Obama Declares War On ‘Extremism’ – Are You An ‘Extremist’ According To His Definition?

Posted on January 30th, 2015
Prison Camp

By Michael Snyder

Do you know what an “extremist” is?  In the wake of the horrible terror attacks on the offices of Charlie Hebdo in France, Barack Obama is speaking very boldly about the need to win the war against “extremists”, and he has announced plans to host a major global summit on “extremism” next month.  And on the surface that sounds great.  But precisely how are we supposed to determine whether someone is an “extremist” Read More »

White House: Obama Will Fight Media to Stop Anti-Jihad Articles

Posted on January 30th, 2015
RedArrowWAIMHlarger

By Robert Spencer

More self-censorship and voluntary acceptance of Sharia blasphemy laws. The President of the United States is now (again) signaling that terrorism works: he is saying he will act to curtail Americans’ freedom of expression because Muslims are committing mass murder in response of the freedom of expression. He could have said that he would defend those who say things that jihadis dislike from violent attacks, but no. He was as consistent as ever. Read More »

Guantanamo Is Ours. Here’s Why We Should Keep It.

Posted on January 30th, 2015
Gitmo Stimson

By Cully Stimson

Cuban leader Raul Castro told delegates to the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States summit this Wednesday that normal bilateral relations between the United States and Cuba “will not be possible…” until the United States gives back “the territory illegally occupied by the Guantanamo naval base.”

The Obama administration appears to be holding firm on the issue of Guantanamo, for the time being—as it should.

The history of the base, the treaties associated Read More »

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Posted on January 30th, 2015

Say It Isn’t So: One of the Taliban Released for Bergdahl Goes Right Back to the Battlefield – White House Dossier  …   “One of the five Taliban released in exchange for Sgt. Bow Bergdahl appears to have returned to militant activity, according to CNN. Oh well, so much for iron-clad deals the Obama White House makes with repressive Middle Eastern regimes.”

“The Bergdahl release was, in my view, a real twofer for President Obama. Not only did he get Bergdahl back, but he took advantage of a great opportunity to move toward emptying Guantanamo Bay by getting rid of five bad guys all at once. What he actually did was undermine U.S. security in exchange for a deserter.”

COMMENT: Don’t forget that Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and his staff had expressed significant doubts about this release, even though Secretary Hagel eventually agreed with his Commander-in-Mischief.

Obama Adviser Podesta Caught Green-Handed In Major Ethics Violation – Daily Caller  …  “In 2013, John Podesta was paid $87,000 by a shadowy foreign billionaire whose passion is preventing energy exploration on American land. Just two years later, Podesta is a member of President Obama’s inner circle, and the driving force inside the White House to block 12 million acres of land in Alaska’s Artic National Wildlife Refuge from oil drilling. The circumstances suggest Podesta may have run afoul of Obama’s highly-touted ethics pledge, which requires political appointees to disqualify themselves in matters relating to the interests of a former employer or client.”

“A public ethics controversy for the White House Counselor involving the second wealthiest man in Switzerland could be awkward for Podesta as he prepares to kick off Hillary’s campaign. The ethical questions could also force into the open the relationship between Podesta and Wyss — including why a left-wing foreigner is wielding influence over how Americans use their land. But it may be Wyss’s decision to personally hire the White House Counselor in 2013 as a ‘consultant,’ and paying him $87,000 that could cause Podesta the most trouble.”

“A number of federal ethics rules, including President Obama’s ‘ethics pledge,’ signed into law by the president on his first day in office, preclude political appointees from engaging in issues of interest to a former employer. The period of disqualification applies to all work done within two years before entering the federal government. ‘So he was just doing the bidding of a Swiss billionaire and he’s in the White House to do it,’ Mitchell told TheDC. That’s pretty clear. If he didn’t recuse himself then that’s what he’s done.'”

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Posted on January 30th, 2015

Obama Budget Seeks to Bust Limits on Domestic, Defense Spending – Newsmax  …   “Obama’s budget proposal to Congress will ‘fully reverse’ the so-called sequestration cuts on the domestic side, while boosting national security programs by an equal amount, the White House said, as Obama prepared to meet with House Democrats at their annual retreat in Philadelphia. The budget will be ‘fully paid for with cuts to inefficient spending programs and closing tax loopholes,’ but taxpayers will have to wait until the budget is formally released Monday to find out exactly how.”

“‘This is not a surprise,’ said Don Stewart, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s deputy chief of staff. ‘Previous budgets submitted by the president have purported to reverse the bipartisan spending limits through tax increases that the Congress — even under Democrats — could never accept.’ ‘The budget will frame Obama’s opening offer as Democrats and Republicans head toward an inevitable clash. It’s an agenda that Obama started selling in the run-up to his State of the Union address this month …'”

Awakening to the Damage Done by Teachers’ Unions – Washington Examiner  …   “When conservatives think of education reform, they tend to regard it as their own fight. They bring up the charter and voucher programs promoted by Republicans such as Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal. But Democrats also want their children to get a good education, and as a result something new and bipartisan is happening in the world of education policy. There appears to be a great awakening across the ideological spectrum to the fact that primary and secondary education is failing badly and that the entrenched enemies of reform — the teachers’ unions — are much too powerful.”

The unions are a key impediment to much-needed education reforms. Everyone knows it and now more people are willing to say it out loud. For all of his faults, one pleasant surprise of President Obama’s administration has been his display of independence from the teachers’ unions that oppose anything that might create standards, competition, or accountability for the often deplorable quality of their members’ work…. An understanding that schools needs to be prized from the sclerotic grip of the teachers’ unions is an admirable departure from the reflexive defense of the status quo (with pleas for more money) that have long passed for education policy in the Democratic Party.”

Safe Haven 101: For Investors Concerned About the Future

Posted on January 29th, 2015
Concerned Investors

By Ron Holland

Dictionaries broadly define a safe haven as a place of refuge or sanctuary. I’m using the term to describe a hoped for place of security if a future catastrophe should take place. Possibilities include a major natural disaster, the coming end of the forced petrodollar scam, an unexpected major new war or civil disruption as the United States makes the always difficult transformation from leading world empire to a has-been nation heading downward Read More »

The Blizzard That Wasn’t. Not a Lesson You Want to Forget Anytime Soon.

Posted on January 29th, 2015
Climate Change Predictions Cartoon

By Alan Caruba

There was no climate change where I live in a suburb of Newark, N.J. if by “climate change” you meant a dramatic blizzard with high winds and several feet of snow. It’s winter and you get the occasional, rare blizzard every few years, but more often you get snowstorms. That’s not “change” by any definition.

Listening to WABC radio follow events with callers from around the Tri-State area calling in with far more accurate Read More »

The Fun Is Just Starting in Greece

Posted on January 29th, 2015
The New Greek Crisis by Marian Kemensky, Slovakia from www.caglecartoons.com # 158214

By Silvio Canto, Jr.

We learned on Sunday night about the big election in Greece:

Greek voters handed power to a radical leftist party in national elections on Sunday, a popular rebellion against the bitter economic medicine Greece has swallowed for five years and a rebuke of the fellow European countries that prescribed it.

With nearly all votes counted, opposition party Syriza was on track to win about half the seats in Parliament. In the wee hours of Read More »

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Posted on January 29th, 2015

Critics Cry Foul as Castro Demands Gitmo’s Return Plus Damages – Washington Examiner  …   “Opponents of President Obama’s steps to normalize relations with Cuba seized on news that Cuban President Raul Castro is demanding the return of the U.S. naval base at Guantanamo Bay as more evidence that it was a bad deal from the start. Cuban-American Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, R-Fla., a staunch opponent of Obama’s new détente with the Cuban government, accused Fidel and Raul Castro of pushing the deal as far as they could without offering human-rights concessions or reparations for property the Cuban government has seized over the years.”

“The Associated Press reported late Wednesday afternoon that the Cuban president demanded that the U.S. return the base at Guantanamo, lift the half-century trade embargo and compensate the island country for damages as a pre-condition to moving forward with re-establishing diplomatic relations. ‘The Castro brothers, once again, have made their intent toward the United States clear: They plan to use the Iranian playbook in an attempt to extort concessions from the Obama administration in exchange for nothing,’ she said Wednesday evening.”

COMMENT: You could just see this demand coming, and so could any reasonable non-community agitator, if he weren’t so blinded by his destructive missions and thirst for any lasting legacy, no matter the cost.

Jindal Warns of Islamic ‘Colonization,’ ‘Invasion’ of U.S. – Breitbart  …   “‘[O]ne of the great (things) about America is it doesn’t matter if you’ve been here five minutes or a hundred years, we have folks that come here, want to be Americans,’ Jindal said. ‘They join our military, they start companies, they work to create a better community. And that’s wonderful. What’s not acceptable is people that want to come and conquer us. That’s not immigration, by the way, that’s colonization.'”

If someone wants to come here and change our fundamental culture and our values. If they want to come here and they want to set up their own culture and values that’s not immigration, that’s really invasion — if you’re honest about it. Of course, the politically correct crowd when you say things like they’ll call you racist — but this is a particular threat we face.

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Posted on January 29th, 2015

Muslim Brotherhood-Aligned Leaders Hosted at State Department – Washington Free Beacon  …   “Brotherhood seeks to rally anti-Sisi support. The State Department hosted a delegation of Muslim Brotherhood-aligned leaders this week for a meeting about their ongoing efforts to oppose the current government of President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi of Egypt,. Another member of the delegation, Maha Azzam, confirmed … that the delegation had ‘fruitful’ talks with the State Department.”

“‘The State Department continues to speak with Muslim Brothers on the assumption that Egyptian politics are unpredictable, and the Brotherhood still has some support in Egypt,’ he said. ‘But when pro-Brotherhood delegations then post photos of themselves making pro-Brotherhood gestures in front of the State Department logo, it creates an embarrassment for the State Department.This is a direct insult to our Egyptian allies, who are in an existential struggle against the Muslim Brotherhood, all in the pursuit of the mythical ‘moderate Islamists’ who the D.C. foreign policy elite still believe will bring democracy to the Middle East,’ Poole said.”

COMMENT: Don’t forget that the one of the Muslim Brotherhood’s stated missions is to ‘”destroy Western civilization from within”. It seems like they and other radicals might have some inside help on their mission!

Americans Hate the Federal Government Now More than Ever – MarketWatch  …   “If you have to deal with the federal government — be it the seemingly innocuous Social Security Administration or the eternally-despised Treasury Department, home to the IRS — prepare to be even more annoyed than in the past. ‘Overall, the services of the federal government continue to deliver a level of customer satisfaction below the private sector,’ the report — in which ACSI interviewed 1,772 randomly selected people — concludes. When asked what they specifically didn’t like about the government, some Americans cited issues with the staff and customer service.”

“While no department within the federal government scores above the national average, some departments are more hated that otherswith the Treasury getting the gold star as the most-hated. VanAmburg notes that this isn’t surprising, as its public face is often the IRS, which we don’t have to tell you, isn’t very popular. That’s followed closely by the Veterans Affairs department and the Health and Human Services…”

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