Tuesday, July 28, 2015

August 6 marks the 70th anniversary of America's first tactical deployment of nuclear weapons - The destruction of Hiroshima & Nagasaki


Kevin Whiteman - August 6 marks the 70th anniversary of the America's first tactical deployment of nuclear weapons. As noted by Wall Street Journal reporter Nancy Rabinowitz on July 23, 2015, after decades of American self-flagellation over the destruction of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, certain academics are citing the "bomb’s undeniable accomplishments" in ending a war the Japanese leadership was more than willing to see kill every one of the nation's men, women and children.

History Professor Martin Sherwin of George Mason University left little to the imagination as he placed the blame squarely on the shoulders of Japanese leadership for leaving the Americans little choice but to utilize the nuclear option. As Rabinowitz quoted the historian, (emphasis his) "Nothing speaks well for the Japanese government, nothing. The emperor and his advisers were callously indifferent to the lives of their citizens…they just did not care how their people were suffering."

The historic attack not only hastened the surrender of the Japanese Empire, but also resulted in saving the lives of millions on both sides, as reported by Forbes magazine on Aug. 6, 2013. Almost 70 years ago, approximately 66,000 Japanese, not all of them civilians, perished when the United Stated loosed an uranium-based atomic bomb on the southern Japanese city of Hiroshima. Despite the destruction never before seen, the Tokyo government still steadfastly refused to surrender. It was two days later that a second atomic weapon was employed.

Despite the conventional wisdom that the United States needlessly and in cold-blood utilized not one, but two horrific weapons against Japan, Henry I. Miller of Forbes examines the American decision to send Fat Man and Little Boy to war. As Miller noted, "The historical context and military realities of 1945 are often forgotten in judging whether it was 'necessary' for the United States to use nuclear weapons." As cited, not only are the military realities often forgotten over time, they're many times ignored if not quasi-censored by many in academia.

Widely unknown to most is that the United States military not only dropped millions of leaflets warning Japan of the impending "special nature of Hiroshima's destruction." The United States also broadcasted radio warnings to the Japanese people every 15 minutes.

As cited on the official CIA historical website, "Back on Saipan, the OWI [Office of War Information] presses were turning out leaflets that revealed the special nature of Hiroshima's destruction and predicted similar fates for more Japanese cities in the absence of immediate acceptance of the terms of the Potsdam agreement. By 9 August, more than 5 million leaflets about the atom bomb had been released over major Japanese cities. The OWI radio station beamed a similar message to Japan every 15 minutes."

Yet if the United States elected not to use two separate munitions from its meager atomic inventory, the United States and its British and Commonwealth Allies would have had no choice but to invade the Japanese home islands in what was code named Operation Downfall. As noted by Portland State University (of Oregon), estimates ran into the millions for Allied casualties and tens of millions of Japanese, both military and civilian.

The estimate of the massive amounts of Japanese casualties were based on the conduct of both the Imperial Forces and also Japanese civilians themselves during the course of the Pacific Theater of War. During the invasions of the Japanese held islands of Saipan and Okinawa, Japanese parents killed their children by the hundreds, while some historians estimate thousands. Afterwards, it was more than common for the parents themselves to commit suicide themselves.

On both islands the actual population of ethnic Japanese was actually quite small when compared to the 100 million which populated the Home Islands. American planners of the invasion had no reason to believe that millions of Japanese parents wouldn't kill their children, then themselves, just like their countrymen did on Saipan and Okinawa. As the video (above) from History.com notes, US Marines witnessed Japanese fathers slitting the throats of their own children before they themselves committed suicide.

Much like the German Volkssturm units which consisted of children and elderly men who fought the invading Russian Army to the death, the Bushido tradition-rich Japanese Home Guard was already training Japanese children as young as 9-years-old to charge American troops with sharpened bamboo spears. Again, American military planners realized the warfare truism that Allied troops would have no choice but to kill Japanese Home Guard troops by the tens, if not hundreds of thousands. Not lost on American military planners was the distinct possibility the Japanese death toll could reach the millions.

One thing the Allies learned throughout the course of the Pacific Theater was that the Japanese Imperial Forces would often fight to the death. Case in point was the recently slugged out Battle of Iwo Jima, where of the 22,000 Imperial troops garrisoned on the island, over 99 percent either fought to the death or died by their own hands rather than surrender. 

Less than 200 POWs were captured by the invading Marines. Of the mere handful taken by the Leathernecks, most didn't surrender voluntarily but were captured when either seriously dazed or unconscious by the concussion of the almost continual American air and naval bombardment and Marine artillery missions. 

Unlike their German and Italian counterparts who would surrender by the millions upon the fall of their respective nations, Allied troops would have no other option but to kill the millions of Japanese troops garrisoned on the Home Islands. There was an eventually scrapped plan to not invade, but instead starve Japan into submission. Affecting both the Japanese military and civilian populace, an Allied naval blockade would result in a famine that conceivably could lead to the deaths of hundreds of thousands, if not millions.

In spite of many in American academia portraying Hiroshima and Nagasaki as pastoral centers of no military value, the opposite is the militarily reality. Specifically, the two cities were real and legitimate targets. Examples include;
  • In and around Hiroshima were 43,000 Japanese troops waiting to kill American, British, and Commonwealth troops (mainly Australians and New Zealanders, with the distinct possibility that Canadians and Indian troops would be committed if and when the Allied death toll rose in the latter stages of the invasion).
  • Nagasaki was the HQ for the 2d Imperial Army which was tasked with the defense on the Southern Front of Operation Getsu-Go when the Allies landed in the southern Home Islands.
  • Nagasaki was also the home to two major Mitsubishi arms factories.
  • Both cities were transportation hubs with militarized rail, air and port facilities.
Also well known to Allied leaders and planners was the popular slogan in Japan during the closing months of the war: "One hundred million heartbeats. One death."

Mass Suicides on Marpi Point, Saipan - WW2 in HD and Color


Monday, July 27, 2015

Time is now for VA Accountability Act


The Hill - A year ago, Americans woke to the headlines of a secret list of veterans waiting to receive healthcare at a Phoenix Veterans Affairs (VA) hospital and the resignation of VA Secretary and Retired Gen. Eric Shinseki. Veteran patients died while waiting for care and the sacred bond between our government and its war veterans was shattered.

In June 2014, Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA) called on President Obama and Congress to execute a new Marshall Plan for Veterans: a bold, comprehensive effort to restore confidence in the VA. As part of that plan, IAVA called for full criminal investigations for those bad actors who ruined the reputation of the VA and harmed its veteran patients. 

Those who have violated America's sacred trust with our veterans must be  held accountable, which is why IAVA supports H.R. 1994 — the VA Accountability Act of 2015 — introduced by House Veterans Affairs Committee Chairman Jeff Miller (R-Fla.).

The bipartisan legislation would build on the provision of the Veterans' Access to Choice and Accountability Act (VACAA), passed last summer, giving the VA secretary the power to remove Senior Executive Service (upper management personnel) for poor performance or misconduct. The new legislation would expand that power further for the greater VA workforce, giving the secretary increased authority to remove those employees who are not meeting the standards of service that veterans deserve. Additionally, the legislation would shorten the appeal period and end what many veterans believe is a never-ending process to remove employees that may be damaging the department's reputation and, even worse, putting veterans at risk.   Read More


DHS Appoints Insider With Terrible FOIA Track Record To Head Up Government Information Services At National Archives

 

from the you-can't-make-something-work-better-just-by-rearranging-broken-parts dept

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) is looking to revamp its FOIA system, which is not only suffering from the over-redaction common to intelligence/security agencies, but also from a massive backlog of unfulfilled requests. As befits an agency that often can't tell the First Amendment from a terrorist threat, the effort is going badly.

First off, the DHS recently debuted its mostly-nonfunctioning FOIA request app, which would probably have added to its backlog if only it worked. But it's a move in the right direction -- greater transparency -- even if in practice, it's pretty much the equivalent of tripping over something and calling it "forward progress."


The DHS has similar problems with its internal technology.

A November 2014 report from the General Accountability Office found the DHS duplicates efforts when processing FOIA requests. Holzer acknowledged the issue in a memorandum that said different departments of the DHS are using FOIA software that fails to meet federal standards.
The Holzer quoted here is the current senior director of FOIA operations at the DHS, James Holzer. Under his direction, the DHS has moved ever so slightly towards the "responsive agency" ideal. But every small step forward continues to be undermined by the agency's desire to keep its documents to itself. It currently has the greatest number of partially-filled requests of any government agency.    Read More

Islamist Death Threat Found on National Guard Member's Car


The Clarion Project - 

Local and military police are treating it as a possible terrorist threat, after the attack on the military recruiting center that left five dead in Tennessee. 

A threatening letter was left on the car of a member of the National Guard near the Bobbins Air Reserve Base last week. in Marietta, Georgia  The car was identifiable as belonging to a member of the military by its license plates.

Local and military police are investing the origin of the letter, treating it as a possible terrorist threat, particularly after the attack on the military recruiting center in Chattanooga, Tennessee, in which five service men were killed. A warning was issued to military personnel and their famlies in light of the letter.   Read More

Stop CISA: Join EFF in a Week of Action Opposing Broad "Cybersecurity" Surveillance Legislation


EFF - 
 
How do you kill a zombie bill like CISA? Grassroots action. That's why EFF and over a dozen other groups are asking you to join us in a Week of Action to Stop CISA.  The Senate is likely to vote on the Cybersecurity Information Sharing Act (CISA) in the coming weeks, and only you can help us stop it.

We keep hearing that CISA and the other "cybersecurity" bills moving through Congress are “must-pass” legislation. But just like the original version of CISA, the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA), we think grassroots activism can stop this legislation in its tracks.

CISA is fundamentally flawed because of its broad immunity clauses for companies, vague definitions, and aggressive spying powers. Combined, they make the bill a surveillance bill in disguise. The bill may even make things worse for Internet users in several ways. That’s why we’re launching a week of action to make sure Congress is getting the message loud and clear:  CISA must not pass.

The Week of Action

EFF and our allies have been hard at work fighting Congress’ cyber surveillance bills. But the most important voices are yours. Here’s how to help:
  1. Visit the Stop Cyber Spying coalition website where you can email and fax your Senators and tell them to vote no on CISA.
  2. Use a new tool developed by Fight for the Future to fax your lawmakers from the Internet. We want to make sure they get the message.
  3. Check out our AMA on Reddit on Wednesday July 29 at 10am ET/7am PT with EFF, Access, Fight for the Future, and the ACLU and let your friends know about it.
  4. Help us spread the word. After you’ve taken action, tweet out why CISA must be stopped with the hashtag #StopCISA. Use the hashtag #FaxBigBrother if you want to automatically send a fax to your Senator opposing CISA. If you have a blog, join us by publishing a blog post this week about why you oppose CISA, and help us spread the word about the action tools at https://stopcyberspying.com/. For detailed analysis you can check out this blog post and this chart.
With your help, we’ll make sure Congress gets the message: now more than ever, we don’t need more cyber surveillance. We need better security.

Florida: Broward County Sheriff Hires Terror-linked CAIR Leader as Deputy Sheriff


Creeping Sharia - The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) has its foundation in the terrorist organization Hamas. It has been named as a co-conspirator by the U.S. government for two federal trials dealing with the financing of Hamas, and it is recognized as an international terrorist group by the government of United Arab Emirates (UAE). Given this information, how is it possible that one of this group’s leaders, Nezar Hamze, could be considered for a position at one of the most prominent Sheriff’s offices in the United States? However, that is exactly what has happened.

The Broward Sheriff’s Office (BSO) is the largest fully accredited Sheriff’s office in the nation. As such, having the title of Sheriff comes with much fanfare and responsibility. The current Sheriff is Scott Israel; he was elected to office in November 2012. As Sheriff, Israel has made it a point to reach out to diverse crowds, including those who could be considered enemies of the U.S. and her allies.

Broward Sheriff Scott Israel’s 2015 radical Muslim tour began this past January, when he posed for photos with Sofian Abdelaziz Zakkout and a member of Zakkout’s Miami-based AMANA group at a local mosque. Zakkout is a big supporter of Hamas. On his Facebook page, one can find Hamas logos and photos of Hamas militants and leaders, including Hamas founders Ahmed Yassin and Abdel Aziz al-Rantisi and deceased Hamas bomb maker Yehiya Ayyash.

In July 2014, Zakkout organized a pro-Hamas rally held in Downtown Miami, where the crowd chanted loudly a number of anti-Jewish and pro-Hamas slogans. Zakkout is shown on video with a huge grin on his face, as his mob repeatedly screams, “We are Hamas.” Following the rally, Zakkout wrote in Arabic on his Facebook page, “Thank God, every day we conquer the American Jews like our conquests over the Jews of Israel!”   Read More

Donald Trump Endorses Amnesty for Illegal Aliens


Daniel Greenfield - 

Disappointing, but not surprising.

The depressing reality though that is that most of the Republican field has endorsed amnesty in one form or another. So this isn't much of a surprise. Trump is using his own vocabulary, but he's echoing the same amnesty talking points you could hear from Marco Rubio... or Barack Obama.
During Friday's interview, Trump said the U.S. should take a two-step approach to the 11 million undocumented immigrants currently living in the country.

"Well, the first thing we do is take the bad ones — of which there are, unfortunately, quite a few," said Trump, who owns three New Jersey golf courses and once owned three Atlantic City casinos. "We take the bad ones and get 'em the hell out. We get 'em out."

But he said the country should take a different approach with "the other ones" — i.e., undocumented immigrants who have "done a good job" since arriving in the U.S.

"I'm a very big believer in the merit system," Trump said. "I have to tell you: Some of these people have been here, they've done a good job. You know, in some cases, sadly, they've been living under the shadows. ... If somebody's been outstanding, we try and work something out.

"But before we do anything, we have to secure the border because the border is like having no border," he added.   Read More

Silent Crisis? Taxation Without Representation - Minnesota's Refugee Resettlement Program


Gary Gross - There’s a situation that’s approaching crisis status here in central Minnesota. The federal refugee resettlement program is out of control because local governments are saying that it’s beyond their control because it’s funded by appropriations from the U.S. State Department. Meanwhile, the State Department is able to say that their funding of the program is limited to 6 months, which means that cities and counties have their budgets exhausted faster by what essentially is a massive unfunded mandate from the federal government.

Bob Enos has taken quite an interest in this program. He’s done tons of research into the subject. He’s attended meetings. He’s spoken out about how cities, counties and school districts have been negatively affected by this State Department program. His ‘thanks’ for that time and leg-work has been criticism.

Enos has focused like a laser on the financial impact these refugees have had on cities, counties and school districts. Recently he addressed the Willmar City Council. This videotape is of his presentation:

Bob Enos on Taxation Without Representation MN Refugee Resettlement Programs



Here’s part of what Mr. Enos said:
We’ve been working on an issue that’s become pretty important to us which has to do with the subject of the resettlement of political refugees around the world and how that affects our counties particularly. I don’t know if you’ve had any briefings on this matter but back in November, the coordinator for the refugee resettlement program for the state of Minnesota in St. Paul requested the director of Family Services here at the County to organize a meeting that took place over a couple of days. Twenty people attended from 3 county agencies, the Willmar School District as well as city hall. The Mayor-elect was there. A couple of vice presidents from Jenny O were there. The subject of the meeting had to do with migration of refugees to Kandiyohi County. We’re used to thinking of the refugee issue in terms of those that are leaving the refugee camps in east Africa and winding up on our shores and going out to the cities and the counties.

The big issue lately that we can’t seem to get a handle on very easily, particularly from a financial planning standpoint, and that has to do with the secondary relocation of refugees from other states around the country. The most recent data that we’re seeing now from the State of Minnesota, specifically from the Department of Health, now tells us that of every city and town, the city that is attracting the most refugees is Minneapolis. The city that’s attracting the second-most refugees is Willmar, not St. Paul, not Bloomington, not St. Cloud, Mankato, Worthington. Willmar.

We suspect that, for the most part, most of this has to do with family re-unification but, best guess, there’s a number of factors contributing to this. What we’re seeing is the Somali community, in particular, is such a size and critical mass, that that critical mass is, in and of itself, the primary magnet for refugees coming here from Atlanta, California and Texas. The last time we knew, we were looking at a number roughly of 2,000 or roughly 10% of our population.

We know that’s quite conservative.

I’ve been to 2 other meetings subsequent to the meeting held in November. One was held out in St. Cloud and was sponsored by Lutheran Social Services organization, which in Minnesota, is called the # 1 volunteer agency or VOLAG, which is a private contractor with the State Department and the Department of Health and Human Services from the federal government to aid in that relocation within the first 6 months that they’re here. That meeting, interestingly enough, had about 35 stakeholders, people that have some part, some incentive, some exposure to the program. There was not a single elected official there from the City of St. Cloud or the county. There were no representatives of the School District and these are the places where we’re seeing the most impact, and, of course, the schools.

The federal contracts that the VOLAGs have, though they’re hardly volunteers, requires that they quarterly have meetings with stakeholders. Those stakeholders are supposed to include members of the community. I would take that a member of the community to be an elected representative and I have not been to a meeting where I’ve seen a city councilman, a county commissioner or anyone of an elected status.
What’s particularly disturbing is that nobody from the St. Cloud City Council, the school district or the Stearns County commissioners attended the meeting hosted by the St. Cloud chapter of Lutheran Social Services. Were they unaware of the meeting? Were they simply disinterested in the meeting? Or didn’t they attend it for a different reason?

That’s just what’s happening now. Minnesota’s U.S. senators Klobuchar and Franken “are advocating that the U.S. participate, along with the UN High Commissioner of Refugees in the relocation next year of 130,000 Syrian Muslim refugees.” Enos then said that “the director of the intelligence division of the FBI testified 2 months ago before Congress that the problem with bringing in refugees from failed states like Somalia and Syria is that there’s no infrastructure for our government to vet those people coming from overseas. There’s no record. There’s no office. There’s no way of knowing what we’re getting when they show up other than the good word and the good faith of the U.N.”

This is unprecedented. It isn’t that the U.S. hasn’t accepted refugees before. It’s that the U.S. hasn’t accepted political refugees from failed nations with substantial populations of terrorists before. This isn’t something to be taken lightly. If ever there was a situation when additional caution is required, this is that situation.

What’s required is a slowdown for multiple reasons. It’s totally justifiable for taxpayers to know the financial impact this ‘federal’ program is having on their property taxes and state government programs. It’s also justified for the federal government to put in place a verification system that doesn’t bring ISIS terrorists to the United States on our dime.

Scott Walker: 'Our allies do not trust us, and our enemies do not fear us' - An Interview With Scott Walker


via The National Interest - 


A TNI Interview with 2016 GOP presidential contender Governor Scott Walker.


Editor’s Note: Zachary Keck, Managing Editor of the National Interest, posed the following questions to 2016 Republican Presidential candidate Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker. The exchange is below:

Keck: First things first, what is your reaction to the recently announced Iran nuclear deal? Do you really intend to terminate it on your first day in office?

Walker: The Iran deal is a terrible agreement that will be remembered as one of the biggest diplomatic disasters in U.S. history. It is a threat to our safety and the safety of our closest allies, especially Israel. It gives an American stamp of approval to the Iranian nuclear program, undermines the principle of nonproliferation across the globe, lifts the conventional arms and ballistic missile embargoes on Iran, and provides a signing bonus of around $150 billion to the world’s leading state sponsor of terrorism. Seeing this bad deal and President Obama’s lack of resolve, our allies are now taking matters into their own hands. That’s why I’ve said this deal is the starting pistol in a Middle Eastern nuclear arms race and will actually make war with Iran more likely, not less.   Read More

As Christians were being terrorized by ISIS Obama administration tried to stifle them - U.S. State Dept. Bars Christians from Testifying about Persecution

 
FrontPageMag.Com - 


Originally published by Gatestone Institute

Raymond Ibrahim is a Shillman Fellow at the David Horowitz Freedom Center.

During the height of one of the most brutal months of Muslim persecution of Christians, the U.S. State Department exposed its double standards against persecuted Christian minorities.

Sister Diana, an influential Iraqi Christian leader, who was scheduled to visit the U.S. to advocate for persecuted Christians in the Mideast, was denied a visa by the U.S. State Department even though she had visited the U.S. before, most recently in 2012.

She was to be one of a delegation of religious leaders from Iraq — including Sunni, Shia and Yazidi, among others — to visit Washington, D.C., to describe the situation of their people. 

Every religious leader from this delegation to Washington D.C. was granted a visa — except for the only Christian representative, Sister Diana.

After this refusal became public, many Americans protested, some writing to their congressmen. Discussing the nun’s visa denial, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich said:

This is an administration which never seems to find a good enough excuse to help Christians, but always finds an excuse to apologize for terrorists … I hope that as it gets attention that Secretary Kerry will reverse it. If he doesn’t, Congress has to investigate, and the person who made this decision ought to be fired.   Read More

New PS4 Finally Hits Stores In The West


Forbes - In June, Sony announced a slight redesign of the PS4, promising a slightly different finish, a more energy efficient design, mechanical buttons, and a 1TB SKU. The company started rolling out the new models in Japan, promising that they would hit the West at an unspecified point after. They’re still not in America yet, but they’re making the westward migration via the Netherlands and the UK: NeoGaf users MicDrive and OCD Guy have some of the first western reviews, via dualshockers. Both spend a lot of time talking about the relative noise levels of each console, agreeing that the new model runs slightly quieter. OCD guy writes:

The replacement is similar to the Xbox One, infact at idle it’s actually quieter. Xbox one reads 49dB at idle, and the ps4 reads 45dB at idle. Bear in mind that the decibel reading is not scientific and I don’t actually care about the end figure as the actual sound reading is not from a calibrated device, I’m using a smart phone app, but all I’m concerned about is using it as a yardstick to measure the difference, so the ps4 I have now is 4dB quieter at idle. The advantage of the Xbox one is the fan noise seems to remain constant regardless of what you do, the psu fan is noisy though.   Read More

Never before seen photos of Bush, Cheney, White House staff after 9/11 attacks


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Father leaves his messy teens the perfect threatening note ;-)



Mashable - Nobody wants to wash dishes, 'specially if they didn't make the mess.

A father, completely fed up with his sloppy teenagers, left a perfect note above his kitchen sink warning of the dangers that will come if the unclaimed dishes in the sink continued. 

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Friday, July 24, 2015

20 Questions We Asked About Obama When He Took Office and Beyond


Dave Weinbaum - Thinking back to the beginnings of the Obama Administration, even though many didn’t support him VS Palin, we wanted him to succeed in leading America to success. 

Yes, it turned out delusional, but Reagan matriculated from a liberal Democrat union boss to a wildly successful two-term conservative president. Ronnie took the failed administration of what used to be our worst President, Jimmy Carter, and turned the country around in just a few years—taking down the Soviet Union just for good measure—without firing a shot. And that’s with having half control of Congress in the first term and none in the second. 

I hoped against hope that Obama would rise above the race baiters and social engineers in his party and focus on the wellbeing of the entire country.

The questions we had about President Obama have been answered after a deflating 6.5 years: 

1.       Would he raise everyone as Reagan had done or lower everyone like Carter? 

2.       Would he attempt to get people off welfare and into the mainstream as President Clinton reluctantly did—at the behest of the Republican Congressional majority?

3.       Would he teach people to rise above entitlement mentality? 

4.       Would he raise people up by inspiring them to achieve the American Dream?

5.       Would he hold poor people back, psychologically sending the message that they had no chance—that the game wasn’t fair and that they were entitled to sit on their asses and collect the money of people of all nationalities who were working their butts off to get ahead? 

6.       Would he coddle the gangbangers? 

7.       Would he encourage middle class minority families to stick together in their faith that if they worked hard and took advantage of the opportunities offered by the best system developed by man they too could achieve the American Dream? 

8.       Would he back the police or use them in a political move to endanger them from criminal thugs?

9.       Would he act as the President of ALL the people or just his ardent supporters? 

10.   Would he side with Christians and Jews in their quests to survive in the Mideast or would he back the Nazi-like-Islamic extremists and many members of the UN? 

11.   Would he protect America from our enemies? 

12.   Would he be vigilant in his fairness or calculating in his reaction to tragedies? 

13.   Would he keep trust with our allies?

14.   Would he show weakness to our enemies?

15.   Would he ever be able to utter the words, “Islamic terrorists?”

16.   Would he help reverse sanctuary cities’ breaking of federal law?

17.   Would he seek legislation to punish multiple invasions of convicted illegal aliens?

18.   Would he seek out Congress to cooperate in the legislative process?

19.   Would he supervise the agencies in his administration to be honest and fair to all Americans? 

20.   Would he be truthful with American people?


Yesterday’s silver bullet is today’s rusty nail


Sadly, it doesn’t seem President Obama is capable of actually running more than his mouth. From the economy to foreign policy to his racist messages and policies, he shows his biases almost every time he reads from the TelePrompTer. For a verbose person, he can’t even identify who our enemies are.

The results are that everyone is pointing at everyone else. Instead of bringing us together as a united country, he’s separated and agitated races and classes to denigrate each other. He’s encouraged the most violent to destroy while demoralizing our police. Average middle class families huddle in fear in minority neighborhoods, afraid for their kids as murders surge.

Our troops are disgusted with him—at least the ones I’ve talked to. Even those in the Democratic Party are starting to pop off against his performance. 

No one trusts this dishonest, arrogant man. He took his legacy as the first black American President and he wasted it.

You can take the community organizer out of Chicago corruption, but you can’t make him govern.

What a sham. 

What a shame.

Meet the Four Americans Held Hostage By Iran


Daily Signal (Samantha Reinis) - President Obama’s Iran deal has drawn criticism over one omission: It does not affect the four Americans being held hostage by the Iranian government.

These Americans turned prisoners include Washington Post journalist Jason Rezaian, former U.S. Marine Amir Hekmati, pastor Saeed Abedini and former FBI agent Robert Levinson.


Jason Rezaian

In Tehran, having a press badge can result in prison.

Jason Rezaian is a 39-year-old dual American-Iranian citizen who was stationed in Tehran to cover regional affairs. Rezaian has been a correspondent for The Washington Post in Tehran for two years, covering stories from a growing baseball scene in Iran to local corruption.

In 2014, Rezaian was detained for questioning, along with his wife.

 Washington Post Iranian-American journalist Jason Rezaian  and his Iranian wife Yeganeh Salehi during a foreign ministry spokeswoman weekly press conference in Tehran, Iran. (Photo: Stringer/EPA/Newscom)
Washington Post Iranian-American journalist Jason Rezaian and his Iranian wife Yeganeh Salehi during a foreign ministry spokeswoman weekly press conference in Tehran, Iran. (Photo: Stringer/EPA/Newscom)

Rezaian has been kept in Evin Prison, while his wife was released on bail, for the charges of espionage, working with hostile governments and “propaganda against the establishment.”

Rezaian has been held for long periods of time in solitary confinement while his trial has already gone through multiple hearings. He could be convicted of 10 to 20 years in prison for his “charges.”

(Photo: Mohammed Kheirkhah/UPI/Newscom)
 A guard walks through the halls of Evin Prison, which is known for brutality and abuse of its prisoners. (Photo: Mohammed Kheirkhah/UPI/Newscom)

“We knew the trial would have to start before there would be an end to it,” his mother, Mary Rezaian, told The New York Times. “We have no idea how many sessions this trial will take. It seems to be going quite slowly.”



Robert Levinson

Working for the government does not always have its perks.

Robert Levinson was kidnapped in 2007 from Kish Island off of Iran, where he was working for a rogue CIA operation.

The 67-year-old grandfather from Florida was hired as a contractor for the Office of Transnational Issues at the CIA when he disappeared. The CIA paid the Levinsons $2.5 million to avoid a lawsuit due to the sensitive nature of this case.

The Iranian government denies being responsible for Levinson’s disappearance, but many believe they are aware of his location.

Family of Robert Levinson (Photo: Morteza Nikoubazl/Reuters/Newscom)
Robert Levinson’s family holds a press conference to plead for the release of their husband and father. (Photo: Morteza Nikoubazl/Reuters/Newscom)

The Levinson family was sent proof of life pictures in 2011 that taunted the family and the United States for failing to secure his release.

“When I first saw these photos, I realized how unrecognizable my father had become … It was clear that on a daily level, he has been living through hell,” Levinson’s son, David, wrote for CNN.

This picture of Robert Levinson was sent to his family four years after his disappearance. (Photo: CNN.com/the Levinson family)
 This picture of Robert Levinson was sent to his family four years after his disappearance. (Photo: CNN.com/the Levinson family)

“I believe in my father, and I know how determined he is to get home. There is no doubt in my mind that one day he will succeed, that one day we will see each other again and he will meet my future wife,” David Levinson said. “She is hopeful for that day as well, and longs to meet the man I am constantly trying to emulate each day.”

According to CBS News, Levinson is the longest-held American hostage in the history of the U.S., as he has been missing for over eight years. The FBI has increased its reward from $1 million to $5 million for any “information leading directly to his safe location, recovery, and return.”


Saeed Abedini

Pastor Saeed Abedini met his wife in Tehran, shared his faith in Tehran, and is now imprisoned in Tehran.

Abedini had traveled to Iran multiple times starting in 2009 in the efforts to construct an orphanage.

The 35-year-old pastor from Idaho was abruptly taken into custody by Iranian officials in 2012 under the guise of undermining national security.

Rev. Franklin Graham, left, prays with Naghmeh Abedini and Abedini's two children, Jacob, 6, and Rebekka, 8, at a prayer vigil outside the White House in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Toby Jorrin/MCT/Newscom)
Rev. Franklin Graham prays with Naghmeh Abedini and Abedini’s two children, Jacob, 6, and Rebekka, 8, at a prayer vigil outside the White House in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Toby Jorrin/MCT/Newscom)

Abedini was convicted a year later to serve eight years in Evin Prison for starting local home churches.

He is frequently subjected to beatings by prison guards, psychological torture and long periods of solitary confinement.

There has been a global campaign started by the American Center for Law and Justice that has reached over one million signatures asking for Abedini’s release.

U.S. Senator Ted Cruz delivers his remarks with members of the Christian Defense Coalition in front of the White House in Washington September 26, 2013. The event marked the one year anniversary of Saeed Abedini, (Photo: Gary Cameron/Reuters/Newscom)
Sen. Ted Cruz delivers his remarks with members of the Christian Defense Coalition in front of the White House in Washington on  Sept. 26, 2013. The event marked the one year anniversary of Saeed Abedini, (Photo: Gary Cameron/Reuters/Newscom)
Naghmeh Abedini wrote a letter to her husband on their anniversary, detailing how life has been without him.

“For 1,007 days I have remembered you in prayer and felt your pain. For 1,007 days I have been in prison with you as your wife and soul mate. Each night I have struggled with anxiety and a sense of urgency that we need to get you out,” Abedini wrote. “Each night that I have laid my head on our bed, I have hugged your empty spot and have wept myself to sleep. 

Each morning I have woken up with an excruciating pain to my new reality without you. I have prayed. Oh how I have prayed.”


Amir Hekmati

Visiting aging relatives led to the death penalty for the then 28-year-old ex-Marine.
Amir Hekmati, a dual citizen of Iran and the United States, served the United States from 2001 to 2005 as a Marine specializing in linguistics.

He visited Iran for the first time in 2011 in order to celebrate Ramadan in Tehran with his extended family.

Hekmati never made it to the celebration, however, as he was taken by Iranian authorities and wasn’t heard from until a week later.

After a forced confession of espionage, Hekmati was sentenced to death after a three hour, closed-door trial.

Iranian-American Amir Mirza Hekmati (Photo: Reuters TV/Reuters/Newscom)
Iranian-American Amir Mirza Hekmati in an undisclosed location. (Photo: Reuters TV/Reuters/Newscom)

Three months later, the case was repealed based on shaky evidence, and a new trial was ordered. His new crime was “cooperating with hostile governments” and Hekmati was sentenced to 10 years in prison.

“We were worried about him a lot when he was in Iraq,” Hekmati’s mother, Behnaz, said. “But he was free. He wasn’t in prison. We worry now because I can’t talk to him. I’m more worried now, more than when he was in military.”

Obama commented on the status of these prisoners when asked during a press conference last week about why the hostages were not connected to the Iran deal.

“Now, if the question is why we did not tie the negotiations to their release, think about the logic that that creates,” Obama said. “Suddenly, Iran realizes, you know what, maybe we can get additional concessions out of the Americans by holding these individuals—makes it much more difficult for us to walk away if Iran somehow thinks that a nuclear deal is dependent in some fashion on the nuclear deal.”

Amir Hekmati's sister, Sarah, discusses her brother's situation at a news conference in Vienna, Austria. (Photo: Leonhard Foeger/Reuters/Newscom)
Amir Hekmati’s sister, Sarah, discusses her brother’s situation at a news conference in Vienna, Austria. (Photo: Leonhard Foeger/Reuters/Newscom)

While support and recognition for these Americans trapped in Iran continues to grow, the mood remains ever hopeful of securing their freedom. 

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“Nobody’s content, and our diplomats and our teams are working diligently to try to get them out,” Obama said.
 

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