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What Is the Prudent Thing For The US To Do As Egypt Burns

Over the last few days more than 600 people have been killed and thousands more wounded in Egypt as supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood and ousted President Morsi and police and other security forces clash.  Just Friday at least another 17 people have been killed according to reports out of Egypt.

photo h/t to Weasel Zippers

photo h/t to Weasel Zippers

Supporters of the Islamic supremacist Muslim Brotherhood have looted and burned Coptic Christian churches and even an orphanage(photo right).  Several Egyptian police have been murdered at the hands of the Muslim Brotherhood Police vehicles have been pushed off bridges and occupants stoned from above.  All in retaliation for security forces trying to clear out two Muslim Brotherhood protest encampments in Cairo.

While all this has been going on let us not forget that earlier this week Al Qaeda linked terrorist operating out of the Sinai peninsula have launched rockets into southern Israel that prompted the IDF to use its Iron Dome missile defense system.

So what is the prudent thing for the United States to do as Egypt burns and descends into chaos?

Yesterday, speaking from his vacation on Martha’s Vineyard, President Obama announced that he was cancelling a joint military exercise with the Egyptian military over the latest violence between the military backed interim Egyptian government and the ousted Muslim Brotherhood.

Reuters reports President Obama also said the following:

“While we want to sustain our relationship with Egypt, our traditional cooperation cannot continue as usual when civilians are being killed in the streets and rights are being rolled back,” Obama said.

“Going forward, I’ve asked my national security team to assess the implications of the actions taken by the interim government and further steps we may take as necessary with respect to the U.S.-Egyptian relationship.”

“The United States strongly condemns the steps that have been taken by Egypt’s interim government and security forces,” Obama said on the Massachusetts island of Martha’s Vineyard, where he is on vacation.

“We deplore violence against civilians. We support universal rights essential to human dignity, including the right to peaceful protest,” he said

Well, isn’t that nice, but it doesn’t do anything at this point to calm things down between Egyptian security forces and the Muslim Brotherhood.

Former congressman and AM 560 WIND radio show host Joe Walsh has said on his show that the US should just get out of Egypt, no people or tourism, no money, nothing, and just let the Egyptians fight it out until someone emerges as the clear cut winner.  His thinking being that there is no side in Egypt for the US to back, just as there is no side for us to back in Syria.

That is one way to look at things, and as far as I am concerned is a partially correct way of looking at things.

However, unlike in Syria where there is a terrorist supporting dictator who has used chemical weapons and is aligned with Iran battling the terrorist of Al Qaeda, we do have a dog in the hunt in Egypt.  Or more to the point we have a dog that we absolutely do not want to win, the Muslim Brotherhood.

The Muslim Brotherhood hates the west, Jews, and Israel.  Under the brief rule of the Muslim Brotherhood and President Morsi a new Egyptian Constitution was hijacked to make sure it enshrined Sharia Law.  Coptic Christians were prosecuted and tormented(which has only gotten worse with the Brotherhood out of power).  Members of the Brotherhood and other Islamist openly gang raped and molested women in Tahrir Square.  Journalist were imprisoned.  And then there was President Morsi’s decree that his authority couldn’t be challenged and that he couldn’t be criticized.

With the Muslim Brotherhood and Morsi in charge Egypt was well on its way to becoming an Islamic terrorist state; remember once the Brotherhood gained control the Camp David accords were in serious danger of being scuttled.

It was these and other actions of a wanna-be Islamist tyrant that prompted, for good cause, the Egyptian people, by the tens of millions, and the military to oust the Muslim Brotherhood and President Morsi from power.

Now we are seeing the Brotherhood and supporters of Morsi resort to violence to try to generate enough chaos to propel them back into power; power that I guarantee you that if they ever got back they will never let go of.

The prudent thing for the United States to do is to support the Egyptian people in such a way and to such a degree so that they have a government that is not run or controlled by the Muslim Brotherhood.

Will WWE Superstar Darren Young Be Getting A Phone Call From Obama Now That He Has Come Out As Gay?

Darren Young

Darren Young

When NBA player Jason Collins announced that he was gay President Obama gave him a phone call

I have to wonder if WWE superstar Darren Young will be getting a similar phone call now that he has announced that he is gay.

From Fox News:

WWE star Darren Young gave a TMZ cameraman the shock of his life.

During a standard interview at Los Angeles Airport LAX, the cameraman began quizzing Young about his opinions about gay wrestlers, asking if “a gay wrestler could be successful within the WWE.”

Young caught the cameraman off guard by taking the opportunity to reveal that he is gay.

“Absolutely. Look at me. I’m a WWE superstar and to be honest with you, I’ll tell you right now, I’m gay. And I’m happy. I’m very happy.”

Young currently appears on WWE programing as one half of the tag team The Prime Time Players with tag team partner Titus O’Neil and is in Los Angeles ahead of this Sunday’s SummerSlam pay-per-view event.

Young began his WWE career in the inaugural season of NXT and has had to serve a suspension from the wrestling organization following a violation of the companies substance abuse policy implemented following the murder-suicide of former champion Chris Benoit several years ago.

World Wrestling Entertainment and its performers such as John Cena have been supportive of Young since his announcement to the TMZ cameraman.

Obama Played Cards During Bin Laden Raid

We have all seen the photo of President Obama sitting in the White House situation room supposedly watching the Navy SEAL raid that killed terrorist mastermind Osama Bin Laden.

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According to Reggie Love who worked for Obama and was in the situation room that day he, Obama, and the photographer were not watching the raid.  They were to busy playing 15 hands of spades.

Love is quoted as saying:

“Most people were like down in the Situation Room and [President Obama] was like, ‘I’m not going to be down there, I can’t watch this entire thing,’ So he, myself, Pete Souza the White House photographer, Marvin, we must have played 15 hands, 15 games of spades.”
(H/T Gateway Pundit)

Will Obama Delay All Of Obamacare So Democrats Can Win In 2014?

1045184_10200777513232678_878926389_nWe are still more than a year away from the 2014 mid-term elections but that isn’t stopping President Obama and the Democrats from trying to engineer a pathway for them to achieve electoral victory; a victory centered around, apparently, on making sure Obamacare is delayed until after the election.

When Obamacare was first passed and signed into law by President Obama, Nancy Pelosi, and Harry Reid nearly all of its major components were designed to not to go into effect until January 1st, 2014 so that all of the harm Obamacare will and is causing wouldn’t necessarily interfere with President Obama’s reelection.  Now that January 1st, 2014 is approaching and Obama has been reelected he and the Democrats fear that the continued roll out of Obamacare will hamper their slim chances of taking back control of the House of Representatives in the mid-terms.

Thus we have seen Obama, by executive fiat, delay the employer mandate, exempt Congress from having to comply with the Grassley amendment by way of the Office of Personal Management which is going to give members of Congress and their staffers a 75% subsidy, and as we are learning today Obama is going to delay a cap on out-of-pocket expenses until 2015.

Since Obama and company are delaying or skirting these parts of Obamacare already something tells me that in the near future the political calculus will be made that all or most of what is left of Obamacare will also be delayed until after the mid-terms to further improve the Dem’s chances.

And why wouldn’t President Obama delay the rest of Obamacare.  The Unions who were cheerleaders for Obamacares passage are now realizing they are getting hurt by the law.  Workers, whom Democrats claim they are the champions of, are having their work week shrank to 30 hours a week.  Insurance cost, which the law was supposed to decrease, are skyrocketing such as Landmark Legal Foundation who has seen their insurance go from around $250,000 each year climb to $460,000 a year.  Doctors are leaving the profession in droves rather than put up with what Obama’s “Affordable Care Act” is doing to them and their patients.  All of us are seeing our taxes increase to pay for this monstrosity. Companies have stated they won’t be hiring because of the law further hampering any hope of the millions who are unemployed from getting a job. And on and on it goes.  So of course Obama has to delay his signature piece of legislation because if he doesn’t the Democratic party won’t have much of a base left to vote for them come November 2014 outside of the likes of Lena Dunham and Sandra Fluke who love Obamacare because they get free contraceptives.

I say let President Obama and the Democrats delay more and more of Obamacare because each and every time they do it further cements our point that this law is an unworkable disaster that is harmful to this country.

Illinois 17th CD GOP Candidate Supports DREAM Act, Obamacare, And Worked To Elect Obama In 2008

Eric Reyes

Eric Reyes

Rock Island attorney Eric Reyes is seeking the GOP nomination for Congress in Illinois 17th congressional district.  This isn’t the first time he has ran for the office.  In 2012 he initially sought the Democratic Party nomination to challenge Republican Bobby Schilling but opted instead to wage an independent write-in campaign when he lost a legal challenge to appear on the ballot then the Democrats rallied around Cheri Bustos(who would go on to beat Schilling in the general election).  Reyes was an absolute non-factor in the 2012 race.

17th district Republican primary voters should be very wary of Eric Reyes candidacy.  While he is chomping at the bit to compare himself to Kentucky Senator Rand Paul and often calls himself a liberty candidate, his recent past demonstrates that he is anything but.

A Quad Cities Times article from July of 2011 when he first announced his intention to get the Democratic nomination has this extremely telling line.

The 32-year-old Augustana College and Northern Illinois University Law School graduate said his background in law and experience helping in several political campaigns, including President Barack Obama’s, has given him insight into the campaigning process.

It is very hard for me to believe that someone who helped elected Barack Obama President is cut from the same cloth as a Rand Paul.  Especially considering that President Obama is as anti-liberty and anti-freedom as they come(NSA spying, IRS targeting of the Tea Party, refusing to enforce existing immigration law, unconstitutional recess appointments, etc).

In an article from Progress Illinois published just before the November election Reyes is quoted as being in favor of Illinois Senator Dick Durbin’s DREAM Act which would grant amnesty to certain illegal aliens, supported the public financing of political campaigns, and opposed NAFTA and other free trade agreements.

Reyes opposes free trade agreements like NAFTA.

“NAFTA and CAFTA have been the largest exporter of jobs in our nation’s history,” Reyes said.

Reyes supports the American Dream Act.

“I think the only reason the Dream Act hasn’t passed is partisanship,” Reyes said. “It’s clearly a good law. I can’t find anyone morally opposed to it. It just doesn’t pass because of politics.”

Reyes supports making it easier to legally immigrate to the United States.

“I think that an adequate immigration policy change would put me and other immigration lawyers out of business as far as immigration law,” Reyes said. “I don’t think an immigration application should require a lawyer. Anyone with a high school education should be able to do it. I see no reason why we shouldn’t have a quicker, easier process of getting people into the country. These are people who want to come here, be here, who want to be taxpayers, want to work. We should encourage that. We should certainly make work visas more readily available with a path to citizenship down the road. Overall, our immigration policy is absurd.”

Reyes believes that campaigns should be publically financed because the different special interests that fund both parties’ campaigns make it impossible for politicians to work together in government.

Those are hardly the policy positions of a Republican, they are certainly not the positions of a conservative, and just barely cut the mustard for libertarians.

Perhaps the worst things Eric Reyes has going for him is his initial support for Obamacare as outlined in this story from the Sauk Valley Media(a story Eric Reyes hates as confirmed by his online postings whenever someone like me brings it up) and his insistence upon a public option, aka single payer health care, aka socialized medicine.

Reyes, 34, backed Obamacare during an interview with the Quad-City Times when he announced his Democratic candidacy in July 2011.

“There is a health care law with a lot of provisions that are already helping people, but a lot of provisions face the threat of repeal. We need to protect that as well,” he told the newspaper.

On his campaign website, Reyes said he believes in a government-funded and operated nonprofit health care option as the “most effective way to provide comprehensive, universal, cost-effective health care,” known as the public option.

“I believe access to quality, affordable health care is a right, not a privilege,” he writes on the site.

As the Sauk Valley Media article goes on to explain Eric Reyes also supports same-sex marriage, legalizing marijuana, President Obama’s idea for an infrastructure bank, and green energy.

Based on these public comments and policy positions Mr. Reyes has one foot somewhat close to the libertarian camp and one foot planted firmly in the camp of the Utopian Statist, which makes him politically schizophrenic.

I highly doubt he will be much of a challenger to Bobby Schilling in the 2014 GOP primary but it helps to make sure the people know exactly who he is and what he stands for just in case.

Obama’s Knox College Economic Speech Was More Of The Same Attack Republicans And Tout Government As The Solution To Everything

obama242wayEarlier today President Obama gave his much hyped economic speech at Knox College in Galesburg, Illinois and it was more of the same from the President.  He attacked Republicans and touted government as the solution to the nations economic woes.

During his speech President Obama called from more government spending and/or involvement in education and job training plus spent a lot of time talking in Marxist terms about the middle-class.

At one point President Obama decried the “phony scandals” that have dominated his second term so far saying, “Over the last six months, this gridlock has gotten worse,” Obama said. “With an endless parade of distractions, political posturing and phony scandals, Washington has taken its eye off the ball. And I am here to say this needs to stop. Short-term thinking and stale debates are not what this moment requires.”

Of course those so-called “phony” scandals are very real ones like Benghazi, the IRS targeting of the Tea Party, and the gross mismanagement of the State Department by then Secretary Hillary Clinton.  While Obama calls this scandals distractions from important issues like the economy in truth his speech today was an attempt to distract people from those scandals which can and should land him and some of his top underlings in serious hot water.

Daily Caller-Stockman suggests witness intimidation behind stalled Benghazi investigation

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When President Obama wasn’t trying to downplay the scandals plaguing his administration he was promoting how important it is for the federal government to be even more involved in education, and spending more money on it.

From Business Insider:

If you think education is expensive, wait until you see how much ignorance costs in the 21st century. If we don’t make this investment, we’ll put our kids, our workers, and our country at a competitive disadvantage for decades. So we must begin in the earliest years. That’s why I’ll keep pushing to make high-quality preschool available to every four year-old in America – not just because we know it works for our kids, but because it provides a vital support system for working parents. I’ll also take action to spur innovation in our schools that don’t require Congress. Today, for example, federal agencies are moving on my plan to connect 99% of America’s students to high-speed internet over the next five years. And we’ve begun meeting with business leaders, tech entrepreneurs, and innovative educators to identify the best ideas for redesigning our high schools so that they teach the skills required for a high-tech economy.

I know to a Utopian Statist like Obama the Constitution is an outdated document written by old white men that has no place or bearing on modern society, but it is still the law of the land and I would love just for once for a liberal Democrat to point out where it give the federal government control over education in this nation.

*crickets*

We have had trillion plus dollar annual budget deficits under this President and $17 trillion in national debt, not to mention $100 trillion in unfunded entitlement liabilities.  Washington is borrowing 40 cents out of every dollar it spends.  So where in the bloody blue hell are we going to come up with money to have every 4-year-old in “quality” i.e Marxist indoctrination pre-schools?

If talking about spending more for job training and education wasn’t enough, to go along with trying to down play his administrations scandals, President Obama also used his speech today in Galesburg to attack Republican economic policies.

From the Washington Post:

his economic prescriptions with the day-to-day concerns of the middle class, which he has argued since his 2005 commencement address at Knox College is threatened by the world’s changing economic landscape and by Republican tax policies.

He labeled those policies “Social Darwinism” in his speech here eight years ago, a message he echoed in spirit Wednesday.

“In many ways, the trends that I spoke of here in 2005 — of a winner-take-all economy where a few do better and better, while everybody else just treads water — have been made worse by the recession,” Obama said. “This growing inequality isn’t just morally wrong; it’s bad economics. When middle-class families have less to spend, businesses have fewer customers. When wealth concentrates at the very top, it can inflate unstable bubbles that threaten the economy. When the rungs on the ladder of opportunity grow farther apart, it undermines the very essence of this country.”

As I pointed out yesterday the American people are worse off today due to his economic policies which have kept unemployment unnaturally high, forced people out of the workforce, grown the welfare state, and have caused an explosion in the budget deficit and national debt.

Despite that Marxist class warfare claptrap the truth is Republican tax and economic policies have a proven track record of growing the economy and creating jobs.  See the roaring ’20s, the Kennedy tax cuts of the 1960s, the Reagan tax cuts of the ’80s, and the Bush tax cuts for proof of that.(all documented in my eBook We Can Do Better)

When tax rates are cut some time down the road there will be a major increase in the economy and there will be massive job creation, job creation that can only be further encouraged by the repeal of Obamacare and a genuine move towards making this nation energy independent.

By pinning all of our hopes for economic growth on more education spending and job training(not to mention bigger government) President Obama once again proved he is an economic illiterate that has no interest in trying to get the more than 20 million Americans who are out of work jobs.  If growing the economy and creating jobs were his real goal(as opposed to fundamentally transforming this nation) he would embrace the Keystone XL pipeline, fracking, the flat tax or the fair tax, and a reigning in of the EPA which is trying to put every coal-fired power plant and coal mine out of business(O’ wait Obama wants those companies to go bankrupt).

Texas Senator Ted Cruz may have had the best assessment of President Obama’s speech today with this statement:

In response to President Obama’s speech today on the state of the economy, U.S. Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) said:

Today President Obama rehashed essentially the same economic speech we’ve heard for years: more government programs, more taxes. He’s out of ideas to fix the economy, and unwilling to do what it takes to remedy the harm his policies are inflicting.

Since the President took office, the average rate of annual economic growth has been a paltry 0.9 percent, compared to the historically normal rate of 3.3 percent. If President Obama truly cared about sparking economic growth and bringing opportunity to the American people, he would join the growing chorus of elected leaders calling for full defund of Obamacare – the single strongest step government can take to unshackle jobs, investment, and growth again in America. As James Hoffa of the Teamsters Union put it, Obamacare “will… destroy the foundation of the 40 hour work week that is the backbone of the American middle class.”

I am working hard to help lead the effort to defund Obamacare in the next 68 days as part of the next Continuing Resolution, and I would urge the President and his party to join us in a real agenda for jobs and growth.

Defunding Obamacare is clearly a great place to start to get the economy out of this Obama malaise, as would repealing Dodd-Frank, moving to the flat tax or the fair tax or 999, and building that damn pipeline.

The American people are hurting and Barack Obama and his policies are a big reason why and no speech he has or will ever give will make things better for the American people.

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President Obama Coming To Galesburg, IL Wednesday To Talk Economy; Here Is What He Won’t Say

imagesOn Wednesday President Obama is scheduled to make a speech at Knox College in Galesburg, Illinois about the economy.  This is set to be the first in a series of speech as the President once again pivots to “focus like a laser” on jobs and the economy.

It is very likely that President Obame will use his speech at Knox College(a rather liberal liberal arts college) to continue to push his agenda of higher taxes, more government spending, more regulation, and more government control over the economy.  He will probably at least drop a line or two about keeping student loan interest rates low to appease and appeal to college age kids.

While all the talk about taxing the rich and/or making them pay their fair share will sound good to Marxist and socialist, it won’t help create any jobs or improve our economy.  While more government investment in green energy will surely garner applause the last few years has shown that if you want to make a sure bet on a company that will fail one only need to check to see if they are getting green energy loans from the Obama administration(Solyndra, Fisker, and dozens more).  I have no doubt that part of President Obama’s plans for the future of our economy are going to include something about “carbon pollution” and the need to regulate it, which in turn means he is totally willing to help undo the industrial revolution meaning fewer jobs and a worse off economy.  And it is an almost certainty that during his speech at Knox College President Obama will try to connect Obamacare with a healthy economy(which is an oxymoron).

Above all else President Obama’s speech at Knox College will be void of facts and very short on truth-telling.

With that in mind here are something that President Obama won’t say tomorrow(or any day for that matter).

1. Under his policies the number of people participating in the workforce is declining dramatically.

573x322xparticipation-rate-obama.jpg.pagespeed.ic.qaGG42NcQW2. Under Obama the nation has seen more months of unemployment being above 8% than every other President since 1948 combined.

Our-National-Tragedy-e13485141969553. Under Obama any economic growth has been tepid at best and at worst anemic.  Keep in mind that under Reagan there were long stretches of growth of 6% and higher with several quarters of growth at 9 and 10 percent.

us-growth-obama4. Obama will certainly not tell anyone, let alone at Knox College tomorrow that he is the worst jobs President ever!

presidents-job-gains-chart15. Since Obama has been so bad at turning around the economy and creating jobs the number of people on food stamps has exploded.

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6. President Obama will not tell anyone tomorrow that thanks to Obamacare their work hours are being cut back.

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7. What job creation there has been under President Obama has not been insufficient to keep up with population growth.

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8. Obama will not mention that Illinois unemployment rate is over 9%.

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Knowing those facts it is hard to understand why President Obama will even attempt to talk about the economy and jobs tomorrow.  But then again he has got to do something to keep people from talking about all the problems with the Senates amnesty plan, Benghazi, the NSA spying on us, the IRS targeting and harassing the Tea Party, the absolute dysfunction at the State Department when Hillary ran it, our $17 trillion national debt, and $100 trillion unfunded entitlement liabilities, Obama’s support for the Muslim Brotherhood, the growth the last 4 years in the welfare state, Solynda, Fast and Furious, and a dozen other things.

Former AFRICOM Commander: Apparent Benghazi Was Terrorist Attack

images-7More than 9 months ago a group of 100-150 Islamic terrorist tied to the group Ansar al-Sharia launched an attack on the US consulate and CIA annex in Benghazi, Libya killing ambassador Chris Stevens, Sean Smith, Glen Dorhety, and Tyrone Woods.  In the days and weeks after the attack the Obama administration including Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and ambassador to the UN Susan Rice blamed the attack on a protest over a Youtube video getting out of hand.  However, CIA talking points created for ambassador Rice in the days leading up to her infamous Sunday show appearances told a different tale, a tale of terrorism.  That narrative, that Benghazi was the work of terrorist, was altered by Hillary Clinton’s staffers to reflect the fiction the administration wanted to tell about a Youtube video and a protest gone wrong.

Over the weekend the former commander of AFRICOM General Carter Ham put more holes in the administrations cover-up of the Benghazi terrorist attack when he said that it was “apparent” Benghazi was a terrorist attack as it was ongoing.

Fox News has more:

The former head of U.S. forces in Africa, General Carter Ham, told the Aspen Security Forum that it quickly became clear the assault on the American consulate in Benghazi last year was a terrorist attack and not a spontaneous demonstration.

“It became apparent to all of us quickly that this was not a demonstration, this was a violent attack,” Ham said. Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton initially had portrayed the embassy attack as a response to an inflammatory internet video.

Ham said he was in Washington D.C. for a routine meeting on September 11, 2012 with Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs, Martin Dempsey, when an alert came in from commanders in Stuttgart, Germany that a violent assault was underway on the consulate in Benghazi and Ambassador Chris Stevens was missing.

Asked if it was a terrorist attack, Ham said the intelligence left no doubt that it was.

“I don’t know if that was my first reaction, but pretty quickly as we started to gain understanding within the hours after the initiation of the attack, yes.”

There are a lot of senior officials in the Obama administration, current and former, that have a lot of explaining to do about Benghazi, not the least of which are why cover it up, why push the lie about the Youtube video, and why was no military aid sent to help our people.

Obama Was For Stand Your Ground Laws Before He Was Against Them

On Friday President Obama called for a review of stand your ground laws across the country following the not guilty verdict in the George Zimmerman/Trayvon Martin case.

Huffington Post reports:

President Barack Obama is calling for a review of the controversial Stand Your Ground laws that were at the heart of the killing of Trayvon Martin.

“I think it would be useful for us to examine some state and local laws to see if it — if they are designed in such a way that they may encourage the kinds of altercations and confrontations and tragedies that we saw in the Florida case, rather than defuse potential altercations,” Obama told reporters in a surprise press conference at the White House on Friday.

Florida was the first state in the nation to pass a law that allows an individual who feels threatened to “stand his or her ground and meet force with force, including deadly force.” There are now about 30 states with such statutes.

“If we’re sending a message as a society in our communities that someone who is armed potentially has the right to use those firearms, even if there’s a way for them to exit from a situation, is that really going to be contributing to the kind of peace and security and order that we’d like to see?” asked Obama on Friday.

“And for those who resist that idea, that we should think about something like these ‘Stand Your Ground’ laws, I just ask people to consider if Trayvon Martin was of age and armed, could he have stood his ground on that sidewalk? And do we actually think that he would have been justified in shooting Mr. Zimmerman, who had followed him in a car, because he felt threatened? And if the answer to that question is at least ambiguous, it seems to me that we might want to examine those kinds of laws,” he added.

That is now, however, back in 2004 then Illinois state Senator Barack Obama co-sponsored legislation that strengthened Illinois’ stand your ground law.

Illinois Review has more:

nine years ago then-State Sen. Barack Obama actually co-sponsored a bill that strengthened Illinois’ 1961 “stand your ground” law.

The Obama-sponsored bill (SB 2386) enlarged the state’s 1961 law by shielding the person who was attacked from being sued in civil court by perpetrators or their estates when a “stand your ground” defense is used in protecting his or her person, dwelling or other property.

The bill unanimously passed the Democrat-controlled Illinois Senate on March 25, 2004 with only one comment, and passed the Democrat-controlled Illinois House in May 2004 with only two votes in opposition. Then-Governor Rod Blagojevich (D) signed it into law.

6a00d834515c5469e201910455d717970c-500wi6a00d834515c5469e20192ac1f34dc970d-500wiHypocrisy much.

President Obama’s Magically Never Ending Malaise Economy

imagesBarack Obama has been President of the United States for 4 and 1/2 years now and over the course of that entire time our economy has been stuck in a malaise that seems to have no end in sight.

Today’s unemployment numbers tell the tale as the national unemployment rate stayed at 7.6%.  That means we have had 54 consecutive months of unemployment above 7.5%, which is a record.  We were promised by the Obama administration that if we passed the nearly trillion dollar stimulus we wouldn’t see unemployment go above 8%.  The employment numbers released today by the Bureau of Labor Statistics also show the u-6 underemployment rate climbed from 13.8% to 14.3%.  That was due in large part to 332,000 people being made to take part-time work when they had or wanted full-time employment(thank you Obamacare).

CNS News-54 months: record stretch of 7.5%+ unemployment continues

Zero Hedge-Underemployment soars to 14.3%

CNS News-Number of involuntary part-time workers jump 332K in June

This economic malaise is never going to end so long as President Obama continues to favor his campaign donors i.e Solyndra over the Keystone XL pipeline or continues to throw money away on “shovel ready jobs” aka the stimulus instead of following the Reagan model and advocating for major tax reform(lower tax rates) to spur economic growth.

It is clear to anyone with eyes to see that Obamacare isn’t the magically elixir it was thought to be and is instead an economic albatross weighing our economy down.

States like North Dakota and Texas are experiencing economic good times, especially when compared to the country as a whole, because of fracking; yet Obama and the environmental radicals will not allow other parts of the country experience those jobs and economic activity.

Our economy sucks just as bad right now as it did the days Obama first took the oath of office.  We will not see any economic gains or meaningful job creation so long as he and the Democrats continue on their current path of higher taxes, no energy production, and reckless spending.

Obama is worse than Jimmy Carter.

 

New Day In Egypt: Morsi Out, Muslim Brotherhood Leaders Arrested, Interim President Sworn In

Egyptian interim President Adly Mansour

Egyptian interim President Adly Mansour

The Egyptian military has fully followed through on its promise to put forward a “road map” for Egypt’s political future and has removed President Morsi from office.  The Egyptian military has also arrested several key leaders of the Muslim Brotherhood.  And has sworn in the country’s top Judge as interim President while a new constitution and election schedule is developed.

This change in leadership has been a serious blow to President Obama who strongly backed Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood.  With the military stepping in Obama has ordered a review of US military aid to Egypt.

Fox News has more:

The administration has not commented on the latest developments, or necessarily taken sides in the power struggle. Instead, officials are staking out a carefully worded stance, particularly when it comes to U.S. aid to Egypt. Late Wednesday, the administration ordered a review of U.S. aid but stopped short of calling the military overthrow a “coup.”

That’s almost certainly because calling the ouster a “coup” could have concrete legal consequences. Under the law, Washington is supposed to halt aid to any country where the democratically elected leader is toppled by a coup.

But the administration is loath to condemn Egypt’s military institution, which the U.S. has built ties with for decades, particularly amid criticism from the right that President Obama was too supportive of Morsi. With Morsi gone, Republicans appear to be pressuring Obama to sustain the U.S. aid to Egypt’s military. Some security analysts are describing the overthrow as a unique opportunity for the U.S. to have a second chance at shaping the future of a country that historically has been a major Middle East ally.

President Obama issued the following statement after the Egyptian military ousted Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood from power:

“The United States is monitoring the very fluid situation in Egypt, and we believe that ultimately the future of Egypt can only be determined by the Egyptian people. Nevertheless, we are deeply concerned by the decision of the Egyptian Armed Forces to remove President Morsy and suspend the Egyptian constitution. I now call on the Egyptian military to move quickly and responsibly to return full authority back to a democratically elected civilian government as soon as possible through an inclusive and transparent process, and to avoid any arbitrary arrests of President Morsy and his supporters. Given today’s developments, I have also directed the relevant departments and agencies to review the implications under U.S. law for our assistance to the Government of Egypt.”

Those words about not arresting Morsi supporters have fallen on deaf ears in Egypt as the military has arrested several top leaders of the Muslim Brotherhood.

Al-Ahram has more:

The Muslim Brotherhood’s former supreme guide Mahdi Akef has been arrested along with four of his guards, security sources say.

Egypt prosecutors ordered on Thursday the arrest of a number of senior Muslim Brotherhood members hours after the army removed Mohamed Morsi from his post as president.

These leading figures include the Brotherhood’s Supreme Guide Mohamed Badie and his deputy Khairat El-Shater.

Late on Wednesday, Saad El-Katatni, leader of the Muslim Brotherhood’s Freedom and Justice Party (FJP), and Rashad Bayoumi, the Islamist movement’s deputy head, were detained, security officials said.

They are being held in Tora Prison, which, located on the outskirts of Cairo, is the same prison where ousted president Hosni Mubarak and his sons are detained, state news agency MENA reported.

Security authorities are continuing their efforts to arrest Brotherhood members on charges of inciting violence and disturbing general security and peace, MENA reported.

Some of those arrested in the past have openly called for Jihad.

With Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood removed from power(and under arrest) the military immediately moved to make Adly Mansour the interim President until new elections can be held some time in the future.

Fox News has more Mansour’s swearing-in:

The supreme justice of Egypt’s Supreme Constitutional Court was sworn in Thursday as the country’s interim president after Mohammed Morsi, the country’s first democratically elected president, was ousted and reportedly placed in police custody.

Adly Mansour was sworn in at the Constitutional Court in a ceremony broadcast live on state television. Mansour will serve as Egypt’s interim leader until a new president is elected. A date for that vote has yet to be set.

In his first remarks, Mansour praised the massive street demonstrations that led to Morsi’s ouster. He also hailed the youth behind the protests that began on June 30, saying they embodied “the nation’s conscience, its ambitions and hopes.”

“The most glorious thing about June 30 is that it brought together everyone without discrimination or division,” he said. “I offer my greetings to the revolutionary people of Egypt.”

Manosur’s assumption of office comes a day after the military deposed Morsi, who took office a year ago as Egypt’s first democratically elected president. Morsi was in police custody on Thursday morning after he refused to step down on the orders of Gen. Abdel Fattah Al Sisi.

The Blaze has some background information on Mansour, here.

I am glad that the Egyptian military stepped in to remove Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood if for no other reason than the fact the Morsi and the Brotherhood were trying to make Egypt an Islamic state ruled by Sharia law.  The persecution and violence supporters of the Muslim Brotherhood have directed at Egypt’s Coptic Christians has been horrific.  Then there have been the reports that Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood tried to smuggle Al Qaeda leadership out of Pakistan and into Egypt; plus the Libyan intelligence that suggest some of the Benghazi terrorist attacked on the behalf or direction of Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood.  All of these thing taken together demonstrate just how foolish and ill-advised the Arab spring has truly been.

Obama Discovers Reason For Islamic Terrorist: Bad Governance

Islamic terrorist have killed tens even hundreds of thousands of people all over the globe.  From Al Qaeda and its affiliates to Hamas to Boko Haram these Islamic terrorist groups have waged brutal campaigns against people the world over.

Most of us have thought they did so because they are Islamic supremacist that literally believe the Koran demands that they kill all non-Muslims and those Muslims that don’t agree with their radical and violent beliefs.

Leave it to President Obama to discover the real reason Boko Haram and other terrorist groups are waging the nearly genocidal campaigns that they do; bad governance.

Jim Hoft at Gateway Pundit writes:

 Barack Obama held a town hall meeting with youths from across Africa during his stop in South Africa. He took questions from Nigerian students who were watching in their home country. One student asked him about the ‘War on Terror’ and new global terrorist threats.

Obama told the Nigerian students that bad governance was responsible for Boko Haram, a group that has slaughtered hundreds of innocent Nigerians in the past few years.

President Obama blamed regional terrorist organisations like Boko Haram in Nigeria on bad governance,

“These countries are not delivering for their people and where there sources of conflict and underlining frustrations that have not been adequately dealt with.”

It’s the government’s fault.

Yes lets blame the government of Nigeria for Boko Harma slaughtering Christians in their churches; NOT!

Obama To Africa You Can’t have Air Conditioning or Car Because “Planet Will Boil Over”

While on his $7.1 Billion African tour President Obama told the people of Africa that they had to do without air conditioning, cars and big houses because if they did have those things then the, “Planet will boil over”.

CNS News has more:

President Barack Obama said at a town hall event in Johannesburg, South Africa, on Saturday that unless we find new way of producing energy “the planet will boil over” if people in Africa are allowed to attain air conditioning, automobiles and big houses.

“Ultimately, if you think about all the youth that everybody has mentioned here in Africa, if everybody is raising living standards to the point where everybody has got a car and everybody has got air conditioning, and everybody has got a big house, well, the planet will boil over — unless we find new ways of producing energy.”

That is more man made global warming/climate change nonsense.  As I and many others have stated over and over again, global warming is a hoax, a fraud, it is a lie, it is not true, it is absolutely bullshit.  And yet Obama expects us and the rest of the world to abandon the industrial revolution and to forgo the advancements, such as air conditioning, for some Utopian Statist ideal society based around “green energy”.  Which last I checked was more about giving taxpayer dollars(by the billion) to Obama campaign contributors than it was in actually producing energy(hello Solyndra).

Let us not forget Obama gave the same kind of message to Americans just a few short years ago.

You keep the global warming hysteria, I’ll keep my car and air conditioning thank you very much.

Is The Muslim Brotherhood and President Morsi’s Days Numbered? Egyptian Military Threatening Coup D’etat

540x403xobama-bitch-protesters.jpg.pagespeed.ic.eycwgbSGWuAfter last nights bombshell that Libyan intel has linked the Muslim Brotherhood and Egyptian President Morsi to the Benghazi terrorist attack I am shocked to hear this new today coming out of Egypt.

Over the weekend millions of Egyptians took to the streets to demand the ouster of President Morsi over a whole host of reason, from prosecution and intimidation and violence against religious minorities, namely Coptic Christians, to a sluggish economy.  The Egyptian people are very angry at Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood not to mention US Ambassador to Egypt Anne Patterson and President Barack Obama for supporting Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood.

CNS News-Protesters storm Muslim Brotherhood HQ

Today the Egyptian military has issued an ultimatum stating that they will step in to resolve the political clashes gripping the country in 48 hours if no talks and or agreement between the sides materializes.

Fox News has more:

 Egypt’s military on Monday issued a 48-hour ultimatum to the Islamist president and his opponents to reach an agreement to “meet the people’s demands” or it will intervene to put forward a political road map for the country and ensure it is carried out.

The ultimatum, it said, was a “last chance.”

It described the mass protests on Sunday that brought out millions of Egyptians demanding President Mohammed Morsi’s ouster as “glorious.” It said protesters expressed their opinion “in peaceful and civilized manner,” and that “it is necessary that the people get a reply … to their calls.”

The military underlined it will “not be a party in politics or rule.” But it said it has a responsibility to act because Egypt’s national security is facing a “grave danger,” according to the statement, read out on state television.

“The Armed Forces repeat its call for the people’s demands to be met and give everyone 48 hours as a last chance to shoulder the burden of a historic moment for a nation that will not forgive or tolerate any party that is lax in shouldering its responsibility,” it said.

It did not directly define “the people’s demands,” but said if they are not realized, the military is obliged to “announce a road-map for the future and the steps for overseeing its implementation, with participation of all patriotic and sincere parties and movements.”

We will see what happens over the next two days.  My bet is that Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood will do everything they can to hold onto power and after the 48 hour deadline has passed may attempt to punish the military for getting involved, which will in turn cause the military to ultimately depose Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood.

Libyan Intelligence Links Muslim Brotherhood and President Morsi To Benghazi Attack

images-7On September 11, 2012 100-150 terrorist linked to Ansar al-Sharia attacked the US consulate and CIA annex in Benghazi, Libya.  During the course of an 8 hour-long fire fight Ambassador Chris Stevens, State Department employee Sean Smith, and CIA security members Glen Doherty and Tyrone Woods were killed.

In the days after the attack President Obama and then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton followed by then Ambassador to the UN Susan Rice, blamed the deadly events on a Youtube video.

In truth as the terrorist attack was ongoing our people on the ground were telling Washington that Ansar al-Sharia, a group with ties to Al Qaeda, was behind the attack.

For nine months we have been trying to get the Obama administration to explain why no military support was sent to Benghazi to help our people under attack, especially when a commercial airliner can get from London to Benghazi and BACK in the time the attack took.  No fighter jets or helicopters were dispatched from our Air Craft Carriers in the region.  No forces were sent from our bases in Italy.  A special force team designed to respond to this kind of an attack took 24 hours just to get out of a Balkin county.  Nor were any of our military assets dispatched from other parts of Africa.  Why?

Then Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and other Obama administration officials have said that there wasn’t enough time to get any of those forces mobilized to help out our people in Benghazi, which is something they couldn’t have possibly known at the time.

The lack of military response and the cover-up have left a very bitter taste in the mouths of many Americans and for good reason.

Now a new report might shed more light on why Benghazi happened.

photo of Libyan Intelligence Document

photo of Libyan Intelligence Document

According to Raymond Ibrahim newly released documents from the Libyan government point to Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood and Egyptian President Muhammad Morsi as being a facilitator of the terrorist attack.

On Wednesday, June 26, several Arabic websites, including Veto Gate, quoted the intelligence report, which apparently was first leaked to the Kuwaiti paper, Al Ra’i.  Prepared by Mahmoud Ibrahim Sharif, Director of National Security for Libya, the report is addressed to the nation’s Minister of Interior.

It discusses the preliminary findings of the investigation, specifically concerning an “Egyptian cell” which was involved in the consulate attack. “Based on confessions derived from some of those arrested at the scene” six people, “all of them Egyptians” from the jihad group Ansar al-Sharia (“Supporters of Islamic Law), were arrested.

According to the report, during interrogations, these Egyptian jihadi cell members “confessed to very serious and important information concerning the financial sources of the group and the planners of the event and the storming and burning of the U.S. consulate in Benghazi…. And among the more prominent figures whose names were mentioned by cell members during confessions were: Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi; preacher Safwat Hegazi; Saudi businessman Mansour Kadasa, owner of the satellite station, Al-Nas; Egyptian Sheikh Muhammad Hassan; former presidential candidate, Hazim Salih Abu Isma’il…”

In this video of the Benghazi terrorist attack men can be heard saying don’t shoot Morsi sent us.

President Mohamed Morsi

President Mohamed Morsi

If this intelligence gathered by the Libyan government can be corroborated then things are going to get real messy real soon.

If this intel holds true then it is possible that the Benghazi attack was meant to be a kidnapping attempt targeting Ambassador Stevens and possibly of those in the Benghazi compound, think Tehran 1979 all over again.  It is then theorized that Ambassador Stevens and any others taken hostage would be traded for the Blind Sheik who was responsible for the first World Trade Center bombing in 1993 along with other terror plots.

Omar Abdel-Rahman

Omar Abdel-Rahman

That is highly important because Egyptian President Morsi and the Muslim Brotherhood have wanted the Blind Sheik released for some time.  In late September of last year, just weeks after the Benghazi attack the New York Post had this story about the Obama administration considering releasing the Blind Sheik, Omar Abdel-Rahman.

The Obama administration is weighing the release of blind Sheik Omar Abdel-Rahman — the spiritual adviser to the 1993 World Trade Center bombers — in a stunning goodwill gesture toward Egypt that has touched off a political firestorm, officials said yesterday.

Abdel-Rahman, 74, was convicted in 1995 of plotting terror attacks throughout the city and is locked away in the medical wing of the Butner Federal Correctional Institution in North Carolina.

He remains revered in his native Egypt, and his supporters have demonstrated throughout Cairo for his freedom.

Newly elected Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi, a member of the radical Muslim Brotherhood, has publicly vowed to press the United States to turn over the sightless sheik.

His incarceration was the subject of Arabic-language message-board rants two days before protesters stormed the US Embassy in Cairo and later killed the American ambassador to Libya, Christopher Stevens, according to a Department of Homeland Security report obtained by Fox News.

They wrote he should be released, “even if it requires burning the embassy down with everyone in it.”

It was the words and action of President Obama and his administration that gave Egypt to the Muslim Brotherhood and Morsi and it was President Obama’s desire to use the US military to help overthrow Qaddafi in Libya so it is starting to make sense that everything that has transpired as a part of the Arab spring(which is really turning into an Arab winter) was all a part of a larger plan; like being ten moves ahead in a game of chess.

So if all of these pieces do fit together than it would make sense for the Obama administration to lie to the American people about what happened in Benghazi, not just to cover-up their incompetence(Stevens security warning, no military aid) but to keep the wool over people’s eyes about Obama, Ansar al-Sharia, and the Muslim Brotherhood colluding.  This also makes me even more worried than ever about the US arming the Syrian rebels aka Al Qaeda terrorist.

The events in Benghazi have always smelt fishy and again if this Libyan intel holds up now we know why.

 

Syrian Rebels Murder Priest Protecting Nuns

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Fr. Franҫois Mourad

I for the life of me cannot understand why people like John McCain and others want to arm the Syrian rebels, who are in truth nothing more than Islamic terrorist aligned with Al Qaeda.

I cannot and will not support any effort by anyone, from McCain to President Obama, giving any kind of aid to this terrorist whether it be arms or no fly zones and consider any such actions to be treason.

Why? Just take a gander at what this terrorist punks masquerading as rebels did to a Priest in Syria.

From Religious Freedom Coalition:

Fr. Franҫois Mourad’s killing of is a sad occurrence and a blow to all the friars of the Custody of the Holy Land,” said Fr Pizzaballa, Custos of the Holy Land, as he spoke with AsiaNews about the Syrian clergyman who died on Sunday in al-Ghassaniyah, a predominantly Christian village in Jisr al-Shughur District, Idlib province. His funeral was celebrated yesterday in the small village of Kanaieh, a few kilometers from where he was killed.

According to the Custos of the Holy Land, Islamists broke into the convent, looted it and destroyed everything. When Fr Franҫois tried to defend the nuns and other people, the gunmen shot him dead.

 

More Unemployment: Obama Cutting 10 Army Combat Brigades

obamafuckyouPresident Obama is the President of unemployment.  For nearly all of his first term the national unemployment rate was over 8%, and so far into his second term it hasn’t gotten below 7.5%.  As with this climate change speech yesterday, Obama and his admin are trying to put every coal-fired power plant and coal mine out of business, costing the people who work in that industry out of work.  Obama spent a trillion dollars in economic stimulus to create “shovel ready” jobs, and we all know that didn’t work out in the least.

And now Obama and his administration are going to make sure tens of thousands of more people lose their jobs, this time in the US Army.

From CBS News:

In a massive restructuring, the U.S. Army is slashing the number of active duty combat brigades from 45 to 33, and shifting thousands of soldiers out of bases around the country as it moves forward with a longtime plan to cut the size of the service by 80,000.

Officials say the sweeping changes would eliminate brigades at 10 Army bases in the U.S. by 2017, including in Texas, Kentucky, Georgia, Colorado, North Carolina, New York, Kansas and Washington. The Army will also cut thousands of other jobs across the service, including soldiers in units that support the brigades, and two brigades in Germany have already been scheduled for elimination.

Obama Changes Subject To Climate Change Fantasy

climate-change-squirrelYesterday at a speech at Georgetown University President Obama laid out the executive branch actions he and his Environmental Protection Agency will take to combat the most pressing issue of our time(to radical liberals), global warming, climate change.

From Fox News:

President Obama pressed ahead Tuesday with his climate change agenda, calling for new regulations on coal-fired power plants and setting a new condition for the approval of the controversial Keystone pipeline.

“We need to act,” Obama said, in an address at Georgetown University.

Obama claimed climate change is having “profound impacts” on the planet and must be addressed. He called for the U.S. to lead the world in a “coordinated assault” on the issue.

Going around Congress and unveiling what was likely to be his most controversial plank, Obama said he was ordering the Environmental Protection Agency to create the first-ever carbon emissions limits for existing power plants.

He said that while other toxic chemicals like mercury are regulated, power plants can dump “unlimited amounts” of carbon pollution.

“That’s not right, it’s not safe. And it needs to stop,” Obama said.

Further, Obama weighed in for the first time in months on the contentious issue of the proposed Canada-to-Texas Keystone pipeline. As the State Department reviews the stalled project, Obama said it should only be approved if it doesn’t significantly boost emissions.

“Our national interest will be served only if this project does not significantly exacerbate the problem of carbon pollution,” he said. “The net effects of the pipeline’s impact on our climate will be absolutely critical to determining whether this project is allowed to go forward.”

There is a lot wrong with what President Obama said yesterday.  First of all man-made climate change/global warming, is a hoax, it isn’t real, it is phony, a fraud, it is fake.  There has been nearly zero change in the plants temperature for the last 15 years, story here.  NASA satellite data also shows that there has been no warming.

Yahoo News-New NASA data blow gaping hole in global warming alarmism

Second of all, this whole notion that carbon dioxide is a pollutant is total BS.  The EPA and the Obama admin can get away with saying that it is and thus issuing regulations about it under the Clean Air Act, thanks to a horrible ruling saying they could by the Supreme Court.  Carbon Dioxide is not a pollutant, why?  Because you release carbon dioxide every time you breathe.  Carbon Dioxide is an indispensable part of the cycle of life on this planet.  Plants take in the carbon dioxide we exhale and create from industrial production(and natural sources such as animal life breathing and volcanic eruptions) and use it along with water and sunlight to create sugar for the plant to use and a by product that it releases, oxygen.  We humans and other animal life on this plant must have oxygen in order to live.  Life on this plant also needs carbon dioxide and other green house gases in the atmosphere in order to trap the heat generated by the sun so that this planet is warm and not a frozen ball of rock.

In his speech yesterday President Obama called people like me, who see and know global warming hysteria for what it is, a hoax(and the home of displaced Marxist), as members of the flat Earth society.

Sorry to disappoint you Mr. President but my ACT science score was nearly perfect.  I get and understand science, earth science, life science, and chemistry.  Plus i know about the East Anglia email scandal.

Breitbart-Obama’s climate change speech: more hot air

Wall Street Journal-Emails reveal an effort to hide the truth about climate science

With President Obama and his EPA wanting to kill the Keystone XL pipeline and put more regulations on power plants there will be a real impact on every American, in a negative way.

The EPA power plant regulations will cause even more Americans to lose their jobs and when they get home to the bad news to see that their electricity bill has gone up.  And the lack of building the Keystone pipeline will keep the tens of thousands of jobs it would create from ever happening.  Meaning we will still have some 20 million Americans unemployed or underemployed.

Daily Caller-More than 200 coal fired generators slated for shutdown

Heritage Foundation-EPA to raise electricity prices, risk blackouts

All of this, namely the open hostility of President Obama and his EPA to coal, prompted Democrat Senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia to blast his speech on Fox News.

Of course fewer jobs and higher energy prices, plus no coal, is a 2008 campaign promise of Obama’s.

In one of the more laughable moments from Obama’s speech he said that we could measure the impact of climate change in the number of lives lost to it.

That is just pure bunk and the folks at climate depot spell all of that out.

Weather.com-March 2013 Tornadeos: Fewest in decades

No Peace In Our Time: Why Obama’s Attempt At Peace With The Taliban Won’t Work

Taliban leader Mullah Muhammad Omar

Taliban leader Mullah Muhammad Omar

President Obama is of the belief that he can achieve peace in our time with the people who harbored Osama Bin Laden and gave him a sanctuary from which to plan, train, and carry out dozens of terrorist attacks against the rest of the world, the Taliban.

This dream of Obama’s that the Taliban will work with the US and our allies to achieve peace is a laughable pipe-dream that any informed observe recognizes as wishful thinking at best and naivete at worst.

When the Taliban were in control of Afghanistan prior to the 9/11/01 terrorist attack they were a brutal regime that was systematically destroying historic Budda statues carved into Afghan mountains.  The Taliban were a thuggish force that denied women access to schools and forced them to wear full body burqas and much worse including stoning.  And as mention prior the Taliban harbored Osama Bin Laden and his Al Qaeda terrorist network and allowed them to openly operate terrorist training camps.

RAWA.org-Some of the restrictions imposed by Taliban in Afghanistan

From his safe haven in Afghanistan Osama Bin Laden and his commanders were able to plan, train, and carry out the bombings of the US embassies in Kenya and Tanzania in 1998, the attack on the USS Cole in 2000, and the 9/11 attack which killed 3,000 Americans.

That is just a part of the troubling history of the Taliban, and yet knowing all this and more(some of which will be covered shortly) President Obama and his people including Secretary of State John Kerry are actively trying to become a peace partner with the Taliban.

From Bloomberg:

The Taliban opened a political office in Doha, Qatar, yesterday as a venue for talks after more than a year of stalled efforts toward a dialogue. The U.S. announced plans to send a delegation for discussions, which it said would be followed by members of the Afghan High Peace Council, a group empowered by Karzai to represent his government. It’s “possible” that the talks will start tomorrow, Mohamad Naim, the Taliban’s spokesman in Qatar, said by phone today.

Any effort to negotiate a peace “is going to be a difficult process,” Obama said. “They’ve been fighting for a very long time.”

It’s unclear whether the Taliban are seeking a deal with the Afghan government or are trying to run out the clock as the U.S.-led coalition winds down its role with the withdrawal of combat forces by the end of 2014.

The U.S. has called publicly for reconciliation talks with the Taliban since early 2010 and pursued covert contacts with insurgents. The outreach was set back by numerous events, including the assassination of the Afghan government’s chief peace envoy and high-profile attacks on U.S. troops and the American embassy in Afghanistan.

Until now, the Taliban had rejected talks with Karzai’s government, characterizing it as a “puppet” regime.

The U.S. delegation will be led by James Dobbins, special representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan. The U.S. involvement is intended to help facilitate an accord between the Taliban and the Afghan government.

Based upon what the Taliban has been doing, even just recently, in Afghanistan and Pakistan shows that any attempt at negotiating a peace with them is a fool’s errand.

This weekend the Taliban killed ten mountain climbers at their base camp in Pakistan including an American.

From the Washington Post:

Gunmen stormed a camp on Pakistan’s second-largest mountain Sunday, killing nine foreign climbers, including a U.S. citizen, in a brazen assault that could deal a blow to the country’s efforts to jump-start its tourism industry.

The Pakistani Taliban asserted responsibility for the attack, calling it retribution for a suspected U.S. drone strike last month that killed Wali ur-Rehman, the second in command of the terrorist group.

The attack in northern Pakistan at Nanga Parbat, the world’s ninth-tallest mountain, occurred around 1 a.m. as the climbers and their guides were at a camp at about 4,000 feet above sea level. According to local and regional officials, about a dozen gunmen tied up the climbers’ Pakistani guides before shooting the climbers as they slept in tents.

The attackers reportedly wore police uniforms, an increasingly common tactic that Taliban militants have used to evade scrutiny.

In all, 10 people were killed, including five from Ukraine, two from China and one from Russia, according to preliminary information from Pakistani authorities. At least one Pakistani guide also was killed. At least one Chinese tourist survived and was rescued from the area, known as Fairy Meadows, officials said.

Pakistan’s interior minister said a U.S. citizen was killed in the assault.

Last week while the Taliban was opening its peace office in Qatar they were attacking and killing US military service members in Kandahar.

From the UK Telegraph:

A US official said insurgents attacked Bagram Air Base with “indirect fire”, suggesting the soldiers were killed by mortars or rockets.

The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack. “Last night two big rockets were launched at Bagram (air base) which hit the target. Four soldiers are dead and six others are wounded. The rockets caused a major fire,” Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said.

Taliban members in Pakistan last year tried to assassinate a schoolgirl because she spoke out against their barbaric practices and treatment of women.

From the New York Times:

At the age of 11, Malala Yousafzai took on the Taliban by giving voice to her dreams. As turbaned fighters swept through her town in northwestern Pakistan in 2009, the tiny schoolgirl spoke out about her passion for education — she wanted to become a doctor, she said — and became a symbol of defiance against Taliban subjugation.

On Tuesday, masked Taliban gunmen answered Ms. Yousafzai’s courage with bullets, singling out the 14-year-old on a bus filled with terrified schoolchildren, then shooting her in the head and neck. Two other girls were also wounded in the attack. All three survived, but late on Tuesday doctors said that Ms. Yousafzai was in critical condition at a hospital in Peshawar, with a bullet possibly lodged close to her brain.

A Taliban spokesman, Ehsanullah Ehsan, confirmed by phone that Ms. Yousafzai had been the target, calling her crusade for education rights an “obscenity.”

“She has become a symbol of Western culture in the area; she was openly propagating it,” Mr. Ehsan said, adding that if she survived, the militants would certainly try to kill her again. “Let this be a lesson.”

The Taliban’s ability to attack Pakistan’s major cities has waned in the past year. But in rural areas along the Afghan border, the militants have intensified their campaign to silence critics and impose their will.

Thankfully that young girl survived and is once again attending school in a much safer place.

Other women in Pakistan haven’t been as lucky.

War on women: Muslim terrorist bomb girls school bus then attack survivors at hospital

It is a bad, dangerous joke to think that it is possible to have peace with the Taliban and this effort by President Obama and John Kerry to become the Neville Chamberlain of our time should be nipped in the bud right now.

We will only have peace with the Taliban when we and our allies(paging Afghanistan and Pakistan) crush these barbarian terrorist.

No Energy Obama

150566_494580060581653_2076942602_nPresident Obama and his administration from the EPA, to the Interior Department, to the Department of Energy have one goal in mind, kill off domestic energy production.

Team Obama has retroactively revoke a coal mines permit.  Is issuing regulations that will force dozens of coal-fired power plants to shut down.  Following the BP Gulf oil spill they issued a drilling moratorium, which got Interior Secretary Ken Salazar held in contempt by a Louisiana Judge.  The Obama camp continues to deny or block the building of the Keystone XL pipeline.  They have blocked and/or curtailed offshore oil and natural gas production and all but put the kibosh to the oil and gas leasing.  In fact federal lands have become practically untouchable for energy companies trying to make America energy independent.  If it wasn’t for the development of oil shale and hydraulic fracturing on private land US energy production would be way down.

And now Obama’s Bureau of Land Management is restricting even further the ability of energy companies to tap into the potential of oil shale by putting hundreds of thousands of acres in the mountain west off-limits to oil shale development.

From Fox News:

The Bush administration had set aside 1.3 million acres for oil shale and tar sands development  in Colorado, Utah and Wyoming. The new Bureau of Land Management plan cuts that amount by two-thirds, down to 700,000 acres, a decision that has prompted industry outrage.

“What they basically did was make it so that nobody is going to want to spend money going after oil shale on federal government lands,” said Dan Kish, Senior Vice President of Institute for Energy Research.

Oil shale is very different from the oil reserves driving the current energy boom in places like the Bakken shale formation in North Dakota or the Niobrara in Colorado. In those areas hydraulic fracking is being used to break through layers of shale rock to reach huge pockets of oil trapped between and pump it out.

Oil shale refers to shale rock itself, which contains mineralized hydrocarbons. When subject to intense pressure and extremely high temperatures, oil develops. This can be done by mining the rock first or by leaving it in place and doing the pressurized heating process deep underground.

In a statement to Fox News, the BLM says it is not against oil shale and tar sands development, but will restrict the amount of public lands available for leasing until the processes are proven, and proven safe. If shown to be viable in coming years, the agency says more federal lands may be opened up to oil shale and tar sands development.

Kish said the decision will effectively put an end to the development in America of a resource with massive potential because the energy industry will simply go elsewhere.

North Dakota, with its 3% unemployment, Pennsylvania, and Texas are seeing massive economic booms and/or growth because of oil shale and fracking.  An economic estimate has the shale formation in Southern Illinois creating up to 49,000 jobs and $9 billion in economic activity.  Of course the Obama administration, with the worst economic recovery ever(since the Great Depression), can’t have that for the people of Wyoming, Utah, and Colorado now can they.

We have got to spend millions and billions more in taxpayer money on more Solyndra’s.

#WorstPresidentEVER!!!