11/26/14

The New Axis of Evil Waging Unconventional Warfare

By: Terresa Monroe-Hamilton

For years, we have warned about the solidifying new Axis of Evil between Russia, China and Iran. It is now fully formed and growing in strength. Already Russia and China’s militaries have grown arguably more powerful than ours if you consider their nuclear arsenals and Obama’s rigorous gutting of our military stockpiles and forces. The purge continues daily. All the while a military/security pact has flourished among the Axis of Evil players via the Shanghai Cooperation Organization.

Unlike the US, our enemies realize that the Cold War never ended… it shifted and put on a new face. We must confront the fact we are at war with these foes, because whether we recognize it or not, they certainly do. It won’t be long until they have formulated their strategies sufficiently enough and tested their capabilities thoroughly enough to ensure victory when they attack us full force and on multiple fronts.

While we have used diplomacy and have attempted to talk our enemies to death or to strangle them economically, said enemies have developed a whole cadre of unconventional warfare skills that include clandestine, strike forces, cyber, battlefield, drone/aerial, nuclear, space, economic, infiltration, information/data, legal, psychological, political, medical, propaganda, terrorism and media efforts. The US is stuck in viewing warfare as a one or two front venture, when in reality it is multifaceted and is a military hydra of immense possibilities. Where we are naive in this regard, unfortunately for us, our enemies are not. Our strategy to counter unconventional, information warfare threats from states and terrorists is wholly lacking.

To counter the threats that face us, we must think as our enemies do. Plan and strategize as they do. Take a look at the Chinese who have been waging unrestricted warfare strategies since the 1990s. While we dithered over political correctness, the Chinese have been conquering space; the Russians have taken over the Arctic; both own the oceans and skies, and both have been regularly attacking us via cyberspace as has been Iran. China is suspected in numerous power outages in the Eastern US. These are dry runs – tests, since the Russians and the Chinese have malware cozily nestled in all of our major infrastructure now just awaiting the right moment of activation.

From Bill Gertz:

The 48-page white paper, published Sept. 26 by the Fort Bragg, North Carolina command, urges building new, non-kinetic warfare tools into a comprehensive U.S. and allied strategy.

The tools should include covert and clandestine special operations commando activities combined with political, intelligence, diplomatic, and financial warfare methods to counter the activities of states like Russia, China and Iran, and insurgent activities by terrorist groups such as the Islamic State.

Countering unconventional warfare also should be made “central to U.S./NATO security policy and practice over the next several decades,” the report states.

The Army study said the U.S. government “lacks a cohesive [information warfare] strategy to counter adversary [unconventional warfare] campaigns conducted by state and non-state actors, and this has hindered the U.S./NATO response to Russian aggression in Ukraine.”

“The U.S. government must develop a comprehensive framework to plan and execute regional and global IW strategies and operations that counter adversary UW campaigns as part of a whole-of-government approach,” the report said.

One wonders why the sole remaining Super Power on Earth would let their enemies so outpace them militarily. There is a very simple, brutal answer: we have an enemy from within as President. Obama wants us gutted as a military power so we will fall to our enemies. It’s as simple as that. Every action he has carried out screams it. The latest being getting rid of Hagel. Albeit, Hagel was a weak military agent, but at least in the end he had the nerve to say Obama was screwing things up. He paid the price for his honesty. Obama is sending weapons and supplies not to our allies, but to our enemies in the Middle East. The Pentagon and the military know that the Commander-in-Chief is sabotaging them. Oh, yes they do. There is severe conflict in the military ranks and it will get worse and may come to the breaking point.

While Islamic threats are incredibly dangerous and horribly barbaric in their bloody Caliphate building across the Middle East, the bigger threat is Russia and China. If Obama wanted to, he could decimate ISIS militarily, but you won’t see him do that because they serve his agenda. He is using ISIS as a distraction to justify other maneuvers, such as forming an alliance with a nuclear Iran and further weakening us. It’s been planned all along. And Obama’s agenda serves Russia and China. We are watching bloody Kabuki Theater in the military arena. Nothing is as it seems and we are being played.

More from Gertz:

“Russian unconventional warfare is thus the central, most game-changing component of a hybrid warfare effort involving conventional forces, economic intimidation of regional countries, influence operations, force-posturing all along NATO borders, and diplomatic intervention,” the report said.

“The brazen audacity of unconventional warfare within Russian hybrid warfare has produced urgent concern among America’s NATO and non-NATO partners that Russia may apply similar approaches to other regional countries in the region with dissenting Russophile populations, such as the Baltic States, Moldova, and Georgia,” the report adds.

According to the report, Russia is using special operations forces, intelligence agents, political provocateurs, and news media reporters, as well as transnational criminal elements in eastern and southern Ukraine.

“Funded by the Kremlin and operating with differing degrees of deniability or even acknowledgement, the Russian government uses ‘little green men’ for classic [unconventional warfare] objectives,” the report says.

The objectives of Russian covert warfare include “causing chaos and disrupting civil order” and provoking an excessive reaction from Ukrainian security organs that Moscow hopes will delegitimize the Kiev government.

The Russians have engaged in a successful unconventional warfare campaign against Ukraine by organizing pro-Russian separatists and dispatching advisers and fighters from Russian special forces and intelligence units to assist them. Activities include funding and arming, tactical coordination, and fire support for separatist military operations.

The report identified retired Col. David S. Maxwell, a former Army special operations officer, as a “chief advocate” for a new counter unconventional warfare strategy and methods.

“Our enemies are conducting unconventional warfare and political warfare: Russia and its new Generation Warfare, Iran and its Iranian Action Network, and the Chinese Three Warfares,” Maxwell said in an email to the Washington Free Beacon.

“Non-state actors such as al Qaeda are conducting unconventional and political warfare,” he added. “We need to understand their strategies and we need to be able to counter their strategies. Counter unconventional warfare provides a foundation for strategic thinking about the threat strategies we face.”

Maxwell told a U.S. Special Operations Command briefing in July that counter unconventional warfare, or U-CW in Army parlance, can prevent states and groups from achieving their strategic aims.

Counter programs against unconventional war are likely to be “protracted and psychological-centric in nature,” Maxwell told SOCOM and added that the United States should “comprehensively employ political, economic, military, and psychological pressure” to degrade both the will and capability of enemies to use the new form of warfare.

The US must resume political warfare that was utilized before the end of the Cold War. Time to get our spies and operatives ready to go again. It’s a new, ruthless game out there and we are way behind.

We need to use special forces such as SEAL teams and the Green Berets for targeted assassinations and surgical strikes. They are among the most deadly players on the planet – let’s use their special talents to our full advantage. It is a game of war we dare not lose. Set loose the dogs of war and play to win.

I would caution America to get with it and to realize just how big an enemy both Russia and China are. The Chinese are incredibly brilliant strategists and can be ruthless and absolutely cold-blooded.

The Washington Free Beacon:

China’s use of unconventional warfare was described in the Army report as based on the 1999 book by two Chinese colonels called Unrestricted Warfare that calls for using all means to defeat enemies, including cyber attacks, ecological warfare, financial warfare, and terrorism.

“China will use a host of methods, many of which lie out of the realm of conventional warfare,” the report said. “These methods include trade warfare, financial warfare, ecological warfare, psychological warfare, smuggling warfare, media warfare, drug warfare, network warfare, technological warfare, fabrication warfare, resources warfare, economic aid warfare, cultural warfare, and international law warfare.”

Examples include China’s threat several years ago to sell off large U.S. debt holdings to protest U.S. arms sales to Taiwan, and cutting off sales of rare earth minerals to Japan in a dispute over the Senkaku Islands in the East China Sea.

Chinese news outlets also are used in media warfare, including at the White House. “The Chinese state-controlled television station network CCTV has a White House pool reporter that could influence U.S. media reporting on China issues,” the report said.

Cyber attacks also are a key Chinese unconventional warfare tool and the report said Chinese hackers are suspected of causing power outages in the northeastern United States and Florida, the report said.

“China’s cyber-attacks clearly show the vulnerabilities to the U.S. public and private sectors information and infrastructure security,” the report said. “States like Russia and China will continue to exploit weaknesses in cyberspace to gather information and influence others.”

Iran’s strong point is terrorism and the funding of such across the planet, especially Hezbollah. But they also use HAMAS, the Palestinian Islamic Jihad, the Taliban and Iraqi Shia groups. The Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps Qods Force is infamous for their military prowess and the willingness to be brutal as needed. In Iraq, they target dams, power plants and pipelines. In 2012, Iran was responsible for cyber attacks on US banks that produced “debilitating” effects. Iranian hackers also infiltrated Navy and Marine Corps computer networks and they are backing the Syrian Electronic Army cyber group.

Obama wants an alliance with Iran and is angling for them to go fully nuclear – he is in bed with the enemy – via Trevor Loudon:

Here is the bait which will be used to lure the American public onto a viciously barbed hook.

Michael Ledeen maintains that Obama has wanted an alliance with Iran since the beginning of his first term of office. Obama would know that it would take something pretty dramatic to get the American public to swallow such a repugnant policy reversal.

To accept Iran, the public would have to be conditioned to fear something even worse.

It is known that Obama knew about ISIS for months and did nothing until they gathered so much strength and committed so many atrocities that he could no longer ignore them.

Now with horrific mass killings and brutal filmed beheadings, much of the American public believes that a ragtag army of Islamist extremists is public enemy number one. Not to diminish the threat from ISIS in any way, but what about Russia and its 8,500 nukes, China with its rapidly growing political, economic and military power, and an almost nuclear capable Iran? The focus is now all on ISIS – a threat that the president was at least negligent in allowing to grow.

Did the President deliberately allow ISIS to get out of hand in order to gull the American public into accepting an alliance with their former sworn enemy, Iran?

Is Obama deliberately exploiting the “Isis Crisis” in order to create the unholiest of unholy alliances?

Was ISIS allowed to grow unchecked, so that Obama could hold out his hand in friendship to a sworn enemy of liberty and American values? To a nation that still plans to annihilate America’s only real real friend in the Middle East, Israel?

I suspect that President Obama does not plan to let the “Isis Crisis” go to waste.

The US needs to have leaders that lead, who aren’t craven cowards and who aren’t afraid of offending someone. They need those that act decisively on their own, while at the same time are part of a strong military command. If killing and destruction are called for, do it and don’t look back. Don’t clean up the mess, leave that to our enemies. It sends a message and projects strength. We win and go home. The new Axis of Evil is waging unconventional warfare against us and we better wake up to the fact we are in a world war before we wind up permanently crippled or dead as a nation. War is unforgiving and so are our enemies – strategize, plan and execute before our enemies do.

11/26/14

Watcher’s Council Nominations – What Stays In Vegas Edition

The Watcher’s Council

Snake Eyes for ol' Snake eyes.

Snake Eyes For the Snake-In-Chief!

From the awesome Chris Muir at Day By Day, of course.

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:

The Council In Action!!

Tom White of Virginia Right is increasing in awesomeness every time we turn around! Aside from his status as a political guru in the Old Dominion, being virtually alone in predicting Dave Brat’s upset victory, he’s now becoming a local go to on other issues as well.

This week, he was cited in the Richmond Post-Dispatch, was interviewed on WRIC, the local ABC outlet and linked to on the station’s website after he wrote a big story locally about how parents in his locality were upset by the odd use of the name ‘Jihad’ in a kid’s math problem, which goes along with the Muslim Brotherhood line about ‘Jihad’ merely meaning ‘struggle’ and thus normal behavior… even though all four Muslim fiqhs (Muslim schools of jurisprudence) agree that it’s primary use is to refer to holy war against the infidel. Here’s Tom in action:

You just know that the retired teacher they let follow him is a hardcore Democrat, right? Outstanding, sir.

And speaking of outstanding, there’s another little matter we need to get to. Tom White just had a birthday that slipped by my notice, so it’s time for a belated festiva, que sabe?

Shadow Birthday Cake

This little number is called a Shadow Cake… yellow sponge with homemade chocolate buttercream, with some candy roses on top.

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And to drink, I’m going to resist the urge to go local and splurge on some Veuve Cliqot.

And, for those of you whom indulge, some wondrous Virginia moonshine, manufactured by men who despise both the revenooers (don’t we all?) and the idea of turning perfectly good corn into ethanol. Instead, they provide us with this nectar.

Slanje, Lechaim and Kempai!

Tom is what used to be referred to as a Renaissance man, someone who does many things superbly well. Aside from his undoubted blogging talent (he was chosen a top political blogger by the AFP in the 2012 elections), he’s a highly accomplished singer/songwriter who gigs locally and has his own studio, is highly active in Virginia politics, runs his own insurance agency and is a top IT consultant as well.

Of course, all that aside, he’s a great guy and a firm friend. He’s never failed to help out any of us who are mired in techi-type difficulties and that especially applies to me. Although none of us on the Council have ever met him personally, he was our unanimous choice to be the Council’s treasurer, which is just a small indication of the respect we have for him and the esteem we hold him in.

Me? All I’ll say is that from minute one, Tom was one of those people I instinctively liked. And also on the plus side, he puts up with me… how good is that?

Happy belated my friend. Many, many more.

This week, Le·gal In·sur·rec·tion, The Political Commentator, The Elder Of Ziyon and Seraphic Secret earned honorable mention status with some great articles.

You can, too! Want to see your work appear on the Watcher’s Council homepage in our weekly contest listing? Didn’t get nominated by a Council member? No worries.

To bring something to my attention, simply head over to Joshuapundit and post the title and a link to the piece you want considered along with an e-mail address (mandatory, but of course it won’t be published) in the comments section no later than Monday 6 PM PST in order to be considered for our honorable mention category. Then return the favor by creating a post on your site linking to the Watcher’s Council contest for the week when it comes out on Wednesday morning.

Simple, no?

It’s a great way of exposing your best work to Watcher’s Council readers and Council members while grabbing the increased traffic and notoriety. And how good is that, eh?

So, without further ado, let’s see what we have for you this week…

Council Submissions

Honorable Mentions

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Enjoy! And don’t forget to like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter… ’cause we’re cool like that! And don’t forget to tune in Friday for the results!

11/21/14

Obama Rolls the Dice on Immigration – America Comes Up Snake Eyes

By: Terresa Monroe-Hamilton
Hat Tip: BB


Day by Day Cartoon – Chris Muir

In an egregious violation of the separation of powers, Barack Obama last night declared that 5 million illegal aliens would be granted Amnesty. Well, in the end it will be more like 34 million, but who’s counting anymore? He does not have the legal standing to do so… however, he does have a pen and a phone and he believes that is all he needs as king. Well, the king, or more appropriately, the emperor, is a fink. One could hear the thunderous applause of the elitist Leftists and the invaders who have breached our nation in a silent coup last night. And trust me, many of them will not come from south of the border and many of them are communists. As The Hayride points out, last night was eerily similar to the proclamation by Padme Amidala, the character played by Natalie Portman in Star Wars Episode III:

So this is how liberty dies. With thunderous applause.

And so it goes that something our President swore he would never do and that was illegal 25 or more times, has come to be. All to change the voting demographic, appease the National Chamber of Commerce, Hispanics and Progressives nationwide. The Executive Order is cheap, but the price America will pay is priceless. It could even devolve into Civil War.

Flashback to what Obama has said before:

The notion that I can just suspend deportations through executive order. That’s just not the case. Because there are laws on the books that Congress has passed. There are enough laws on the books by Congress that are very clear in terms of how we have to enforce our immigration system. That for me to simply through executive order ignore those congressional mandates would not conform with my appropriate role as president. – March, 2011

I can’t solve this problem by myself. We’ll have to have bipartisan support to make it happen. – April, 2011

We’re also a nation of laws. That’s part of our tradition. And so the easy way out is to try to yell and pretend I can do something by violating our laws. – November, 2013

I can’t simply ignore laws that are out there. I have to work to make sure they’re changed. – October, 2010

I know some wish I could just bypass Congress and change the law myself.
[Cheering]
But that’s not how a democracy works. See, a democracy is hard. But it’s right. Changing our laws means doing the hard work of changing minds and changing votes one by one. – April, 2011

Sometimes when I talk to immigration advocates, you know, they wish I could just bypass Congress and change the law myself. But that’s not how a democracy works. – May, 2011

Now, I swore an oath to uphold the laws on the books. Now, I know some people want me to bypass Congress and change the law on my own. Believe me, the idea of doing things on my own is very tempting.
[applauding]
I promise you. Not just on immigration reform.
[laughter]
But that’s not how our system works. – July, 2011

Evidently, Obama has been stricken with selective amnesia, because he has done exactly what he said he could not do.

In his speech last night, Obama spouted lie after lie. He claimed that border crossings are down. As Americans collectively rolled on the floor, alternately laughing and weeping, the truth still remains that it was a blatant lie. They have skyrocketed when you count the number of children and young adults alone over the last two years and the numbers are staggering. That doesn’t include your average illegal alien, terrorists, Ebola/disease ridden refugees, gang members, criminals or communists. But hey, Obama is fair minded after all – he also granted Amnesty to those who have found their way here from Ebola stricken countries. President Obama separately ordered up to 8,000 more executive pardons and special work passes for Liberians, Sierra Leoneans and Guineans illegally in the country. I’m sure people will feel smug and charitable as they lay bleeding from every orifice and dying on the streets and in the gutters. Justice and death for all.

Obama continued to assert that if the Republicans would just pass a bill, he would sign it and all this EO nonsense would go away. Just one catch… it has to be his way, or the highway. How’s that for thuggery? All that time in Chicago was well spent. As for increasing spending and security at the border, does anyone really believe that anymore?

In reference to getting rid of criminal illegals, he just set a whole slew of them free. Why in the world would he follow through with deporting them? Simple… he won’t. He figures Americans have it coming and that we deserve to be a third world hellhole. Crime and chaos add to the mix and he’s loving it.

Obama isn’t bringing people out of the shadows. He’s ushering millions more in to join those already there in the dark pit of poverty and slavery. As for him saying they won’t get healthcare or citizenship, do you believe that? I don’t. Obama is giving the Father of Lies a run for his money here.

Our immigration system is not broken. Nope. Our laws are not being enforced and our police officers and border agents are not being allowed to do their job. I’m tired of hearing from both sides on how we need to fix this. It’s easy… follow the damn laws and it is fixed. Secure the border for real and it is fixed. Stop pandering and rigging the vote and it’s fixed. Get rid of the Marxist Progressives on both sides of the aisle and it is fixed. Got it?

And for those genius Republicans out there that figure this can be reversed… that it can be funded and then defunded… you are either delusional or disingenuous in the extreme. Obama opened the floodgates last night and declared war on America. How are you going to undo millions of illegal invaders and a rigged vote when you can’t even seem to find your spine? I’m not holding my breath waiting for you to actually do something.

No president has used an Executive Order on immigration to contradict law as passed by Congress. Not Bush, not Clinton, not Reagan. The Amnesties under them as well were miniscule in comparison to this travesty. Obama is taking jobs away from actual Americans and giving them to those who are criminals. He has redistributed our hard-earned wages through Obamacare to the poor and the illegal as well. This is straight up Cloward and Piven – it’s Marxism.

Fortunately, some things did not make the cut:

  • Special, easy rules for illegal-alien farm workers;
  • A blanket legalization program for the parents of the DACA beneficiaries, those who had arrived illegally before their 16th birthday; a tabloid headline writer might have written “Devious Daddies of the DACA Dreamers Denied”; and
  • The admissions of lots more H-1B workers.

Cold comfort though as Obama hammered home the final nails in America’s coffin last night.

Perhaps the biggest insult last night was quoting scripture to justify his lawlessness. But that’s okay, in Islam it is okay to lie to the infidels to obtain your goals. That is what our President did last night. He lied to the stupid Americans – we’ve been Grubered.

As Senator Sessions said correctly, we have to fight this. We have no choice:

Americans defeated President Obama’s disastrous amnesty plans both in Congress and at the voting booth. Tonight, President Obama defied an entire nation and declared that he will impose his rejected amnesty through the brute force of executive order.

What Obama did last night set an evil precedent. He laid the groundwork that makes him a Monarch and Congress utterly irrelevant. It shreds the Constitution and the Republic. It was the most over-reaching Constitutional violation ever seen in our lifetime and that is not hyperbole. As Laura Ingraham said last night on Fox News, a law suit should be brought to bear, but there has to be standing. It should be filed by a member of Congress and it should reference a violation of separation of powers. Let the lawsuits nationwide begin. While we are on the subject, impeach the bastard. Even if it fails, it makes a much needed statement. Funding should also be wielded as Ted Cruz suggested, funding the military and those areas we absolutely must have as a nation, while starving behemoths such as DHS and the areas that feed the beast of Amnesty. Agencies could also be actually shut down and pressure brought to bear on areas of government that hurt Obama and his cronies. Freeze his appointments for the next two years. Don’t believe the Left or the Right when they say it is impossible to defund or to fight this. We are being played. There are many, many on the right that are screaming about what Obama has done, but it is an act. They want this and therefore threw up their hands, got on a plane and went home to celebrate over the Thanksgiving holiday.

IBD says we teeter on a Constitutional tipping point:

There’s more at stake here than mere political fortunes. We are at the constitutional tipping point that Georgetown University law professor Jonathan Turley warned us about as Obama continues to wield executive authority that he himself once said he did not have.

We live in a constitutional republic, and the president who says he cannot wait for the Congress to act ignores a Constitution that says he has to. Article I, Section 8 gives Congress exclusive authority to “establish a uniform Rule of Naturalization” and Article II, Section 3 says that it’s the president’s duty “to take Care that the Laws be faithfully executed.”

Professor Turley told the House Judiciary Committee at a Dec. 3 hearing that Obama’s abuse of executive power has grown to the point that “he’s becoming the very danger the Constitution was designed to avoid.”

It’s time to protect the Constitution. Don’t show him the money, Congress.

As Glenn Beck put it… “We are now living in the shadow of a king: without the rule of law, there is no United States.” It must be good to be king.

In the November elections, Obama and the Left were roundly slapped around by American voters. They don’t want Obamacare and they don’t want Amnesty. They are tired of high unemployment and of wondering how they will pay their bills and put food on the table next week. A despot rises wearing a laurel wreath of golden thorns dripping poison. He has sworn to veto any bill undoing Amnesty. Obama is acting like an emperor and has issued an imperial decree. But, in reality, he is the emperor of the Caesar’s Palace of America. He has rolled the dice on the Constitution for Amnesty and America has come up snake eyes.


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11/21/14

The Council Has Spoken!! This Week’s Watcher’s Council Results – 11/21/14

The Watcher’s Council

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

“This morning in Jerusalem Palestinians attacked Jews who were praying in a synagogue. To have this kind of act, which is a pure result of incitement, of calls for ‘days of rage,’ of just irresponsibility, is unacceptable.”

“People who have come to worship God in a sanctuary of a synagogue were/// murdered in a holy place in an act of pure terror and senseless brutality and murder.” – U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry

“There are two races of men in this world but only these two: the race of the decent man and the race of the indecent man.” – Victor Frankl, Auschwitz survivor, in ‘Man’s Search For Meaning’

“It’s not enough for us to say: ‘There are those carrying out Ribat’ (religious war over land claimed to be Islamic). We must all carry out Ribat in the Al-Aqsa [Mosque]. It’s not enough for us to say: ‘The settlers have arrived [at the Mosque]’. They have come, and  we have to prevent them, by any means necessary, from entering the Sanctuary. They have no right to enter it. They have no right to defile it. – Mahmoud Abbas, inciting violence on Official Palestinian Authority TV

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This week’s winning essay was Joshuapundit’sThe Blood Of Zion Cries Out. It was my reaction on the day four rabbis and a Druze traffic cop who tried to stop the killers were murdered with guns and meat cleavers in a Jerusalem synagogue. Here’s a slice:

Early this morning, four Jews at morning prayers were murdered in a synagogue in Jerusalem after two Palestinian broke in and assaulted the worshipers with gunfire and meat cleavers.

Many others were wounded and four are in critical condition.

The terrorist attack took place in Har Hof a predominantly Orthodox neighborhood at the Kehilat Yaakov synagogue on Agasi Street.

The Murder victims were identified as Rabbi Moshe Twersky, the head of the Torat Moshe yeshiva, 59; 40-year-old  Rabbi Aryeh Kupinsky; 50-year-old Rabbi Kalman Levine; and 68-year-old Rabbi Avraham Shmuel Goldberg(HY”D). Rabbi Kupinsky, Rabbi Levine and Rabbi Twersky were all American citizens, while Rabbi Goldberg was a British subject. A Druze policeman, 30-year-old Master Sergeant Zidan Sif subsequently died of his wounds as well, and all Israel will mourn and honor him.

The killers stormed the synagogue at 7 AM local time. There was no warning and no way for the victims to defend themselves.The rabbis were murdered during the sacred prayer of Shimoneh Esrei, with siddurim (prayer books) in their hands and their tefillum on.

Eye witness Ya’akov Amos said: ‘The terrorist moved to within a metre of me then started shooting. One, two, three, bang, bang, bang. I immediately hit the ground and tried to protect myself with a prayer stand. He kept screaming ‘Allah hu’Akbar’.

There was blood everywhere, so much that one of the medical workers slipped in it and broke his leg.

The international reaction was interesting. Even U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry seemed shocked, with his voice quavering. He even used the “T” word and called for an end to incitement against Jews.

Phillip Hammond, Britain’s Foreign Secretary contented himself with a bloodless statement that ‘both sides’ should seek to ‘reduce tension.’ President Obama, of course, said much the same thing. Somehow, I doubt they would have merely talked about both sides reducing tension if four imams had been murdered by a Jew and Qu’rans profaned in this way.

Israel’s economics minister Naftali Bennett was interviewed by the BBC today, and provides us with another indication of exactly how sick and depraved Britain has become when it comes to Israel and the Jews.

(just a hint – when Bennett mentions Abu Mazen, he is using Mahmoud Abbas’s nom de guerre, the terrorist name he used as Arafat’s second-in-command.)

Notice how the interviewer doesn’t even address the issue of Abbas inciting terrorism, but pulls the case of an Arab bus driver who died yesterday, as though that made the savage murder of four Jews at prayer legitimate. That Arab driver, by the way, had a full investigation and an autopsy done on him and there is no doubt he committed suicide. Unlike the Palestinian Authority, Israel jails murderers no matter who they are.

I really felt like saying ‘Kol Hakavod’ when Bennett held up a picture of one of the victims, which the interviewer hastily told him to put down lest he upset the gentle sensibilities of her viewers. I think it is absolutely essential to do just that – to let the British public see what their government is funding and supporting. And I hope it upsets them to the point of utter shame.

At the end of the interview, Bennett says that Britain is going to have to make a choice of whether they support the Free World or not. As I’m sure Bennett knows, the British Government has already made that choice. Which is why, perhaps, they feel compelled to put up with soldiers being beheaded in broad daylight and no go areas for police and non-Muslims in London and other large British cities.

The murderers were both killed in a shootout with police at the scene. They were Ghassan and Oday Abu Jamal from the Jabal Mukaber neighborhood in east Jerusalem. Needless to say, they were acclaimed as heroes and martyrs by all the factions of the Arabs whom call themselves Palestinians.

A Palestinian woman scatters sweets as she celebrates with others an attack on a Jerusalem synagogue

Palestinian supporters of The Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine, (PFLP), a small militant group, dance while waving their flags, after they heard the news of the shooting

“We responded with shouts of joy when we received the news about their deaths,” Ala’a Abu Jamal said of his cousins Ghassan and Uday Abu Jamal to Yedioth Aharonoth. “People here distributed candies to guests who visited us, and there was joy for the martyrs.”

In a message published on its official new website Al-Resalah, Hamas said the attack was “a quality development in fighting the occupation. We highly value the heroism of its operatives.” Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri praised the attack on Qatari news channel Al-Jazeera as “heroic,” calling for more attacks of the same kind.

Hamas MP Mushir Al-Masri happily wrote on Twitter that “Jerusalem has nothing but men who love martyrdom. The heroes of the knife are in Jerusalem. The heroes of the run-over [car attacks] are in Jerusalem. In Jerusalem men take revenge.”

And he posted this on his Facebook page:

A cartoon posted on the Facebook page of Hamas MP Mushir Al-Masri has perpetrators of the Jerusalem attack dressed in religious Jewish garb asking 'where are they?' (photo credit: Facebook)

The Arab killer is asking ‘Where are they hiding?” Needless to say, in spite of what this cartoon shows none of the worshipers were armed.

And Fatah? Mahmoud Abbas, AKA Abu Mazen issued a ‘condemnation’ that wasn’t one. In a statement (in English, not Arabic) it said that “The Palestinian presidency” condemns violence “from whatever source” and “demands an end to the invasions of Al-Aqsa Mosque and the provocations of the Settlers.”

In other words, ‘So sorry, but unless you surrender Jerusalem to us expect more of the same.’

This is the same Mahmoud Abbas who accused Jews of “contaminating” Al-Aqsa Mosque last week, who just a few days ago was telling his people, in Arabic, to ‘defend Jerusalem’ by any means necessary. This is the same Mahmoud Abbas who said nothing when Fatah published cartoons and Facebook posts encouraging terrorist attacks on Jews and “days of rage” to defend the ‘threatened’ Al-Aqsa.

Tawfik Tirawi, former chief of the Palestinian General Security in the West Bank and a member of Fatah’s Central Committee made it even plainer, and in Arabic. Today he told a radio station in Hebron that the attack was “nothing but a reaction to the recent crimes of the occupation and the settlers in occupied Jerusalem and across the nation. The threats of the occupation against our people and the Palestinian leadership, represented by the president, will only increase our efforts in safeguarding our rights.”

His remarks were reprinted on Fatah’s official Facebook page.

I should make something clear here. This is not the fault of Abbas, or Hamas, or any of the Arabs who identify themselves as Palestinians.

It is the fault of the Israeli government.

A significant number of the Palestinians are simply acting as they have always acted since the 1920′s, and these tendencies were unleashed even further once Arafat and the PLO were allowed in to take over after Oslo.

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Israeli governments since Oslo have always allowed themselves to be pressured to ignore these instances of sheer horror… to release  convicted murderers, to make concessions to the terrorist entities on Israel’s borders, and most of all to avoid  finishing them off entirely when their violence and bloodshed mandated a response. This has been especially true since Barack Obama, who styles himself as the Palestinian’s very own community organizer entered the White House.

Is it any wonder that this sort of thing continues to happen? Is it really so puzzling that after allowing Hamas to continue in Gaza and maintaining any kind of relationship with Abbas and the PLO once they allied themselves openly with Hamas that they would resort back to Arafat’s tactics?

Yasser Arafat himself outlined for his followers what this war was really about. On Jordanian TV, right after signing the Oslo Accords he was criticized for signing a peace agreement with the Jews. He responded by reminding his audience of the Peace of Hubidiyeh, a treaty Mohammed made with the Quraysh tribe that he violated as soon as he was strong enough to massacre them, a story every Muslim knows. And then he outlined exactly what this war was about, saying that “either the Jews will push us into the sea or we will push them into the sea.”

Arafat, the leaders of Hamas and numerous members of Fatah have sung the same songs for years. Is it their fault that Israeli governments for years have refused to take them seriously?

More at the link.

In our non-Council category, the winner was Victor Davis HansonA Moral primer submitted by Joshuapundit. Hanson is an old classicist among his other virtues. In this essay, he looks at the state of America and the world, and especially the president who leads us and sees a lack of political and personal morality as a deadly problem, possibly a terminal one for our republic. Do read it.

Here are this week’s full results:

Council Winners

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11/19/14

Watcher’s Council Nominations – The Man Who Would Be King Edition

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Council News:

This week, The Political Commentator, Gates Of Vienna, The Pirate’s Cove and Right Truth earned honorable mention status with some great articles.

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11/15/14

The Subjugation of Christianity and America to the Muslim Brotherhood and Allah

By: Terresa Monroe-Hamilton

Fools. Remember when al Qaeda and ISIS (who have now merged) said they would see their evil, black flag over the White House? Might as well be drifting in the breeze there – this is a major step towards it. You see, to subjugate Christianity to Islam, negates it in the Islamist’s eyes and this is what has happened when you let the Muslim Brotherhood hold their prayers in a Christian cathedral. It also claims DC as a conquest for Islam. So in fact… just as Obama claimed, they now see the US as a Muslim nation.

From Western Journalism:

The 100-year old Washington National Cathedral — celebrated as our “National House of Prayer” by Congress — is opening its doors, pews and pulpit to “radical Muslims” who will essentially turn the cherished Episcopal Church into a mosque.

On Friday, for the first time ever, this prominent and powerful symbol of America’s Judeo-Christian heritage will host a Muslim prayer service.

According to nbcwashington.com:

Planners say they hope Friday’s service at the historic cathedral will foster more understanding and acceptance between Christians and Muslims around the world.

The National Cathedral is where America holds very special religious services — funerals for our presidents, like Ronald Reagan, and for our heroes, like Neil Armstrong.

Now, as a piece on investors.com notes, this great church is welcoming into its sanctuary questionable organizers of this first-of-its-kind Muslim prayer event:

Who are these “organizers”? Members of known Muslim Brotherhood front groups, including the Council on American-Islamic Relations and the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA).

The Justice Department has identified both as belonging to the Hamas wing of the radical Brotherhood. It’s also implicated them in a Hamas conspiracy to raise millions for Palestinian suicide bombers.

These co-sponsors of the National Cathedral jumuah (“for invited guests only”) remain unindicted co-conspirators in a major terror case.

An article in the Washington Post informs us that event organizers say they are seeking to make a statement by having Muslim leaders hold their midday service in such a visible and venerable Christian house of worship.

About 100 invited guests will reportedly attend the closed service, which will be spoken and chanted. The Post story says that Muslim leaders will bring prayer carpets.

“We want the world to see the Christian community is partnering with us and is supporting our religious freedom in the same way we are calling for religious freedom for all minorities in Muslim countries,” said Rizwan Jaka, a spokesman with the prominent ADAMS mosque in Sterling, Va., one of the co-sponsors of Friday’s service.

“Let this be a lesson to the world.”

But some are wondering what kind of “lesson” this will actually teach.

As the editorial in Investor’s Business Daily observes, it could well be that Muslim leaders want the lesson to be that Islam’s infiltration into the highest levels of traditional American life knows no bounds…that event organizers are happy to have their groundbreaking prayer service at the Washington National Cathedral for deeply symbolic reasons:

There are few more powerful symbols of our Judeo-Christian culture than the cathedral — and that’s exactly why the Islamists targeted it.

This is blasphemous and a disgrace. Letting the Muslim Brotherhood bow down to Allah where we have held services for our heroes such as Ronald Reagan and Neil Armstrong. It taints all we stand for and embraces our enemies. Even those who died on 9/11 were remembered there and you let those who murdered them worship on this spot? It doesn’t foster more understanding and acceptance – it is one more goal met by the Muslim Brotherhood in their coup within our walls. This is a lesson alright – a lesson that we have Islam in and controlling our government.


Watch the complete prayer service.

There was at least one Christian with a spine – a woman no less. Of course, she was removed. Can’t have free speech in a mosque now, can we? Amid a private, closed service with heavy security, one woman made her voice heard, denouncing the blasphemous rite of allowing Islam to taint our Christian heritage and faith.

Nevertheless, the carefully scripted ceremony was marred once when one well-dressed, middle-age woman in the audience suddenly rose and began shouting that “America was founded on Christian principles. . . . Leave our church alone!” She was swiftly ushered out by security aides, and the service continued.


Muslims Enforce Sharia in Washington National Cathedral

The Rev. Franklin Graham, who heads the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, said that it was “sad to see a church open its doors to worship of anything other than the One True God of the Bible.” As of late Friday, 64,000 people had “liked” the post. So, you see… Christians are paying attention and they no likey. Thousands should have turned out to protest that service. Shame on us. “America’s House of Prayer” has been claimed by Islam and Americans are too blind to see it. More from Graham:

Graham, who heads the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association and Samaritan’s Purse, said, “Tomorrow, the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C. – one of the most prominent Episcopal churches in America – will host a Muslim prayer service to Allah.”

“It’s sad to see a church open its doors to the worship of anything other than the One True God of the Bible who sent His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, to earth to save us from our sins,” said Graham. “Jesus was clear when He said, ‘I am the way the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me’ (John 14:6).”

Lest you think this is sheer suicidal lunacy just from the Leftists, think again. The Leader of the House, John Boehner, allowed an Imam to say a prayer on the House floor Friday. I guess it was to compliment the service at the Cathedral. Another fool subjugates our leaders to Islam and America barely notices. What is wrong with these people?

Newly re-elected Speaker of the House John Boehner (who was elected by secret ballot, no less), presided and bowed his freaking head, while the Imam for the Islamic Center of Central Jersey praised Islam’s Allah from the House floor as the God who reigns supreme. What? Is the entire political leadership of the US now converted to Islam?

Imam Hamad Chebli didn’t just appear at the House floor; he also delivered Islamic prayers at the National Cathedral which was prepared for Muslim prayers with rugs. One wonders if a statue of Baal were placed on the House floor, if Boehner would have prostrated himself before that demon as well.

Chebli is no harmless man of faith:

Early in his studies, a teacher named Hassan Khaled chose Chebli to serve at a neighboring mosque. Nearly four decades later, Chebli laughs as he recalls the puzzled expression of the mosques members when a lanky boy in glasses came to lead their prayers …[Hassan] Khaled, his mentor, was chosen Grand Mufti of Lebanon, the nations foremost Islamic legal scholar in the Sunni Muslim sect.”

Did you know, Chebli’s mentor, Khaled, who was the Mufti of Lebanon was “martyred” after a bomb was set up which killed him and others? His father was also “martyred” by a bombing. This is the monster saying prayers on our House floor and in our nation’s prized cathedral. Chelbi also traveled to Egypt to study at Al-Azhar University, the world’s oldest university and center for Brotherhood jurisprudence. It was during this time that Chelbi’s mentor Khaled was chosen as the nation’s foremost Islamic legal scholar in the Sunni Muslim sect. Chebli and his mentor are cut from the same terrorist, Brotherhood cloth.

Friday was a historic day in the conquest of America for Islam. Creeping Shariah reminds us of what was said by the Religious Freedom Coalition’s William Murray on September 14, 2001, just three days after the 9/11 attacks, when President George W. Bush stood shoulder to shoulder with Siddiqi, the leader of the largest Muslim Brotherhood group in the U.S. and prayed with him in the National Cathedral:

As the service closed I felt the chill of the presence of the awesome power of God. I was clearly reminded of the very first of the Ten Commandments, THOU SHALT HAVE NO OTHER GODS BEFORE ME (Exodus 20:3). The National Cathedral had been defiled by prayers to a pagan moon god, Allah. Our Christian President had bowed his head to prayers offered to other gods, prayers that may have been for those who would destroy our nation and enslave our children to an alien religion. At that moment the hand of protection of the true God was removed from our nation.

Since the Jihad attack on the United States on September 11th the President has surrounded himself with and sought advice from radical Islamic leaders who have openly called for the violent overthrow of the government of the United States. In addition, the President has invited six of the seven Islamic nations known to sponsor terror into his “coalition against terror”.

By late Friday it became apparent to me that our nation was in fact not going to fight a war on terrorism, but rather follow the same old track of “punishing those who actually committed the crime.” This was not a “crime;” it was an act of war.

It was indeed an act of war, but instead of fighting our enemies, we seem to have surrendered to them in a bloodless coup within our own halls of power and leadership.


Islam Invades House Floor with Prayer to Allah

America, these are the people that killed thousands on 9/11. They have spilled the blood of our sons and daughters in war theaters in the sand-ridden hellholes that worship a foreign god and our leaders bow before them. Enough! Islam is an evil, broken philosophy that enslaves and slaughters. It has no place in our government or our churches. It is not a Christian thing to bring them into the House of the Lord – it is a repudiation of our faith and a submission to Allah. There are good Muslims, I’m sure, but they follow a broken faith.

Where are our Christian leaders? Are you so fearful of political correctness and being called names that you will not come forward in the name of God? If so, you are really no Christian at all. Do you really think there will not be a reckoning for our inaction? For our spineless submission? For our blindness in the face of such evil? What happened Friday was obscene and an abomination. The subjugation of Christianity and America to the Muslim Brotherhood and Allah seems to be acceptable to America — not so much in the eyes of God and America will pay a very high price for it.

11/14/14

The Council Has Spoken!! This Week’s Watcher’s Council Results – 11/14/14

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Obamacare architect Jonathan Gruber and his Obamacare comic book for stupid Americans.


Net neutrality: Throttling innovation, for the greater good

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

“The bravest are surely those who have the clearest vision of what is before them, glory and danger alike, and yet notwithstanding, go out to meet it.” – Thucydides

“They have healed also the hurt of my people lightly, saying, Peace, peace; when there is no peace”. – Jeremiah 6:14

“Let there be no mistake. We will not be intimidated. Canada will never be intimidated.” – Canadian PM Stephan Harper, addressing the nation after the Ottawa jihad attack on parliament, Oct. 23, 2014

“Only the dead have seen the end of war.” – George Santayana

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This week’s winning essay, Joshuapundit’sThe Day The World Stopped, was written on Armistice Day (called Remembrance Day in Canada, Australia, the UK and other parts of the Commonwealth) and consists of my reflections on that day, then and now. Here’s a slice:

In Flanders Fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.

If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

– Lt. Colonel John McCrae, Canadian Army Medical Corps (1872-1918)

The poem above is a product of World War One, the great scar of history that changed the world and differentiated between ages. As you can tell by the dates, the writer became one of the millions who died in the carnage.

96 years ago today, November 11, 1918 started out as a day like any other day. Men sat in their trenches, looking at each other over the blasted and tormented ground that was No Man’s Land where so many of their comrades had fallen, where the very earth was gorged with blood and pain.

According to the accounts of those who were present, there was no air of celebration. The orders had come through that the Great War was to end on November 11th, 1918 at precisely 11 AM local time, the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, but many of the soldiers refused to believe it, thinking it was a trick to lure them into exposing themselves to enemy fire.

The gods of war held sway until the last minute. Among the soldiers of the British Commonwealth,there are 863 who are recorded as having died on that November 11th. The constant din of machine guns, cries, small arms fire and artillery continued.

Colonel Thomas Gowenlock, who served as an intelligence officer in the American 1st Division was in the trenches that day.The orders had come through, but no one was completely certain they would be obeyed by either side, or that the armistice would last:

Official Radio from Paris – 6:01 A.M., Nov. 11, 1918. Marshal Foch to the Commander-in-Chief.

1. Hostilities will be stopped on the entire front beginning at 11 o’clock, November 11th (French hour).
2. The Allied troops will not go beyond the line reached at that hour on that date until further orders.
[signed]
MARSHAL FOCH
5:45 A.M.

Colonel Gowenlock wrote later that he drove over to the bank of the River Meuse to see if the war would really end. He wrote later that even with the orders for an armistice, the shelling was heavy on both sides.

“It seemed to me that every battery in the world was trying to burn up its guns. At last eleven o’clock came – but the firing continued. The men on both sides had decided to give each other all they had-their farewell to arms. It was a very natural impulse after their years of war, but unfortunately many fell after eleven o’clock that day.”

“…at the front there was no celebration. Many soldiers believed the Armistice only a temporary measure and that the war would soon go on. As night came, the quietness, unearthly in its penetration, began to eat into their souls. The men sat around log fires, the first they had ever had at the front. They were trying to reassure themselves that there were no enemy batteries spying on them from the next hill and no German bombing planes approaching to blast them out of existence. They talked in low tones. They were nervous.

After the long months of intense strain, of keying themselves up to the daily mortal danger, of thinking always in terms of war and the enemy, the abrupt release from it all was physical and psychological agony. Some suffered a total nervous collapse. Some, of a steadier temperament, began to hope they would someday return to home and the embrace of loved ones. Some could think only of the crude little crosses that marked the graves of their comrades. Some fell into an exhausted sleep. All were bewildered by the sudden meaninglessness of their existence as soldiers – and through their teeming memories paraded that swiftly moving cavalcade of Cantigny, Soissons, St. Mihiel, the Meuse-Argonne and Sedan.

What was to come next? They did not know – and hardly cared. Their minds were numbed by the shock of peace. The past consumed their whole consciousness. The present did not exist-and the future was inconceivable.” *

We, who have grown up with the memory of wars like Vietnam with its 50,000 dead and Iraq with its 4,000 can barely conceive of what 5 years of total, merciless war was like. A whole social order overturned and a generation literally cancelled out, with over one million dead from the British Commonwealth and Empire, almost a million and a half Frenchmen, over one hundred thousand Americans and over 2 million Germans – something like 10 million military dead on both sides, and probably 6-7 million civilians who joined them.

It was a horror so complete that for the men who fought it, it became a way of life to the point where many of them had difficulty adjusting to any other, even if they survived.When the guns stopped it was as if the world had stopped.

And yet, as Lt. Colonel McCrae’s poem tells us, that sacrifice was not meaningless. And today is a day to remember that.

In Canada, where Veteran’s Day is called Remembrance Day, there was a special ceremony.

In Britain and Australia, Canada and other Commonwealth countries, today is known as Remembrance Day, a name that dates from the Great War so many never came home from. The red poppies, mentioned in Lt. Colonel McCrae’s poem are a symbol worn by millions – to remember.

Today, Canadians rededicated their memorial to those whom fell in the Great War in honor of Cpl. Nathan Cirillo and Warrant Officer Patrice Vincent, who were casualties of a newer war..one as yet undeclared, but no less of a sacrifice for freedom.

The Canadians are not the only ones who have lost men and women to this undeclared war that, at least here in America, doesn’t dare speak its name..not yet. Instead, there are attempts to hide it behind names like ‘workplace violence.’

There are defining moments in history. Sometimes, many of the men and women involved in them are aware of it as much as those whom come after them. Others remain unseeing of what is unfolding, and it is only revealed to them later.

We are in the middle of such a defining moment, whether we realize it or not.

More at the link.

In our non-Council category, the winner was Andrew McCarthy in the NRO with Amnesty and Impeachment, submitted by Nice Deb.

McCarthy, a very skilled former federal prosecutor as well as a brilliant writer (full disclosure… I’m halfway through my review copy of his new book, Faithless Execution), answers the question on many people’s minds right now – if President Obama orders amnesty for illegal migrants by executive order, can he be impeached? His answer may surprise you.

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

Council Winners

Non-Council Winners

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11/12/14

Watcher’s Council Nominations – Give And Take Edition

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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.

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Bookworm Room scored this week by being linked at James Taranto’s Best of the Web at the Wall Street Journal!

This week, The MidKnight Review, Blazing Cat Fur, The Pirate’s Cove, The Political Commentator and Seraphic Secret earned honorable mention status with some great articles.

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11/10/14

Forum: What Is Your Take On The Election? What Do You See In The Future?

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Every week on Monday morning, the Council and our invited guests weigh in at the Watcher’s Forum with short takes on a major issue of the day, the culture or daily living. This week’s question: What Is Your Take On The Election? What Do You See In The Future?

The Independent Sentinel: Mr. Obama said the election was a referendum on his policies and 70% of Americans believe we are headed in the wrong direction. Therefore, the election was a vote against his policies and the American people want to change direction.

Over the next two years, Mr. Obama will put out memorandums, executive orders and rule changes, but he will not work with Republicans. We have no history of him trying to work with anyone but Iran and other enemies of the United States.

He met with Republican leaders today and told them again he was going to legalize millions.

The first thing Mr. Obama did the day after the election was invite Al Sharpton up to the White House for advice. That says it all.

He’s dangerous and nothing will stop him.

The Noisy Room: I see the election as the last chance for the Republicans to get their act together and remember who put them in power – the voters. They have a mandate to stop Obama, period. The Republicans know that the American people want Obamacare gone… they want the IRS gone… they want the borders secured and Amnesty nixed. We, the voters, want smaller government, less regulations and intrusions and a return to Constitutional principles. Will we get it this time around? Not likely. The only sure thing here is that McConnell will become Senate leader, which is a disastrous turn of events. But the mafia of leadership in the Senate is not just on one side of the aisle.

Unfortunately, what I see transpiring is that the Republicans will betray us once again. The very first day after the election, McConnell gave the power of the purse back to Obama — declaring that there would be no government shutdowns, etc. That was your first clue as to how this will go. I hear lots of proclamations that the Republicans won’t stand for Amnesty – that Obama is playing with fire and could be impeached. But that is a total switch up for the RINOs in charge. Not a month ago, almost all of them were for Amnesty and actively pushing it in league with the National Chamber of Commerce. So, let me translate bullcrap here. The Republican leadership will strike a grand bargain with Obama over Amnesty, if he doesn’t do Executive Orders first, which he could very well do. If the RINOs strike a deal, it will be at the last moment and they will claim they had no choice. They will give the Dems most or all they want on the Amnesty issue, while claiming victory for the Conservatives which will be non-existent. The Republicans will most likely pound the final nail into the American coffin. Hope I’m wrong on that. I really do. If I’m wrong, it will be due to somebody’s extraordinary efforts – probably Tea Party. The Tea Party that the Republicans will do all they can to shut out, no matter the cost.

Republicans have already been in negotiations on the budget and will tout what they claim is another victory, but it won’t be. It will still increase spending and the debt. Very little will be done on taxation either, except possibly that the corporate tax rate will be rectified and the pharmaceutical equipment tax will be done away with. There will be no job growth and inflation will keep rising as will the national debt. The unemployment numbers are total fiction and will continue to be such, as more and more propaganda is spewed from Obama’s minions. In reality, the unemployment rate will continue to skyrocket and unrest will grow among the people. I would not be surprised to see a false flag event or the Bubba Effect come into play that causes even more widespread chaos.

Terrorism will increase as I predict the Republicans will not actively address Obama’s executive orders as they pertain to the military or to the Jihadist threat. Our enemies will not be brought in line and Iran will go nuclear. Israel will stand alone in the end as foretold.

Ebola and the Polio-like virus hitting children will spread. The media has agreed to keep mum on both and if something is not done, we could see more and more deaths across the US. I do not see the media becoming more friendly or transparent any time soon — look to the bloggers, Drudge and foreign sources for reliable news.

I guess what I am saying is that there is the serious potential of things getting much worse over the next two years. And if the Republicans try to elect a moderate, they will lose to the Dems. We need a Constitutional Conservative to run and not be afraid to say what he or she believes in and stand against the powers-that-be. We need a miracle. I’m not holding my breath.

JoshuaPundit: A few things I noticed about the last election… first, the historic nature of it, much more of a game changer than 2010. The GOP gained major ground in every category and at every level of government. Races that were supposed to be close turned out to be blowouts. According to the polls, Mitch McConnell was supposed to be barely hanging on – he won by fifteen points. Pat Roberts in Kansas was supposed to be dead and gone – he won easily by almost 10 points, and that was with a fake Democrat-funded ‘Libertarian’ third party candidate taking over 4% of the vote. Joni Ernst, who was supposedly in a race too close to call romped to victory by 9.5 points. The Republicans increased their margin in the House and  gained so many seats in the state legislatures that there are only five states that still have totally Democrat controlled state legislatures… and those states no longer include California, New York, Illinois, Pennsylvania or even Massachusetts.

This was a total rejection of President Obama and his policies, rather than a love affair with the GOP. Despite the media happy talk, people are desperate, we only have a two party system and one party has obviously failed in all areas. Even much of the the president’s core constituencies ‘voted’ by staying home, regardless of gender baiting and race baiting attempts to scare them into going to vote. And in case no one’s noticed, the media sponsored polls were part of it.

Most of these polls stopped releasing their mechanics back in 2012, after they were busted for cooking the results to vastly oversample Democrats. The normal tactic they use is to pump up Democrat numbers but tighten things up just before the election to retain a semblance of credibility. This time, in order to help the Democrats scare certain groups like blacks into hitting the voting booth, the numbers were deliberately kept very close, coupled with mailers likening the GOP to the KKK and claiming that if the Republicans took the Senate they’d impeach the president. Keeping the senate to avoid a reckoning on this president’s policies was deemed important enough to risk that credibility, and I hope it’s a lesson people remember in the future.

And the future? The president has already showed he’s not only arrogant and narcissistic, but frankly stupid. Anyone who saw his presser after the election saw that. Both Mitch McConnell and John Boehner threw him what amounted to an olive branch and his response was to be combative, telling them he is going to impose amnesty for illegal aliens by executive order and nominating a new radical attorney general candidate who is in the same mold as Eric Holder and trying to shove her through during the lame duck session.

Rather than waste time trying to work with him, the Republicans, if they’re smart (a big if, perhaps) will block any new appointments this president wants to make in committee, use the nuclear option to appoint their own nominees especially on judges, dismantle ObamaCare the way McConnell suggested by outlawing the individual mandate and starving the exchanges of funding, and pass a steady stream of legislation starting with the bill Harry Reid tabled and kept from coming to a vote in order to do what they were elected to do –  destroy and roll back this president’s agenda. Yes, the president will veto these bills, but the perception, no matter how the media tries to spin it will be that it is this president and those of his party that vote in lockstep with him that are the obstructionists keeping the people’s business from being done.

At the same time, Congress should also turn the heat up on him by a appointing their own special prosecutor to begin gathering evidence for an impeachment trial. Amnesty by executive order, a clear Article 2 violation would be a good place to start, but by no means the only area.

Many of the Democrats whom survived last weeks’ purge and have future political ambitions are already angry with this president for endangering them. Although few openly express it, he has become toxic for them, which is why few of them wanted him campaigning for them and many were upset because he kept referring to 2014 as a referendum on him and his policies. If the Republican majority passes common sense bills this president refuses to sign and compelling evidence is put before the House on impeachment, don’t be at all surprised if a Democrat delegation has a chat with the president some time in 2015 similar to the one the GOP senators had with Nixon at the height of Watergate. In that case, we could definitely see Barack Obama’s resignation, followed by a pre-arranged full pardon for ‘any offenses he may have committed’ by interim president Joe Biden.

GrEaT sAtAn”S gIrLfRiEnD: GOP should rapidly move to kick off the Keystone pipeline and begin the process of dismantling the Environmental Protection Agency – after all, we are so high tech and green now – we could certainly handle any incidents that Fracking Unlimited may pose.

Control the border. As in sealing the border. Way back in the last millennium – East Germany (with Soviet resources) sealed off a tiny, tiny border maybe 40% the size of Texas. True – the Wall was a death trap of mines, guards, dogs and nasty general purpose device made to kill. America could certainly seal the border in a fun to be with friendly way that is non-lethal – yet pretty much produce the same results, i.e., controlling the border.

Roll back Sequestration mainly for the Defense Department.

Smaller Government

Aside from the EPA, real Departments need to be placed on the chopping block. Department of Energy, Department of Education and Homeland Security (as Maureen Dowd once LOL’d – “We have a Homeland Security Department – it’s called the D.O.D.”)

Depart of Ed simply rewards a state’s bad fiscal decisions by transferring wealth from states with decent fiscal policies to finance their educational systems. Let education sink or swim in it’s own state.

Defunding. There are tons of stuff on the Federal Teat that need to be weened off. Planned Parenthood for one. If people want to abort, why should anyone else pay for it? Finance it yourself.

And—maybe, just maybe — letting a Supreme Court seat sit vacant until after the next presidential election.

George Will has a wonky list of smaller things that would certainly help.

Laura Lee Rambeau, Right Reason: After six years of the Obama administration, the American people who came out to vote expressed their complete and utter disgust with the stagnant economy, countless scandals, the rising costs of energy, food and health care, and demanded a change. The Republicans should introduce bills promoting economic growth which will provide tangible improvements in all of our lives.

  • They should approve and pass the Keystone XL Pipeline.
  • They should heighten security on our borders to keep out illegal aliens. There should be no discussion of comprehensive amnesty until we are convinced our borders have been secured. The President does not have the constitutional authority to issue an executive order granting blanket amnesty. If he attempts such an action Congress should engage Americans and show them how devastating such a move would be to our safety, security and economy.
  • They should ease tax burdens and regulations on individuals and businesses to allow all of us to keep more of our hard earned money.
  • Since we know Congress does not have enough votes to repeal Obamacare, they should chip away at whatever they can to ease the burdens to individuals and corporations, such as eliminate the medical device tax, eliminate the Independent Payment Advisory Board (IPAB) and restore the 40 hour work week by repealing the employer mandate.
  • They should act to stop the EPA regulations that are closing coal plants across the country and causing energy prices to skyrocket.
  • It is also imperative that Congress eliminate the Common Core State Standards mandate and return public education decisions to the states and local school boards.

President Obama said he is looking for common ground with Republicans. I don’t believe there is any common ground between Republicans and the president. It is up to Republicans to find common ground with Americans. It is important that what the Republicans do noticeably improves the lives of all Americans over the next two years to assure a Republican president is elected in 2016. Of utmost importance, if the Republicans do not want to see a replay of 2012 in 2016, they must engage conservatives and conservative members in Congress over the next two years and not marginalize them.

Robert Avrech, Seraphic Secret:

In a speech at Northwestern University last month, Barack Obama said: “I am not on the ballot this fall… But make no mistake: These policies are on the ballot. Every single one of them.”

Obama’s bottomless vanity, his clinical narcissism, compelled him to tell the truth.

Of course, when the polls saw the coming bloodbath the Democrats would suffer in the 2014 midterm elections, Obama quickly and characteristically played the victim, shifting the blame to an electoral map that was stacked against him.

But everyone realized that Obama and his radical policies were on the ballot: first among them Obamacare, unfolding in terrible slow motion, a destructive Rube Goldberg monstrosity that is raising health care costs while degrading the quality of care for most Americans.

And of course, there are the scandals: Fast & Furious, Benghazi, the IRS, the VA, the JV Islamic State, the nonexistent red line in Syria, the surrenders in Iraq and Afghanistan, amnesty for illegals, the refusal to secure the southern border, Obama’s disgraceful appeasement of Iran’s Islamic fascists as he throws Israel into the snake pit, high taxes, lack of jobs, an ever-expanding welfare state, the suicidal budget cuts to America’s military even as Russia and China are on the march — and, most recently, Ebola. How’s that Ebola czar working out, folks?

And the lies… the litany of appalling lies that spills from Obama’s lips with such pathological ease.

All of the above speaks to the corrupting and corrosive effects of bloated government, the refusal to recognize constitutional restrictions on presidential power, the incompetence of big government and the naivety, if not the downright stupidity, of smart power.

And, of course, Americans are sick and tired of the shameless race-hustling that is the centerpiece of Obama’s world view.

For the American people, the thrill is gone.

As to the future: Obama will double down on executive action regarding illegal immigrants. It remains to be seen if the Republicans will be able to stand up to this postmodern totalitarian.

And Obama will continue to demonize Bibi Netanyahu and the Jewish state, simultaneously aiding the Jew-hating, genocidal-yearning Iranians achieve their nuclear ambitions.

In short, Obama’s ghastly work is not yet done.

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11/9/14

America’s Fire Sale – BlackEnergy Cyberterrorism – ‘Trojan Horse’ Bug Lurking in Vital US Computers Since 2011

By: Terresa Monroe-Hamilton

For you Die Hard fans out there, you may at some point get to live out your very own version of Live Free or Die Hard. In what could be the ultimate act of cyberterrorism against the United States, Russia has left us a gift in our infrastructure – a Trojan Horse form of malware, codenamed BlackEnergy, that is now pervasive throughout our systems and we don’t think we can get rid of it for years, if ever. We are talking about the power grid, water treatment plants, gas lines and nuclear power plants – America’s very life lines. The stupidity of all this makes my eyes bleed. We put our vital infrastructure on the Internet, opened the doors and invited the vampires in for a good time. Now, DHS says it is a ticking cyber bomb that could cause an economic catastrophe.


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The news of America’s impending Fire Sale, comes on the heels of finding out that the White House computers were hacked. From what I understand they were down or crippled for two weeks, but I’ll bet you didn’t hear about it. It would seem that the Russians have been keeping their hackers busy day and night like evil, little elves getting ready for a blacked-out Christmas. Under a strong leader, these acts would be considered an act of war. Under Obama, they are covered up and ignored. The Russians truly love Barack Obama.

The malware was implanted originally in 2011, but has not been triggered yet. I’m sure Russia is waiting for just the right moment. Perhaps when they invade Europe or as a preemptive attack if they think the US is getting frisky and ready to hack their systems. The really mind boggling thing is it took three years to detect and we have no idea really how to eradicate it. If the big players can ferret it out of their systems, smaller players in the infrastructure game without the resources of the big boys won’t be able to and they will infect the big boys all over again. How many times have I said, the Cold War never ended, it shifted and you are looking at the new digs of our enemies. It is a form of mutually assured destruction — if we try to stop the Russkies in their conquest plans, then we get hit – hard.

From ABC News:

The hack became known to insiders last week when a DHS alert bulletin was issued by the agency’s Industrial Control Systems Cyber Emergency Response Team to its industry members. The bulletin said the “BlackEnergy” penetration recently had been detected by several companies.

DHS said “BlackEnergy” is the same malware that was used by a Russian cyber-espionage group dubbed “Sandworm” to target NATO and some energy and telecommunications companies in Europe earlier this year. “Analysis of the technical findings in the two reports shows linkages in the shared command and control infrastructure between the campaigns, suggesting both are part of a broader campaign by the same threat actor,” the DHS bulletin said.

The hacked software is very advanced. It allows designated workers to control various industrial processes through the computer, an iPad or a smart phone, sources said. The software allows information sharing and collaborative control.

The new Axis of Evil buddies – Russia, China and Iran – have been at war with the free world for some time now. They are really stepping of their cyberespionage game of late:

“It’s quite troubling that geopolitical tensions are now escalating in a cybercontext,” said Trend Micro Chief Cybersecurity Officer Tom Kellermann. “We’ve seen this with Iran. We’ve seen it with North Korea, and in a limited fashion, with the Russian regime in Estonia and Georgia. But what we’re seeing now is a campaign of infiltration that’s truly unprecedented.”

For the last seven years, Russian hackers have been worming their way into the computer systems of governments, military branches, security organizations and even NATO. The Chinese have been at it just as long and just as hard as the Russians – the Americans have been twiddling their thumbs and watching their feckless leader play golf. You see, Russia and China have been gathering intel on our military and security measures for a long time – they are preparing for the day when they take us down. There has been a dramatic escalation of attacks in the last year on our systems and we seem to not have noticed until now. Seven years is a long time – heck, three years is an eternity – plenty of time to infiltrate and leave nifty gifts all over the bloody place from Russia with love.

Oh, and the really awesome, nifty part of this attack? The bad guys can trigger whatever presents are left behind with a laptop, cellphone or a tablet device. Terrorism has never been more high tech or easier. Simply reach out and touch someone — lethally.

From TechNewsWorld:

“What worries me most here is that since July, there’s been a dramatic increase in sophistication, organization and escalation of attacks on significant U.S. interests coming from entities in the former Soviet bloc,” Kellermann said.

“A lot of the people who used to target financial institutions and perform financial crimes are now acting in a patriotic fashion for Russia,” he added.

When put in a broader context, the acceleration in cyberattacks affiliated with Russia can be very disturbing.

Russia has been poking the European badger more and more as of late. In, fact… they just rolled tanks into the Ukraine. Poland is stepping up their defenses against Russia as well and countries are taking sides. Hungary is getting ready to ally with Russia and on it goes. Here’s a peek at what Russia has been up to via NewsMax.com:

Russia Stokes Fears of a European Invasion

A disclosure that Russia launched a simulated attack on NATO member Denmark is raising concerns that President Vladimir Putin could be preparing an invasion of Europe, according to a new report.

The simulated attack took place on Bornholm, a Danish island in the Baltic Sea, the Danish Defense Intelligence Service (DDIS) has revealed, stating that Russia sent military jets equipped with live missiles to Bornholm in June.

DDIS did not release further details but said the simulated attack was the largest Russian military exercise over the Baltic Sea since 1991.

Russia has been testing NATO defenses in recent weeks, the news website Inquisitr reported. In a period of 24 hours, Russia dispatched 19 combat aircraft to test the defenses of neighboring countries and also test-launched a ballistic missile in the Barents Sea, an arm of the Arctic Ocean.

The Inquisitr article was cited by Johnson’s Russia List, a project of the Institute for European, Russian and Eurasian Studies at The George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs.

With relations strained between Russia and NATO over Russia’s involvement in Ukraine, retired U.S. Air Force Lt. Gen. David Deptula told the Daily Beast: “It is not farfetched that at some point within the next two years Putin makes a more aggressive move in Eastern Europe and uses a nuclear threat to deter a NATO response.”

Washington Post columnist George Will recently theorized that Putin could be aiming to destroy NATO by invading one of the Baltic states, Latvia, Lithuania, or Estonia, which like Ukraine have Russian-speaking minorities.

“Putin invades one of these NATO members,” he wrote. “NATO invokes article 5 — an attack on any member is an attack on all — or NATO disappears and the Soviet Union, NATO’s original raison d’etre, is avenged.”

So, you see… while America is distracted by a communist in the White House, Russia, China and Iran are carrying out long-range plans. BlackEnergy is a malware toolkit that has been employed by multiple criminal groups over the years. All roads lead to Russia and the Sandworm Team who wrote the code on this one.

North Korea now has nuclear warheads for missiles. Iran is about to go nuclear thanks to Obama, who just sent a Neville-Chamberlain type love letter to the Ayatollah. Russia is invading countries and China is getting ready to seize others. Nothing to see here though – our security is just fine according to Obama.

Not only is the power grid very vulnerable to an EMP attack because our country refuses to harden the grid, we are now wide open to devastating cyber warfare. Just at what point do we call these attacks an act of war? So, what do you think of Red Dawn now? Still hopelessly implausible?