03/22/15
Barack Obama

Obama and Kerry Seek to Finalize an Iranian Nuclear Deal as Nuclear Conflict Draws Near

By: Terresa Monroe-Hamilton

Barack Obama

Courtesy of Matt Bracken

As a nuclear pact with Iran draws near, signed in blood by John Kerry and Barack Obama, Iran’s Supreme leader Ali Khamenei calls for “Death to America” on Saturday. Could it get any more suicidally insane? Obama is urging Iran to seize an ‘historic opportunity‘ for a nuclear deal. One that has death to the Great and Little Satans written all over it. You betcha it’ll be historic… he’s ordering an apocalypse. It doesn’t get much more historic than that.

Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei delivers a speech in Tehran (photo credit: AP/Office of the Iranian Supreme Leader/File)

Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei delivers a speech in Tehran (photo credit: AP/Office of the Iranian Supreme Leader/File)

Khamenei whipped up Iranian throngs of Twelvers in Tehran declaring that Iran would not give in to Western demands. Predictably, the crowd started shouting, “Death to America” and the ayatollah proclaimed: “Of course yes, death to America, because America is the original source of this pressure. They insist on putting pressure on our dear people’s economy,” he said, referring to economic sanctions aimed at halting Iran’s nuclear program. “What is their goal? Their goal is to put the people against the system,” he said. “The politics of America is to create insecurity,” he added, referring both to US pressure on Iran and elsewhere in the region. His comments were in contrast with those of Iranian President Hassan Rohani, who said “achieving a deal is possible” by the March 31 target date for a preliminary accord. True double speak from the Iranians. My money is on Khamenei being more forthright in their feelings for the American infidels.

John Kerry proved once again that he was as dense as a box of rocks as he moronically chirped that we have an opportunity to get this right. What? An opportunity to wipe Israel and America off the map once and for all? Is that the opportunity you foresee? It certainly isn’t what you are mouthing… that it will prove to the world once and for all that Iran has no interest in nuclear weapons. Because nothing could be further from the glaring truth and Obama and Kerry know it. I don’t know how the world can think that Iran will get nuclear capabilities and not nuclear weapons that they will relish using. It’s either the most serious case of denial in history or they just can’t face evil. Either way, it is death on a cracker for the West.

Right now, the US and Iran are drafting elements of a deal that commits the Iranians to a 40 percent cut in the number of machines they use to enrich. The Obama administration is seeking a deal that stretches the time Tehran would need to make a nuclear weapon from the present two to three months to at least a year. What difference in the end does that make? None – you still get a nuclear Iran. A genocidal, theocratic regime that believes in Armageddon and in fact, wants to usher it in. They also have no problem lying to infidels, so how can you take their word on anything? Much less whether they will light up the West or not. Fools and much worse are negotiating this farce. Obama is throwing threats around that aren’t meant for Iran – he’s positing whether to launch a military attack on Iran or allow it to reach nuclear weapons capacity if the talks fail. That’s a threat to America. Support an American signed deal with Iran, or we go to war with Iran or let them become a nuclear power without standing in their way at all. He thinks his threat holds water… it doesn’t. War is inevitable with Iran either way. The clock is ticking and Israel will have to act soon. Iran will not voluntarily stop, so someone will have to put them down. It won’t be Obama.

Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, right, attends a graduation ceremony of army cadets, accompanied by Revolutionary Guard commander Mohammad Ali Jafari, left, Chief of the General Staff of Iran's Armed Forces, Hasan Firouzabadi, second left in Tehran, Iran, Saturday, Oct. 5 2013. (AP Photo/Office of the Iranian Supreme Leader)

Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, right, attends a graduation ceremony of army cadets, accompanied by Revolutionary Guard commander Mohammad Ali Jafari, left, Chief of the General Staff of Iran’s Armed Forces, Hasan Firouzabadi, second left in Tehran, Iran, Saturday, Oct. 5 2013. (AP Photo/Office of the Iranian Supreme Leader)

Iran has planned America’s demise for many, many years. American officials have confirmed that Iranian military brass have endorsed a nuclear electromagnetic pulse explosion that would attack the country’s power system. They made this discovery while translating a secret Iranian military handbook, raising new concerns about Tehran’s recent nuclear talks with the administration. That won’t deter Obama one bit though.

From the Washington Examiner:

The issue of a nuclear EMP attack was raised in the final hours of this week’s elections in Israel when U.S. authority Peter Vincent Pry penned a column for Arutz Sheva warning of Iran’s threat to free nations.

“Iranian military documents describe such a scenario — including a recently translated Iranian military textbook that endorses nuclear EMP attack against the United States,” he wrote.

A knowledgable source said that the textbook discusses an EMP attack on America in 20 different places.

Arizona Republican Rep. Trent Franks, who is leading an effort to protect the U.S. electric grid from an EMP attack, has recently made similar claims based on the document translated by military authorities.

It’s not just Iran… North Korea, China and Russia are stepping up nuclear threats as well. A very likely scenario for an EMP attack is by a ship or ships who could launch missiles off our Eastern Coast or via a satellite. If they were to actually target 20 cities and pull it off, our power grid would go down and millions would die in the aftermath. People don’t have to believe that – it is just a stone cold fact.

From Pry:

Iran armed with nuclear missiles poses an unprecedented threat to global civilization.

One nuclear warhead detonated at high-altitude over the United States would blackout the national electric grid and other life sustaining critical infrastructures for months or years by means of an electromagnetic pulse (EMP). A nationwide blackout lasting one year, according to the Congressional EMP Commission, could cause chaos and starvation that leaves 90 percent of Americans dead.

Iranian military documents describe such a scenario–including a recently translated Iranian military textbook that endorses nuclear EMP attack against the United States.

Thus, Iran with a small number of nuclear missiles can by EMP attack threaten the existence of modernity and be the death knell for Western principles of international law, humanism and freedom. For the first time in history, a failed state like Iran could destroy the most successful societies on Earth and convert an evolving benign world order into world chaos.

Russia's KH-101 long-range cruise missile / National Air and Space Intelligence Center

Russia’s KH-101 long-range cruise missile / National Air and Space Intelligence Center

Let’s turn to Russia next. Russia is developing a long-range cruise missile that poses a new threat to the United States, the commander of the US Northern Command warned this week. But don’t worry… a Red Dawn scenario is just absurd. Right.

From Bill Gertz:

“Russia is progressing toward its goal of deploying long-range, conventionally-armed cruise missiles with ever increasing stand-off launch distances on its heavy bombers, submarines, and surface combatants, augmenting the Kremlin’s toolkit of flexible deterrent options short of the nuclear threshold,” Adm. William Gortney, Northcom chief who heads the U.S.-Canadian North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) said Thursday.

“Should these trends continue, over time NORAD will face increased risk in our ability to defend North America against Russian cruise missile threats,” he said in prepared testimony to the House Armed Services subcommittee on strategic forces.

A defense official said the missile that concerns the Northcom commander is the Russian KH-101 cruise missile which Russia has developed as a weapon to attack critical infrastructure in the United States, such as the electrical grid.

The comments highlight what defense officials and military analysts say is the growing threat of long-range cruise missiles.

Cruise missiles pose unique threats because they can defeat defenses by flying at low altitudes, avoiding radars, and hiding behind terrain. Some newer cruise missiles have radar-evading stealth features making them even less visible to radar or infrared detectors.

The low-flying missiles also can overwhelm defenses by attacking with multiple missiles coming from different directions and defeating air defenses at their weakest points. They also can fly circuitous routes to reach targets, avoiding radar and air defenses.

Testimony by Gortney and other senior officials at the hearing raised concerns that growing missile capabilities could overwhelm U.S. defenses.

Vice Adm. James Syring, director of the Pentagon’s Missile Defense Agency, testified that North Korea’s missile development, in particular, is a major concern. Syring said because of funding cuts he may have to advise Gortney that “the [missile defense] system is over-matched.”

Subcommittee Chairman Rep. Mike Rogers (R., Ala.) said he is very concerned about funding shortfalls for missile defense.

“The United States of America is on its way to losing its military edge, not just in terms of the ability to project power, but to even defend the homeland,” Rogers said. “This situation is intolerable.”

Gortney, in his testimony, said: “We remain concerned with the development of conventional cruise missiles that could provide near peer adversaries with options to strike the United States without the perceived risk of retaliation of a nuclear exchange.”

The threat was highlighted in early September, when two Russian Tu-95 strategic bombes conducted practice cruise missile bombing strikes on the United States from launch areas off the coast of eastern Canada, U.S. defense officials said.

American brass are getting very nervous and concerned over these developments. And they should be. Adm. Cecil D. Haney said in testimony to the Senate Armed Services Committee Thursday, “The concept of mating advanced weapon systems with commonplace items—such as surface-to-surface cruise missiles disguised as shipping containers—blurs the line between military and civilian environments and complicates our deterrence calculus.” What is being discussed is the Russian KH-101 missile. It is a 5,000-kilometer [3,106-mile] range conventional cruise missile. The KH-102 is nuclear. The KH-101 is configured for launch on Russian strategic bombers. There have been Russian press reports that a sea-based variant is deployed on Russia’s Severodvinsk-class nuclear attack submarines.

Russia’s Club K cruise missile / National Air and Space Intelligence Center

Russia’s Club K cruise missile / National Air and Space Intelligence Center

According to NASIC, Russia’s Club-K cruise missile is sold in a “container launcher” that looks like a standard shipping container. The Club-K can launch cruise missiles from cargo ships, trains, or commercial trucks. China also has a new long-range cruise missile called the DH-10 and Iran’s land-attack cruise missile is the 1,242-mile-range Meshkat. Feeling warm and fuzzy yet? Still think war isn’t in the near future?

Finally, let’s have a look at the Hermit Kingdom – North Korea. China has massively upped their financial backing of the NoKos. North Korea has nuclear missiles and is prepared to use them at any time, an envoy for the country said in a recent interview. Now, they’ve been saying this forever, but there are new developments. Right now, they are saying if we attack them, they will strike back. But who really trusts the whack job that is Kim Jung Un? Of course, the US keeps playing this threat down. I wonder how many people believe that anymore?

September 9, 2013: Tractors pull artillery through Kim Il Sung Square during a military parade to mark the 65th anniversary of North Korea's founding in Pyongyang. (AP)

September 9, 2013: Tractors pull artillery through Kim Il Sung Square during a military parade to mark the 65th anniversary of North Korea’s founding in Pyongyang. (AP)

From War is Boring:

North Korea is attempting to put nuclear weapons to sea, according to a longtime regime watcher.

Joseph Bermudez — an expert on North Korean weapons — believes the evidence is commercial satellite imagery showing a submarine with possibly two vertical launch tubes. The regime also appears to have constructed a test stand for launching sea-based ballistic missiles.

The two revelations may not be directly related.

For one, the vessel might not end up carrying nuclear-capable missiles. But Bermudez’s evidence is highly suggestive. And if the North is planning to put nukes aboard submarines, this would make Kim Jong Un’s atomic arsenal more survivable in case of attack.

North KoreaIn October 2014, Bermudez observed an unidentified submarine at North Korea’s South Sinpo Shipyard. The shipyard conducts research and development for naval weapons and warship construction.

According to Bermudez, the submarine appeared to weigh around 900 to 1,500 tons in displacement. The analyst tentatively nicknamed the still-under-construction vessel the Sinpo, and noted a resemblance to former Yugoslavian submarines.

Intriguingly, satellite imagery from July 2014 revealed an empty space near the conning tower. Pyongyang could install one or two vertically-launched missiles in this space. The shipyard also has a nearby test stand for the development of long-range ballistic missiles.

The stand is “the right size and design to be used for the research, development, and testing of the process of ejecting a missile out of a launch tube as well as evaluating its compatibility with submarines and surface combatants,” Bermudez wrote.

That’s probably not a coincidence.

North Korea would most likely use nuclear weapons as a deterrent at present. But what if… what if China, North Korea, Russia and Iran decided the US was vulnerable? Which currently, we are. That ought to keep you up at night, especially with Barack Obama at the military helm. So, while Obama and Kerry work to finalize a nuclear deal with the murderous Mullahs of Iran, a nuclear conflict is on our doorstep and drawing closer every day. This time without a mutually assured destruction clause. That doesn’t work when your enemy is not afraid to die and would welcome the Mahdi ushering in the End of Days.

03/21/15
The Uncanny Reader

The Uncanny Reader – A Book Review


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Anyone who knows me well, knows that reading is my form of therapy. I have never been able to get enough of it during my lifetime and I have always carted a huge library around with me. Some books I read over and over… The Uncanny Reader is one such book. I have an inherent love of the supernatural and I am fascinated by science fiction and horror that is well-written. Thus, my devotion to Dean Koontz, who is simply the master of such works. Marjorie Sandor has written an anthology of ghost stories, fairy tales, science fiction and fantasy that is just addictive.

Here is a synopsis of the work:

From the deeply unsettling to the possibly supernatural, these thirty-one border-crossing stories from around the world explore the uncanny in literature, and delve into our increasingly unstable sense of self, home, and planet. The Uncanny Reader: Stories from the Shadows opens with “The Sand-man,” E.T.A. Hoffmann’s 1817 tale of doppelgangers and automatons–a tale that inspired generations of writers and thinkers to come. Stories by 19th and 20th century masters of the uncanny–including Edgar Allan Poe, Franz Kafka, and Shirley Jackson–form a foundation for sixteen award-winning contemporary authors, established and new, whose work blurs the boundaries between the familiar and the unknown. These writers come from Egypt, France, Germany, Japan, Poland, Russia, Scotland, England, Sweden, the United States, Uruguay, and Zambia–although their birthplaces are not always the terrains they plumb in their stories, nor do they confine themselves to their own eras. Contemporary authors include: Chris Adrian, Aimee Bender, Kate Bernheimer, Jean-Christophe Duchon-Doris, Mansoura Ez-Eldin, Jonathon Carroll, John Herdman, Kelly Link, Steven Millhauser, Joyce Carol Oates, Yoko Ogawa, Dean Paschal, Karen Russell, Namwali Serpell, Steve Stern and Karen Tidbeck.

I recognize many of those authors and adore their works. Sandor opens her works with an essay dedicated to explaining the differences between the uncanny and the weird. She dissects the word ‘uncanny’ and defines it for her readers. Then she delves into its historical significance and what it means to her personally.

From Weird Fiction Review:

Weird Fiction Review: Why do you think the uncanny has been around for so long and pervaded so many cultures and countries?

Marjorie Sandor: You probably already know the wonderful opening salvo of Lovecraft’s Horror in Supernatural Literature: “The oldest and strongest emotion of mankind is fear, and the oldest and strongest kind of fear is fear of the unknown.” If we think about this in terms of what art has always done for humankind, it’s always hovering in this intersection between the known and unknown — between the “official story” and the obliterated history that is not really gone, but suppressed or forgotten. We’ve been using this word, uncanny for hundreds of years, to describe the way we feel when something utterly mysterious happens close by—in the neighborhood, in the house-and-family, in our own bodies and sense of self. It might be supernatural. It might not. It might be fate. Or it might be chance. The crucial thing is that we can’t resolve it. The uncertainty — and what it makes us do and say — makes us uncanny to ourselves.

One cool thing to add here: the really old Scots/Gaelic word, “canny,” and its German equivalent, “heimlich,” originally meant not only safe and cozy but also private, hidden, and in old Scots, possessed of supernatural knowledge.” You might, for instance, go to a “canny man” to lay a curse on someone who’d pissed you off. This means that canny, as a word, has already secretly given birth to its eventual opposite, uncanny. That’s creepy, no?

But to go back to your question: we’ve always told ourselves stories after meeting with something inexplicable. The more we try to light up all the corners and rid ourselves of dangers, the more this primitive sensation takes root — like a seed of anxiety that will find a home wherever it can. The harder we try to expel it, the more it wants in. You can see why this is so rich and complex and unnerving when it comes to the art of storytelling, and all art forms, for that matter.

These stories are a great read for those who like the uncanny, the strange, the weird, the unexplained, as I do. The stories are just long enough to enthrall the reader and short enough to complete and then come back to the next one for more nourishment and delight. Pick up a copy of The Uncanny Reader – leave the light on and read all night. It’s just that good.

03/21/15
Trevor Loudon

Trevor Loudon’s Speaking Schedule For The First Half Of 2015 – Updated 03/21/15

Trevor Loudon’s Schedule

Trevor Loudon is back in the states, gearing up for the 2016 election and spreading the word on how and why conservatives must win.

Noted author and anti-communist figure Trevor Loudon from New Zealand has an important message all Americans need to hear:

Ever wonder why the U.S. Congress has moved further and further left over your lifetime, while much of the electorate has become more conservative? Why government regulation and taxes have exponentially increased, even though most Americans still oppose Big Government?

Trevor’s new book, “The Enemies Within: Communists, Socialists and Progressives in the U.S. Congress” exposes the extreme Left’s infiltration of Capitol Hill.

“The Enemies Within” profiles fourteen Senators and more than fifty Representatives and their ties to the Communist Party USA, Democratic Socialists of America, Workers World Party, the Institute for Policy Studies, Council for a Livable World and other radical anti-American organizations.

Trevor says the Tea Party has stopped the socialist agenda in its tracks, but we must keep fighting. Freedom-loving people around the world are counting on us.

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What’s new in the 2015-2017 edition of Trevor Loudon’s “The Enemies Within: Communists, Socialists, and Progressives in the U.S. Congress“?

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The San Antonio connection -who are those Castro twins? Joaquin is a Congressman. Julian runs HUD. The Latino Obama they call him. Possibly on the Democratic ticket in 2016. Being talked about as a future Democratic Party Presidential candidate. San Antonio has been a hot bed of communism since the 1920s, and it didn’t all end with Emma Tenayuca and the Pecan Sheller’s Strike.

The movement reaches out far beyond Texas. See how even Eric Holder was connected. Obama too. See how the Castro twins are deeply rooted in Texas communism, not just through their La Raza activist mother Rosie Castro, but through their own radical ties, right up to the present day.

The 2015-2017 edition of “Enemies Within” will expose covert Congressional radicals in several new states, including Hawaii, Kentucky, Montana and Rhode Island, plus, it will include new profiles from California (seven), Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Maryland, Missouri, New York (four), North Carolina, Texas (three), Wisconsin and Vermont.

The book will profile more than 75 serving members of the US House of Representatives and the Senate.

Trevor’s new book will be released this summer, but you can begin to pre-order PERSONALLY SIGNED copies immediately.



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March

Sat., Mar. 21st, 2015
Event: TBD — Speaking Engagement/Confirmed
Time: 2:30 pm EST
Place: Cook Room
Meriden Public Library
105 Miller St.
Meriden, CT 06450

Tues., Mar. 24th, 2015
Event: Corpus Christi Tea Party Patriots — Speaking Engagement/Confirmed
Web Site: http://www.ccpatriotsteaparty.com
Time: 6 pm CST
Place: TM Middle School Cafeteria
9760 La Branch Drive
Corpus Christi, TX 78410

Thurs., Mar. 26th, 2015
Event: Hood County Tea Party — Speaking Engagement/Confirmed
Web Site: http://hoodcountyteaparty.org/
Time: 6:30 pm CST
Place: American Town Hall
200 Travis Street
Granbury, TX 76048

Tues., Mar. 31st, 2015
Event: Boerne Tea Party — Speaking Engagement/Confirmed
Web Site: http://www.boerneteapartypatriots.org/
Time: TBD
Place: Boerne, TX

April

Mon., Apr. 6th, 2015
Event: Tucson – Clair Van Steenwyck — Radio/Confirmed
Web Site: http://www.blogtalkradio.com/van-the-radio-man
Time: 2 pm MST
Place: AZ

Mon., Apr. 6th, 2015
Event: James T. Harris Show 1041 KQTH — Radio/Confirmed
Web Site: http://www.1041kqth.com/shows/143553456.html
Time: 4 pm MST
Place: AZ

Mon., Apr. 6th, 2015
Event: Arizona Project — Speaking Engagement/Confirmed
Time: 11:30 am MST
Place: 3375 E. Shea Blvd. Suite 2
Phoenix, AZ 85028

Mon., Apr. 6th, 2015
Event: Heirs of the Republic — Speaking Engagement/Confirmed
Web Site: http://heirsoftherepublic.com/
Time: 6:30 pm MST
Place: U-Like Oriental Buffet
5101 North Oracle Road
Oro Valley, AZ 85704

Tues., Apr. 7th, 2015
Event: Daisy Mountain Tea Party Patriots — Speaking Engagement/Confirmed
Web Site: http://www.daisymountainteapartypatriots.com/
Time: 6:30 pm MST
Place: Anthem Civic Building
3701 West Anthem Way
Anthem, AZ 85086

Wed., Apr. 8th, 2015
Event: Erskine on Radio — Radio/Confirmed
Web Site: http://www.Erskineonradio.com
Time: Pretape for Airing on the 11th
Place: AZ

Wed., Apr. 8th, 2015
Event: Red Mountain Patriots & Freedom Fires — Speaking Engagement/Confirmed
Web Site: http://www.eastvalleyteaparty.com/
Time: 6:30 pm MST
Place: Faith Christian School
7464 East Main Street
Mesa, AZ 85207

Thurs., Apr. 9th, 2015
Event: Flagstaff Tea Party & Concerned Citizens For America — Speaking Engagement/Confirmed
Web Site: http://cc4america.org/
Time: 6:30 pm MST
Place: Church of the Nazarene
55 Rojo Drive
Sedona, AZ 86351

Fri., Apr. 10th, 2015
Event: Grassroots Activists — Speaking Engagement/Confirmed
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Time: 6:30 pm MST
Place: The Brand New Church
1827 West Grovers Avenue
Phoenix, AZ 85023

Sat., Apr. 11th, 2015
Event: Moral Action Ministry — Speaking Engagement/Confirmed
Time: 9:45 am MST
Place: North Scottsdale Christian Church
28700 North Pima Road
Scottsdale, AZ 85262

Sat., Apr. 11th, 2015
Event: Payson Tea Party — Speaking Engagement/Confirmed
Web Site: http://paysonteaparty.org/
Time: 6:30 pm MST
Place: Tiny’s Family Restaurant
600 East Highway 260
Payson, AZ 85541

Thurs., Apr. 16th, 2015
Event: Lake Norman Conservatives — Speaking Engagement/Confirmed
Time: 6 pm EST
Place: Galway Hooker Restaurant & Pub
17044 Kenton Drive
Cornelius, NC 28031

Sat., Apr. 18th, 2015
Event: Spartanburg County GOP Convention — Speaking Engagement/Confirmed
Web Site: http://www.spartanburggop.com/
Time: 9 am EST
Place: Chapman High School
Inman, SC

Mon., Apr. 20th, 2015
Event: Palmetto House Republican Women — Speaking Engagement/Confirmed
Time: 6:30 pm EST
Place: Marriott
299 North Church Street
Spartanburg, SC

Tues., Apr. 21st, 2015
Event: Carroll County TEA Party — Speaking Engagement/Confirmed
Time: 7 pm EST
Place: The Stallings Center
118 S. White Street
Carrollton, GA 30117

Fri., Apr. 24th, 2015
Event: Roseburg Tea Party — Speaking Engagement/Confirmed
Time: TBD
Place: Roseburg, OR

Sat., Apr. 25th, 2015
Event: Libertarian Party of Oregon — Speaking Engagement/Confirmed
Web Site: http://www.lp.org www.lporegon.net
Time: TBD
Place: Salem, OR

Thurs., Apr. 30th, 2015
Event: Redlands Tea Party Patriots — Speaking Engagement/Confirmed
Web Site: http://redlandsteaparty.net/rtp/
Time: 7 pm PST
Place: Mill Creek Cattle Company, Diamond Jim’s Banquet Hall & Saloon
1874 Mentone Blvd.
Mentone, CA

May

Sat., May 30th, 2015
Event: Clark County Republican Lincoln Day Dinner — Speaking Engagement/Confirmed
Web Site: http://www.clarkrepublicans.org/
Time: TBD
Place: Vancouver, WA

03/20/15
LA Tyranny Marathon

The Council Has Spoken!! Our Watcher’s Council Results – 03/20/15

The Watcher’s Council

Courtesy of 100% Fed Up!:

The Council has spoken, the votes have been cast, and the results are in for this week’s Watcher’s Council match up.

You see, it’s been our misfortune to have the wrong religion. Why didn’t we have the religion of the Japanese, who regard sacrifice for the Fatherland as the highest good? The Mohammedan religion too would have been more compatible to us than Christianity. Why did it have to be Christianity with its meekness and flabbiness? – Adolf Hitler

I studied the Qu’ran a great deal. I came away from that study with the conviction that by and large there have been few religions in the world as deadly to men as that of Muhammad. As far as I can see, it is the principal cause of the decadence so visible today in the Muslim world and, though less absurd than the polytheism of old, its social and political tendencies are in my opinion more to be feared, and I therefore regard it as a form of decadence rather than a form of progress in relation to paganism itself. – Alexis de Tocqueville

All this talk of people who burn the Koran and nothing about the people who reacted in such a stupid way. We are always blaming the victim and not holding them — not most Muslims, but at least a large part of Muslim culture that doesn’t condemn their people… There is one religion in the world that kills you when you disagree with them and they say ‘look, we are a religion of peace and if you disagree we’ll f**king cut your head off, and nobody calls them on it — there are very few people that will call them on it. It’s like if Dad is a violent drunk and beats his kids, you don’t blame the kid because he set Dad off. You blame Dad because he’s a violent drunk. – Bill Maher

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This week’s winning essay, Joshuapundit’s The Chicken Or The Egg?, looks at some elements of Islamic culture and asks: is it Islam that promotes the extreme violence and misogyny associated with Muslim societies? Or is that just part of a tribal society that persists in spite of Islam? Here’s a slice:

Unless you’re in a coma, you’ve probably noticed that a great many of the violent and barbaric acts in our modern world can be attributed to followers of Islam.

In the Islamic world today, aside from homicide bombings, jihad and terrorism directed against dar harb ( the part of the world not ruled by Islam), honor killings, female genital circumcision and other forms of violence against women are commonplace, and homosexuals are routinely brutalized and murdered. Non-Muslims are treated as barely human in much of the Islamic world, if they’re allowed to exist at all. Warfare carried out by Muslims is done with modern tools of the trade provided by the despised infidels, but is a relic of the good ol’ primitive and tribal days. Hostages, beheadings and the deliberate killing of civilians are all fair game, and the language of jihad is essentially the same heady stuff used back in the 7th century against the infidel. And through it all, there remains the miasma of seething violent rage at things like the Danish cartoons that simply doesn’t exist in other religious groups.

The question nobody wants to ask keeps floating to the surface: Is Islam to blame? Or, to put it another way, are the perpetrators simply bad Muslims or are they actually good ones who are simply more in tune with Mohammed’s message than the majority? Does Islam itself promote violence? Or are the acts simply a product of primitive tribal society that persists in spite of Islam?

Actually, this is a trick question. I personally believe that Islam and the primitive tribal culture combined back in the day to sustain each other and can’t be separated by their very nature…even though some valiant attempts have been made in the past, and are being made today.

Let’s look at honor killings, for example. Probably the oldest recorded one is in Genesis 34, when Jacob’s daughter Dinah was seduced (or raped, depending on how you interpret the text) by a man from the town of Shechem( modern day Nablus). Afterwards, Jacob’s sons Simeon and Levi instigated the killing of the town’s men in revenge. But the Torah also tells us how Jacob denounced the killings and actually took the time to bad mouth his sons for the deed from his deathbed. Not only that, but you’ll notice a profound difference from the Islamic way of handling this – the onus of punishment fell on the male, not the female.

his isn’t the only honor killing mentioned in the Bible, but they were never condoned or part of Jewish law, just merely reported.

Islam, on the other hand, not only sanctions honor killings but is quite clear about its position in the matter. Killing or flogging an adulteress or a female that has relations with a non-Muslim male are part of sharia ( Qu’ran: 4:15, for example) – provided an Islamic court orders the punishment rather than an individual male family member going off on his own.

Even at that, Islamic courts today in the Muslim world frequently view male family members taking the law into their own hands fairly leniently. In Jordan, for example, many brutal honor killings have been punished by as little as a three month sentence under Jordanian Public Law 340. Moreover, in the context of Islamic society such murderers are often celebrated and held up as role models. Just as homicide bombers and terrorists who kill infidel civilians often are.

But what if a Muslim feels himself disrespected and lives in say, Britain or New Jersey? If no Islamic courts are available, is it permissible to take the law into one’s own hands? Probably. There’s not much in the way of Islamic rulings or commentary on that particular subject, but the near silence of most Muslim clergy in the West when it comes to denouncing honor killings speaks volumes…one of those little inconvenient truths Western apologists for multiculturalism and Islam constantly run up against when a number of Muslim clerics themselves insist that honor killing, female genital mutilation, and stoning of adulterers are mandated by Islam. And, as you’ve probably guessed by now , that’s one of the unspoken reasons behind the push among many Muslims in the West for sharia courts to handle those messy domestic problems that come up with uppity females from time to time.

Violent death penalties for women caught in adultery is fairly typical of a primitive society, but only Islam continues the practice into the present day. No Christian court has ever condemned a woman to death for adultery. And although the death penalty for adultery is found in the Book of Leviticus, there is no record of such a sentence ever carried out by any Jewish court. The same is true of homosexuality; while both Christianity and Judaism consider it ‘a sin and an abomination’ only Islam clearly mandates the death penalty for such activities and carries it out in our present day.

So why does Islamic society persist in these practices?

Much more at the link.

In our non-Council category, the winner was Daniel Greenfield’sObama’s Treason Is The New Patriotism, submitted by The Noisy Room. Daniel has some very hard hitting things to say about President Obama and a number of his questionable actions… and the tendency by the usual suspects to name anyone whom disagrees with the Regime a ‘traitor.’

Here are this week’s full results. GrEaT sAtAn”S gIrLfRiEnD and Rhymes With Right were unable to vote this week, but were not subject to the usual 2/3 vote penalty for not voting:

Council Winners

Non-Council Winners

See you next week!

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03/19/15
Israel

With Gratitude and Gladness!

Arlene from Israel

The Israeli election campaign just ended has been one hell of a dismal and ominous ride.  I knew that well enough, but it was only when near-final results were released, and I began to cry, that I realized how very frightened I had been.  For this nation that I love, and for the free world.

Credit: Reuters/Amir Cohen

And so I am grateful.  First to the Almighty.  And then to the people of Israel, who saw their way past the nonsense, and saved the day.

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The campaign was one that I found shameful on several counts, something I have written about in recent days:

It was personalized – an attack directly on Binyamin Netanyahu (with ridiculous accusations against his wife), rather than primarily a debate on the issues. This was ugly, and unbecoming.

What is more, there is solid reason to believe that the campaign incorporated outside American interference, which is unacceptable by all measures of diplomatic conduct.  Such was the desire and determination of the Obama administration to take down Netanyahu.  (More on this below.)  The campaign advice provided to “the Zionist Camp” was slick – starting, I strongly suspect, with the fact that the merged Labor-Hatenua faction renamed themselves “Zionist Camp,” thereby creating the possibility of confusion in people’s minds.  And, I just as strongly suspect, including an announcement by Livni, just hours before the voting was to start, that she was pulling out of the shared premiereship deal with Herzog (clearly because internal polls indicated he would do better without her).

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That in the end the people of Israel did not buy the rhetoric of the campaign on the left is a source of great gladness.

For – and this is the heart of the matter!! – it is difficult to exaggerate the damage that Buji and Livni might have done, had they gained the reins of the government.  They would have created a threatening situation for us at home with their “two state” negotiations nonsense, would have invited attack by Hamas and Hezbollah with their appeasement, and would have left Obama in the White House and the mullahs in Tehran laughing their heads off.

But we are not in that place.  Thank God, thank God.

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Coming into the election, Bibi was trailing Buji by some four mandates, and it was a scary time. A concerned Bibi let it be known that if the electorate was interested in a nationalist government, they would have to center their votes on Likud, and not spread them out amongst the nationalist parties. For if the nationalist vote was divided, and Herzog came in with more mandates, President Rivlin might select Herzog to first try to form a coalition.

The people heard.

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When the polls closed at 10 PM yesterday, the nation was provided with the results of several media exit polls that had been done in the course of the day.  These polls were supposed to be a reasonably solid predictor of the actual results.

What we were told was that Bibi and Buji were just about neck and neck, at 27 mandates each by most accounts.  This was reassuring – a far cry from the information we had via the final polls five days before the election. There was now solid hope for Likud, as it was being predicted that Bibi had a better chance to form a coalition. But it was still too close for real comfort.  Netanyahu claimed victory; Herzog declined to congratulate him, assuming a “wait and see” stance instead.

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But as the night wore on, the picture changed to one increasingly positive, until it was at last clear that Bibi Netanyahu and Likud had secured an amazing win, with 30 mandates to 24 for Buji and the Zionist Camp.

Buji then congratulated Bibi on his win.  And now it is a sure thing that Rivlin will ask Bibi to form the government.

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Prior to the election, the far left Hadash had joined with the Arab parties for a united list, and they came in third at 14 mandates.  It is expected that they will now break apart again.

Then: Yesh Atid (Lapid) 11, Kulanu (Kahlon) 10, Habayit Hayehudi (Bennett) 8, Shas (Deri) 7, United Torah Judaism (Litzman/Gafni) 6, Yisrael Beitenu (Lieberman) 6, Meretz 4.

Just as Habayit Hayehudi lost mandates (some 12 had been anticipated), because of the call for votes to Likud, so, too, did Eli Yishai’s new party Yahad fail to make the electoral cut-off.  I am sorry about that.  A break off from Shas, and solidly Orthodox/ultra-Orthodox, it was also shaping up as a nationalist party.  I believe Yishai is a good man, and hope he finds his way.

The numbers I cite here represent 99% of the vote, there are still votes from soldiers and others to be counted.  That last 1% is unlikely to change matters – but it could cause a shift, as has happened before.

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I want to mention Naftali Bennett here, because he has conducted himself as a true mensch – a person who behaves with integrity and decency.  He and other members of the party (notably Ayelet Shaked) were able to rejoice at a right wing win, even though it was at the cost of some Habayit Hayehudi mandates.  Said Bennett to his gathered supporters (emphasis added):

“Netanyahu called me. I praised him for the great victory of the national camp. We concluded that we will begin negotiations to establish the government. I tell you, my friends, in these negotiations we will not focus on cabinet positions, rather on values.

“We will take care to ensure a government … that will safeguard the Land of Israel in its entirety. A government that will ensure the Jewish character of the State of Israel. A government that will protect IDF soldiers from outside [legal] persecution.

“We will secure a government that will safeguard a united Jerusalem under the sovereignty of Israel, and Israel only. And a government that will not give a centimeter of Israeli land to the Arabs.

We’re running long distance. We are not afraid, and we don’t lower our heads. We raise our heads higher and higher. We love the people of Israel, the land of Israel. We, all of us, love the Torah of Israel and the soldiers of the Israel Defense Forces.”

http://www.timesofisrael.com/despite-poll-battering-jewish-home-party-defiantly-upbeat/

Jewish Home party leader Naftali Bennett waves to onlookers following elections, March 17, 2015. (photo credit: Avi Lewis/ Times of Israel, Jon Weidberg)

Credit: Avi Lewis/Times of Israel

Bennett’s day will come.  So often politicians are concerned only with the success of their own party, and this is refreshing.

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In terms of how Bibi conducted himself here, we are also seeing integrity.  Bennett was the first one he called, and – undoubtedly appreciating the hit Bennett had taken – he let him know that they would work together to form a nationalist government.  Another cause for gratitude. A new day. There has been all together too much tension between these men, and they should be partners in important work now.

Bibi has said he will form a nationalist religious coalition.  Its exact nature has yet to unfold. There is, of course, much speculation – with many parameters being examined.  In the formation of a coalition government, various factions make demands. Now it is a question of how much Netanyahu needs any given faction, and what the head of that faction is demanding.  The fact that Likud has 30 mandates and not 27 somewhat reduces the bargaining power of the various other parties.

Kahlon is focused on social issues and wants the Finance Ministry (and perhaps housing).  Bibi is prepared to give him Finance, certainly.  Michael Oren, former Israeli ambassador to the US, and now a prominent member of Kulanu, is a two-state man, and makes me nervous.  Lieberman, who has gone way down in the number of mandates his party has, is talking big in terms of wanting Defense.  I would be shocked if he got it.  Lapid is talking about sitting out the coalition and acting in the opposition.  (Suffice it to say here that the ultra-Orthodox parties and Lapid are on opposite sides of a huge divide.)

Bibi does not need all of these parties.  He would be able to pass over at least one if not two of them and still end up with 61 or more mandates.  We’ll watch, and see how it plays over the next couple of weeks.

When I speak of a “new day,” I believe it may be coming in a couple of contexts.  Please note that last time around he gave Livni the Justice Ministry.  Now he speaks of a nationalist religious government.  I believe that Bibi has been pushed hard enough by Obama so that he is in no mood for conciliatory gestures.  Sometimes it has to get worse before it can get better.

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Just a few final thoughts here now.

What is most important is that the world see that a right-leaning nationalist government is where the Israeli electorate stands. This does not make us radicals, even though a left-leaning media will paint us so.  A democratic election was held and the people have spoken.  We will, we must, move on from here.

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To the extent that the left focused on issues during the campaign, they were social/economic issues, such as the need for more housing.  The problem with their perspective is that they represent these issues as the primary and most critical ones.

These issues are very real, but security is and must be treated as more urgent. I read a comment by someone (sorry I cannot quote, as I do not remember who) that: It’s wonderful if the government will build us new apartment complexes, but what good will it do us if Iran nukes them.  Crudely put, but absolutely true.  The right is not mistaken, to be concerned first with Iran, and what would happen if we gave the Palestinian Arabs a state, and what Hezbollah intends to do.

But it would be prudent if Bibi now gave a more serious nod to those economic/social issues.

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For your information: Zahava Gal-On has resigned as head of Meretz because she takes responsibility for the fact that her party only pulled four mandates (at one point it was thought they might not make the cut-off).

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As to the meddling from the US, I would not want to see this issue dropped.  It must be pursued to its end, and it falls to those who are American citizens to demand that this be done.

Please see the article below which appeared a couple of months ago in no less than Haaretz:

“…With the help of American money and a former campaign adviser to President Barack Obama, V15 is trying to replace Israel’s government. The money and organization comes from V15’s partnership with OneVoice…

Their secret campaign weapon is Jeremy Bird, a 36-year-old American political strategist who worked for Obama. Bird has come with a team of four consultants that will try to channel the energies of V15 into an organized methodology.”

http://www.haaretz.com/news/israel-election-2015/.premium-1.639158

And this (emphasis added):

“…the [Senate] probe is looking into funding of the OneVoice Movement, a Washington-based group that has received $350,000 in recent State Department grants. A subsidiary of OneVoice is the Israel-based Victory 15 campaign, guided by top operatives of the White House, which openly seeks to ‘replace the government’ of Israel.”

http://unitedwithisrael.org/is-the-obama-administration-interfering-in-israels-elections/

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There is going to be a great deal to track, as we move forward now. And I am eager to look at a variety of news items, regarding a very defiant Iran, a belligerent Palestinian Authority, and more.

03/18/15
Benjamin Netanyahu

Watcher’s Council Nominations – Winners And Losers Edition

The Watcher’s Council

Some pictures really are worth a thousand words. This was a major defeat for Barack Obama and perhaps, as Winston Churchill once famously put it, ‘the end of the beginning.’

Welcome to the Watcher’s Council, a blogging group consisting of some of the most incisive blogs in the ‘sphere and the longest running group of its kind in existence. Every week, the members nominate two posts each, one written by themselves and one written by someone from outside the group for consideration by the whole Council. Then we vote on the best two posts, with the results appearing on Friday morning.

Council News:

This week, the Watcher’s Council is proud to welcome a new member, Don Surber. I’ve admired his work for quite some time and we’re all glad to have him aboard. Please check out his fine site, and feast your eyes and brain matter on his Council debut below.

So, let’s see what we have for you this week…

Council Submissions:

Non-Council Submissions:

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03/17/15
Trevor Loudon

Trevor Loudon: “Democrats are all either communists or cowards.”

Hat Tip: The Right Planet

From: Politichicks.com

Never one to hold back, author and activist Trevor Loudon discusses his new book ‘The Enemies Within’ with Ann-Marie Murrell at the 2014 South Carolina Tea Party Coalition Convention.

03/15/15
Barack Obama in a Burka

The Faustian Pact Between Obama And Iran

By: Terresa Monroe-Hamilton

As the Democrats scream “Traitor!” and are off on another black is white, up is down tirade after the letter signed by 47 US Senators, all Republicans, was sent to Iran pointing out the minor detail that any agreement made between Obama and Iran without approval by the Senate is unconstitutional, Obama readies a deal nevertheless that he claims he will explain to America after it has been reached. How very dictatorial. How very suicidal for America and Israel.

Let’s get this straight… the traitors here are Barack Obama and any on the Marxist Left who cut a deal with Iran for nuclear capabilities without Congressional approval, by skirting constitutional law and by seeking UN intervention. You don’t get to redefine ‘treason’ as you see fit. I think you have the words ‘patriot’ and ‘traitor’ confused. The first rule of treason is to call the other guy a traitor. You see the true treasonous responses in President Obama’s own reply to the letter which encouraged all this loose talk about treason. “It’s somewhat ironic to see some members of Congress wanting to make common cause with the hardliners in Iran,” he told reporters. “It’s an unusual coalition.” And what would be an act of treachery without the Queen of Transparency, Hillary Clinton, who held a press conference ostensibly to explain why she hid her work product at the State Department and then made similar statements. Although no one asked her about the GOP letter, she gave her opinion: “Either these senators were trying to be helpful to the Iranians, or harmful to commander-in-chief in the middle of high stakes international diplomacy.” Typical Leftist bull crap – blaming those who are trying to save the Republic as being in cahoots with the Iranians when it is so blatantly the other way around. Spoken with a true forked tongue. The Marxists even stooped to calling Tom Cotton, “Tehran Tom.” How very Orwellian to brand someone with that moniker who went to Harvard Law School and enlisted in the US Army to fight in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Then you have John Kerry chiming in. His reaction was one of “utter disbelief” that these rogue Senators would go behind Obama’s back during talks with Iran. And the chorus of “treason” was shrilled even louder after Kerry’s proclamation. They seem to have forgotten that some of their own (including Kerry, as a junior Senator) have met with enemy foreign leaders in defiance of a president of the other party on many occasions, as Kenneth Timmerman points out. In an exchange with Marco Rubio, Kerry said he had shared details of the negotiations with the Saudis and other Sunni allies, but that he wouldn’t do the same with Congress. So, our leaders are to be kept fully in the dark until the deal is set, but they’ll gladly share info with foreign, and some would say ‘enemy’, states. How comforting.

The White House on Saturday wrote a letter warning US senators to withhold legislation that would “likely have a profoundly negative impact on the ongoing negotiations” regarding Iran’s nuclear program, the Huffington Post reported.

More from the Huffington Post:

The letter, written by White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough to Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), reiterates a veto threat of the bill, while insisting that Congress will have a say in reviewing and affecting the ultimate outcome. But in far more detailed and foreboding terms than normal, McDonough lays out the administration’s concerns should Corker’s Iran Nuclear Agreement Review Act of 2015 end up becoming law.

“Put simply,” McDonough wrote, “it would potentially make it impossible to secure international cooperation for additional sanctions, while putting at risk the existing multilateral sanctions regime.”

It comes after months of Congress trying to insert itself into the negotiations between Iran, the U.S. and five partner countries. While the White House maintains it is nearing an agreement that will ensure Iran’s nuclear program is for peaceful purposes, lawmakers have insisted that President Barack Obama is prepared to sign a “bad deal” that will leave too much of Iran’s nuclear facilities intact, allowing it to covertly develop a nuclear weapon. These concerns have been echoed by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who, against the wishes of the White House, delivered a contentious speech on the House floor, warning that the current deal will “all but guarantee” Iran nuclear weapons.

Things came to a head on Monday after nearly every Republican senator signed a letter warning Iran’s leaders that Congress approves international treaties, and that any agreement that fails to come before it could be quickly overturned. The White House decried the letter as inappropriate.

“The Administration’s request to the Congress is simple: let us complete the negotiations before the Congress acts on legislation,” McDonough continued in his Saturday letter to Corker. “We understand that Congress will make its own determinations about how to respond, but we do not believe that the country’s interests are served by congressional attempts to weigh in prematurely on this sensitive and consequential ongoing international negotiation aimed at achieving a goal that we all share: using diplomacy to prevent Iran from developing a nuclear weapon.”

That’s exactly ass backwards and they know it. And it’s disingenuous. That is akin to saying shut up, sit down and do as you are told. Does that sound like a Constitutional Republic to you? That sounds like Moscow to me.

Giddy up, because here comes the UN:

Addressing the Republican Senators who signed the letter, Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif warned that a “change of administration does not in any way relieve the next administration from international obligations undertaken by its predecessor…

“I wish to enlighten the authors that if the next administration revokes any agreement with the stroke of a pen, as they boast, it will have simply committed a blatant violation of international law.”

Zarif went on to reveal details of the agreement that the Obama Administration has so far kept from Congress.

His statement emphasized “that if the current negotiation with P5+1 result[s] in a Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, it will not be a bilateral agreement between Iran and the US, but rather one that will be concluded with the participation of five other countries, including all permanent members of the Security Council, and will also be endorsed by a Security Council resolution.”

Let me spell that out: The Obama administration has told Congress that it won’t submit the nuclear agreement with Iran for Congressional approval, but now Zarif is saying that it will be submitted to the United Nations, to form the basis of a United Nations Security Council resolution, presumably aimed at lifting UN sanctions on Iran.

Americans don’t give a flying crap about Iran’s proclaimed international law. Obama will do the dastardly deal though, I have no doubt. This is the same overreach he is using to grant Amnesty. But constitutional law trumps international law here in the US, whether Obama likes it or not. America is not beholding to the UN… she answers to her founding documents and to her citizenry. Not to a king, dictator, pontiff or whatever the hell Obama sees himself as. And no matter how much Iran huffs and puffs, if a truly conservative leader is elected next time around (and we still exist), he will assuredly scrap that agreement.

From The Washington Free Beacon:

The Iranian government is urging the United States to go straight to the United Nations to finalize any agreement reached in the coming weeks regarding Tehran’s contested nuclear program without seeking congressional approval.

Javad Zarif, Iran’s foreign minister and top negotiator, suggested in a recent interview that the U.N. Security Council should be responsible for approving any agreement reached between Western powers and Tehran over its nuclear program, a proposal that the Obama administration entertained on Thursday.

The State Department argues that a nonbinding agreement with Iran—one that would not be subject to congressional oversight or approval—could be more enforceable due to the removal of opposition by a majority of Republican lawmakers to a deal.

Iran’s backing of a U.N.-approved deal came just days before State Department officials expressed reserved openness to the idea and revealed that they are currently working on a plan with other Security Council members to ease sanctions on Tehran.

Iran is claiming out and out victory over this. Anyone surprised over that? Not me. Iran is getting absolutely everything they want, with virtually no concessions. Iran has been relentless… if they get caught, they simply take one step back and then go right back to their dirty work, figuring no one is watching. So far, that has worked splendidly for them. Obama will probably lift financial sanctions in exchange for a ‘promise’ from Iran to not build a nuclear bomb. That promise will come and will mean nothing. Lucy with a turban will hold the nuclear football and Charlie Brown’s America will wind up on their back once more. Suckers.

Iran has just unveiled a new long-range cruise missile in Tehran. Very soon now, they will have nuclear weapons. And we are cutting faux deals with the devil. Iranian President Hassan Rouhani described his country’s diplomacy with the United States as an active “jihad” that is just as significant to Tehran’s advancement as the slew of new weapons and missiles showcased by the Islamic Republic’s military. The Faustian pact between Obama and Iran will not only ensure a nuclear arms race in the Middle East, it will usher in full on war, with Israel and the US in the cross hairs. And this time, everyone will have nukes. Tell me again, if Obama was working for the enemy (in this case Iran), would he be doing anything differently? Nope.

03/13/15
Hillary Clinton Doll

The Council Has Spoken!! Our Watcher’s Council Results – 03/13/15

The Watcher’s Council


From the Genius of The Right Planet

The Council has spoken, the votes have been cast and the results are in for this week’s Watcher’s Council match-up.

One of the critical issues that we have to confront is illegal immigration, because this is a multi-headed Hydra that affects our economy, our health care, our education systems, our national security and also our local criminality. – Allen West

Illegal immigrants are to immigration what shoplifters are to shopping. – Jerry Agar

In the first place, we should insist that if the immigrant who comes here in good faith becomes an American and assimilates himself to us, he shall be treated on an exact equality with everyone else, for it is an outrage to discriminate against any such man because of creed, or birthplace, or origin. But this is predicated upon the person’s becoming in every facet an American, and nothing but an American…There can be no divided allegiance here. Any man who says he is an American, but something else also, isn’t an American at all. We have room for but one flag, the American flag… We have room for but one language here, and that is the English language… and we have room for but one sole loyalty and that is a loyalty to the American people. – President Theodore Roosevelt

A nation that cannot control its borders is not a nation. – President Ronald Reagan

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This week’s winning essay, The Right Planet’sA Strong Warning from Trevor Loudon on Illegal Amnesty, is an in-depth look at amnesty for illegal aliens, the radical roots of many of its activists and how it is being used as a tool to subvert the basic fabric of the country. Here’s a slice:

For the past three years, Trevor Loudon, author of the book “Barack Obama and the Enemies Within,” has been trying to warn Americans about the Marxist takeover of the Democratic Party. If you listen to the video above, you can hear Trevor is losing his voice from all the rallies he’s been attending lately. He is trying, with every fiber in his being, to warn Americans of the dire consequences of ignoring the ominous slide toward pure socialism occurring now in the American body politic.

A little while back I had the distinct pleasure of sitting down and talking to Trevor Loudon at length when he visited Indianapolis. Many of the points he is making in his presentation to the Leadership Institute were the same ones he made during his visit to Indy.

I want to focus on some key points regarding illegal immigration Trevor made in his presentation.

Before 1995, the AFL-CIO labor union was lead by alleged anti-communists like Lane Kirkland and George Meany. But, in 1995, the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA) and the Gramcsiist communists kicked out Lane Kirkland, replacing him with DSA member John Sweeney. Sweeney is currently President Emeritus of the AFL-CIO. He was president of the organization for four terms, from 1995 to 2009. Richard L. Trumka is the current AFL-CIO President.

The radical leftists took over every major labor union in the country, and purged the Democratic Party of all the moderates, dixiecrats, centrists and bluedog democrats—with Sen. Joe Lieberman being the last to go.

Today, there is not a single policy embraced by the Democratic Party that can be distinguished from the platform of the Communist Party USA or the Democratic Socialists of America. This is full-on Marxism-Leninism, ladies and gentlemen. I have been warning about this for years—Trevor, even longer. Now we have a situation where some twenty-thousand Marxists own the unions, and the unions own the Democratic Party. It was Vladimir Lenin who once wrote that the labor unions are “the transmission belts from the Communist Party to the masses.”

Trevor mentioned some key individuals worth noting in his presentation that have been major driving forces behind the “immigration reform” movement (i.e. amnesty) in the United States.

The first organized effort to bring Latinos into the Democratic Party started with hardcore communist Bert Corona in the 1950’s. It was Corona who set up the Viva Kennedy clubs that, for the first time, brought large numbers of Mexican-Americans into a Presidential campaign.

The former mayor of Los Angeles, Antonio Villaraigosa—a hardcore Marxist, who cut sugar cane in Cuba for the Castro brothers—turned L.A. into a sanctuary city, and forbade the LAPD from enforcing immigration. The illegals flooded into California by the hundreds of thousands.

Communist Party supporter, and former head of the California senate, Gil Cedillo, pushed through the DREAM Act in California about three years ago, giving so-called “rights” to the children of illegal immigrants—euphemistically called “undocumented workers.”

More at the link.

In our non-Council category, the winner was Mark Steyn with The Enemy Of My Enemy submitted by The Noisy Room. This is Steyn’s take on Israeli PM Benyamin Netanyahu’s speech to Congress… and as usual with Steyn, he gets to the heart of the matter with his customary wit and brilliance. Do read it.

Here are this week’s full results. Only Rhymes With Right was unable to vote this week, but was not subject to the usual 2/3 vote penalty for not voting:

Council Winners

Non-Council Winners

See you next week!

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It’s a weekly magazine of some of the best stuff written in the blogosphere and you won’t want to miss it… or any of the other fantabulous Watcher’s Council content.

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03/12/15
John Kerry, Mohamed Morsi

John Kerry’s ‘Nonbinding’ Agreeability with Iran Demonstrates our Conspiracy-Incompetence Maxim

Gulag Bound

Never ascribe to only conspiracy, that which may also be incompetence,
and vice versa.

Or, said another way…

Never presume that conspiracy and incompetence are mutually exclusive,
without due evidence.

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DougRoss@Journal

BECAUSE, CRUSADES: Kerry, State Department Agree That any Iran Deal Would Be “Non-Binding”

By The Tower

Over the past two days, both U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and State Department Spokesperson Jen Psaki have admitted that the current nuclear deal being negotiated with Iran is “non-binding.”

Speaking at a hearing of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee today, Kerry said that the deal is not “legally binding.”

“We’ve been clear from the beginning we’re not negotiating a legally binding plan. We’re negotiating a plan that will have a capacity for enforcement,” he told the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

“We don’t even have diplomatic relations with Iran right now.”

Kerry made his remarks in the context of addressing what he called the “misconceptions” contained in the open letter released earlier this week that was signed by 47 Senators.

In an exchange with reporters at yesterday’s daily State Department press conference, Psaki was asked how the deal could be non-binding if the United States does not trust Iran. The video is embedded below the transcript.

QUESTION: The problem is is that you’ve stressed over and over again this is not about trusting, right? This is about verifying. But then you’re saying that these are political commitments but not necessarily binding. It would seem to me that if this wasn’t about trust, you would want them to be binding, not political commitments, which are your word. That’s what a political —

MS. PSAKI: Well, Brad, we’re talking about specifically how pieces —

QUESTION: Political commitment just means “I will do this.”

MS. PSAKI: It is not that. We’re talking about how specifically pieces would be agreed to between the parties. In terms of the implementation of it, I’m sure we will talk about that at the time we would have an agreement.

QUESTION: Since I don’t understand then what a political – as I understand a political commitment, it means a person or a political entity saying, “I will do this; I commit to doing this.” How is that not anything other than giving your word?

MS. PSAKI: Well, again, Brad, if we get to the point where we have a framework, where we have an agreement, I’m sure we will have a discussion about how things will be implemented.

QUESTION: I’m just asking for the concept of political commitment. What does that mean, beyond giving your word?

MS. PSAKI: I just gave you additional examples of how that has been implemented and how it has worked in the past.

QUESTION: The Iranians have talked about this, whatever it is, that if anything happens, that it being – the idea that the UN Security Council would at least endorse it if not enshrine it in some kind of a resolution. Is that something that you think would be useful?

MS. PSAKI: I’m just not going to get ahead of how this would be implemented at this point in time.

QUESTION: So —

MS. PSAKI: Obviously, there’s a lot of work that needs to be done between now and then.


Last week, Armin Rosen of Business Insider reported that the non-binding nature of the deal was “one of the more curious yet least commented-upon aspects” of the nuclear negotiations with Iran.

In October, the New York Times reported that the Obama administration was pursuing a nuclear deal with Iran that would avoid the Senate altogether. That means that the deal would technically be an “executive agreement” in which the president reaches an understanding with a foreign government that doesn’t require any changes in US law — rather than a treaty, which requires a 2/3 majority in the Senate and could supersede certain laws.

The trouble is that Congress has passed numerous sanctions bills relating to Iran. And while Obama has the right to grant sanctions waivers under certain circumstances, he doesn’t have the power to just take them off the books by decree.

“An executive agreement never overrides inconsistent legislation and is incapable of overriding any of the sanctions legislation,” says David Rivkin, a constitutional litigator with Baker Hostetler, LLP who served in the White House Counsel’s Office in the Reagan and George H. W. Bush Administrations. “A treaty that has been submitted for Senate’s advise and consent and if it’s self-executing could do that.”

There is strong bipartisan support for Congressional oversight of any nuclear deal reached with Iran, both within Congress and among voters. The non-binding aspect to the deal is a way to bypass that oversight.

[Photo: Senate Foreign Relations Committee ]

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One more note from the Gulag: Remember, we’re talking about this guy.

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Well… and this one.

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Meanwhile, back in reality…

Iran Declares Pre-emptive Victory in Nuke Talks

H/T for this Free Beacon story: Denise Simon, @spongedocks