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.

 


Good news for Kyrsten Sinema! Her Green Party is back

December 26, 2014

The Arizona Green Party (AZGP) announces it’s back on the ballot for the 2016 and 2018 elections, regaining status after a two-year decertification hiatus due to too few registered Greenies and not enough of their claimed 5600 statewide members voting for the party’s candidate in the last presidential election. According to its website the far leftist group, founded in 1990, has achieved ballot status five times —- in 1992, 2000, 2008, 2010 and 2012. 

U.S. Rep. Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ CD 9) made her first foray onto the political scene in 2002, when she ran for the state House of Representatives in LD 15 as an “independent” candidate linked to the Green Party. She came in dead last —-grabbing only 8 percent of the vote —- in a field of five candidates vying for two seats.

By 2004 Sinema, a radical leftist with communist ties, had wised up and ran as a Democrat in the same district. She swept into office with the highest vote margin. As a newly burnished Dem, she was subsequently re-elected three times. Unlike conservative Republicans who determinedly expect candidate commitment to constitutional values, Democrats are willing to give their votes to anyone sporting a “D’ after their name.

As a 2012 candidate for congress in the newly created CD 9 Kyrsten Sinema faced no incumbent, veered right and magically characterized herself as a moderate. She stopped bashing our military and using vulgarities to describe stay-at-home moms, while vigorously courting registered Independents and unaffiliated voters —- groups that outnumber the two major parties in that district. Her radical fans were unfazed by her transformation. The liberal Arizona Republic endorsed her, despite (or perhaps due to) her yearly “Cinco de Mayo greeting” in the Communist People’s Weekly World.

Although Sinema made a point of declaring herself as the first openly bisexual member of the U.S. Congress and refused to be sworn into office with a bible, the only member to officially describe her religious affiliation as “none,” those brazen career killing moves were overlooked by the voters as quirky eccentricities.

Facing reelection, she transformed herself yet again in Nov. 2013, breaking ranks with the majority of Dems as she tried to separate herself from the Obamacare debacle by voting with the GOP on H R 3350 (roll call vote) Keep Your Health Plan Act of 2013.

The good news is that Sinema can finally be an honest broker. With the Green Party recertified and ready for the ballot, her political contortions can come to an end and she can replace that “D” with a “G.”

 Go for it, Kyrsten!


Like a moth to the flame…McCain drawn to warmth of publicity.

December 9, 2014

John McCain took to the Senate floor today, granted time by Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), the chair of the Senate Intelligence Committee, and grateful for the publicity, “crossed party lines,” giving legitimacy to the Dems’ brazen political play.

How times and the players have changed. Last year, even former Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta, a Democrat, credited enhanced interrogation techniques —- including waterboarding of top Al Qaeda operatives in the wake of 9/11, as ultimately leading to the whereabouts and killing of the terrorist mastermind Osama Bin Laden, saving American lives.

One question Sen. McCain never addressed in his senate diatribe: Which is worse…water boarding or beheading?

 


Dec. 7, 1941: “A date which will live in infamy”

December 7, 2014
USS Arizona after Japanese attack

USS Arizona after Japanese attack

73rd Anniversary of Pearl Harbor Attack

Today the National Park Service and the U.S. Navy jointly host a memorial ceremony at the Pearl Harbor Visitor Center at the World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument.

At 7:55 a.m., the exact time on the Sunday morning in 1941 when hundreds of Japanese planes began raining bombs and torpedoes onto Oahu’s U.S. military ships and planes, an estimated 2,500 distinguished guests and general public are expected to join current and former military personnel, including Pearl Harbor survivors and WWII veterans, for the 73rd anniversary observance of the 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor.

A live-stream broadcast will begin at 9:30 am (AZ time). Online registration is required. User registration link here.

More than 2,400 Americans were killed and nearly 1,180 injured when stealth Japanese fighters bombed and sank 12 naval vessels and heavily damaged nine others. More than 300 aircraft were lost in the attack. There are few survivors left, with most in their 90’s. The Pearl Harbor Survivors Association disbanded December 2011.

The USS Arizona still lies beneath the harbor with its dead entombed. The ship sank in less than nine minutes after a 1,760-pound armor-piercing bomb penetrated its decks and exploded in the ship’s forward ammunition magazine. 1,177 sailors and marines onboard were killed; 337 crew members survived.

Other major installations on Oahu, such as Wheeler Field and Kaneohe Naval Air Station, also were attacked. LIFE’s photos of the attack can be seen under link.. The Pearl Harbor Visitor’s Center features galleries, interactive exhibits, two movie theaters, an amphitheater and an education center.

For more history, visit the U.S. Department of the Interior National Park Service site here and the Naval History and Heritage site here.

USS Arizona Commander Daniel J. Condon was among the survivors of the attack. A medical doctor, he later served as the Medical Examiner for Maricopa County. His sword & belt were salvaged from the ship. His sword is on display at the Arizona State Capital, and his sword belt is displayed at the University of Arizona Museum. Dr. Condon died in 1992.

View President Franklin Roosevelt’s famous “A date which will live in infamy” speech (Original Draft: page 1page 2 and page 3) and declaration of war following that unprovoked attack.


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