Memorial Day 2015

May 25, 2015

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This day is set aside to pay tribute to America’s military personnel — and their families — who have made the ultimate sacrifice in service to our country

Following a tradition of gratitude, five thousand Los Angeles area residents —- including Boy Scout and Girl Scout troops —- made their annual visit to the Los Angeles National Cemetery. They were there to pay their respects to military members by placing flags on each of the graves. As each flag was affixed, the soldier whose name was read aloud received a salute.

The annual flag placement day tradition is followed each Memorial Day weekend to honor those who have lost their lives serving in the U.S. military.  The first interment dates to 1889. 

Watch this inspirational news video* to hear what the special tradition means to these young people who are fortunate to have been taught about the sacrifices others have made to ensure their many freedoms.

We invite you to listen to this moving rendition of “Taps” played by the U.S. Marine Band.

The United States Department of Veterans Affairs has a fact-filled site with a treasure trove of historic information regarding the observance of Memorial Day.

Arizona’s ABC 15 lists free offers and special discounts for veterans and active military.

 * Courtesy Los Angeles ABC 7 News


Obama picks wrong threat to global security

May 22, 2015

With huge swaths of the Middle East in turmoil as Islamic fundamentalist Jihadists recruit, kidnap and rape young women and children, behead Christians and slaughter Jews, Barack Obama addressed the Coast Guard Academy graduating class of 2015 to talk about….the grave threat posed by global warming…er…climate change.

He says, “So, going forward, I’ve committed to doubling the pace at which we cut carbon pollution.”

What happened to onetime Al-Qaeda-offshoot, ISIS?

Last year Barack Obama referred to ISIS as “jayvee,” as in “junior varsity.”

That group he so breezily dismissed as ”jayvee” now “controls a volume of resources and territory unmatched in the history of extremist organizations, ”makes $3 million per day selling oil on the black market, battles for control of Iraq’s largest dam and the power supply for the city of Mosul, is spreading into Lebanon, threatening to starve or slaughter “at least 40,000 members of the Yazidi sect,” organizes protests in the Netherlands and is stepping up its recruitment of Westerners, according to Defense in Depth. These facts from July 2014, have exacerbated. Since then the world has witnessed even more atrocities in the name of Allah committed by radicals with ties to ISIS, including mass beheadings of hundreds at a time for the “crime” of being Christian. 

As cities fall to its control, public executions, amputations as punishment for petty crimes along with imposition of harsh Sharia law keep the terrified populace in check.

But as Obama delivered the commencement address (video) at the U. S. Coast Guard Academy Wednesday he warned graduates climate change is one of the largest threats the military academy graduates will have to face.

In his speech, Obama said denying climate change or refusing to deal with it is negligence and “dereliction of duty,” adding, “denying it or refusing to deal with it endangers our national security.”

“Climate change is one of those most severe threats. This is not just a problem for countries on the coasts or for certain regions of the world. Climate change will impact every country on the planet. No nation is immune. So I am here today to say that climate change constitutes a serious threat to global security, an immediate risk to our national security. And make no mistake, it will impact how our military defends our country. So we need to act and we need to act now,” he warned.


Winning issues for 2016 GOP WH candidates?

March 24, 2015

Texas Sen. Ted Cruz dove into the 2016 Republican presidential pond (video) —- without a teleprompter —-  Monday, telling his audience, “It is a time for truth, it is a time for liberty, it is a time to reclaim the Constitution of the United States.”

That’s a winning message right out of the chute.

Not to be eclipsed, others will follow in short order. Campaign fundraising on this level is not for the faint-of-heart and Jeb Bush’s exploratory campaign is already raking in the big bucks from establishment types based on his squishy bipartisan views such as “overhauling immigration” and “income inequality.”  Bush, whose wife is Mexican-born, regards illegal immigration as “an act of love.”

Cruz is the conservative contender at this point, though the field will widen. The MSM is already hard at work marginalizing him as integral to the “tea party” it abhors and even questioning his credentials to run since he was born in Canada to an American mother.

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, Neurosurgeon Ben Carson, Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, Texas Gov. Rick Perry, Ohio Gov. John Kasich, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee are likely the top-tier contenders giving serious consideration to seeking the GOP nomination.

But none of them can get to the White House without us —- the Republican base. What are the defining issues that your support hinges on? Here are some —- you may think of others:  Economic growth, educational choices, dealing with burgeoning global terror, military readiness, actually securing our porous border, reducing the national debt, instituting a balanced budget, energy independence, healthcare that values patients and doctor interactions, minus federal intrusion?

 Who are you leaning toward and why?  


Netanyahu’s speech scores big in showdown over Iran

March 3, 2015

Barack Obama has his own reasons for continuing to contemptuously disregard Israel’s concerns regarding a nuclear Iran —- which presents a global threat that should concern us all. The rift between President Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has reached epic proportions leading up to Netanyahu’s address to Congress this morning.

On Monday, Netanyahu downplayed their increasingly strained relationship, but said he has a “moral obligation” to speak out against a deal with Iran that potentially threatens Israel’s existence.

Much to Obama’s consternation the Prime Minister was invited to address the joint session by House Speaker John Boehner. Dozens of Democrats including Arizona’s CD 3 U.S. Rep. Raul Grijalva are boycotting the speech. Although no members of the Obama administration attended the event, Netanyahu was interrupted by applause 41 times.

Further sticking his finger in the Prime Minister’s eye, Obama announced he had scheduled a conference call on the crisis in Ukraine to coincide with the timing of the speech.

Still gracious while underscoring Israel’s right to defend itself, Netanyahu said, “My speech is not intended to show any disrespect to President Obama or the esteemed office that he holds. I have great respect for both. But while American leaders worry about the security of their country, Israeli leaders worry about the survival of their country.”

Netanyahu charged that Iran’s “goons in Gaza, its lackeys in Lebanon and the Revolutionary Guard in the Golan Heights” act as its proxies. Iran’s ‘global terror network’ poses a threat with ‘tentacles of terror region throughout the region.”

GOP Sen. Richard Burr (R-N.C.) summed up the speech using these words, “Today, Prime Minister Netanyahu asked for America’s unwavering support for Israel, our friend and ally in a tumultuous region,” adding, “It’s unfortunate the Prime Minister even had to ask.”  Burr is the son of a Methodist minister.

Fifty Democrats  —- 42 House and 7 Senate members joined by VP Joe Biden, shamefully boycotted Netanyahu’s address. Many will remember Democrats at their own 2012 national Convention booing the addition of God and Jeering the mention of Jerusalem in their party platform. It’s in their genes.

This ad sponsored by the Republican Jewish Coalition aired in advanced of today’s speech.

Watch Netanyahu’s impassioned speech here.


WH terror warning: focus on “right wing” threat — again

February 22, 2015

Obama’s former DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano issued similar report in 2009

A new administration report on security threats surfaced this past week as Barack Obama was wrapping up his three-day summit on extremism during which the words “Islamic extremists, jihadists or radical fundamental Islamic terrorists” were never uttered. Invited guests at the conference included Pro-jihad, anti-Israel Islamic clerics according to this well researched article in One News Now.

The deflecting report issued by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) instead redirects urgency toward domestic terrorist movements —- “right wingers”  —- said to be engaged in a sovereign citizen extremist movement.

 CNN which reviewed the intelligent assessment that was not made public, reports “federal and local law enforcement groups view the domestic terror threat from sovereign citizen groups as equal to — and in some cases greater than — the threat from foreign Islamic terror groups, such as ISIS, that garner more public attention.”

Apparently missed were the grisly reports last week that fundamental Islamic terrorists escalated their ongoing bloody carnage by burning alive 40 caged Iraqis. Earlier the civilized world was horrified to see photos of the beheadings of 21 Egyptian Christians by these same ISIS fanatics. The insulting report targeting Americans comes as ISIS madness continues to spiral in unimagined ways.

In April 2009, Janet Napolitano, then Obama’s Secretary of Homeland Security, released this report on homegrown terrorists, singling out our own returning war vets, comparing them to Oklahoma City bomber Timothy McVeigh.

Is it any wonder former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani questioned Obama’s love of America?

“We are not at war with Islam,” Obama declared, setting the tone for the conference. “We are at war with people who have perverted Islam.” Sounding a lot like Obama equating Islamic terrorist to evil done in the name of Christ (video) at the recent Prayer Breakfast, Vice President Joe Biden used his appearance at the summit to compare the virulent rise in Islamic terror attacks to right-wing extremists and militias who commit violence “in the name of the Bible.”


Obama terrorism disconnect shown in press conference, poll

January 30, 2015

Nearly 50% say Obama downplays threat from Islamic terrorists

White House Deputy Press Secretary Eric Schultz embarrassingly attempted to respond to a simple question posed by ABC News reporter Jonathan Karl during a White House press conference Wednesday. When Schultz described the Taliban as just an “armed insurgency,” and not a “terrorist organization” like ISIS, an astonished Karl asked,  “You don’t think the Taliban’s a terrorist group?”

In an exchange between the two on a possible Jordanian prisoner swap with ISIS forces, Karl asked Schultz how that government’s actions differ from the United States’ 2014 release of Gitmo prisoners with the Taliban in exchange for Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl.

WH spokesman Schultz struggled to answer, obviously trying to recall administration talking points on the subject: “I don’t think that the Taliban, um… uh…the Taliban is an armed insurgency, this was the winding down of the war in Afghanistan and that’s why this arrangement was dealt.”

 This latest Fox News poll points to an overwhelming 84 percent of American voters surveyed who think it is at least somewhat likely Islamic terrorists will try to launch an attack on U.S. soil soon. That includes half —- 50 percent —- who say “very” likely. A scant 15 percent of voters think the country is safer since Obama became president.

The poll asks voters why they think Obama doesn’t use terms like radical Islam or Islamic terrorism. While 14 percent say it’s because he doesn’t think the terrorist threat is directly connected to Islam, most (70 percent) think there is another reason. The poll did not ask what the other reasons might be. 


Pelosi’s provocative app’t to House Intelligence

January 18, 2015

Although Democrats are defending House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi’s oddly timed appointment of U.S. Rep. Andre Carson (D-IN) to the House’s Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence (HPSCI), others have expressed concerns about naming the congressman with ties to the Muslim Brotherhood to this committee charged with oversight of the United States Intelligence Community —- including intelligence related activities of 17 elements of the US Government, and the Military Intelligence Program.

HPSCI’s subcommittees deal with Technical and Tactical Intelligence, Terrorism. Human Intelligence, Analysis, and Counterintelligence—- including the Muslim Brotherhood.

This 6-page opening statement going back to April 13, 2011, illustrates the concerns even at that time. Now retired U.S. Rep. Sue Myrick (R-NC) said, “We have heard the full spectrum of views on, and approaches to interaction with, the Brotherhood from various government officials. This inconsistency makes me feel like our government is playing checkers while the Muslim Brotherhood is playing chess.”

Robert Spencer, writing for FrontPage Mag provides important background on Rep. Andre Carson’s appointment. Take time to read his well researched report.

Carson, raised as a Baptist and educated in a Catholic school, converted to Islam as an adult. He has attracted attention for his public statements, including when he was guest speaker at the 2012 Islamic Circle of North America/Muslim American Society convention where he said American schools should be modeled on madrassas —- Islamic schools noted for their penchant to promote repressive, anti-Westernized culture and hatred toward Christians and Jews —- “where the foundation is the Qur’an.”  Both sponsoring groups have ties to the Muslim Brotherhood.

Moments later, according to this report in the UK’s Daily Mail, Carson, a former police officer, warned undercover law enforcement he suspected of being at the event looking for “secret meetings” that “Allah will not allow you to stop us.”

He has a history of making wild and unsubstantiated statements. On August 28, 2011, Carson referred to the Tea Party movement using these words: “This is the effort that we’re seeing of Jim Crow. Some of these folks in Congress right now would love to see us as second-class citizens. Some of them in Congress right now of this Tea Party movement would love to see you and me… hanging on a tree.” Despite calls to resign, Carson said, “I stand on the truth of what I spoke.”

Good going, Ms. Pelosi.

 


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