08/27/13

How I Love Thee… An Ode To My Glock

By: Gerald Loeffers

Yes, it’s time to break from the heavy and go a little silly with a twist of bad poetry and love letters to my Glock. Enjoy and laugh. I did.

Oh glock! How I love thee!! The way you don’t reflect the light on your matte black countenance, or how you never succumbed to pressure from either hot loads or muddy trucks.

How I love the ease at which you’re cared for, or how the filth never catches hold and over stays its welcome, or how easily you stay together through inexperience or frustration.

You have your own beauty that others never understand! I love that you have ease of carry and are light of weight.

How I love thee my Glock when you bring lots of your friends over from 17 to 33 and they never complain when you hurtle them out against a cruel world that doesn’t understand them or are fearful of their purpose!

You’re a simple creature of few parts and even fewer faults, but if one loosely holds you wrong you make yourself clear — you must be held tight in order to win your pleasure.

You have a personality of many calibers and of many sizes, but to the ones that love you the most, they don’t mind the variety or when you speak your mind and make yourself noticed.

Oh Glock! There are many that are hate you for either your forward design, or the fact you’re not sexy like your Browning cousin, or that you offer no explanation for your popularity among us.

You have many imitators that try to be you, but they can’t be you. You’re an original that no one can copy. You’re oldest brother, who is still at the factory at the age of 25, has had 450,000 friends come on by without a cleaning, a fault or a need for oil.

KEEP YOUR POWDER DRY AND LAUGH
GERALD LOEFFERS 8/26/2013
GLOCK THEM ALL

08/27/13

Common Core = Commonly Controlled Failure = Education Nightmare – Updated

AskMarion

What kind of world do we live in when math becomes a philosophical essay, and not a system of numbers, arithmetic, and simple truths?

“’Truth’ is an artificial construct of the patriarchy, invented as a tool of oppression…” Quote From Common Core Website

By Marion Algier – AskMarion

Now that Common Core has been rolled out and teachers, parents and even some students are realizing its pitfalls, failures, and long list of problems the cries from tea party groups, Christians and concerned educators who actually knew what was coming, much like the ObamaCare scenario rollout, are being joined by voices from some unexpected places, including groups from the left. But on the other side, amazingly with all the information on this program there are still millions of parents, grandparents and Americans in general who have no idea what Common Core is and how it will affect their children and the America’s future.

Our kids are already not competitive globally and after Common Core no one will want to hire someone educated in America!! Heck, many of our kids can’t even make change.

Obama math: under new Common Core, 3 x 4 = 11 [VIDEO] and it is Okay….

The video: common core video (Longer version video) – where the students can come up with 3x 4 = 11 from an article – daily caller

Common Core Math

Video: Ma & Pa Kettle Math – All of a sudden, after Common Core’s Math, this seems to make sense?!?

Is it any wonder that, as Michael Snyder notes, our high school students are as dumb as rock, failing to answer the most basic of questions? A study conducted by none other than Common Core shows just how far we’ve fallen at America’s pedagogic institutions:

  • Only 60% of students knew that WWI was fought between 1900 and 1950 — they only had to guess the half century!
  • One in four high schoolers think Columbus discovered the New World after 1750.
  • On the multiple choice test, less than half of high schoolers knew when the Civil War was fought. They didn’t even need to know exact dates, just that it was sometime between 1850 and 1900.
  • 40% of students could not identify the name of the ocean on the eastern side of the United States.
  • Nearly 60% of students could not identify the two major political parties.
  • When asked who is in charge of the Executive Branch of the United States, 70% of high school students got the wrong answer.
  • Fully 75% of high school students failed to identify the First President of the United States.

In a video by Lunch Scholars, American high school students were asked to answer a series of common questions covering topics such as American history, geography, and politics.

  • In which war did our country win its independence?
  • Who is the Vice President?
  • Which countries border the U.S.?
  • How many stars on the flag of the United States?
  • Can you name a country starting with the letter “U”?

It was like on of those Jay Walking or Jessie Waters series, where nobody could….

Common Core Exams: New York Schools Get an F

Video: Common Core: Subversive Threat to Education – Lots of Information and Worth the Watch!!

Hillsdale College Video:Common Core Common Sense: Why It’s Illiberal and Unconstitutional

Pedophilia, Incest, and Graphic Sex: Excerpts from a Common Core Reading List Book for 11th-Graders That Will Make You Blush

Via The Daily Sheeple:

Via The Blaze: Editor’s note: The following story contains graphic language. Discretion is advised.

Common Core, the controversial set of education standards being pushed by many state governors and education leaders, is (finally) coming under fire for its selection of a book that’s on the suggested reading list for 11th graders (i.e. 16- and 17-year-olds). The book — a past selection of Oprah’s Book Club — has graphic sex scenes and descriptions that are likely to make you blush.

Morrison’s first novel – Notice it is an Oprah Book Club Selection… wonder if she gives it to her girls that she mentors?!?

The work in question comes from Nobel Prize-winning author Toni Morrison. Listed on a Common Core reading list linked on the website, “The Bluest Eye (Kindle)” carries this description from the curriculum’s preferred bookseller: An Eleven-Year-Old African-American Girl In Ohio, In The Early 1940s, Prays For Her Eyes To Turn Blue So That She Will Be Beautiful.

That description sounds tame and appears to be a solid lesson about the problems of desiring beauty over anything else. And if you read the Common Core website, here’s an excerpt from the 11th grade exemplar text:

One winter Pauline discovered she was pregnant. When she told Cholly, he surprised her by being pleased. He began to drink less and come home more often. They eased back into a relationship more like the early days of their marriage, when he asked if she were tired or wanted him to bring her something from the store. In this state of ease, Pauline stopped doing day work and returned to her own housekeeping. But the loneliness in those two rooms had not gone away. When the winter sun hit the peeling green paint of the kitchen chairs, when the smoked hocks were boiling in the pot, when all she could hear was the truck delivering furniture downstairs, she thought about back home, about how she had been all alone most of the time then too, but that this lonesomeness was different. Then she stopped staring at the green chairs, at the delivery truck; she went to the movies instead. There in the dark her memory was refreshed, and she succumbed to her earlier dreams. Along with the idea of romantic love, she was introduced to another—physical beauty. Probably the most destructive ideas in the history of human thought. Both originated in envy, thrived in insecurity, and ended in disillusion. In equating physical beauty with virtue, she stripped her mind, bound it, and collected self-contempt by the heap. She forgot lust and simple caring for. She regarded love as possessive mating, and romance as the goal of the spirit. It would be for her a well-spring from which she would draw the most destructive emotions, deceiving the lover and seeking to imprison the beloved, curtailing freedom in every way.

Keep in mind, that is an excerpt, selected by Common Core. And when they publish these online, they are accompanied by this statement: (emphasis added)

When excerpts appear, they serve only as stand-ins for the full text. The Standards require that students engage with appropriately complex literary and informational works; such complexity is best found in whole texts rather than passages from such texts.

Again, when you read the selected passage, a couple of things stand out — Morrison’s powerful command of the written word cannot be denied and the story appears to teach that over-the-top devotion to physical beauty is “one of the most destructive ideas in the history of human thought.” But the snippet posted above is just the excerpt presented online for teachers and interested parents to peruse and doesn’t mention what else is between the pages.

What else is in there? Simply: The the entire book has numerous questionable sexual sections that may not be appropriate for minors.

Macey France, a writer for the online site Politichicks, actually combed the entire text of “The Bluest Eye (Kindle)” and catalogued some of the more offensive and questionable parts. And they are graphic:

Pages 84-85: “He must enter her surreptitiously, lifting the hem of her nightgown only to her navel. He must rest his weight on his elbows when they make love, to avoid hurting her breasts…When she senses some spasm about to grip him, she will make rapid movements with her hips, press her fingernails into his back, suck in her breath, and pretend she is having an orgasm. She might wonder again, for the six hundredth time, what it would be like to have that feeling while her husband’s penis is inside her.”

Pages 130-131: “Then he will lean his head down and bite my t** . . . I want him to put his hand between my legs, I want him to open them for me. . . I stretch my legs open, and he is on top of me…He would die rather than take his thing out of me. Of me. I take my fingers out of his and put my hands on his behind…”

Pages 148-149: “With a violence born of total helplessness, he pulled her dress up, lowered his trousers and underwear. ‘I said get on wid it. An’make it good, n*****, Come on c***. Faster. You ain’t doing nothing for her.’ He almost wished he could do it—hard, long, and painfully, he hated her so much.”

Pages 162-163: “A bolt of desire ran down his genitals…and softening the lips of his anus. . . . He wanted to f*** her—tenderly. But the tenderness would not hold. The tightness of her vagina was more than he could bear. His soul seemed to slip down his guts and fly out into her, and the gigantic thrust he made into her then provoked the only sound she made. Removing himself from her was so painful to him he cut it short and snatched his genitals out of the dry harbor of her vagina. She appeared to have fainted.”

Page 174: “He further limited his interests to little girls. They were usually manageable . . . His sexuality was anything but lewd; his patronage of little girls smacked of innocence and was associated in his mind with cleanliness.” And later, this same pedophile notes, “I work only through the Lord. He sometimes uses me to help people.”

Page 181: “The little girls are the only things I’ll miss. Do you know that when I touched their sturdy little t*** and bit them—just a little—I felt I was being friendly?—If I’d been hurting them, would they have come back? . . . they’d eat ice cream with their legs open while I played with them. It was like a party.”

Those six graphic excerpts cover incest, rape and pedophilia. In her research on the book in question, Macey France also exposes some pretty shocking support for those topics, from the author herself:

In fact, the author of the book, Morrison, says that she wanted the reader to feel as though they are a “co-conspirator” with the rapist. She took pains to make sure she never portrayed the actions as wrong in order to show how everyone has their own problems. She even goes as far as to describe the pedophilia, rape and incest “friendly,” “innocent,” and “tender.” It’s no wonder that this book is in the top 10 list of most contested books in the country.

The presence of the book on Common Core’s list, combined with Morrison’s descriptions of incest, rape, and pedophilia as “friendly,” “innocent,” and “tender” have sparked outrage in some communities. Parents in one Colorado school district are petitioning for the removal of “developmentally inappropriate and graphical content from the instructional reading list.” They are not asking for the book to be banned or even removed from the library, just taken off the suggested reading list.

Image: Change.org

Colorado school petition

Ms. France also cites a 2011 Harris poll on the banning of books and limiting of certain types of books in school libraries. In that poll, Harris showed:

  • 83% say children should be able to get The Holy Bible.
  • 76% support access to books that discuss evolution from school libraries.
  • 62% say books with explicit language should not be available to children in school libraries.

With an overwhelming majority of parents supporting restricting – but not banning – young student’s access to books with explicit or questionable content, should Common Core pull this book from it’s list of exemplars?

Read the full story from Macey France here.

The sexualization of the our children has always been part of the progressive plan. It began long before the election of President Obama, but his election, the Progressives got full access to everything they needed to completer their agenda. Obama appointed Kevin Jennings the safe-school czar and he and Weatherman Underground radical Bill Ayers have been worked feverishly to put the ground work for this program into place.

Exposing our kids to this type of sexualixation, no matter what the form or reason or what you want to call it leads to a society where former Disney Star: Miley Cyrus is Twerking on MTV – Disgusting! for kids of all ages to see.

Other must read stories:

Conventional wisdom held that liberals and pretty much all teachers supported the new Common Core curriculum standards, that is until the Badass Teachers Association crashed the party, BATS.

The 25,000 BATs, as they call themselves, are pushing back against the national standards with Twitter strikes, town hall meetings and snarky Internet memes. They have no qualms with the theory behind the new benchmarks, but they fear the larger movement places too much emphasis on testing and will stifle creativity in the classroom.

“It’s not just the tea party that’s skeptical of the Common Core, (anymore)” said Bonnie Cunard, a Fort Myers teacher who manages the Facebook page for the 1,200 Florida BATs. “We on the left, like the folks on the right, are saying we want local control.”

The BATs represent a new wave of liberal opposition to the Common Core standards, which includes some union leaders, progressive activists and Democratic lawmakers. They are joining forces with tea party groups and libertarians, who want states like Florida to slow down efforts to adopt the new benchmarks and corresponding tests.

They face an uphill battle. The Common Core standards have a strong base of support that includes Democrats and Republicans. What’s more, the standards are being taught across all grade levels in Florida.

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“Our commitment (to the Common Core) is strong because it is the best decision for the future of our state and most importantly, the future of our students,” interim state Education Commissioner Pam Stewart wrote in a statement.

The Common Core State Standards — and the controversy surrounding them — were discussed at Florida Gov. Rick Scott’s education summit in Clearwater. They have been approved in 45 states and in the District of Columbia.

Supporters say the new benchmarks will raise expectations for children nationwide by encouraging critical and analytical thinking, while allowing for a comparison of student performance across state lines. But in reality it does pretty much the opposite in most cases. Which is adds fire to the flame, causing tea party groups and libertarians, to consider the initiative a far overreach of the federal government.

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Critics on the left have different qualms.

“The liberal critique of Common Core is that this is a huge profit-making enterprise that costs school districts a tremendous amount of money, and pushes out the things kids love about school, like art and music,” said Mark Naison, a professor at Fordham University in New York and co-founder of the Badass Teacher Association.

Read full article HERE.

A long time high school English teacher writes: A Monstrous Story for a Monstrous Curriculum: The Ugly Heart of Common Core. She writes about a specific assignment that she is required to teach that is a pro-abortion, dehumanizing lesson: Write an essay that compares the cultural experience reflected in To Kill a Mockingbird and The Mother of Monsters and explain how this experience helped a character demonstrate individuality in the face of outside pressure.

The assignment is obviously to make a pro-abortion message. The Mother of Monsters story paired with this assignment is a repulsive perversion of the concept of “lesson”; it is a corruption of anything descent and good… to promote an agenda.

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Today I was in a professional development session for my school district. Our school system has swallowed the Common Core curriculum whole. Why wouldn’t they? The federal system has said that it is “voluntary”, but “voluntary” means that the district gets cut off from major federal funding if it does not adopt the standards, so “voluntary” is subjective.

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For those of you who may be unfamiliar with Common Core, it is a curriculum created in the private sector but pushed onto states by the federal government and endorsed by Bill Gates. The cost of implementing the program runs from millions to billions depending on the state. It is untested and unresearched. It has been criticized for being not as rigorous as proponents claim, clearly biased to a liberal perspective, so much so that many see it as indoctrination, and it is being forced on the states in spite of the fact that a federal curriculum is unconstitutional violating the 10th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution which established the principle that“…the “power” to oversee education belongs to the states. This longstanding principle of local control of education is reiterated throughout our laws and government codes.”

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Here is what the Washington Post reported Sen. Charles Grassley has to say about Common Core:

Current federal law makes clear that the U.S. Department of Education may not be involved in setting specific content standards or determining the content of state assessments. Nevertheless, the selection criteria designed by the U.S. Department of Education for the Race to the Top Program provided that for a state to have any chance to compete for funding, it must commit to adopting a “common set of K-12 standards” matching the description of the Common Core.

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This is what is going on in our schools. This is what you need to see with open eyes. They are doing more than trying to increase rigor; they are indoctrinating our children into one way of thinking—their way!

Read full article HERE.

And if all this wasn’t bad enough… Common Core – The Qatar Connection: A Wahhabi State Skypes With Your Children – Connect All Schools

The acronyms for America’s New World Order education are mind-numbing – all the better to keep you from connecting who is connected to who/whom/which. First, I have found one source that connects Common Core Initiative Standards (CCIS) to “Connect All Schools,” and that is on the “Connect All Schools” website page titled One World Education (OWE). Second, our Department of Defense (DOD) has partnered with the Connect All Schools program. Connect All Schools is connected to Vartan Gregorian. Gregorian is connected to Barack Obama in numerous ways, including as a member of the White House Fellowship Commission. Gregorian was born in Tabriz, Iran to Armenian parents. He came to the U.S. in 1956 to study at Stanford. He became a naturalized American citizen in about 1979. He graduated Stanford University, is currently the president of Carnegie Corporation and is a former president of Brown University in Rhode Island. Pertinent to this article is his seat on the board of The Qatar Foundation International (QFI).

About one year ago, Qatar dedicated a new mosque. The event was widely seen as the initial steps to reviving their Wahhabi heritage. You should be concerned about Qatar’s influence in American education. Wahhabi-ists have one goal and that is the spread of Islam worldwide.

The Qatar Foundation International, or QFI, in 2011 partnered with the Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education to facilitate matchmaking between classrooms in the U.S. and international schools through something called the “Connect All Schools” project.

QFI, funded by the Qatari government, explains on its website the initiative was founded in response to Obama’s call in his June 2009 speech to the Arab world in Cairo, Egypt, to “create a new online network, so a young person in Kansas can communicate instantly with a young person in Cairo.”

QFI relates how more than 100 U.S. schools and organizations have already connected on the interactive website.

The stated goal of the initiative is to “connect every school in the U.S. with the world by 2016.”…

WND reported last May the Qatar-based foundation awarded “Curriculum Grants” to seven U.S. schools and language organizations to “develop comprehensive and innovative curricula and teaching materials to be used in any Arabic language classroom.”

QFI, based in Washington, D.C., is the U.S. branch of the Qatar Foundation, founded in 1995 by Qatar’s ruling emir, Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani.

Thani is still the group’s vice-chairman, while one of his three wives, Sheikha Moza bint Nasser, chairs the organization’s board.

Thani also launched Al Jazeera in 1996 and served as the television network’s chairman. Source: Counter-Jihad Report

Qatar is skyping with your children across the U.S.

In January 2012, it [QFI] launched the Research Center for Islamic Legislation and Ethics under the guidance of Tariq Ramadan, who serves as the center’s director.

Ramadan is the grandson of the notorious founder of the Muslim Brotherhood, Hassan al Banna. Ramadan was banned from the U.S. until 2010 when the Obama administration issued him a visa to give a lecture at a New York school.

QFI, meanwhile, named several institutions after Yusuf al-Qaradawi, one of the top leaders of the Muslim Brotherhood. Many regard Qaradawi as the de facto spiritual leader of Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood.

The foundation instituted the Sheikh Yusuf Al Qaradawi Scholarships and in 2009 established a research center named the Qaradawi Center for Islamic Moderation and Renewal…

The Investigative Project on Terrorism documents Qardawi openly permitted the killing of American troops in Iraq and praised the “heroic deeds” of “Hamas, Jihad, Al-Aqsa Brigades and others.” Source: Counter-Jihad Report (more here on the Gregorian-Ayers-Obama connection)

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The Muslim Brotherhood has been associated with Islam-biased K-12 textbooks identified by Citizens for National Security(CFNS) and Act for America.

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Connect All Schools – Your Kids Are Learning Arabic in the US with Teachers in Egypt

Read Full article at Maggie’s Notebook

If there ever was a time for parents, grandparents, neighbors, the religious community and patriotic Americans to band together around a central cause this is it!! Education to make us competitive as a nation and as individuals that represents our values and presents our history in an honest and non-biased way and enables people to think for themselves in a critical and analytical way is not asking too much, but unfortunately the public school system has failed us for decades and has been co-opted by the Progressive left for their agenda, starting in the 1960’s. And Common Core puts their agenda into place at the core of our educational system in 45 states and in the District of Columbia.

The designing of Common Core has been long in the planning and the wording to describe the program in an acceptable way to parents and others who are not engaged in what is going on in our schools sounds positive and hopeful, until you really dig in and see what is being taught. Every American needs to get involved, look over the textbooks and materials, visit or volunteer your local schools and school boards and demand answers to your questions. If you have kids in school look over all the material that comes home and share it with others who don’t readily have access or aren’t aware this is going on. And if you can… get your children out of the public school system, it s a national disgrace and an indoctrination factory.

If you can afford private school, religious or otherwise, that is a good viable option, but check out their curriculum, beliefs and criteria as well. And for those who cannot afford private school, home-schooling is your best option. Home-schooling parents have support like never before and many areas have activity groups to round out your students’ social and athletic education and interests. Many people feel there is no way that they can afford, either the money or the time, or that they don’t have the ability to homeschool. But there are options and support!

Homeschooling Options and Thoughts:

A neighborhood can start a co-op homeschool, where each household or participant takes one day to teach or lead the activities.

Homeschooling does not have to take place during traditional school hours.

Grandparents, aunts and uncles, or retired teacher friends and family make great home-school teacher alternatives to working parents.

In some households, one parent works days and another works evenings or nights to cover both the childcare and homeschooling schedules, or one parent works from home.

Often with schedule changes, one parent can cut back their working hours or even quit.

For those who think they do not have the ability to homeschool, there are associations, parent groups, online curriculums and even whole online academic school programs (but again… check out what is being taught) available these days.

Reading, writing, arithmetic, your values, ‘true’ American history, and the ability to question and reason using a process of critical thinking are the most important and basic teaching points. Take a look at some of the local, state and national spelling and science competitions; many of the winners are homeschooled.

You can often participate in a local kids science and music programs, have parents with interesting jobs come to speak or teach once a week, enroll your kids in a local sports program, dance or gymnastic lessons or children’s theatre group, and have a friend, neighbor or family member teach a foreign language that can be supplemented with and online program.

Many homeschoolers participate or start a social co-ops where the parents or teacher… whoever they are, can interact and share ideas, materials and curriculum, the students build a core of friends and as a group they work together on projects, take field trips and organize sports, arts and even debate teams. And some do public service or organize fund raisers to take trips to local presidential libraries and historical sites, events that interest their group or even to Washington D.C.

Many parents who are in the transition or are still in the information gathering phase (don’t take too long… once seeds are planted in your kids’ heads, they are there forever) are turning off their TV’s; monitoring and limiting their kids’ electronics; enacting a ‘no electronic’ family night; reading their children’s textbooks and helping them choose which books on the suggested reading lists to read; enrolling their kids in a variety of extracurricular activities (not just sports) that require them to interact with other kids, develop new interests and take them away from the electronics; and many are going back to church and planning more family get-togethers where family history is shared as an activity. Some people are sending their kids to Patriot Camp (or organizing one) or to a religious camp as one of their summer activities to balance what is being taught in their schools or what is constantly being put in front on them on TV, their computer and even on their phones. And others are moving their kids’ computer(s) to a common area where it can be monitored, severely limiting their online time and even taking away their kids’ cell phones… Did I hear a gasp out there? In a recent study, it was proven that kids who studied with a paper, pencil and from notes scored higher than those who used a computer to study… something to think about.

Parenting is joyful and rewarding on the one hand but can be tough and requires discipline and sacrifice on the other. Too many Americans have left the raising of their children to a system run by people that have very different agendas that they do. The time to change that and get involved is now… because America is in big trouble!!!

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08/27/13

THE Question of the Moment

Arlene from Israel

Is Obama going to give the word to bomb Syria?

The parameters of the situation are not simple.

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An exceedingly strong case can be made for the fact that he must at this point. For deterrence matters, and threats made must be acted upon. It just about a year ago that the president said:

“…we have been very clear to the Assad regime, but also to other players on the ground, that a red line for us is we start seeing a whole bunch of chemical weapons moving around or being utilized. That would change my calculus.”

http://www.latimes.com/opinion/editorials/la-ed-syria-20130823,0,7885049.story

Obama cannot fail to follow through on what he said without causing damage — weakening the US position and essentially giving the Assads of the world a license to conduct themselves as they please.

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Prime Minister Netanyahu, in a press conference with French Foreign Minister Fabius yesterday, carried this thought to its logical conclusion:

“…Assad’s regime is not acting alone.
“Iran, and Iran’s proxy, Hezbollah, are there on the ground playing an active role assisting Syria.

“In fact, Assad’s regime has become a full Iranian client and Syria has become Iran’s testing ground. Now the whole world is watching. Iran is watching and it wants to see what would be the reaction on the use of chemical weapons.”

(Release from the Prime Minister’s Office)

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And then see this, regarding implications, from Lt. Col. (ret.) Jonathan Halevi, of the Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs (emphasis added):

“…the Assad regime is experiencing a sense of existential threat and is no longer foregoing doomsday weapons in its effort to survive.

“War crimes and crimes against humanity – indeed, constituting a form of genocide – have been carried out in Syria on a large scale and before the eyes of the world. The lessons of the Second World War have not been learned. Even in the era of modern communications, with daily documentation of the atrocities, genocide can occur under conditions where the international system is paralyzed by interests and rivalries between the powers.

“The international impotence in the face of these events weakens deterrence against the use of nonconventional weapons and has implications in the Iranian context as Tehran continues on its determined march toward nuclear weapons.”

http://jcpa.org/the-chemical-attack-in-syria-initial-implications/

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If all of this is solidly convincing, what then is the downside of a US attack?

There is no suggestion that the Americans would take out Assad’s cache of non-conventional weapons. That is not even being considered. This, as I wrote recently, could not be done by bombing, as it would spread toxins in the air. And Obama has absolutely no intention of sending in troops on the ground.

So Assad would be hurt at some level — punished for what he did, but his gas supplies and other weapons of mass destruction would still exist. And, if he is severely weakened, there is the chance that rebels might secure some part of that cache of non-conventional weapons. “Rebels,” right now, most likely means al-Qaeda or other jihadists. For them to get those weapons is something to be very deeply concerned about.

We don’t know that radical rebel forces have not already used gas in one battle or another — there are charges that remain unconfirmed. What we can be certain of is that they would have no compunctions about using them. And as their goals (an international caliphate, the destruction of the West) are larger than simply winning the war in Syria — they might use them broadly, attempting to do damage to Israel and to American and other Western interests in the Middle East.

We must hope that we never see this scenario!

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According to Reuters, since the reports of gas used by Assad have surfaced, there has been an increase in the amount of assistance flowing to the rebels. Four-hundred tons of equipment, funded by Gulf states, is coming in via Turkey. What has come in so far — “mostly ammunition for shoulder-fired weapons and anti-aircraft machine” — is being distributed in the north. But there is no clarity in this report with regard to which rebel groups are recipients. “Weapons still waiting to cross into Syria included more sophisticated anti-tank guided weapons…”

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/08/25/us-syria-crisis-arms-idUSBRE97O04T20130825

At the very same time there is news that Western-trained rebels guerillas (these presumably secular or more moderate) are moving towards Damascus.

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What if these reinforcements, plus the damage done to Assad in a bombing, were to turn the tide of the war definitively against him?

I think Edward Luttwak probably has it right when he says, “In Syria, America Loses If Either Side Wins”:

“It would be disastrous if President Assad’s regime were to emerge victorious after fully suppressing the rebellion. Iranian money, weapons and operatives and Hezbollah troops have become key factors in the fighting, and Assad’s triumph would dramatically affirm the power and prestige of Shiite Iran and Hezbollah, posing a direct threat both to the Sunni Arab states and to Israel.

“But a rebel victory would also be extremely dangerous for the U.S. and for many of its allies because extremist groups, some identified with al-Qaeda, have become the most effective fighting force in Syria. If the jihadis were to triumph in Syria, Israel could not expect tranquility on its northern border.

“The war is now being waged by petty warlords and dangerous extremists of every sort: Taliban-style Salafist fanatics who beat and kill even devout Sunnis because they fail to ape their alien ways, Sunni extremists who have been murdering innocent Alawites and Christians merely because of their religion, and jihadis from Iraq and all over the world.

“There is only one outcome that the U.S. can possibly favor: an indefinite draw. By tying down Assad’s army and its Iranian and Hezbollah allies in a war against al-Qaeda-aligned extremist fighters, four of Washington’s enemies will be engaged in war among themselves and prevented from attacking Americans or America’s allies.” (Emphasis added)

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/08/25/opinion/sunday/in-syria-america-loses-if-either-side-wins.html?_r=1&

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So, where are we?

I keep reading that “the guessing” is that Obama will act. That the feeling now is that he must act. That he’s giving broad hints that he is going to act.

But that’s where it stops, as I write. Again and again, Obama indicates the need for more certain documentation.

UN inspectors finally did get to the site of the alleged gassing, enduring some gun fire on the way. But the US says that it was too late — that Assad didn’t allow these inspectors to get through until critical evidence had been removed. I don’t know. They took specimens.

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Well before this, I had picked up information that Israel intelligence had provided documentation of the fact that Assad had used gas. Now see this (emphasis added):

“An IDF intelligence unit listened in on senior Syrian officials discussing a chemical attack that allegedly took place on the outskirts of Damascus and left hundreds of Syrian civilians dead last Wednesday, a major German publication reported.

“According to the report Saturday in Focus magazine, a squad specializing in wire-tapping within the IDF’s prestigious 8200 intelligence unit intercepted a conversation between high-ranking regime officials regarding the use of chemical agents at the time of the attack. The German report, which cited an ex-Mossad official who insisted on remaining anonymous, said the intercepted conversation proved that Bashar Assad’s regime was responsible for the use of nonconventional weapons.”

[According to a channel 2 TV report] “The nerve gas shells were fired from a military base in a mountain range to the west of Damascus…

“The TV report further added that ‘the assessment in Israel’ is that the attack was intended to serve as the possible start of a wider operation.”

http://www.timesofisrael.com/idf-intercepted-syrian-regime-chatter-on-chemical-attack/

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Are we seeing an Obama who finally knows he must act but is preparing to do so with caution? Or is this no more than the typical Obama indecisiveness? Ever the internationalist, he has explained:
“If the US goes in and attacks another country without a UN mandate and without clear evidence that can be presented, then there are questions in terms of whether international law supports it – do we have the coalition to make it work? Those are considerations that we have to take into account.”

http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4422562,00.html

Plus, I’m reading that the US would have to wait until the UN inspectors left Syria.

And then there’s the fact that Obama is due to travel next week and wouldn’t want to do it when he was out of the country.

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Oh but the words! They are powerful.

Today, Secretary of State Kerry said:

“What we saw in Syria last week should shock the conscience of the world. It defies any code of morality…President Obama believes there must be accountability for those who would use the world’s most heinous weapons against the world’s most vulnerable people.”

http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4422562,00.html

Which means….?

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According to White House spokesman Jay Carney, “There is very little doubt in our mind that the Syrian regime is culpable.”

While the Times of Israel reports that, “…both France and the US said they believed the attack involved chemical warheads and came from regime forces, strengthening the case for Western military intervention…”

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Back last Friday, Defense Secretary Hegal indicated to CNN that a quick response might be necessary. He said that military planners had updated Syrian target lists. And the military was providing President Barack Obama “with options for all contingencies, and that requires positioning our forces [and] positioning our assets to be able to carry out whatever options the president might choose.”

This sounded serious in intent, especially coupled with the fact that the US was increasing its presence in the Mediterranean with a fourth missile-armed warship.

http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/171234

Credit: sott net

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What seemed to increase the likelihood of US action were reports surfacing about British Prime Minister Cameron — who is eager to respond quickly while the outrage is fresh — pushing Obama to act. Royal Navy vessels were being prepared to take part in the action in the Mediterranean.

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Just hours ago, however, Hagel, traveling in Indonesia, told journalists (emphasis added):
“The United States is looking at all options regarding the situation in Syria. We’re working with our allies and the international community.

“We are analyzing the intelligence. And we will get the facts. And if there is any action taken, it will be concert with the international community and within the framework of legal justification.”

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/08/26/us-syria-crisis-hagel-idUSBRE97P0E320130826

How different his tone is in this statement compared to his tone last Friday.

“In concert with the international community” does not mean simply with the British. There’s a hedge here, undoubtedly instructed by his boss.

And so, my friends, I would not say an attack is an impossibility. But I would not advise holding your breath.

08/27/13

Egypt: Preacher for martyrdom caught hiding under woman’s niqab

By: Ashraf Ramelah
Voice of the Copts

Captured of Hegazy

Sacrifices have been great in Egypt’s unrest, but Egypt’s military has made certain it is not in vain. So far the military, guided by the pro-democracy coalition, has had significant successes to chalk up to freedom efforts. In its aim to dismantle the Muslim Brotherhood, the army has arrested and jailed a number of individuals representing its core leadership. With the recent and surprising arrest of Safwat Hegazy (renowned and dedicated Muslim Brotherhood preacher on Egypt’s “wanted” list) near the border of Libya, many key influential Brotherhood religious guides have now been taken into custody. This includes members of the Morshed office (MB spiritual guides) who are behind bars — the persons responsible for ousted President Morsi’s line to toe – Khairat el Shater, Mohammed Badea, Hazem Salah Abu Ismail and others.

On August 21, at a military and police check point a few miles from Egypt’s border with Libya, border patrols searched a private car and the people in it. Their stop-and-frisk included the removal of a woman’s niqab – Islamic face veil, headdress and robe – which covered a suspicious form. Hiding beneath it was Bedouin-garbed Safwat Hegazy, wearing a dark brown goatee disguise in place of his traditional full-cheeked, grey beard. The high-ranking longtime preacher of the Muslim Brotherhood was captured trying to slink across Egypt’s border.

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Hegazy was an active speaker and dedicated promoter of Morsi’s 2012 presidential campaign and advocated for the liberation of Palestine, sizing up Jerusalem to be the new capital of both Egypt and the future caliphate. Known for jihad rhetoric repeatedly stressing his own martyrdom to defend Shariah law and Morsi’s constitution, Hegazy instigated many to their deaths through acts of jihad. Now the inspirational Hegazy was caught fleeing the country. He was aided by a recent and convenient fatwa issued by hardliner cleric, Dr. Mouahmmad Abdulmaksoud, legalizing Muslims attending pro-Morsi demonstrations to shave their beards or alter traditional norms to deceive and avoid arrest by Egypt’s police and military.

Once in captivity, Hegazy denied his association and role with the MB saying, “I don’t belong to the Muslim Brotherhood” — a direct contradiction to his machismo on August 8th from the Al Adawyia MB sit-in, “I will leave this place only as a dead body.” On the same date, during his interview on one of the Egyptian TV channels in a program called, Time of Ikwan, Hegazy boasted, “MB will lead the world and will be masters of the world.”

As the prospect of cohesive reorganization and renewed strength inside Egypt has dwindled for Egypt’s MB forcing the issue of reenergizing itself outside the country, talent like the weak and cowardly Hegazy shows us we have nothing to fear. The Brotherhood’s deficit of character and skill for carrying out its themes is Egypt’s good fortune today. Arrogance and empty slogans have masked the incapacity of MB leaders to run or rule a schoolyard, much less a country.

The world needs to question the variables at play in Egypt making it possible two years ago for a religious-supremacist political party couched in pseudo-democracy and its banned organization to legalize and climb to the highest levels of power. With the collapse of Morsi’s regime, the MB house of cards (its organization, ideology, massive network and influence) has begun to unravel with what looks like permanent and lasting damage under the efforts of Egyptians backed by a military loyal to the country.

A hurting Egypt will never again allow the MB a chance to prove its philosophy or politics. Furthermore, as the Egyptian MB organization crumbles, humiliated by the annihilation of its longtime dream, its operations around the world will suffer as Egypt’s MB represents the base of the core ideology in the international fight for political Islam.

World leaders viewed MB leadership (and still do) with respect, recognizing and indulging in its viability as a party with leadership potential – the psychological and political basis for the Brotherhood’s rise from the dank dungeons of Egypt and final surge to the top. This contradicts everything the world learned from previous dictators in Egypt who preserved their reigns by locking up MB members and banning their movement.

Having the West accept and approve its pinnacle of success in Egypt, the MB abused the power handed it and gave the impression it would outlast the dynasties of the Egyptian Pharaohs. But advancing an Islamist agenda offering zero to the Egyptian people who stood by watching the build-up of personal wealth and power within the MB organization and party in just a short time, the MB regime had to go before getting a foothold.

Manipulating a hungry and tired constituency, the truth of a depraved MB was soon identified by the Egyptian people and despised for its lack of authenticity and governance. Like a wavy image on the desert dunes, the mirage of MB governance disappeared once Egyptians came within proximity of its dissolute rule. After 83 years of struggle to achieve its position, it took just one year of MB authority to foster against it a decisive freedom movement combining disparate elements from the Egyptian body marching toward a common goal.

The coziness of the West with MB terrorists is Egypt’s nightmare – much resignation, hopelessness and fear for Egypt now stems from it. Outsiders consider naïve the goal to obliterate the Egyptian MB terror organization in Egypt, not because it’s a losing battle for the military (the opposite appears to be true), but because foreign connections to the politically motivated MB run deep with relationships and investments in networks impossible to reverse, even if desired.

Yet inside Egypt now, the MB has even lost its “victimhood” card. And, more importantly, the Brotherhood’s ambitious goal to rule a nation and future caliphate by way of Egypt has vanished forever if the people of Egypt manage finally to have their way. At this moment, the Egyptian MB and its ideology — the golden goose of world terrorism — is about to be fatally wounded. If so, this would assist the West in its battle against the MB planted on foreign soil, Al Qaeda, Hamas and other terror groups around the world. There is only one thing now that could stop, alter or divert Egypt’s momentum — the will of foreign leaders overruling Egypt’s majority.

08/27/13

Washington Post Still Defending the Muslim Brotherhood

By: Cliff Kincaid
Accuracy in Media

Just two days after hundreds of Egyptian-Americans besieged the Washington, D.C. headquarters of The Washington Post, a Post editorial defended the absurd claim that the Muslim Brotherhood was not involved in the destruction of Christian Churches and attacks on Christians in Egypt.

We posted videos of the demonstration against the Post here and here. The demonstrators started their protest outside the White House and marched to the offices of the paper, chanting that the Post was lying about the Muslim Brotherhood’s role in anti-Christian terrorism.

The Post’s Saturday editorial, “Egypt’s beleaguered Christians,” repeated the false claim, saying, “…as The Post’s Abigail Hauslohner reported this week, there is no evidence that Muslim Brotherhood leaders, most of whom are imprisoned, had any role in organizing last week’s [anti-Christian] attacks.”

But this is not exactly what Hauslohner reported.

While she said that a “high-ranking Western official who was not authorized to speak on the record” claimed there was “zero indication that the Muslim Brotherhood as an organization is organizing these attacks,” evidence of Muslim Brotherhood involvement came from people that she quoted who witnessed the attacks.

However, Hauslohner’s report from the anonymous official that the blame rested with “Islamist vigilantes rather than Brotherhood members acting on orders” was a dubious claim that does not stand up under scrutiny.

The evidence demonstrates that the Muslim Brotherhood as an organization did encourage the violence.

In fact, in this video from Egypt, Safwat Hijazy, a strong backer of deposed President Mohamed Morsi linked to the Muslim Brotherhood, threatened to “spill the blood” of the Christians in Egypt if they backed the opposition and brought Morsi down.

The translation shows Safwat Hegazi saying, “This is a message to the Egyptian Church from an Egyptian Muslim: By Allah, if you conspire and join ranks with the remnants of the Mubarak regime in order to topple Morsi—things will be different between us.”

The crowd responds, “Allah Akbar, Allah Akbar.”

Safwat Hegazi goes on, “I say to the Church: True, you are our brethren to this country, but we have our red lines. The legitimacy of Dr. Mohamed Morsi is where we draw the line. If anyone splashes water on this legitimacy, we will splash him with blood.”

The New York Times noted that Hegazi is “a popular speaker” who introduced Morsi at his first presidential rally. The paper said he introduced Morsi by telling the crowd that he would usher in a “United States of Arabs” and “Islamic caliphate” with its capital in Jerusalem.

The Times confirmed that the threats against Christians were made during clashes outside the presidential palace last December: “As violent clashes took place outside the presidential palace last December, Mr. Hegazi turned his ire toward Egypt’s Christian minority, which makes up about 10 percent of the country’s 85 million people, sending a message by way of a large crowd of Morsi supporters.”

The paper noted the threats in the context of violence which erupted in April “after unknown assailants attacked a funeral at Cairo’s Coptic Orthodox Cathedral, killing one and injuring scores at the seat of the Coptic Church and home of its spiritual leader, Pope Tawadros II.”

Hegazi has since been arrested by the interim government which overthrew Morsi.

The Times added, “During an interview on a Brotherhood-linked satellite television channel, another prominent Brotherhood figure—Mohamed el-Beltagy, a charismatic senior member who is popular with many of the organization’s younger members—repeated the claim that most of Mr. Morsi’s opponents outside the palace last December were Christians.”

These statements invited violence against the Christians after the overthrow of the Morsi regime.

It is simply disgraceful that the Post editorial writer would base a conclusion of no Muslim Brotherhood involvement in anti-Christian violence on a statement from an anonymous official that flies in the face of all the evidence. No wonder Egyptian-Americans protested outside the paper’s headquarters.

Kristen Chick, Cairo correspondent for The Christian Science Monitor, found more evidence that somehow escaped the notice of the Post.

Here’s what she reported: “At the camp of Morsi supporters near Cairo’s Rabaa El Adawiya square, organized by the Muslim Brotherhood, some speakers on the protest’s stage railed against Christians and their ‘betrayal’ of Egypt. Attacks against Christians spread throughout Egypt, particularly in southern Egypt where the Christian population is large and sectarian violence common.” (emphasis added).

Chick noted that an August 7 statement from 16 Egyptian rights organizations condemned “the rhetoric employed by leaders of the Muslim Brotherhood and their allies which includes clear incitement to violence and religious hatred in order to achieve political gains, regardless of the grave repercussions of such rhetoric for peace in Egypt.”

A subsequent statement by nine other Egyptian rights organizations said, “the Muslim Brotherhood has decided to pursue political violence and terrorism for the time being; instead of engaging in self-criticism and recognizing its failure to maintain the trust of citizens who voted for it, the group seeks to spur the country toward a civil war, a possibility that first reared its head in November” (emphasis added).

“In December,” the statement said, “MB supporters killed their political opponents and tortured others, while Brotherhood leaders began fomenting anti-Christian sectarian incitement. The anti-Coptic incitement and threats continued unabated up to the demonstrations of June 30 and, with the removal of President Morsy on July 3, morphed into sectarian violence, which was sanctioned by the MB, both by their complicit silence and refusal to condemn these crimes and by the continued anti-Coptic rhetoric heard from the group’s leaders on the stage at Rabia al-Adawiya throughout the sit-in…” (emphasis added).

Chick also noted that what appeared to be the authentic Facebook page for the Muslim Brotherhood’s Freedom and Justice Party in Helwan, south of Cairo, listed accusations against the church, before concluding: “After all this people ask why they burn churches.” The page noted that “burning houses of worship is a crime,” but added: “For every action, there is a reaction.”

Raymond Ibrahim, author of Crucified Again: Exposing Islam’s New War in Christians, reports that al-Qaeda’s Egyptian leader, Ayman al-Zawahiri, a former Brotherhood member, portrayed the overthrow of Mohamed Morsi and the Brotherhood as a “Crusader” campaign led by Coptic Pope Tawadros II.

He said, “The Islamic terrorist organization’s incitement against the Copts is just the latest emanating from Islamists—from the top of the Brotherhood leadership to the bottom of the ‘Muslim street’—and is creating something of an ‘open season’ on Egypt’s Christians.”

Rather than absolve the Muslim Brotherhood of its role in violence and terrorism, the Post should launch an investigation into how its editorial writers got the facts wrong and why hundreds of Egyptian-Americans showed up to protest the paper’s headquarters.

Cliff Kincaid is the Director of the AIM Center for Investigative Journalism and can be contacted at [email protected].

08/27/13

“This Country’s Going to War” – Duck Soup Sequence

Free Republic:

80 years ago the Marx brothers unknowingly parodied the Obama brothers – Barack, John Kerry, John McCain, Lindsey and the acquiescent Congress.

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The Marx(ist) Brothers

The Marx Bros. first film was called “The Coconuts” and that is what we have today, a bunch of nuts.

Groucho = Obama
Chico = Biden
Harpo = Kerry
Zeppo = Holder

In “Go West”, (1940) Groucho sings a song about the Wild West:
“In the East they live on doughnuts,
in the West the natives grow nuts
and I’ll gurantee you’ll go nuts if you come” [to Washington].

I think the Marx Bros. would have run the country better…