04/23/14

War Games As Putin Covets Eastern Ukraine And Beyond

By: Terresa Monroe-Hamilton

Today, US Army paratroopers arrive in Poland. They are the first wave of a contingent of American soldiers dispersed to four nations across Europe to support America’s Eastern European allies from the Russian menace. Only 600 soldiers will initially land, which seems to be merely a token move on Obama’s part.

Approximately 150 soldiers will arrive in Poland. The others will be spread out among Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. All are countries that Russia would love to welcome back into the USSR fold. The US will have to do a lot better than 600 troops as a show of deterrence and I believe Obama knows that. He is playing both sides of the game here and is far from serious about stopping Russia. Anyone foolish enough to believe the faux agreement struck between the US and Russia last week means anything at all, needs to have their head examined. NATO and the US seem to be playing a very dangerous game, but Russia is holding a winning hand and is not put off one bit by this weak show of bravado. I hear that the US may send as many as 10,000 troops to Poland, but I wouldn’t hold my breath if I were you. Obama has also authorized the deployment of NATO anti-missile defenses, including the USS Cole, an Aegis-equipped missile warship, near Crimea. Once again, I do not see this as a solid show of strength. It is window dressing. Russia has 40,000 troops on the Ukraine border, so repelling any Russian advance is laughable at this point with what little we have put into play.

Russia, in the mean time, is becoming a bigger and bigger threat. Just a few days ago, two nuclear armed bombers circled the US territory of Guam before being intercepted by our jets. As Bill Gertz says, this was a dry run for a nuclear attack on the United States. It’s the third one by the way:

Russia has also buzzed our Naval ships as well. In an act seen as “provocative,” a Russian Sukhoi-24 fighter jet repeatedly buzzed the USS Donald Cook as low as 500 feet over a 90-minute period on April 12th, as the US warship trolled the Black Sea in international waters near Crimea. Russia is not afraid of us – they are making fun of us and toying with us before the kill.

We are in a classic military trap between Russia and China. One moment, Obama says we must build up our might in Asia… then Russia invades Crimea and Obama says we have to pivot back to Europe. Our troops and military assets are being spread so thin, they can’t win in either theater and Obama knows it. Our strategy appears fickle and indecisive. It screams weakness to our enemies.

While we dither from one side of the planet to the other, China is beefing up their military even more, which I contend is now the largest in the world.


Photographer: STR/AFP via Getty Images — A soldier jumps over a ring of fire during a tactical training mission in Heihe, northeast China’s Heilongjiang province, on March 5, 2014.

President Obama will go on an Asian tour this week, but he won’t even bother with China. Of course, his wife and family just vacationed there, so all must be good. Commies of a feather. China is also daydreaming of taking down the US. Supposedly, Obama is going to try and assure four Asian nations that we will protect them from the threat of a militarized China, while dining on $300 Sushi in Tokyo. How laughable. In reality, Obama is covertly supporting the Chinese and Russians. I’m convinced of it.

Pivoting back to Russia and speaking of laughable… Biden warned Russia to pull back its troops and abide by last week’s international agreement or face the certainty of swift new sanctions. Once again, its an agreement that means nothing and the Russians are still snickering over it, I am sure. Biden is soft in the head and the spine and is nothing more than a bad joke with hair plugs to our enemies. Biden says time is short — well, at least he got that part right, but not for the Russians. And on the US’ comedy tour of Europe, here comes John Kerry — what a buffoon. He is claiming this conflict is much harder than the Cold War. You know, the Cold War that never ended, but shifted. The Cold War where our guys fought and died to free the world of Communism, just so some day (now), Progressives in our own government could hand the world back to the Communists. And you thought time travel was confusing.

While Obama has been disarming the US, Russia and China have been strengthening their military ranks with more soldiers and more weapons. Russia now has the world’s third largest defense budget at 70 billion. I know this will surprise you, but as Obama was coming into power in 2008 and starting his systematic neutering of our military might, Russia started modernizing every weapon and every soldier they had. So did China. All of this started with Obama. Think about that.

We are giving lip service and a token military presence to the Ukraine that will in no way stop the Russian bear. The US has now pledged 25 million in funds to help the Ukraine defend themselves. We have given them packaged food, blankets, sleeping bags, helmets and generators — but not weapons. That should make them a little more comfortable before the Russians charge in and take them to the gulags.

Meanwhile, Russia is growing tired of playing with its food:

DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) — Ukraine’s highly publicized goal to recapture police stations and government buildings seized by pro-Russia forces in the east produced little action on the ground Wednesday but ignited foreboding words from Moscow.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov warned that Russia would mount a firm response if its citizens or interests come under attack in Ukraine. Although he did not specifically say Russia would launch a military attack, his comments bolstered wide concern that Russia could use any violence in eastern Ukraine as a pretext for sending in troops.

Separately, the Russian foreign ministry issued a statement demanding that Ukraine pull its armed forces out of the crisis-ridden region. Russia, meanwhile, has tens of thousands of troops stationed in areas near the Ukrainian border.

As Putin seems to be walking in the footsteps of Hitler and the Jews once again are beginning to fear death camps, one can’t help but see the comparison between the two. Putin is persecuting homosexuals and there are tales of executions. He has always been an uber nationalist, feeling that Russians are superior to others. Although Putin is reminiscent of Hitler pre-1939, it wouldn’t take much to jump that line as history repeats itself over and over. Only this time, the US is no longer in a position to come to the rescue and neither are the Western allies.

The West should be worried:

The head of a think tank associated with Vladimir Putin wrote the following in response to critics who liken the Russian president to Adolf Hitler and what he did so long ago: “One must distinguish between Hitler before 1939 and Hitler after 1939. The thing is that Hitler collected [German] lands. If he had become famous only for uniting without a drop of blood Germany with Austria, Sudetenland and Memel, in fact completing what Bismarck failed to do, and if he had stopped there, then he would have remained a politician of the highest class.”

Migranyan’s comment, published in a Russian newspaper, has received quite a bit of attention, both because of his position and for its chilling content. There is no doubt that Hitler crossed a line in September 1939 when he invaded Poland, finally forcing Britain and France to go to war. (Maybe Migranyan remembers that the Soviet Union also invaded Poland.) Up to then, Hitler had mostly satisfied himself with collecting the lands of German-speaking peoples — Austria, the Sudetenland of Czechoslovakia, etc. — although Poland also had a substantial German minority.

If something like this is what Putin has in mind — gathering Russian-speaking people under his rule — then Migranyan seems to be saying: What’s the big deal? What he does not mention, though, is that by 1939 Hitler was already engaged in killing Jews, dissidents, communists, homosexuals and, that year, the mentally and physically feeble. Kristallnacht, a government-sanctioned pogrom, occurred in 1938; the Nuremberg laws, depriving Jews of their civil rights, were promulgated in 1935; and Germany was rapidly re-arming, in violation of its treaty obligations. It was, way before 1939, an outlaw state vigorously engaged in murder.

Putin is a murderous thug. He pretends to be a Christian when it suits him. He relies on useful idiots in the West to muddy the waters for him and give him cover to push forward a global agenda of conquest and power. He is simply evil.

So, tell me again why we are playing at war with Russia? They are even holding one of our journalists hostage and not a peep from Obama. Russia is now war gaming the Ukraine, while the UK just chased off two Russian jets. This is not a game to millions of people and as Putin covets Eastern Ukraine and beyond, a weakened West lays a buffet for Communists to feed on. The question is, who’s next on the menu?

04/23/14

Watcher’s Council Nominations – The Shot Heard ‘Round The World Edition

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04/22/14

Progressive Propaganda With A Prepper Facade: Americans Face Inflation, Hunger and Depression

By: Terresa Monroe-Hamilton

It seems that every day when I look at our finances, I now have to adjust. Eating out at all is swiftly becoming a luxury of the past. If you’ve been to McDonald’s lately, you’ve probably noticed their dollar menu is now five dollars. A meal at any drive thru that used to cost $5 dollars a few years ago, now costs north of $10. You start thinking to yourself, that could go towards the power or water bills.

Then you go to the store and reality slaps you along side the head. Hamburger Helper, just a month ago was $1 a box… now it is $1.50. Doesn’t sound like a lot, but that is an example of inflation kicking in at 50% and to anyone on limited funds it scares the crap out of them. Tuna is $2 a can. Milk is $6 a gallon in places. To buy 3 Rib Eye steaks, you are looking at a minimum of $35 and things are about to get a whole lot worse. I actually started thinking last week for the first time in my life, I can save money and make our budget stretch further if I skip a meal a day. There would be more for my family that way. We are not poor or destitute – not even close. And yet, we find ourselves beginning to think in terms of our grandparents, when they faced the Great Depression.

In Oklahoma, energy costs are getting ready to skyrocket. The utility companies and government will play it down and say it is only an average increase of $4 a month, but this is just one in a series of increases. Increases to bills we already can’t afford. And, the state is getting ready to mandate smart meters whether people want them or not. AEP-PSO announced late last year that it will replace all of its 520,000 meters statewide with smart meters by 2016. All under the guise of a Progressive governor — big brother will be monitoring each of us like cattle. Oklahoma may be one of the most conservative states in the Union, but it is infected with Progressives and their policies just as badly as other states and certainly worse than the American Redoubt. The claims of some of the lowest prices in the nation are not true either. We paid far less in Idaho to heat and cool a home twice the size we are in now. Oklahoma, you seriously need to clean house and get a real conservative in the governor’s mansion.

And don’t even get me started on the massive taxation. We spend more on taxes than we do food, energy, housing and clothing combined. Uncle Sam will get his grubby cut even if we starve along the way. It’s become impossible to plan expenditures because I’m never sure just how much I’m going to get hit with taxes and shipping. It is quickly becoming prohibitive.

According to the Economic Collapse Blog, if food prices keep trending the way they are now, they will double by the end of the decade. Your pay from work, however, will not. Many, many things are leading up to this, not the least of which are Marxist policies from our government. There are also global droughts hitting 142 different cities. We’ve always lived with drought, but now random authorities can ration water as they see fit and places like Lake Mead that supplies Las Vegas seem to be running dry. The drought is driving fruit and vegetable prices up, along with over regulation and taxation. The same factors are reducing our cattle herds and causing beef prices to soar. A deadly and virulent pig virus has wiped out up to 6 million pigs nationwide to date — pork will rise in price by 20% by the end of this year because of this.

The CEO of Tyson Foods has this to say about meat prices:

“I think consumer[s] should expect record high meat prices his year,” Tyson Foods CEO Donnie Smith told CNBC last month. “You should expect to see very high prices for your ground beef, your other meat cuts, all the pork cuts will be higher this year.”

More:

An ongoing contraction in the U.S. dairy herd, for example, is pushing up retail prices of cheese, ice cream, and other processed dairy foods.

Farm egg prices have been among the most volatile, jumping by 20 percent in February after dropping by 28 percent in January.

U.S. farmers aren’t the only ones facing a production squeeze. A drought in coffee growing regions of southern Brazil, the world’s largest coffee producer, has pushed up the cost of a cup of Java worldwide. Coffee futures have surged 57 percent this year and rose above $2 a pound last month for the first time in two years.

With bacon and coffee prices surging, breakfast is becoming more expensive—especially if you include a glass of orange juice. Future prices are up 12 percent this year, hitting two-year highs, after Florida’s orange crop was hit by an insect-borne disease that’s expected to cut yields to the lowest levels in nearly a quarter century. Production could fall by about 15 percent to 114 million boxes this year, according to government forecasts, the lowest level since 1990.The recent series of food price hikes follow a relatively long stretch of stable consumer prices. Since 1990, retail food prices have risen by an average of 2.8 percent a year, according to USDA. From February through December of last year, average supermarket prices fell by 0.2 percent.

And what are we doing to prepare for shortages? Nothing. We are not as a nation stockpiling food or addressing any of this with the attention it should demand. You can’t just ignore these events – it invites nationwide and global catastrophe along with all the other Progressive policies being put into place financially, militarily, etc.

Some stats for you:

  • Avocados – likely to go up 17 to 35 cents to as much as $1.60 each.
  • Berries – likely to rise 21 to 43 cents to as much as $3.46 per clamshell container.
  • Broccoli – likely to go up 20 to 40 cents to a possible $2.18 per pound.
  • Grapes – likely to rise 26 to 50 cents to a possible $2.93 per pound.
  • Lettuce – likely to rise 31 to 62 cents to as much as $2.44 per head.
  • Packaged salad – likely to go up 17 to 34 cents to a possible $3.03 per bag.
  • Peppers – likely to go up 18 to 35 cents to a possible $2.48 per pound.
  • Tomatoes – likely to rise 22 to 45 cents to a possible $2.84 per pound.

For you chocolate lovers out there, it is about to become a luxury item as well. Cocoa prices are skyrocketing, so enjoy it while you can.

Rent rates have also risen 2.7%. People can’t afford to buy a home anymore, so expect to see this trend continue.

We are only one black swan event away from hyperinflation, but we just keep on printing money. The dollar is being dumped as the global reserve currency — Russia and China are doing that right now. Our enemies within and without have used our own battle tactics against us and have succeeded in bankrupting the greatest, freest nation on the planet. Even our own military is war gaming the failure of the dollar and what it could mean for our troops globally. The ride over the next few years will be a test of every American’s mettle and fortitude.

As bad as it is now, imagine walking into the store and everything has doubled in price. Imagine your children going hungry. Imagine some very tough choices that will have to be made. The good news is our families will strengthen even more. More families will move in together and face hard times together. That is how our family survived the Great Depression. Faith in God and one another will get us through these dark times.

These major hikes in expenses are hitting all of us as employment is harder and harder to find and we are all tightening our belts. It will hit the poor and elderly the hardest — those the Progressives claim they champion are the ones they will be hurting the most. Typical.


Kate Humble on her farm in Trellech, Monmouth. Photograph: Stephen Shepherd

Now on to propaganda, lies, insanity and deceit. Trust me when I say I wish this were a plot of a movie, but it’s not. The Guardian has a piece up that is creepy beyond words – it shows the true intent of Fabian Socialists.

In this piece of Progressive crap, Kate Humble talks about food waste, keeping sheep, not having children and her mission with aquaponics. I’m sure you will be shocked that she feels people do not appreciate food enough. Since they are wasteful, prices should skyrocket to compensate. She also does not believe in having children and is for population reduction. But notice how they have wrapped all of this Communist rhetoric in a pretty prepper package. She grows food and livestock and lives off the land. Evidently it is meant to appeal to survivalists, while preaching a message of living with less and with fewer humans. Did I mention she’s an atheist? Go figure.

Communism with a perky smile:

“I’m over here!” shouts Kate Humble, and she of Springwatch and Lambing Live gambols towards me, closing the gate on a field of anxious goats and their Disney-cute babies. She’s carrying a bucket. “I was just about to muck out,” she announces, and I’m reminded this is a working farm in the Wye Valley and in no way a TV set.

The photographer has already done his work and gone. Apparently Humble had no idea he was coming. It is hard to think of another TV person on the planet for whom an impromptu photoshoot while wearing a well-loved fleece and no makeup would be OK, but Humble couldn’t give a hoot. She’s been up since the wee small hours: “I love getting up early. I can bounce out of bed at 5am but I’m useless at night.”

She leads me to a kitchen, which doubles as the HQ for Humble by Nature courses on animal husbandry and rural skills, from foraging to building an outdoor pizza oven. Her assistant Rebecca wonders if I’d be OK with some old coffee heated up in the microwave. I’m wondering how to explain that although I’m against food waste, there are limits. “No! That sounds disgusting,” says Humble, even though she’s a green tea drinker. “Make some new!” It’s an earthy introduction.

Kate Humble has been the poster girl for a particularly immersive brand of popular science and wildlife programming for the last 15 years. Behind the scenes TV executives are full of admiration for her prowess at delivering live broadcasts (one tells me she has a photographic memory) and her ability to pull in the viewers. Lambing Live is an unlikely hit on paper, but it has proved to be a ratings juggernaut, pulling 2.5 million viewers, even on a Friday night. What you get as a viewer is her warmth and natural curiosity. She gets right in there, sometimes quite literally; her inspection of a ram’s testicles on the most recent series of Lambing Live caused quite the Twitter frenzy.

Much has been made of her decision to be child-free too. She rightly thinks it’s rude of journalists to pry about this. But then she brings the topic up quite naturally, so I feel at liberty to ask her how she feels about those who think your environmental conscience only really forms when you have kids. “I think one of the most environmentally friendly things you can do is NOT have children,” she says. “Yes, I know we have an ageing population but I’ve got a great plan for my old age, which is a return to communal student living. The idea that people have to have children before they wake up to the idea that the world might not be a great place in 15-20 years’ time is nonsense. I’m not particularly clever, nor brilliant nor insightful but I don’t need to have kids to tell me that. I’ve got godchildren. I don’t know why: I’m woefully unqualified on both parts of that equation – can’t be a mother, don’t believe in God. But you know, I want them to have a world that’s functional and great to live in.”

The EPA and the Progressives must love this woman to death. And millions are buying into her tripe of living off the land in a manner reminiscent of Progressives, worshiping nature (not God), population reduction, resource reduction, increased food prices, raising taxes and all things Marxist. This is what Obama and his ilk want in America. Being master propagandists, they think slapping a pretty face on the message and claiming they are preppers will win over American patriots. They think if you’ll buy into this horse manure, you’ll give up your arms as well. A starving and defenseless America would be Marxist heaven.

Elections have consequences and voting in leaders who want us to be brought down to a level playing field with the rest of the world has brought this situation to our doorstep and our elected leaders don’t plan on helping alleviate it. The Marxists want prices and taxes to increase and wages to decrease. This is why we must elect conservatives this year and in 2016 who believe in Constitutional principles and conservative ideals. If we are to survive as a nation and feed our families, we must remove the Keynesian dictators at our helm and replace them with Tea Party conservatives.

04/21/14

Forum: What Are Your Feelings on The GOP House Leadership Saying They Are ‘Hell Bent’ On Passing Immigration Reform This Year?

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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 Are Your Feelings on The GOP House Leadership Saying They Are ‘Hell Bent’ On Passing Immigration Reform This Year?

Liberty’s Spirit: Yes, there needs to be immigration reform. The situation as it exists is untenable. First the government needs to secure the border. We saw with the Bundy ranch development, when the federal government wants to, they are able to amass a huge show of force. It would be nice if they did that to oversee our security. Border states have been asking for help for years to combat the actions of those that traffic in humans and drugs, and not simply during the Obama administration. If it becomes unprofitable for coyotes and others, like the Chinese tongs and East European mafias, that actually smuggle in people through the ports of New York and on the west coast, then we could put a huge dent in human trafficking. It is a big issue here in the Untied States even though no on seems to want to talk about it. The borders are not just porous from those crossing over the Rio Grande. Furthermore, a bigger issue is that the openness of our borders allows for infiltration by terrorists groups. It is believed that our enemies already have sleeper cells throughout the country, which came undetected, including through the Canadian border (people tend to forget our border to the north in this discussion).

There, however, is a big problem once the border is secure: what to do with the myriad of illegal immigrants that are already living in the United States. They do take jobs away from American citizens. They are paid less than Americans, under the table, by these employers who do not file the appropriate taxes on their behalf. Furthermore, the illegals do use our healthcare system, welfare system, educational system and invariably do not pay taxes themselves on what they earn. On top of that, if they happen to have a child born in the United States, these children are entitled to safety net protections. Do we deport American citizens to a country that they know nothing about? Do we deport people who have set up roots in this country or do we create a system for them so that they can become legal? Is it cheaper for this country to just let them stay and create a path to citizenship? Should they be allowed to stay, but not allow them to become citizens (equal protection and civil rights issues with that one, but could be overcome)?

If the government is not going to deport those who came here illegally, then here are some ideas: These people broke American law when they came. Letting them off the hook without paying some recompense to society is inappropriate. I have no issue with doubling the years it takes to become a citizen once they gain a green card. Let it take them 10, not 5 years before they can apply for citizenship (heck make it 15 years, but make it a long waiting period). They should pay a fine, one that is not simply a slap on the wrist. Make it painful. When we don’t pay our taxes on time, the government levies penalties and interests. The government comes after citizens for monies citizens owes, let them go after these illegals. I am not opposed to the idea of the DREAM ACT for those that were brought here by their parents if they were under 14 years of age. However, the idea that going to college could alleviate their obligations to society is a nonstarter (they should not be allowed to earn scholarships or get student loans for school either). The only way to gain legal status for these persons should be through serving in the US armed services. But they also have to be able to meet the standards set by the armed services in education and ability as well. In fact, I have no issue with any illegal wanting to serve in the US armed services if they want to shave off a few years from the (10 year) waiting period.

Lastly, and in some ways most importantly, is dealing with those Americans who hire illegals. There should be jail time for every year taxes were not filed and paid, huge fines levied and community service once they are let out of prison. This should include those individual families who hire illegals for any domestic purpose as well. Not simply corporations. These Americans are not filing appropriate taxes for their illegal alien employees and by doing this they are aggrandizing themselves at the expense of the American people. They are literally stealing from every one of us.

The Noisy Room: This is something I predicted long ago. You have the Progressives on the Left who want a permanent voting majority and the Progressives on the Right supporting crony capitalism and pushing for a permanent slave class for the Chamber of Commerce and their cohorts.

I consider the ‘hell bent’ push from the GOP House leadership as nothing short of an utter betrayal of conservative principles and America in general. All to push a Marxist agenda and line their own pockets. They have to push it this year, because it will never fly under more conservative leadership. We are no longer talking two parties, but in reality a one party system vs. the American people.

Boehner and the current power brokers of the GOP no longer represent the people who elected them — indeed they haven’t for years now — but rather their own influence and wealth, and it’s time for their constituents to un-elect them. Conversely, the party segment upon whom they heap the most abuse, hate and outright lies — the Tea Party and those aligned with it — resonate with the real America, the grass roots taxpayers and represent a restoration of Constitutional principles and the vision of our Founding Fathers.

The GOP “old guard” have morphed into self-declared enemies of America’s everyman — indeed, have created themselves as the enemies within — and it is a matter of greatest urgency that they be unplugged from any ability to influence our economic and civil welfare. They’re promising to permanently poison the political font in this country and that’s simply unacceptable. It’s time to fire the lot of them.

I am reminded of the boardroom scene at the end of The Secret of My Success, where the senior execs tell the corporate raider, Donald Davenport, that they are worried they’ll be replaced: “What we’re concerned about, frankly, is the upper management positions;” to which Davenport responds, “Most of ‘em will have to go. But a handful of ‘em… who have been so helpful… like yourselves, of course… will be stayin’ as long as you like.”

Our government has been taken over by political raiders who now control the narrative, the press and, indeed, the election results. From their behavior, it would seem that our GOP “leadership” has found itself in a boardroom meeting with the Marxist raider who has assured them that, though most of the Republican influence will have to go, “… a handful of ‘em… who have been so helpful… like yourselves, of course… will be stayin’ as long as you like.”

My take? Fire the bastards. Fire them all.

JoshuaPundit: First, I have problems calling this ‘immigration reform.’ What we are talking about here is an illegal migration problem and the failure to enforce our laws. Immigrants are people who have legal permission from a sovereign country to migrate and settle. True immigration reform would involve scrapping the diversity visas and country quotas and doing what Australia, Canada, New Zealand and other developed nations that are prime immigration targets have done – to establish a points system that changes according to the country’s requirements and applies equally to anyone seeking to migrate.

What’s happening here is that Speaker Boehner and the GOP establishment are listening to the consultant class that is pushing the notion of a Hispanic tidal wave that must be pandered to at all costs, a myth I already deconstructed some time ago. Conveniently, the idea of amnesty also appeases certain large donors who want to ensure a continuing supply of cheap labor.

In the end, three things are evident. First, we can continue to support large scale illegal migration, or we can continue to be a welfare state, but we can’t do both. Second, the importation of one select ethnic demographic consisting largely of poorly educated blue collar workers unsuited for a 21st century economy is both racist, unfair and a ultimately a recipe for balkanization and economic disaster. And finally, the security implications of unpoliced and porous borders are unacceptable for any sovereign nation, especially given the realities after 9/11.

Any politician of either party supporting what amounts to amnesty for political purposes is guilty of betraying their oath to the American people and the public trust. There is simply no excuse for it.

GrEaT sAtAn”S gIrLfRiEnD: What the heck? As crazy old Uncle Paddy (still in his dotage) implied

“An imminent Republican debate over immigration will play into the hands of the Democratic party. With the widespread unpopularity of Obamacare, Republicans should instead focus on the embattled health-care law ahead of the 2014 midterm election. By pivoting to the issue of immigration, Republicans are walking right into the trap.”

Former Colonel Congress Cat Allen West calls it a U shaped Ambush.

“First of all, at a time when Americans are suffering from high levels of unemployment, they should not be adding illegals into the job market until we can rectify the situation for Americans.

The Democrats will certainly blame the Republicans for exacerbating the jobless situation for Americans and castigate the GOP as the party of big business and corporations who want cheap labor.

“Second, why would Speaker Boehner do anything that feeds more members into the liberal progressive welfare nanny-state? Who does the Speaker believe these new legal-status individuals will support?

“Think we have voter fraud issues now?

“Lastly, why would the GOP want to discourage its base, which enabled them to have a House majority in 2010?

Fair points all – yet it may be a way more smarter tactical play.

The qualifier in SOH’s Heck Bent Stance is something something “44 must first prove he is a trustworthy partner in reform.”

Since 64% of Americans believe 44 is a big fat fibber, The Speaker’s play is a GOP smokescreen designed to knock the immigration sword out of the Dem’s hand in the 2014 mid-terms.

The Independent Sentinel: My initial reaction is to ask how Republicans are any different from Democrats except they are not as good at being Democrats as Democrats are. I remember when they conducted the autopsy after the 2012 election. I thought at the time that use of the word “autopsy” was unfortunate, but they weren’t kidding apparently. They really are dead.

Until the border is secured and people here illegally are actually deported, we shouldn’t be considering immigration reform. We shouldn’t consider any immigration reform that doesn’t include an assimilation component. Do we really want people coming here illegally for entitlements or do we want people who actually buy into our values and want to be real Americans?

Republicans are on a suicide mission if they think they can trust Barack Obama with an immigration reform package. Instead, they should be looking at ways to stop him from refusing to enforce the laws we have.

If Barack Obama wanted to cut down on illegal immigration, he would crack down on people who jump visas or cross our borders illegally. He doesn’t and that should tell us all we need to know.

Bookworm Room: I’m very sorry that it isn’t within my power to fire House leadership. Whether they support amnesty because they are payed to do so (and these payments could come from anyone from George Soros to the Chamber of Commerce) or because they actually believe amnesty will allow them to court Hispanic votes, it’s a terrible, dangerous, very bad idea that will lead to a permanent Democrat majority for decades.

Even though many Hispanics ought to be Republican voters to the extent that their values center on family, hard work, faith, and a belief in life’s sanctity, the Democrat party has bought and paid for them with welfare checks that outweigh all other considerations and by planting in them a sense of victimization that makes them a natural Democrat Party constituency.

The Glittering Eye: Presumably, it means that there are Congressional Republicans who are just desperate to pass an immigration reform bill with an amnesty provision in it. I can’t quite seem to get my mind around that.

IMO a populist immigration reform bill could have been passed years ago, but for its unacceptability to the Democratic Senate leadership. A populist immigration bill would include tighter workplace (and maybe even border) enforcement, some form of the DREAM act, and not a great deal else. All of those have supermajority popular support, but much lower support from both parties in Congress.

Well, there you have it.

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04/20/14

Twilight Of Abundance – A Book Review

By: Terresa Monroe-Hamilton


Purchase at Amazon.com

I have always believed the whole ‘global warming’ thing was a scam meant to exert control over the masses and line the pockets of the corrupt. I’ve been vindicated over and over again. Although the Progressive Marxists keep pushing their Earth agenda down our throats, people just aren’t that stupid. At least most people aren’t.

Temperatures and climate are natural cycles on this planet. Pollution is a problem in certain countries, but it is not causing a global shift in temperature. However, cycles on the Sun do and have caused global shifts in climate since the Earth was formed. The Sun has been relatively calm and quiet for some time, so of course, humans in their herd-like mentality, start to believe it has always been this way. Not so.

Although I don’t believe another ice age is imminent, the case can certainly be made that our winters have become colder in recent history and the ice shelves have been growing. Enter a fascinating book that I wanted to share with all of you: “Twilight Of Abundance,” — Why Life In The 21st Century Will Be Nasty, Brutish, And Short, by David Archibald. Mr. Archibald’s book has its origins in a lecture entitled “The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse,” which was developed for the Institute of World Politics in Washington, DC. He is a Visiting Fellow there.

A brief synopsis: Baby boomers enjoyed the most benign period in human history: fifty years of relative peace, cheap energy, plentiful grain supply, and a warming climate due to the highest solar activity for 8,000 years. The party is over—prepare for the twilight of abundance.

Many of us worry about a solar flare taking out the power grid which would shove us back into the Dark Ages and prove fatal to untold numbers of Americans. But a change in solar activity is even more of a threat. I remember when I was young, we went through some brutal winters. If due to a catastrophe of nature or by man, we did not have an easy means of heat, winter would become a lethal enemy to humans, followed closely by starvation.

Mr. Archibald does not believe in Global Warming, but he does believe in global cooling. See an interview here at PJTV – he is a brilliant man and the questions he raises are ones that all of us have asked. I share his views on China and though there are dangers with nuclear power, I agree they can be overcome and it can be a safe, clean form of energy. That doesn’t include other forms of emerging energy technology on the horizon and I’m not talking about ‘green’ crap. I’m referring to the hydrogen theories out there and other scientific fronts that are just now beginning to appear.

I want to give you the overview from the cover of the book – it is very good and gives you a sense of what you will read and the truth that humanity will have to confront sooner than later. While I do not agree that oil is running out just yet – it won’t last forever. So take a peek:

A New Dark Age Is Coming

Energy shortages. Food riots. Nuclear wars. Mass starvation. The onset of the next Ice Age. Our future is suddenly looking much uglier. The twilight of abundance is upon us.

The second half of the twentieth century was a period of unexampled prosperity. The standoff between the superpowers gave us decades of peace. Oil was plentiful. The climate was warming, thanks to the highest level of solar activity in eight thousand years. Grain supply outpaced world population growth.

That spectacular good fortune will not last forever. The oil is running out. China wants a war. Millions of people across the world now depend on grain imports for their daily survival, and the agricultural boom is coming to an end. But the greatest danger is a cooler Sun. After the wholly beneficial warming of the twentieth century, our Sun is entering a cooler phase – and only the prepared will survive.

As climate researcher David Archibald, visiting fellow at the Institute of World Politics, points out, the Chinese are investing in viable non-oil energy sources and stocking up on foodstuffs while our politicians fritter away their time on the non-problem of global warming. If we want to keep our place as a superpower – or even survive with a standard of living comparable to the one we enjoy now – we had better start preparing ourselves.

In Twilight of Abundance you will learn:

  • Why “fracking” offers only a temporary reprieve from the “end of oil”
  • Why global warming isn’t the problem; the real problem is an entirely predictable but potentially catastrophic mini-ice age.
  • Which countries are on the brink of failure, chaos, and ultimately population collapse, and what that means for the rest of the world.
  • How thorium molten-salt reactors, a heretofore undeveloped nuclear technology, could allow us to maintain our standard of living for thousands of years to come.
  • The four main factors that will determine when China attacks the Untied States.

There is hope, Archibald says. The twilight of abundance does not have to be the twilight of peace and prosperity in the developed world. America can develop new energy sources, plan for shorter growing periods, protect herself from global threats, and continue to lead the world. But only if we act now. Read Twilight of Abundance and be prepared.

Mr. Archibald is a very intelligent man who explored for oil for Exxon and worked as an analyst in the finance industry. His theories are very good and very compelling. We think along the same lines and his book is an excellent read. You should also read his post at American Thinker – it is sobering and pretty much dead on. Mr. Archibald has a strong faith in God, I believe and he certainly sees Socialism/Marxism for the evil ideologies they are. He also clearly sees the threat of China and the Islamic regimes heading towards us. I highly recommend this book and will probably read it a second and third time. Buy a copy today at Amazon.com – you are in for a great read.


04/19/14

The Western States: A Return To Sovereignty

By: Terresa Monroe-Hamilton
Hat Tip: BB

Western lawmakers are confabbing in Utah to discuss taking back their state lands from the Feds. Michele Fiore of Nevada deserves a lot of the credit for getting this movement among politicians and lawmakers rolling. States in the West are tired of being treated like territories instead of sovereign states in the Republic. They are getting ready to take their lands back and it is way past time.

Amid the fiery rhetoric of an addle minded, corrupt Harry Reid, who called the patriots aiding and peacefully protecting Cliven Bundy and his ranch and cattle, domestic, violent terrorist wannabes, the Progressives are forming a federal task force to come after those in the West who want their lands back and want to be left the hell alone. Dean Heller of Nevada is to be commended for slapping Harry Reid down for his and the Fed’s overreach with their thuggish, militaristic moves on Americans.

From The Right Scoop in Dirty Harry’s own feckless words:

Bundy doesn’t believe that the American government is valid, he believes that the United States is a foreign government.

He doesn’t pay his taxes. He doesn’t follow the law. He doesn’t pay his fees.

And if anyone thinks by any figment of their imagination what happened up there last week was just people rallying to somebody that was oppressed — 600 people came in, armed. They had practiced, they had maneuvered, they knew what they were doing. They set up snipers in strategic locations with sniper rifles. They had assault weapons. They had automatic weapons. And they boasted about the fact that they put women in children — in fact one retired sheriff from Arizona boasted that he put women and children so that they would get hit first.

So, 600 people. If there were ever an example of people who were domestic, violent terrorist wannabes, these are the guys. And I think that we should call it that way.

That’s rich, Harry Reid has NEVER followed the law. He’s a Nevada good ole’ boy who has lined his pockets for decades with stolen money from the people of Nevada and Americans in general.

Picture 200 armed to the teeth Federal agents facing off with cowboys on horseback. Dana Loesch is right, Reid wants to incite a confrontation and stoke the fires of violence. None of us want violence; we want our land and Constitutional rights respected. The violence is being brought by the Federal government forcing Americans to kneel before a dictatorship. Reid was nowhere to be found until this was over and then when a bloodbath did not ensue, he declared this as lawlessness that would not go unanswered, putting himself in the middle of the conflict and hoping to deflect from his involvement in shady, dirty real estate deals that benefit from all the ranchers being chased off. Cleanface Reid is the poster boy for fascism and should be legally prosecuted. The only violent extremists here are the government mercenaries themselves.

Reid has stepped in it big time and is in for a major blowback over this. Filmmaker Dinesh D’Souza traveled to Cliven Bundy’s ranch in Bunkerville, NV, on Friday to embark on a “fact-finding” mission. Prior to attending a “big rally” made up of hundreds of the cattle rancher’s supporters, D’Souza planned to talk to some of the people who Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV) has labeled “domestic terrorists.” D’Souza says the real terrorists are the Feds and he is right.

Sporting “domestic terrorist” name tags, these good people basically told Reid to stuff it. Like the IRS scandal, this is another targeting of innocent Americans who want nothing more than their freedoms, their land, their privacy and to be left alone. Something D’Souza is intimately familiar with.

This has been brewing for decades and even before the Bundy standoff, state leaders, especially in Utah, were making moves to get rid of Federal oversight on state lands. The EPA and BLM are incompetent and utterly corrupt. While decrying the sacred protection of the habitats of the Desert Tortoise, they euthanize over a 1,000 of them… while carping on the sanctity of the wild horses roaming the range, they send huge numbers of these horses to slaughterhouses in Canada. The states and individual owners will take care of the land much better than any Fed ever will. It’s time for Western states to wrest back control of federal lands within their borders, as stated by lawmakers and county commissioners from Western states in Utah’s Capitol on Friday. And so, a monumental fight for our freedoms in the West takes shape. This is for resources, land and the fate of our food supply. Our lives depend on winning this fight.

More than 50 political leaders from nine states convened for the first time to talk about their joint goal of regaining control of oil, timber and mineral-rich lands away from the Feds. When our government has basically seized control of somewhere between 81 and 93% of the lands out West, that can be seen as nothing less than nationalization of state resources and territory, and that my friends, is Marxism.

Along with leaders in these states, the Tea Party follows suit. I was very happy to see Mike Lee address these leaders on taking back control of our land:

“It’s simply time,” said Rep. Ken Ivory, R-West Jordan, who organized the Legislative Summit on the Transfer for Public Lands along with Montana state Sen. Jennifer Fielder. “The urgency is now.”

Utah House Speaker Becky Lockhart, R-Provo, was flanked by a dozen participants, including her counterparts from Idaho and Montana, during a press conference after the daylong closed-door summit. U.S. Sen. Mike Lee addressed the group over lunch, Ivory said. New Mexico, Arizona, Nevada, Wyoming, Oregon and Washington also were represented.

The summit was in the works before this month’s tense standoff between Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy and the Bureau of Land Management over cattle grazing, Lockhart said.

“What’s happened in Nevada is really just a symptom of a much larger problem,” Lockhart said.

These state leaders are very worried about the Fed’s debt as well and how it will impact their individual states. You already see the government withholding funds for the lands, as well as saying who can and can’t receive water and resources. Each of these states are sovereign and should not be under the thumb of an overreaching tyrannical government. Utah is leading the way and the rest of the West is close behind. The Bundy standoff merely highlighted the growing tensions between free Americans and our lawless President and his thuggish agencies.

Meet the Coalition of Western States Legislators formed in response to the Bundy Ranch Standoff. I’m proud my friend Michele Fiore is at the forefront. The fight is just beginning and Americans need to rally behind these people.

Hundreds attended a picnic and gathering where I understand Madison Rising performed. I love those guys. And I can certainly understand sentiments from Cliven Bundy – right there with you son:

Bundy told Breitbart News the only communication he has received from the BLM recently has been through the mail.

“I’ve received some certified letters that I haven’t opened, and that’s the only conversation on that, so I’m going to save those letters for maybe awhile. That’s how serious I think they are,” he said. “I’m tired of their bull. They put their guns at me and my family and these American people. How can I honor one of their letters? I might never open them,” he added.

But the real quote of the day comes from D’Souza and it’s a zinger:

D’Souza, who is coming under fire from the Holder Justice Department himself, added, “I think what really rankles is the fact that justice is normally a virtue of liberalism. Liberals will say, ‘Oh we’re for social justice.’ Justice means treating people fairly and treating people who are in the same situation in a similar way. You get the sense with Obama that’s not the case. Lady justice has one eye open and she’s winking at her friends and sending the cops after her enemies.

Amen brother. That’s exactly what is occurring. Justice for a select elite, but persecution for Obama’s enemies list. Justice should not be at the whim of corrupt bureaucrats such as Harry Reid and Eric Holder. She needs a severe makeover, via a return to Constitutional principles.

The Western states are prepping to reclaim their lands and sovereignty. A massive battle is getting ready to erupt with Progressive/Marxists and big government on one side and free Americans on the other. The wild, wild West is about to get a lot wilder.

04/18/14

The Council Has Spoken!! This Weeks’ Watcher’s Council Results — 04/18/14

The Watcher’s Council


After the week all of us have had, I think we can relate…


A Young Huntress And Her Golden Eagle

The Council has spoken, the votes have been cast and the results are in for this week, carved eternally in the records of cyberspace.

This week has been a celebration of hope and freedom, with Passover starting last Monday night and continuing through the weekend until next Tuesday. Which of course also coincides with Holy Week, which culminates this weekend with Easter Sunday. This linkage is entirely appropriate, since Jesus had come to Jerusalem for the Passover ceremonies and the famous Last Supper was a Passover Seder… the ritual meal where Jews all over the world retell the story of the Exodus, celebrate their G-d-given freedom and eat the unleavened bread, matzoh, to commemorate their ancestor’s journey and deliverance from bondage and slavery.

The story of the Resurrection is a story of freedom too… freedom of the soul and a promise of eternal life to believing Christians who understand what the rolling away of the stones means for them.

Both holidays change their dates on our calender from year to year, Passover or Pessah in Hebrew, because it is based on the centuries old Hebrew calender and Easter because the early Church fathers determined that Easter is always celebrated on the Sunday immediately following the Paschal Full Moon date of the year, which always occurs after Passover.

However, it’s rare that the two holidays occur this close together and in this momentous year, when Judeo-Christian values seem to be under siege, I likewise see in that a sign of hope for the future.

I and my friends on the Watcher’s Council wish you and yours Chag Pessach Sameach and a blessed Easter.

“Freedom is the right to tell people what they do not want to hear” – George Orwell

Allah’s Apostle said, “Whoever changed his Islamic religion, then kill him.” – Hadith Bukhari (84:57)

“People ask me if I have some kind of death wish, to keep saying the things I do. The answer is no: I would like to keep living. However, some things must be said, and there are times when silence becomes an accomplice to injustice.” – Ayaan Hirsi Ali

This Week’s winner, Joshuapundit’sAn Honor Killing On Campus, is my reaction to the decision of Brandeis University to withdraw an honorary degree and a chance to address commencement ceremonies from writer, thinker and women’s rights activist, Ayaan Hirsi Ali, under pressure from Muslim Brotherhood fronts and a few scared and clueless lefties. Here’s a slice:

Regular members of Joshua’s Army may recall the name Ayaan Hirsi Ali.

She was raised as a Muslima in Somalia and Saudi Arabia, survived female genital mutilation, beatings, abuse and various aspects of Somalia’s internecine clan warfare and became a devout member of the Muslim Brotherhood, after which her questions about Islam and the life she was leading led her to escape being ‘given’ in marriage to a distant male relative she had never met.and flee to Holland. There, she was granted Dutch citizenship and eventually became a member of the Dutch parliament where she became a voice alerting the people of her adopted country to the menace of radical Islam, and against the abuse of Muslim women and children in the Netherland’s Islamic ghettos.

She later collaborated with the late filmmaker Theo Van Gogh on a film called ‘Submission’, which chronicled the plight of many Muslim women victimized as she was by the traditional tribal culture.The film caused a firestorm of protest among Muslims. Van Gogh was murdered in broad daylight by a fanatic Muslim while cycling to work one morning in 2004 and then had his corpse ritually mutilated. A note was pinned to Van Gogh’s corpse promising Ayaan Hirsi Ali that she was the next target, with explicit Qu’rannic details of her `crimes against Islam’ as an ‘apostate’, a death sentence in Islam. Other death threats followed, and Ayaan has lived under 24 hour security protection ever since.

She went through the experience of being forced to move out of her apartment because her Dutch neighbors were annoyed that the security protection ‘inconvenienced them’ and because they were afraid that the violence directed towards Ayaan Hirshi Ali might involve them. And the Dutch government, which was obligated to pay for her security as a member of Parliament also disliked the cost, the inconvenience and the political stigma of protecting an ‘enemy of Islam’ in a country that’s over 25% Muslim, so they found a trumped up reason to take away her citizenship and force her to step down from her seat in parliament. Whereupon, she came here to America and became a noted author and speaker. You can read her story in her books ‘Infidel’, ‘Nomad’,and ‘The Caged Virgin.’

So Brandeis decided to honor Ayaan Hirshi Ali. She was to be their commencement speaker and receive an honorary degree.

But when the local chapters of Muslim Brotherhood fronts like CAIR and the Muslim Student’s Association heard about this, they went absolutely ballistic and were able to rope in enough guilty and frightened non-Muslim Lefties to go along with the mob to get Ayaan’s honorary degree ‘rescinded’ and her invitation to speak revoked.

“This is a real slap in the face to Muslim students,” said senior Sarah Fahmy, a member of the Muslim Student Association who created the petition said before the university withdrew the honor.

“But it’s not just the Muslim community that is upset but students and faculty of all religious beliefs,” she said. “A university that prides itself on social justice and equality should not hold up someone who is an outright Islamophobic.”

Thomas Doherty, chairman of American studies, refused to sign the faculty letter. He said it would have been great for the university to honor “such a courageous fighter for human freedom and women’s rights, who has put her life at risk for those values.”

Ibrahim Hooper, a spokesman for the Council on American-Islamic Relations, the nation’s largest Muslim advocacy group, said, “It is unconscionable that such a prestigious university would honor someone with such openly hateful views.”

The organization sent a letter to university President Frederick Lawrence on Tuesday requesting that it drop plans to honor Ali.

“This makes Muslim students feel very uneasy,” Joseph Lumbard, an American convert to Islam and the chairman of Islamic and Middle Eastern studies, said in an interview. “They feel unwelcome here.”

The university said that the decision had been made after a discussion between Ali and university President Frederick Lawrence.According to Ayaan Hirsi Ali, that ‘discussion’ consisted of a phone call made simply to inform her after the decision had already be made.

Much more at the link.

In our non-Council category, the winner was Mark Steyn with a superb piece on the Nevada standoff between the Bundy family and the Bureau of Land Management, The First Amendment is Not an Area, submitted by The Noisy Room. Mark Steyn is absolutely on fire in this one… A must-read.

Here are this week’s full results. Only The Colossus of Rhodey was unable to vote this week, but was not affected by the 2/3 vote penalty:

Council Winners

Non-Council Winners

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04/16/14

Spying The Open Skies Of America

By: Terresa Monroe-Hamilton


MQ-9 Reaper

For those of you out there that thought there was any truth to Obama opposing Putin in Russia, you might want to rethink that and fast. He’s proving just how flexible he really is these days. There is a fight within the Administration, with one side supporting surveillance flights from Russia over American soil and the other opposing it. One guess which side Obama is on.

Have you ever heard of the Open Skies Treaty? Per Wikipedia: The Treaty on Open Skies entered into force on January 1, 2002 and currently has 34 States Parties. It establishes a program of unarmed aerial surveillance flights over the entire territory of its participants. The treaty is designed to enhance mutual understanding and confidence by giving all participants, regardless of size, a direct role in gathering information about military forces and activities of concern to them. Open Skies is one of the most wide-ranging international efforts to date promoting openness and transparency of military forces and activities. The concept of “mutual aerial observation” was initially proposed to Soviet Premier Nikolai Bulganin at the Geneva Conference of 1955 by President Dwight D. Eisenhower; however, the Soviets promptly rejected the concept and it lay dormant for several years. The treaty was eventually signed as an initiative of US President (and former Director of Central Intelligence) George H.W. Bush in 1989. Negotiated by the then-members of NATO and the Warsaw Pact, the agreement was signed in Helsinki, Finland, on March 24, 1992. So you see, Progressives on both sides of the aisle are part and parcel of this suicidal pact.

The Open Skies Treaty allows Russia to fly over US territory with planes loaded with certain agreed-upon sensor packages, in order to ensure compliance with arms control agreements and to provide assurance against preparations for various military surprises. Russia has asked the U.S. to agree to an upgrade in the sensor package their planes can carry. I’ll bet they have. Now, we not only have the NSA and our government watching our every move, we are letting the Russians spy on us as well. I’m also certain the Chinese have been invited in for a test drive. You thought spying was bad with our Intel agencies, you ain’t seen nothing yet.

There was supposed to be a meeting yesterday, to discuss this and resolve a bitter inter-agency dispute over a request from Russia with respect to the Open Skies program. I don’t know what the outcome was, if any, that came out of that meeting behind closed doors. The powers that be are trying to keep this very quiet. Insiders are saying that the White House is likely to side with the State Department, which wants to accommodate Russia, over the objections of the Obama Administration’s Defense Department and Intelligence agencies. I agree with Allen West that the Defense Department and Intelligence agencies had to have thought this was a very bad joke. Unfortunately, it’s not. We’re not just sleeping with the enemy, we are deferring to them.

From Allen West:

What is troubling is that it seems John Kerry and the State Department are willing to acquiesce to the request while the Defense Department, after they stopped laughing, is up in arms. Unfortunately, it looks like the Obama White House is siding with the State Department. Oh, what I miss the most — not really — about Washington DC are all the sneaky, behind-closed-doors escapades that transpire without everyday American citizens having an idea.

House Intelligence Committee chair Mike Rogers is apparently so concerned that he sent the president an unusual public letter Friday — of course when things are done on a Friday before the whole gang goes on Easter recess, chances are no one notices. Here are the highlights:

Chairman Rogers wrote, “Given current world events, President Putin appears to be more than willing to disregard international norms of behavior in seeking geopolitical advantage. We should not now naively believe he will unilaterally adhere to the limitations of the Open Skies Treaty. Putin’s attempt to upgrade Russia’s sensing capabilities now is particularly problematic. I have serious concerns about the technical advantages Russia would gain.”

West also asks a great question: if we have the ability to openly fly over Russia according to this treaty from the Clinton administration — how did we get caught by surprise with Putin’s actions in the Crimea? We didn’t, is the answer. I believe that Obama knew exactly what and when it was going down. Then he put on a show of protest and not a convincing one at that. Imposing sanctions that he knew meant nothing and letting Putin do as he pleases. Obama and Putin have had numerous long conversations – probably on conquering the known world and divvying up the spoils. Even if it is put out that the upgrade to Putin’s sensor package as part of his overflight aircraft is rejected, don’t be quick to believe it. Obama has proven that deceit takes a myriad of forms and he is adept at achieving his desired outcomes.

The Intelligence community is extremely alarmed and should be. Every American should be up in arms over this. We are inviting Russian spies and their military into our country. It’s like letting in a vampire, it can’t be undone and it will get you killed. Russian spying is about to go mainstream in America. Spying the open skies of America will telegraph our strengths and weaknesses to our enemies and invite an attack. Obama and Putin are fellow travelers. Ask yourself, why would a sitting President allow a known enemy to fly freely above and around America? Flexibility Comrades.

For reference, here is a letter from a bipartisan group of senators on the Senate Intelligence Committee — addressed, interestingly, to Secretary of State Kerry, whose department has been pushing the agreement:

The Honorable John F. Kerry
Secretary of State
Department of State
Washington, DC 20521

Dear Mr. Secretary,

In the past few years, the Russian Federation completed construction of two new Open Skies aircraft that will support digital photograph equipment, sideways-looking synthetic aperture radar, and infrared equipment. As you know, state parties to the Open Skies Treaty must certify any new aircraft before it can be used for treaty observation flights.

We understand that an upcoming Deputies Committee meeting will address the question of Russian certification. We strongly urge you to carefully evaluate the ramifications of certification on future Open Skies observation flights and consider the equities of key U.S. Government stakeholders.

The invasion of Crimea and Moscow’s ongoing efforts to destabilize Ukraine using subversive methods in sufficient enough to counsel further review, irrespective of any technical concerns that may exist.

Thank you in advance for your attention to this important and timely manner.

Sincerely,

Dan Coats

Mark W. Warner

James E. Risch
Martin Heinrich

04/16/14

Watcher’s Council Nominations – Yippee-Ki-Yay 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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This week, Midknight Review, Le·gal In·sur·rec·tion and The Pirate’s Cove earned honorable mention status with some great articles.

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04/15/14

Jay Carney: Cooking With Communism

By: Terresa Monroe-Hamilton

Evil, being inherently stupid, strikes again and again with Jay Carney. He just can’t help himself and actually, he’s proud of being a Communist. The Carneys, in their incredible conceitedness and arrogance, decided that it would be so very cool to let the magazine, Washingtonian MOM, do a feature on the White House Press Secretary Jay Carney’s wife, Claire Shipman, and how she manages her “active role as a journalist, wife, and modern working mom.” What they didn’t list, is how she manages all this while juggling her Communist beliefs evidently. We all know how these people lean, but come on! This is rubbing it in our collective faces.

Highlighted is the Carney kitchen with a heartwarming scene of Mom and kids cooking away. It looks like they cooked up enough for a Communist regime if you look closely as well. Sweet rolls, pancakes, melons, a whole host of other fruit, eggs and bacon, muffins… Just who are they getting ready to feed? A third world America? This is a Soviet-style propaganda puff piece for the masses and it is very professionally done, right down to the two Soviet propaganda posters on their walls behind them in the above pic. Where most people would put beloved family photos or treasured art, the Carneys display what is closest to their ideology – from Russia with love.

On the wall, is “a version of this iconic design by artist Dmitry Moor with a soldier pointing his finger alongside text that says ‘Have YOU Enlisted?’ in Russian.”

The Business Insider says of this poster: “The woman in the poster is switching out a tag with a man’s name to one with hers and the text says: ‘Women! Learn production, replace workers who went to the front! The stronger the hinterland – the stronger the front!’”

Memories from the Motherland. Good times for the Carneys.

It’s a love story really… Russia is where Carney and Shipman met in the 1990s. How touching. Of course they didn’t actually fall in love until the late 1990s while working for a list of mainstream media outlets and then meeting at a White House press conference. She was divorced and Carney swooped in. Carney worked at Time magazine’s Moscow bureau when in Russia and Shipman was with CNN there. It’s a small world for Communists, don’t ya know? And did you know, Carney also graduated from Yale with a degree in Russian and Eastern European Studies? What a wild coincidence. I’m sure that he and his adorable wife aren’t Communist plants at all. Nooo.

Bringing Soviet propaganda on home to America just fits, as our friends at The People’s Cube illustrate brilliantly:

The Heritage Foundation nailed it on the topic as usual:

“This is clearly in extremely poor taste against the backdrop of growing Russian intimidation in the Ukraine,” says Nile Gardiner, director of Margaret Thatcher Center for Freedom at The Heritage Foundation.

‘You have a key Obama administration official celebrating the Soviet era, an era in which tens of millions of people died at the hands of a brutal totalitarian system,” Gardiner adds. “It is simply disgraceful for the White House press secretary to be glorifying the propaganda of a monstrously evil tyranny.”

What you are seeing here is an intentional glimpse into the real leanings of our Progressive leaders. You have a Communist Press Secretary and a journalist, who is right at home in our Marxist media, spreading propaganda to the masses. How’s your KGB file hangin’ ABC? The Carneys shamefully flout their wealth, use their children as a photo op and go out of their way to show how much more intelligent they are than common Americans. Just look at the Photoshopped image below:

Lots of books equals really smart. Not so much, especially when you are caught red-handed manipulating info and photos to the public. Gee, this is ‘sub-par‘ for the course concerning the media.

This last pic of an uber Jenga set, is telling. Modified a bit by someone who sees through all the hype and propaganda. ;) It reflects just how stable our government is. Sadly, when the wrong block is pulled, it will all come tumbling down and America with it.

Jay Carney and family: cooking with Communism. Better not invite Mooch over — you’ll be in big trouble over that spread in the kitchen (after she eats it). Our comrades, the Carneys, should move back to Moscow, their first love – the Motherland is calling. The Carneys — the all-American Marxists.