legislation. At first look, the government chaos would seem to overwhelm the hidden treasure, America’s middle class, but with some tenacity and a good eye, every patriot would quickly be able to sift through the “transparent” political pandemonium and find the treasure.

Last week I was fortunate to be able to spend a few days in Maine camping. For those who have not been to the top of Cadillac Mountain in Acadia National Park, located on Mount Desert Island, Maine, it is well worth the trip! At certain times of the year, the view at its pinnacle yields the first glimpse of the sunrise in the East, complete with a faraway vista of a deep greenish blue ocean that seems to spill over into the surrounding craggy mountains. While admiring the spectacular view and taking copious amounts of fresh ocean air, my attention was suddenly diverted to the tip of a weatherworn evergreen, where an American Bald Eagle happened to be sharing the same heavenly view. The eagle seemed undisturbed by my staring and the click of my camera. As I continued to study him, his head turned slightly at times to glance at me, but his proud stance never wavered, his stoic command over his vast kingdom never in doubt.

Later that week, on the Fourth of July, the town of Bar Harbor held a parade that was right out of an episode of the Andy Griffith Show. Handmade floats, classic cars and magnificent black “Friesian” horses pulling the locally made draft beer made everyone in the crowd clap and smile with delight. 

Lining both sides of the road were small children attempting to catch the buckets full of tossed candy and colorful red, white and blue beaded necklaces, while Scottish Bagpipers and bands filled the air with their unique renditions of America the Beautiful. The crowd was energized, clapping and waving as each float passed by until suddenly around the bend came several Democrat community organizers waving their political banners and eco-awareness signs; a restrained silence fell over the crowd. Much to everyone’s delight, directly behind them came the local mobile “Dog Wash” truck that, if measured by the exuberant burst of applause, was much more popular than the Democrats. 

Then marched several Republican campaigners with their political signage and once more, a deadened hush came over the crowd. It was clearly evident that inserting these political factions into the small town parade was equivalent to releasing a jar full of disease ridden cockroaches at a lawn party.

Yes, in that small town in Maine, American families celebrated for a day, a day away from the grind of Washington D.C. politics and its barrage of bad news. It was a day to forget the problems of the world, go for a hike, take a Kayak around the bay, have a Guinness at the local Irish Pub. It was a day to renew the spirit, re-kindle family relationships and be reminded that America’s middle class keeps the economy of small towns like Bar Harbor, alive and well. It was a day that brought back nostalgic memories of small town America, its community spirit, its polite people who work hard and appreciate all that America stands for. It was a day to be reminded that the federal government despises everything the good conservative middle class represents.

As I once again sit at my computer, completely inundated with the bad news of the day, I remind myself that the “I Spy” page in front of me, completely cluttered with words and photographs of politically salacious sewage, will never fully succeed in hiding the middle class and its intrinsic goodness, a goodness devoid of political correctness and Satan’s schemes, a goodness which derives its strength from God. 

As I close my eyes to remember that sunny warm day on top of Cadillac mountain and the wondrous sense of freedom felt while watching our nations symbolic Bald Eagle soar high in the mountain breeze, I am reminded that the battle for a sovereign righteous America is ours to win, not lose. Just like that Bald Eagle, steadfast and stoic on his high perch, it is now the season for “We the People” to soar, end the political corruption and take back God’s kingdom on earth.

“There are six things the Lord hates, seven that are detestable to him, haughty eyes, a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devised wicked schemes, feet that are quick to rush into evil, a false witness who pours out lies and a man who stirs up dissension among brothers.” Proverbs 6:16-19

Sound familiar? Do you think that perhaps God loathes Obama’s role in America? Obama does not exist in the realm of God but in the realm of the devil.

Will Satan ultimately prevail?

“I saw Satan fall like lightening from the sky. I have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy; nothing will harm you. However, do not rejoice that the spirits submit to you, but rejoice that your names are written in heaven.” said Jesus in Luke 10: 18-20.

I Spy the goodness of America in the midst of the current tribulation and turmoil.

I Spy God’s remnant in the Book of Life.

I Spy a victory for you, me and God.

Israel-Gaza Conflict: In Addition To The Firebombing of a Paris Synagogue, Protests Erupt In Germany, Netherlands, UK & Norway

 

Paris synagogue firebombed in anti-Semitic attack

Anti-Semitic violence rises with intensified conflict in Gaza, as protestors against Gaza operation chant 'death to the Jews.'

Haaretz - A firebomb was hurled at a synagogue near Paris, part of a string of anti-Semitic incidents in Western Europe coinciding with Israel’s assault on Hamas in Gaza. 

The firebomb went off Friday night at the entrance to the synagogue of Aulnay-sous-Bois, a northeastern suburb of the French capital, according to the National Bureau for Vigilance Against Anti-Semitism, or BNVCA. No one was hurt and the fire resulted in minor damage, Le Monde reported. 

On July 8, the day that Israel launched Operation Protective Edge against Hamas in Gaza, a man described as having a Middle Eastern appearance assaulted a Jewish 17-year-old girl on a Paris street near the Gare du Nord train station by spraying pepper-spray on her face, BNVCA also reported.     Read More



Israel-Gaza conflict: Frankfurt police agree to let anti-Israel protesters use their megaphone 'to help calm down crowds'

The Independent - Police in Germany have admitted they let their trust be "abused" when they allowed a protester during a Free Gaza demonstration to take over their van's megaphone.   Read More


Thousands in London, Paris, and Oslo protest Israeli strikes in Gaza

Several thousand people crowded the streets outside the Israeli Embassy in west London, waving placards that read 'Gaza: End the Siege' and 'Freedom for Palestine.'


Haaretz -Thousands of pro-Palestinian demonstrators turned out on the streets of London, Paris, and Oslo on Friday to call for an end to Israeli military strikes on Gaza

Several thousand people crowded the streets outside the Israeli Embassy in west London, waving placards that read "Gaza: End the Siege" and "Freedom for Palestine." The crowds blocked an entire road, and several protesters managed to climb on top of a double-decker bus stuck in traffic, but police said the protest was largely peaceful. 

Norwegian news website The Local reported that some 3,000 protestors gathered in front of the Norwegian parliament in Oslo calling for the end of violence in the region. The event was organized by the Palestine Committee of Norway and other organizations.   Read More