Trevor Loudon will be speaking at the Grady County TEA Party!!!! We are very pleased to welcome him back to Chickasha as he continues his world tour. He was here last year and shared much information that every American needs to know. He is from New Zealand and you will love him as he talks about world events and relates them to America. The date is Saturday, Sept 28, at Trinity Baptist Church, 428 East Almar in Chickasha. Doors will open at 6 and he will speak at 7:00. Trevor will be available to sign books and answer questions. This is one event you will not want to miss. If you have questions, let us know. Hope to see you there.
Hat Tip: BB
You’re invited to hear New Zealand’s Trevor Loudon – Friday, September 27th – 6:00 p.m. – H & H
You’re invited to hear New Zealand’s Trevor Loudon this Friday night, Sept. 27th, at H & H Gun Range. Book sales and signings begin at 6:00, with Trevor’s presentation, “The Enemies Within: Communists, Socialists and Progressives in the U. S. Congress,” beginning at 6:30 p.m. Mr. Loudon will name names and expose exactly who is tearing our country down. Please invite your friends to this enlightening event. You won’t want to miss it!
Hat Tip: BB
By: T F Stern
T F Stern’s Rantings
Movie fans hold onto images and lines; take for example the original Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope, the scene where Obi-Wan and Luke Skywalker are gallivanting their way across the cosmos and all of the sudden Obi-Wan reacts after the planet of Alderaan had just been destroyed by the Evil Empire’s Death Star. Luke asked what’s wrong, observing the changed countenance on his mentor.
“I felt a great disturbance in the Force, as if millions of voices suddenly cried out in terror and were suddenly silenced. I fear something terrible has happened.”
If you look at movies, not so much for their entertainment value; but as morality plays intended to bring social issues before the public, then Star Wars is a classic good v evil, underdog v brute force with long odds against coming out on top. Maybe that’s why it was so successful; folks pinned their hopes on good winning out in the end.
When I started writing this article it was originally titled, Senator Ted Cruz – A Disturbance in the Force; but the more I thought about his role in the morality play staged in Washington as he filibustered against ObamaCare the more he came across as a Luke Skywalker with the evil empire being represented by a full compliment of loyal Democrats and a few treacherous back stabbing Republicans.
Imagine Harry Reid covered head to toe in black, (actually it isn’t that hard to imagine) sitting around the conference table with an assortment of socialist Senators listening to the explanation of how the old Republic had been swept away?
“I’ve just received word that the opposition has been dissolved permanently… We’ll get cloture on this bill and send it back to Congress stripped of any reference to de-fund ObamaCare.”
“What of the rebellion?” One of them speaks out without regard for the power of the Force.
“The public is aware of how bad ObamaCare is, how it’s killing the economy, making businesses downsize or shorten 40 hours work weeks below 29 hours in order to avoid penalties…”, pausing for a moment, “They have the entire bill, over 2000 pages which we never bothered to read before passing it. The rebels might find a weakness…”
“Enough…Fear will keep the locals in line, fear of this battle station”
“The plans you refer to will soon be back in our hands.” Reid’s voice grumbles out from the voice box attached to his throat.
“Don’t try to frighten us with your sorcerer’s ways…”
“I find your lack of faith disturbing…” Off to the side you see an invisible hand crushing the throat of John Boehner on the other side of the conference table.
Witnessing the Senate’s lack of respect for We The People and our constitutional republic, it’s refreshing to have the junior Senator from Texas, Ted Cruz, rise to the occasion, light saber in hand and willing to stand up to the evil empire.
Another movie came to mind, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington; if for no other reason than to contrast Ted Cruz standing up for a righteous cause while Senior Texas Senator, John Cornyn played the part of his back stabbing mentor. When John Cornyn says he’s got your back, be warned, he’s got a knife hidden in the other hand waiting for the opportunity to break it off in you.
I doubt we’ll see John Cornyn bolt from the Senate floor as his conscience eats away at him, attempt to shoot himself out of guilt or beg forgiveness in front of the entire Senate for having sold his soul to the Obama administration and the socialist cause of single payer medical coverage. That won’t happen, remember, this is reality and not the movies.
Tomorrow when the sun comes up we’ll read about how Congress is working on a way to iron out their differences with the newly amended Senate legislation, legislation which no longer contains any reference to ObamaCare.
The media will spin the story to make it appear as if conservatives are intent of shutting down government, making old people starve when their Social Security checks will need to be held back until additional funds are approved and the debt limit raised once more. Our fighting men might run out of ammunition on the front lines and little children will be found running half naked through rat infested alleys looking in trash cans for anything to cover their feet.
Obi-Wan would wake up from a sound sleep and say, as ObamaCare is eventually implemented in full, “I felt a great disturbance in the Force, as if millions of voices suddenly cried out in terror and were suddenly silenced. I fear something terrible has happened.”
Ted Cruz, Jedi Knight/Senator has his work cut out for him, singing to the choir which has no intention of listening along with a news media more than willing to print up his obituary might deter some folks; but I’ve a feeling Ted Cruz really does have a kindred spirit in Luke Skywalker, something to give us all a new hope.
This article has been cross-posted to The Moral Liberal, a publication whose banner reads, “Defending The Judeo-Christian Ethic, Limited Government & The American Constitution.”
Hat Tip: BB
Tonight begins Simchat Torah here in Israel — outside of Israel, it is Shemini Atzeret with Simchat Torah on Friday.
Simchat Torah — as its name suggests — is a holiday of celebration of/rejoicing in Torah. We dance with the Torah in the course of seven rounds, or processions, around the synagogue. And we complete the annual cycle of reading of the Torah, and begin it again.
With this holiday, we end the holiday season, and return to “normal,” however this may be defined.
To all celebrating, I wish a Chag Sameach.
I had said I would return to Obama’s speech to review what he says about Iran, and I will begin with that.
The picture of Obama here, at the UN podium, reflects a typical pose:
Credit: AP/Andrew Burton
While the position espoused by him exemplifies typical Obama “nether-netherland” thinking. See for yourself (with emphasis added):
“I don’t believe this difficult history [between the US and Iran] can be overcome overnight – the suspicion runs too deep. But I do believe that if we can resolve the issue of Iran’s nuclear program, that can serve as a major step down a long road towards a different relationship – one based on mutual interests and mutual respect.
“Since I took office, I have made it clear – in letters to the Supreme Leader in Iran and more recently to President Rouhani – that America prefers to resolve our concerns over Iran’s nuclear program peacefully, but that we are determined to prevent them from developing a nuclear weapon. We are not seeking regime change, and we respect the right of the Iranian people to access peaceful nuclear energy…
“We are encouraged that President Rouhani received from the Iranian people a mandate to pursue a more moderate course. Given President Rouhani’s stated commitment to reach an agreement, I am directing John Kerry to pursue this effort with the Iranian government…”
That he posits the possibility of a relationship developing between Iran — a renegade state that fosters terrorism world-wide and makes the killing in Syria possible — and the US that is based on “mutual interests and mutual respect” is an indication of how high in the atmosphere he is floating and how little his words have genuine diplomatic import.
He tiptoes. Of course he doesn’t mention “military option.” Heaven forbid — that wouldn’t be friendly. But neither does he refer to sanctions. He remains “positive,” promising the Iranian leaders that they won’t be replaced and that they have the right to “access peaceful nuclear energy” — which is precisely what they claim they are doing.
All in all, this is worthless as a serious, genuinely constructive position. Declaring himself ready to pursue dialogue, he is too quick to substitute semblance for reality. Who says that the Iranian people gave Rouhani a mandate to pursue a more moderate course? Rouhani is not a moderate — he is simply very skilled at acting like one.
However, in spite of this upbeat outreach to Iran by Obama, the president ended up with egg on his face. Big time.
First Rouhani gave his talk at the UN. It made Obama’s speech sound like an exercise in logic and reasonableness. Consider (emphasis added):
“The recent elections in Iran represent a clear, living example of the wise choice of hope, rationality and moderation by the great people of Iran. The realization of democracy consistent with religion and the peaceful transfer of executive power manifested that Iran is the anchor of stability in an otherwise ocean of regional instabilities. The firm belief of our people and government in enduring peace, stability, tranquility, peaceful resolution of disputes and reliance on the ballot box as the basis of power, public acceptance and legitimacy, has indeed played a key role in creating such a safe environment…
“…there are new hopes; the hope of universal acceptance by the people and the elite all across the globe of ‘yes to peace and no to war;’ and the hope of preference of dialogue over conflict, and moderation over extremism.”
Yea, yea, yea…Anyone who chooses to interpret this as a sign of genuine moderation in Iran is seriously deluded.
In a nutshell:
Military threats to Iran just won’t do: “Militarism and the recourse to violent and military means to subjugate others are failed examples of the perpetuation of old ways in new circumstances.”
Neither will sanctions, which he is ever so keen to have lifted, do: “Coercive economic…policies and practices geared to the maintenance and preservation of old superiorities and dominations…”
“Fanning fear and phobia around the emergence of new actors on the world scene” is also unacceptable state behavior.
“the strategic violence, which is manifested in the efforts to deprive regional players from their natural domain of action, containment policies, regime change from outside, and the efforts towards redrawing of political borders and frontiers, is extremely dangerous and provocative.” Translation: you have no right to try to affect who we are or what we do.
And, of course, Israel, which practices “structural violence against the people of Palestinian,” is evil: “Apartheid as a concept can hardly describe the crimes and the institutionalized aggression against the innocent Palestinian people.”
Nu? What else would we expect?
But there is also another manifestation of “structural violence” seen in “Unjust sanctions…[which] are intrinsically inhumane and against peace..”
Iran is a peaceful nation: “Iran’s nuclear program…must pursue exclusively peaceful purposes. I declare here, openly and unambiguously, that, notwithstanding the positions of others, this has been, and will always be, the objective of the Islamic Republic of Iran…
“I listened carefully to the statement made by President Obama today at the General Assembly. Commensurate with the political will of the leadership in the United States and hoping that they will refrain from following the short-sighted interest of warmongering pressure groups, we can arrive at a framework to manage our differences. To this end, equality, mutual respect, and the recognized principles of international law should govern the interactions. Of course, we expect to hear a consistent voice from Washington.
“…in the name of the Islamic Republic of Iran I propose, as a starting step, the consideration by the United Nations of the project: “the World Against Violence and Extremism. (WAVE)”
So, this is what Obama got from Rouhani: a demand that the US back off and change her ways, that she start acting “peacefully” and with respect towards an Iran that has rights.
Nowhere with nothing, of course. Let us hope that Obama doesn’t rush to seek a reduction in sanctions and otherwise attempt to mollify Rouhani, in the belief that this will lead to good dialogue.
Perhaps he will not. Because already his hope for informal dialogue has been dashed. What has been revealed is that the US had offered a one-on-one meeting between Obama and Rouhani in New York, and Rouhani had “spurned it.”
“One opportunity previously considered likely for such a meeting went by unfulfilled Tuesday afternoon when a number of heads of state gathered for the traditional lunch hosted by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon. Obama milled around for a number of minutes before sitting at his table, but the Iranian delegation, including Rouhani, proved to be no-shows for the event.”
Prime Minister Netanyahu had instructed the Israeli delegation at the UN to absent itself from Rouhani’s speech because “As the Prime Minister of Israel, the state of the Jewish people, I could not allow the Israeli delegation to be part of a cynical public relations ploy by a regime that denies the Holocaust and calls for our destruction.”
You might want to see his comments on Rouhani’s speech (emphasis added):
“Any rational person understands that Iran, one of the most oil-rich nations, is not investing capital in ballistic missiles and underground nuclear facilities in order to produce electricity.
“As expected, this was a cynical speech that was full of hypocrisy…
“This is exactly Iran’s strategy – to talk and play for time in order to advance its ability to achieve nuclear weapons.
Earlier, on the opening of the UN session, the Prime Minister’s office had also put this out:
“Iran thinks that soothing words and token actions will enable it to continue on its path to the bomb. Like North Korea before it, Iran will try to remove sanctions by offering cosmetic concessions, while preserving its ability to rapidly build a nuclear weapon at a time of its choosing.”
“Israel would welcome a genuine diplomatic solution that truly dismantles Iran’s capacity to develop nuclear weapons. But we will not be fooled by half-measures that merely provide a smokescreen for Iran’s continual pursuit of nuclear weapons. And the world should not be fooled either.”
Netanyahu is right, is right, is right. The question is, who will listen? We still have his own speech at the UN coming…
Please note Netanyahu’s reference to dismantling of Iran’s capacity to develop nuclear weapons. Simply getting Iran to stop, when the capacity to start again still exists, would be sorely insufficient.
This is something I will want to return to, and monitor. It is a vastly complex subject — the question of what has to be dismantled — or removed from the country — in order to render Iran unable to pursue nuclear capacity.
As Ilan Berman, vice president of the American Foreign Policy Council, points out:
“…the potential for compromise is decidedly murky. Mr. Rouhani, via intermediaries, may have floated the idea of a meaningful step forward (in the form of the closure of one of its uranium enrichment facilities, the pilot enrichment plant at Fordo). But, experts point out that this is hardly decisive, insofar as the regime already has sufficient quantities of low- and medium-enriched uranium and working centrifuges to make possible the development of weapons-grade fissile material.”
In addition, Iran is developing an alternate means of going nuclear via the heavy water facility it is building at Arak.
We are reminded again, by the Jerusalem Center of Public Affairs, that anything less than a very big stick brandished at Iran is going to be useless or counterproductive:
On September 23, immediately prior to Rouhani’s speech at the UN, Iran held its annual military parade, attended by Rouhani. Various messages were featured in that parade:
“While in English the Iranians wrote ‘Down with America,’ in Persian and Arabic, the Iranians wrote, ‘Death to America’…
“The parade included a line of missile transports carrying Shahab-3 missiles, which have a 1,300 kilometer range that can reach both Israel and American bases in the Persian Gulf…
Finally, under Rouhani’s presidency, Iran’s military parade contained a blatant statement calling for Israel’s destruction. On the lead vehicle of a line of trucks transporting Shahab-3 missiles, there appears a banner that reads: ‘Esraail baayad az beyn beravad‘ – “Israel Should Cease to Exist”…
“Reports by the International Atomic Energy Agency last year, especially in May 2012, contained information that Iran was seeking to remove the conventional warhead from a Shahab-3 missile and replace it with a spherical nuclear device.”
By: Terresa Monroe-Hamilton
Cross-Posted at Right Wing News
Sen. Jeff Sessions R- Ala., speak to media as they leave a classified members-only briefing on Syria on Capitol Hill, Sunday, Sept. 1, 2013, in Washington. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
Jeff Sessions has been someone I have admired for a very long time. I believe he is a good and principled patriot. He speaks for Americans, not to them. He’s on our side on the Constitution, the economy, the military, the budget, illegal immigration and Obamacare. When almost everyone else left, Sessions stayed to support Ted Cruz. His actions speak louder than any propagandic rhetoric coming from the Progressives on either side of the aisle.
From All Alabama:
While Cruz had company while he spoke during the evening, he didn’t have much.
Cruz noted at around 9:50 p.m. ET that he was speaking to an audience of two Senators and one member of the House of Representatives. One of the two Senators was Alabama’s Jeff Sessions. The other was Mike Lee (R-Utah).
During the course of the evening, Sessions asked Cruz to yield for questions, alternately applauding the freshman senator for his stand against the health care legislation, and asking him to clarify specific points he opposes in the bill.
Cruz said of Sessions, “I appreciate his friendship and wisdom.”
How is it that Sessions made two indisputable points that were pointed out by Gulag Bound, that no one has refuted?
Sessions’ charge that they have foisted Obamacare on us to cause mass suffering and confusion:
(1) so we would become all the more helpless and dependent,
(2) so they could inflict us with direct, Marxist control of health care.
Not one RINO or Democrat has denied it. It is obvious to most Americans now that this is the case plain and simple. Once again, the silence is louder than all their pontificating.
And so, Sessions throws in with the Tea Party Whacko Birds… and we are proud to have him in our midst.
From Breitbart — a direct quote from Sessions:
“Well, there’s division sometimes just over tactics like the healthcare bill and how is the best way to get rid of it,” Sessions responded. “We’ve got a new group of very dynamic, determined new Senators that just got elected and they’re not interested in business as usual. They’re pushing an agenda they believe reflected the promises they made to their constituents when they got elected, things that they believe in.”
“I think it’s very great. I think it’s healthy,” he continued. “I think Ted Cruz and Mike Lee and Rand Paul are doing their best every day for the benefit of this country. I agree with them a lot of times on tactics and procedures, sometimes I may not, but all in all, one of the things that has occurred has been that they have been a positive force in slowing down the immigration bill.”
While Cruz was attacked from the Left and the Right, Sessions stood with him and we will remember it Senator. Count on it. Americans are watching and we know you for the patriot and unsung hero that you are.