12/10/12

Forum: Whom Would Your Choice Be For Person Of The Year?

The Watcher’s Council

Every week on Monday morning, the Council and invited guests weigh in at the Watcher’s Forum, short takes on a major issue of the day. This week’s question: Whom would your choice be for Person of the Year?

The Independent Sentinel: This is an easy one for me. Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani girl who was shot in the head by the Taliban for going to school has my vote. She has been speaking up for her rights since she was 11, knowing she was risking death. She is my hero.

The Noisy Room: My choice for person of the year would be Col. Allen B. West. He is a man that has not only shown the strength of his convictions in battle, he has shown leadership and responsibility for those under his command in the past and in the present. Now, back at home, Allen West shows the same depth of courage and the will to lead on the political battlefield in the name of conservatism and the Constitution.

This is a man who is unafraid to call a Marxist a Marxist. A man who, regardless of the fallout, is willing to call out radical Islam, corrupt politicians and those who lie for political gain. West is a man’s man… While the progressives have at every turn besmirched and belittled him, this man has stood his principled ground and never backed down. When he was defeated this last election, he fought voter fraud to the end and went as far as he deemed prudent.

If a man can be judged by his word and his actions, Allen West would be a giant among men in my opinion. I have not agreed with everything he has signed off on, but overall Allen West has stayed true to the principles of our founding fathers. He has bravely stood against the Keynesian spending run amok in our government. He has supported our bravest in the military and he has vociferously stood against terrorists. He is a warrior against radical Islam and unafraid of their threats and thuggishness. He is a friend to Israel and a Christian who is at peace with himself and G-d.

His crowning glory though, in my viewpoint, is the stance he took against progressives – including those in the Congressional Progressive Caucus. He went fearlessly where few other politicians have dared to go… Into the Marxist den. There is indeed a very thin line between progressivism and communism. West has the intestinal fortitude to call out the enemies within and do battle with them. One day, he will most likely be president of the United States. For now, he is my person of the year.

The Colossus of Rhodey: My choice, as I noted briefly on Colossus a week or so ago, would be Barack Obama. Who would have thought that this man-child of a candidate could have been re-elected given the economic conditions that he faced? That he did shows 1) what a sub-par candidate Mitt Romney was, 2) how our political culture and demographics have changed, and 3) how skillful the president (and his team) are politically.

JoshuaPundit: Interesting…

Being an optimist, I tend towards the positive and there was a lot of negative this year, wasn’t there? I couldn’t really make up my mind between a couple of folks… Sgt. Dakota Meyer, whose story I heard about from a friend or the courageous Canadian PM Stephen Harper, who along with Benyamin Netanyahu is apparently the leader of the free world now.

Both men show that there’s hope for the future. Take your pick.

Bookworm Room: If we’re talking about a person who was a force for good, no one springs to mind. If we’re talking about a person who had an outsized impact on the year, I’d have to say Barack Obama.

It is impressive that, despite a terrible economy and an increasingly unstable world, due in significant measure to his foreign policy approach, Obama was able to preside over the nastiest, most dishonest campaign in history, using a complicit media, violent unions and good technology, to retake the presidency. Obama is neither a good man nor a good president, but he dominated 2012.

David Gerstman, AKA Soccer Dad: Mohammed Morsi

Mohammed Morsi is person of the year, not just on the strength of who he is but what he represents.

Morsi, is the Muslim Brotherhood affiliated President of Egypt. In recent weeks, he has consolidated his hold on power (and by extension the power of his party). Only recently have the true liberal forces in Egypt started to push back. The latest I’ve seen is that Morsi’s backed off of a threat to implement martial law. But whether that is a victory for Egyptian liberals or simply a tactical retreat remains to be seen.

But what Morsi represents may be even more important in that he is likely to be another despot leading the most powerful Arab state. He represents a failure of the West’s political and academic elites to recognize the danger that the Muslim Brotherhood represents.

To anyone paying attention to the Muslim Brotherhood, the organization has been hostile to the West, not moderate. Specifically, there was no evidence that Morsi was moderate. It should have been little surprise that the day after the elites of American foreign policy and journalism praised Morsi for facilitating a ceasefire between Israel and Hamas, he continued his power grab.

The blindness that affects the West’s view of Islamists persists and Morsi if the most recent symbol of that failing.

Weekend Monkey: No question… my pal Elizabeth Warren.

Has there ever been a more courageous saga in politics, I mean, next to my own presidential campaign?

When I first met her, she was a gutsy class warrior, minority Native American college professor, battling the entrenched prejudice and right wing noise at Harvard and trolling the internet for kindred souls.

From there, she rises to being an underdog Democrat senatorial candidate running against a vicious Tea Party ReThug who will stop at nothing to knock her out of the race, even using a few innocent gaffes to try and trash her claim to privileged minority status. She’s downhearted. But she comes back, after her trusted adviser (namely me) on the eve of her speech at the Democrat convention tells her to be who she is…

There’s the scene, with her at the dais, opening for Bill Clinton and absolutely stealing the show, fists in the air, yelling: “If it’s socialism because I care, then call me a socialist, damn it!” The crowd goes wild, baying like baboons in heat.

And then the votes are counted, tick tock… and the puppetheads at MSNBC finally announce “Elizabeth Warren is the new senator from the State of Massachusetts!”

Scott Warren drives his pick up truck into the Charles, a symbol that the old prop’s days are over and so is the Tea Party.

Pan to a shot of her addressing her cheering supporters at her victory speech, waving a tomahawk in the air and yelling: “The kulaks must pay!” And “The East is Red!”

Fade out. Credits.

Is this a modern take on “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington” or what? I got the script written already thanks to a little chemical assistance, now all I gotta do is get the Hollywood suits to bite. I’m thinking James Wood at his creepiest for Scott Brown, Joe Pesci for his mobbed up campaign manager and either Angela Jolie or maybe even Nicole Kidman (more mature look) for Liz. Maybe even Zollwegger.

Meanwhile, with my new DC gig as Senator Warren’s Special Adviser, I’m picking out my office and the decor I want and you’re paying for it, losers! Hee hee hee!

The Razor: That’s an interesting question. I’d say it’s a tie between Bashir al-Assad on the foreign policy front and George “judenrat” Soros on the domestic.

The rebellion in Syria has turned that nation into a mini-World War 1, drawing in all its neighbors as well as the EU, China, Russia and the United States. It has become the battleground between the Arab world and Iran, jihadis on a mission from g-d, an opportunity for Turkish expansion and a return to the glory days of the Ottoman empire, a possible opening for a Kurdish state, and a deterioration of relations between the EU and the USA on one side and China and Russia on the other. Fate has elevated this one petty tyrant to a decisive role to shape the Middle East for the coming decades. What’s ironic is al-Assad will likely not survive the outcome of the decisions he made during his 12 year regime and won’t see the aftermath.

Soros is the man behind the progressive movement in the United States. The billionaire has bankrolled liberal candidates and causes culminating in the reelection of Barack Obama and the election of numerous progressive candidates including Elizabeth Warren and Patrick Murphy, who defeated Allen West in the closely contested 18th congressional district of Florida. He funds Human Right Watch, ThinkProgress and MoveOn.org as well as several other political action committees dedicated to spreading a repackaged blend of socialism and crony capitalism in the United States. His success in the 2012 elections makes him my person of the year at least in terms of the US.

GrEaT sAtAn”S gIrLfRiEnD: Malala Yousafzai.

She’s a school student and education activist from the town of Mingora in the Swat District of Pakistan’s Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province. She is known for her education and women’s rights activism in the Swat Valley, where the Taliban had at times banned girls from attending school. In early 2009, at the age of 11/12, Malala wrote a blog under a pseudonym for the BBC detailing her life under Taliban rule, their attempts to take control of the valley, and her views on promoting education for girls. The following summer, a New York Times documentary was filmed about her life as the Pakistani military intervened in the region, culminating in the Second Battle of Swat. Malala began to rise in prominence, giving interviews in print and on television and taking a position as chairperson of the District Child Assembly Swat. She has since been nominated for the International Children’s Peace Prize by Desmond Tutu and has won Pakistan’s first National Youth Peace Prize. A number of prominent individuals, including the Canadian Minister of Citizenship, are supporting a petition to nominate Malala for the Nobel Peace Prize.

On 9 October 2012, Malala was shot in the head and neck in an assassination attempt by Taliban gunmen while returning home on a school bus. In the days immediately following the attack, she remained unconscious and in critical condition, but later her condition improved enough for her to be sent to a hospital in the United Kingdom for intensive rehabilitation. On 12 October, a group of 50 Islamic clerics in Pakistan issued a fatwā against those who tried to kill her, but the Taliban reiterated its intent to kill Malala and her father, Ziauddin.

Former British Prime Minister and current UN Special Envoy for Global Education Gordon Brown launched a United Nations petition in Malala’s name, using the slogan “I am Malala” and demanding that all children worldwide be in school by the end of 2015. Brown said he would hand the petition to Pakistan’s President Asif Ali Zardari in November. UN secretary general Ban Ki-Moon has announced that November 10 will be celebrated as Malala Day.

Well, there you have it.

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12/10/12

Arab Spring Update, December 2012

By: Against All Enemies
Gulag Bound

Muslim Brotherhood emblem

Saudi Arabia. This nation is conspicuous in its silence–reading the news you would think that Saudi Arabia did not even exist! I think there is a lot more going on behind the scenes when it comes to Saudi Arabia. It is probably using its oil power, which is tied to the dollar, to influence the United States to do their bidding in the Middle East, such as supporting the rise of the Sunni Caliphate through the Muslim Brotherhood, and standing against Saudi enemies in the Gulf. There is a lot more going on here…stay tuned.

Syria. Continuously drawing closer to NATO intervention. Opposition forces have supposedly consolidated (Syrian National Coalition for Opposition and Revolutionary Forces), established their headquarters in Egypt, and been recognized by other nations as the legitimate representation of the nation of Syria (source). A Pentagon study concluded that it will take 75,000 American troops to secure Syria’s chemical weapons stockpile (source). It seems like any use, or threat of use, of chemical weapons may be a trigger for NATO to attack (source). I have said this before and say it again: we need to stay completely away from Syria, whether they use chemical weapons or not. There is also the possibility of a false flag event that is used to trigger NATO involvement. We seem hell-bent on deposing Assad, no matter how it gets done.

Turkey. Asking for American Patriot missile systems to defend against a Syrian air threat (why?). Russia strongly objects (source). Dealing with the Kurdish separatist issue manifested in the PKK.

Egypt. The new Muslim Brotherhood president Mohammed Morsi unilaterally gave himself more (“temporary”) powers in true dictator-like fashion (source). Protests in Cairo against Morsi’s power grab (source). The group in charge of writing the Egyptian constitution seeks its quick approval. Morsi helped broker cease-fire between the Israelis and Hamas in Gaza, giving him credibility and probably attempting to transition Gaza from being backed by Iran to being backed by the Sunni Caliphate.

Palestine.” Launched rocket attacks on Israel, reached a cease-fire with the help of Egypt, and then went promptly to the United Nations to seek nationhood, receiving non-member observer state status. Both Russia and the United States sent ships to extract their citizens from Gaza if necessary. Israel stopped cash transfers to the Palestinian government in response (source).

Lebanon. Hezbollah threatens to strike Tel Aviv with rockets when war happens again.

Jordan. In my opinion, this will be the next nation to fall to the Muslim Brotherhood (Sunni Caliphate) after Syria. Current protests by Muslim Brotherhood supporters against the king. (source)

Iran. Continuing to threaten Israel and produce nuclear weapons. Expelling Afghans from their nation after Afghanistan signs a strategic security pact with the US (source).

Iraq. Standoff between Iraqi and Kurdish military forces in the north (source). A major route for Iran to ship arms to Syria (source)

Sudan. Speculation that the Israelis bombed a Fajr-5 missile factory in Sudan which was being used by the Iranians to produce and ship missiles to Gaza (source). Shortly after the supposed strike on the factory in Sudan, Gaza began firing hundreds of rockets into Israel. Israel retaliated by conducting precision strikes against military targets, one of which was the military chief of Hamas which they killed.

Mali. France and Spain are backing African forces to counter the jihadists in the north of the country (source).

— Against All Enemies
Disclaimer: These opinions are solely my own, and do not reflect the opinions or official positions of any United States Government agency, organization or department.
12/10/12

The Governor of Tennessee must Obey Tennessee Law: No State Insurance Exchange!

By: Publius Huldah

According to an article posted by Lesley Swann of the Tennessee Tenth Amendment Center, the federal obamacare Act doesn’t actually require The People to submit to obamacare.1

Accordingly, HHS Secretary Kathleen Sibelius is demanding that The States set up State Insurance Exchanges, by means of which The States will force The People into obamacare.

While 20 States have already given notice that they will not implement obamacare by setting up the State Exchanges; Tennessee’s RINO Governor, Bill Haslam, is “undecided” as to whether he will force Tennesseans to submit to obamacare.

But Haslam has no lawful authority to force The People of Tennessee into State Exchanges. If he does it anyway, he will commit the following five (5) violations of Tennessee Law:

1. The Tennessee Health Freedom Act

The Tennessee Legislature enacted in 2011 the Tennessee Health Freedom Act, codified at Tenn. Code Ann. Sec. 56-7-1016. 2

Under this Act, no public official, employee, or agent of Tennessee may force The People of Tennessee to purchase health insurance or impose any penalty for not purchasing such insurance.

So if Haslam attempts to force The People of Tennessee to participate in a State Insurance Exchange, he will violate the Tennessee Health Freedom Act.

2. The State Legislature makes the Laws – not the Governor

The Constitution of the State of Tennessee says at Article II:

“Section 1: The powers of the government shall be divided into three distinct departments: legislative, executive, and judicial.

Section 2: No person or persons belonging to one of these departments shall exercise any of the powers properly belonging to either of the others, except in the cases herein directed or permitted. [boldface mine]

Section 3: The legislative authority of this state shall be vested in a General Assembly, which shall consist of a Senate and House of Representatives….”

If Haslam attempts to force Tennesseans into a State Insurance Exchange, he will violate the Separation of Powers Principle enshrined at Art. II, Sections 1 – 3.

3. The Governor’s Powers are Enumerated, Defined, and Strictly Limited.

Here is a complete list of the enumerated powers and duties of the Governor of Tennessee. Article III provides that:

Section 1: The executive power of the state is vested in a governor [See Sec. 10 below].

Section 5: The governor is commander-in-chief of the State Militia

Section 6: The governor may grant reprieves and pardons.

Section 8: The governor may require written information from officers in the executive department, about their duties.

Section 9: The governor may, on extraordinary occasions, convene the General Assembly.

Section 10: The governor shall take care that the laws be faithfully executed.

Section 11: The governor is to give the Legislature information on the state of the government, and recommend matters for their consideration.

Section 14: The governor may temporarily fill vacancies in office.

Section 15: The governor is to be keeper of the Seal of the State of Tennessee.

Section 16: The governor is to sign and seal all grants and commissions of the State.

Section 18: The governor is to sign, or veto, or allow to become law without his signature, every Bill, Joint Resolution or Order passed by the Legislature. He may reduce or disapprove sums of money appropriated for specific items.

Article VI, Section 11: When any judge of the State Supreme Court is disqualified from presiding over a case, the governor is to specially commission another person to serve as judge on that case.

Article VIII, Section 2: The governor is to appoint certain officers of the State Militia.

That’s it! That’s all the governor of the State of Tennessee has lawful authority to do. He has no lawful authority to make laws. He has no lawful authority to force Tennesseans into a Health Insurance Exchange. If Haslam attempts to do this anyway, he will usurp powers not delegated to him by the Tennessee Constitution.

4. The Governor’s Duty is to Enforce the Laws the Legislature Makes!

Note that Art. III, Sec. 10 requires the governor to “take care that the laws be faithfully executed”. As long as the laws made by the Legislature are constitutional, the governor is obligated to enforce them! This means that Haslam must refuse to implement the State Exchange. If he doesn’t refuse to implement the State Exchange, he will be guilty of dereliction of his Constitutional Duty.

5. The Governor is Required by his Oath to Obey the Tennessee Constitution

Article X, Section 1, of the Tennessee Constitution requires the governor to take an Oath to support the Tennessee Constitution.

If he takes his orders from Kathleen Sibelius instead of from the Tennessee Constitution and the Tennessee Legislature, he will violate his Oath to support the State Constitution.

Article X, Sec. 1 of the Tennessee Constitution, and Art. VI, clause 3 of the federal Constitution, also require Haslam to support the federal Constitution. Obamacare is altogether unconstitutional as outside the scope of the legislative powers delegated to Congress. This is plain and clearly proven. 3 Thus, Haslam is required by Oath to refuse to enforce obamacare because obamacare is unconstitutional.

If Haslam Violates the State Constitution and State Law, he must be Impeached and Removed.

Article V, Sec. 4 of the Tennessee Constitution provides that the governor shall be liable to impeachment whenever, in the opinion of the Tennessee House of Representatives, he commits any crime in his official capacity which requires disqualification.

Webster’s 1828 Dictionary (1828 definition) defines “Crime” as

“1. An act which violates a law, divine or human; an act which violates a rule of moral duty; an offense against the laws of right, prescribed by God or man, or against any rule of duty plainly implied in those laws. A crime may consist in omission or neglect, as well as in commission, or positive transgression…”

Any governor who ignores the State Constitution, ignores State law, violates his Oath of Office, and usurps power must be removed from office. 4

End Notes:

1I haven’t read the obamacare Act. It is over 2000 pages long, and is being implemented right now by thousands of more pages of HHS & IRS Rules. Our Framers warned us of laws which were

“… so voluminous that they cannot be read, or so incoherent that they cannot be understood; if they be repealed or revised before they are promulgated, or undergo such incessant changes that no man, who knows what the law is to-day, can guess what it will be to-morrow…”(Federalist Paper No. 62, 4th para from end)

2 The hyperlinks at lexus nexus don’t work. To find the text of the Tennessee Health Freedom Act, click on http://www.lexisnexis.com/hottopics/tncode/ then type in the search term, “Tennessee Health Freedom Act”, jump thru the hoops, and you will find the Act. It is short and worth reading.

3 See, e.g. these model Nullification Resolutions for obamacare

4 Impeachment and removal from office for usurpations of power is expressly authorized by our federal Constitution: See, as to removing a President who usurps power: Federalist Paper No. 66, 2nd para, and No. 77, last para. As to removing federal judges who usurp power, see Federalist Paper No. 81, 8th

12/10/12

UK Government Complicit In OIC Anti-Free Speech Raid

By: Aeneas Lavinium
ICLA

London: Venue For Important Yet Understated Summit To Subvert Free Speech

Round three of the Istanbul Process opened in London on 3 December and was co-hosted by the governments of the UK and Canada. (1) The governments of both these countries are therefore complicit in a plan to subvert our most basic human rights standards. They are effectively colluding with the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) to replace human rights standards with those of the Islamic sharia.

Central to their efforts is the sophistry of UNHRC Resolution 16/18 that claims to be about religious tolerance. Of course this resolution is the brainchild of the OIC, a group of countries who are hardly at the cutting edge of positive human rights standards.

The record of OIC states with regard to religious tolerance makes for grim reading. How dare this gang of despots lecture the world on religious freedom! How dare Western governments conspire with them to undermine our system of human rights! Resolution 16/18 is a resolution for OIC standards of religious tolerance to be imposed on the entire world.

The governments of the UK and Canada should be working on extending the right to freedom of expression to members of the OIC. By doing so they would be extending the sphere of religious tolerance not undermining it. Western governments should not be imposing the OICs very low human rights standards on their own people! UNHRC Resolution 16/18 and the Istanbul Process seek to impose OIC sharia standards on the non-Islamic world. This is completely unacceptable and against the most basic interests of the people of the Western World.

Western governments are working to extend sharia both at home and abroad. Their support for the so-called ‘Arab Spring’ has effectively been support for the aggressively pro-sharia Muslim Brotherhood. Secular regimes have been toppled and replaced with theocracies. At home they enact laws that undermine free speech and create the effect of sharia law in their jurisdictions. It seems that they desperately want to bring the principles of Resolution 16/18 into their own legal systems because it furthers this goal. What is the real reason why Western governments are so eager to embrace sharia? What is going on behind the scenes that they want to keep from their own people.

At the moment the ‘powers that be’ want to keep these facts from their publics. Why was this significant London meeting not reported extensively by the news media? Surely, at least such an important meeting should have been reported in the UK where it was being held! It could after all mean that our very conception of free speech could be subject to revolutionary change. Once the press was there to challenge the mighty, now it seems that it is their to protect them from scrutiny.

An article over at American Thinker by Nathaniel Sugarman of the US based The Legal Project discusses the possibility of conflicts between the Istanbul Process and the United States Constitution. (2) Could this ultimately mean that over time the US Constitution will be subverted by reference to international treaties?

It seems likely that the ultimate aim of OIC initiatives is to undermine the laws and customs of the West and encourage a gradual transition to sharia based norms which are at odds to human rights as they are traditionally understood.

Western governments tend to preach about open government but practice something completely different. The Western public needs to know why their governments are promoting sharia compliance. They need to know what power the OIC has over them that causes them to act against the public interest. They also need to know why human rights abuses inspired by sharia in OIC countries are not being confronted.

The gradual slide into sharia compliance must come to an end. Western governments need to fully represent and articulate the interests of the Western people. They need to make clear to the OIC that its efforts to undermine our most basic Western freedoms must come to an end. They need to make it clear that further interference in the internal affairs of the Western world will not be tolerated. In short Western governments need to represent the interests of their people rather than those of the shadowy globalist elites who currently appear to control them.

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(1) America Again Submits to the Istanbul Process
(2) Fatal Attraction: US Flirts with International Speech Codes (the article can also be found on The Legal Project website)