Saturday, September 20, 2014

VIDEO--Krauthammer: Obama Is a Narcissist 'Surrounded by Sycophants'


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SENATE DEMOCRATS Block bill Revoking U.S. Citizenship of American Muslim Terrorists who Join ISIS,Video

By barenaked Islam Blog

The Democrats blocked Cruz’s bill on Thursday, a bill that would revoke citizenship from Americans who join ISIS! Cruz’s bill is very similar to one that then Sen. Scott Brown (R-MA)—who is now running in New Hampshire against Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH)—and then Sen. Joe Lieberman (I-CT) offered a couple of years ago.

“As then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said concerning the Brown-Lieberman legislation — quote — ‘United States citizenship is a privilege, it is not a right. People who are serving foreign powers or in this case foreign terrorists are clearly in violation of that oath which they swore when they became citizens.’ The Expatriate Terrorist Act of 2014 is only a very modest change to current law. It’s one small step in a larger and necessary effort to refocus our ISIS strategy that I urge President Obama to consider immediately.” 

Democrat Mazie Hirono, a freshman senator from Hawaii, objected on the Senate floor when Republican Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas tried to fast-track his ‘Expatriate Terrorists Act. Hirono said she chose to throw up a road block because ‘legislation that grants the government the ability to strip citizenship from Americans is a serious matter raising significant constitutional issues.’ She also cited letters of objection from the Constitution Project and the American Civil Liberties Union. (ACLU = jihad with a law degree)

Air Force Strikes ‘So Help Me God’ From Oath Requirement For Airmen

By Greg Campball

The Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs is making it optional for cadets to include the phrase “so help me God” in their enlistment oaths after a Nevada atheist crossed out the phrase and was barred from re-enlisting.

An advocacy group took up the airman’s case and threatened to sue, according to the Los Angeles Times. The Secretary of the Air Force approved the policy change on Wednesday and instructed all of its bases to implement it immediately.
“We take any instance in which airmen report concerns regarding religious freedom seriously,” Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James said in a statement. “We are making the appropriate adjustments to ensure our airmen’s rights are protected.”
According to the Air Force Times, an unidentified airman at Creech Air Force Base in Nevada was denied re-enlistment in August when he crossed out the phrase on his written oath and did not say it when reciting it out loud. Air Force regulations do not allow any modifications to the oath, which is spelled out in Air Force rules.

The airman’s case was taken up by the American Humanist Association (AHA), which called the religious requirement unconstitutional.
“The government cannot compel a nonbeliever to take an oath that affirms the existence of a supreme being,” AHA attorney Monica Miller told the Air Force Times. “Numerous cases affirm that atheists have the right to omit theistic language from enlistment or reenlistment contracts.”
“Forcing [the airman] to swear to a supreme being as a condition of his reenlistment is tantamount to a ‘religious test’ and is therefore violative of this constitutional provision as well,” she said.
The Military Religious Freedom Foundation called the Air Force’s reversal a “resounding victory,” according to Denver’s Fox 31.

Rice Runs Out During Intense Press Questioning Over Obama's Syrian Air Strikes

 By Pam Key

Friday during the White House press briefing, National Security Advisor Susan Rice abruptly left in the middle of a question after confusing reporters with her announcement President Barack Obama was going ahead with air strikes in Syria.

When reporters began to grill Rice about whether the president had already given the authorization to the militarily to bomb in Syria, Rice kept repeating they would not be releasing information on the timing of those air strikes. Reporters continued to push with several trying to explain their question is if the president has already given authorization.

Laughing uncomfortably Rice exited the room by interrupting a reporter mid-question saying, "Good to see you all."
Press Secretary Josh Earnest went on for several more minutes refusing to answer whether the political process of authorizing air strikes in Syria is complete.  Video HERE

Al-Qaeda Cell from Bin Laden's Bomb Experts Is ISIS-Level Threat to US

 By AWR Hawkins

While the Islamic State, also known as ISIS and ISIL, continues to conquer and hold territory--expanding its influence--an al-Qaeda cell formed from Osama bin Laden's operatives and bomb experts have emerged in Syria. 

The cell goes by the name "Khorasan," a name which The Long War Journal describes as a reference "to a region that encompasses large areas of Afghanistan, Pakistan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, and Iran." 

Its emergence has already impacted the way airport security is handled in "two dozen foreign airports" where flights to the United States take off. According to CBS News, the bomb-making skill of Khorasan members is forcing airport security to search for hidden explosives in cell phones and laptops. It has also resulted in a flight ban of such items "with dead batteries." 
Khorasan's bomb-building expertise points to a stark tactical difference between it and ISIS. Not surprisingly, this leads to a strategy difference between the two groups, which presents a new problem for the United States, as well. 
Whereas ISIS "is believed at present to be largely engulfed in its fight for territory"--a fight carried out through battlefield tactics, mass executions, and propaganda campaigns--Khorsasan has set its sights on U.S. aviation, where it wants a well-placed, undetectable bomb to cause chaos and death.
UPI reports that "Khorasan is believed to be developing plots against Western targets, especially aircraft, involving jihadists with U.S. and European passports." And James Clapper, director of National Intelligence, says Khorasan already poses a threat against the homeland equal to that posed by ISIS. 

In addition to targeting Western targets and aircraft, Fox News reports that Khorasan is trying to "link up" with another al-Qaeda affliate in Syria--the al-Nusra Front. This would provide a substantial number of fighters to complement Khorasan's bomb-making expertise.

GOP Raise Concerns About Obama’s ISIL Strategy

Fighters from ISIL during a parade in Syria

Republicans who are backing President Barack Obama’s plan to train and arm moderate Syrian rebels expressed concerns on Friday about whether the strategy would be far-reaching enough to defeat Islamic militants and other regional adversaries in the Middle East.

The U.S. House of Representatives approved the training program on Wednesday as an amendment to a short-term spending bill, and the Senate passed it on Thursday. House Republicans voted in favor of the measure 159-to-71.
There were very few voices who expressed any confidence in the president to prosecute this war in the way we think it should be prosecuted,” Rep. Mike Pompeo (R., Kansas) told the Washington Free Beacon.
“You go to war with the president you have,” he added, paraphrasing comments once made by former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld in response to criticism of the military’s state of readiness.
The plan enables the Pentagon to vet, train, and arm about 5,000 Syrian rebel fighters to combat the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL or ISIS), the brutal jihadist group that has seized large swaths of Iraq and Syria. However, it will be months before the trainees are battle-ready.
Other concerns linger about the rebels. They will still be outnumbered by an ISIL fighting force with between 20,000 and 31,500 members, according to the Central Intelligence Agency. Some of the rebel groups also admit that they at times have cooperated with the al-Nusra Front, the al Qaeda affiliate in Syria, in their two-front war against ISIL and Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
Still, the rebels are the only viable option for the United States in Syria, said Rep. Vicky Hartzler (R., Mo.).“It’s the only force so far that has had success in pushing back against ISIL in Syria,” she said.
GOP lawmakers said Obama has still not articulated an overarching strategy to fight Islamic terrorists and other adversaries in the Middle East. Intelligence officials say the al-Nusra Front and another al Qaeda-linked group in Syria, known as Khorasan, continue to plot attacks on American airliners.
Read More@Free Beacon

Cruz Dominates White House Dossier GOP Primary Poll

 by Keith Koffler

Sen. Ted Cruz handily won the White House Dossier 2016 presidential primary poll, placing first with just over a quarter of the votes, at 26 percent, in a large field of potential candidates.
Only two other possible candidates were even close, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, who placed second with 17.5 percent and pediatric neurosurgeon surgeon Ben Carson, who garnered 14 percent of the votes.
The poll of WHD readers, who lean a little more to the right than the Republican Party at large, suggests Cruz’s luster continues to shine for conservatives almost exactly a year after he became a household name leading what was effectively a filibuster against Obamacare. Cruz received 694 of the 2,675 votes cast, about  50 percent more than his nearest rival, Romney.

Romney’s showing, though, suggests he has a clear chance to galvanize conservatives should he decide to step into the race again. And Carson continues to ride the wave he started when he offered up a seminar on conservative thought to President Obama during the National Prayer Breakfast in February 2013.

Fourth in the voting was Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, who received exactly 7 percent. Fifth was Texas Gov. Rick Perry, who has been “rebranding” himself after his disastrous 2012 run. Perry received 6.36 percent of the vote.
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50 Objective Facts that Prove America is in an Unprecedented Decline Under Democrat Leadership

By Michael Snyder

What has happened to America? Please show these numbers to anyone that does not believe that the United States is in decline. It is time for all of us to humble ourselves and face the reality of what has happened to our once great nation. For those of us that love America, it is heartbreaking to watch the foundations of our society rot and decay in thousands of different ways.  

The following are 50 facts that show how far America has fallen in this generation, but the truth is that this list could have been far, far longer…
#1 According to a survey that was just conducted, only 36 percent of all Americans can name the three branches of government.
#2 Only 25 percent of all Americans know how long U.S. Senators are elected for (6 years), and only 20 percent of all Americans know how many U.S. senators there are.
#3 Even if you include same-sex couples in the numbers, the marriage rate in the United States is at a 93 year low.
#4 For the first time ever, single Americans make up more than half the U.S. population.
#5 31.1 percent of American young adults in the 18 to 34-year-old age bracket are currently living with their parents.
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Friday, September 19, 2014

Democrats' Big Guns Court Women Voters

By James Rosen

With little more 40 days until voters head to the polls, the 2014 midterm election cycle marks the first in modern history in which Democrats find themselves scrambling to reclaim the lion’s share of the female vote in such elections.

Women tilted Republican in 2010, an unprecedented development since exit polling for congressional races began in 1992, and both parties recognize the critical role women will play in determining whether the GOP regains control of the Senate.

With such concerns in mind, the Democratic Party’s biggest guns President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden, and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, the party’s putative frontrunner if she runs in 2016, as many expect – descended on Washington’s Marriott Marquis Hotel, site of the 21sr annual conference of the Democratic National Committee’s Women’s Leadership Forum.

The event represented a homecoming of sorts for Clinton, who co-founded the group back in 1993, when she was First Lady. Conceding that midterm elections are not as “glamorous” as presidential contests, Clinton urged the several hundred people in attendance to vote in November, singling out a number of female candidates locked in tight House and Senate races across the country.
“This election is a crucial one,” she said.

While touting her own record on women’s issues – a term Clinton herself discounted, preferring instead “family issues” – the potential 2016 contender also praised the records of Obama and Biden, who has made no secret of his interest in pursuing the Democratic presidential nomination.

Following the rocky rollout for her book this spring, when Clinton’s comments about her finances prompted criticism that she has lost touch with ordinary Americans, she used the DNC event to emphasize that she understands the challenges faced by working mothers.

She recounted her own days as a young attorney in Arkansas, when her husband, the future president, was the state’s governor, and the couple occasionally had problems lining up day care for their daughter Chelsea.
Obama argued that America is “better off” now than when he became president, and that “strong women” will help the nation reach its best days in the years to come. 
He also rose to the defense of the embattled DNC chair Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Florida. Published reports over the past week have alluded to dissatisfaction with Wasserman-Schultz within Democratic ranks – alternately linked to the White House and the Clinton camp – and suggested that some party activists are angling for her replacement.
Read More@FoxNews

Mark Steyn: Obama Has ‘No Interest In Driving A Stake’ Through ISIS

Author and political commentator Mark Steyn says that President Obama’s motivation to address ISIS is purely political and that he has no desire “in driving a stake” through the barbaric terrorist group.
“He wants to neutralize ISIS, not in terms of driving them from the map in the Middle East. He want to neutralize them as an issue in November,” said the bestselling author. “He wants to seen to be appearing to do just enough to make ISIS go off the front pages.”
“But other than that, he has absolutely no interest in driving a stake through them,” said Steyn.
Steyn pointed to the fundraising efforts of embattled Sen. Kay Hagen and other Democratic candidates, saying they’re only exhibiting where the president’s true focus is: winning in November.
“I like the Democrats prioritization and I can well understand why they’re doing fundraising,” said the Canadian free-speech advocate. “It would have been fascinating if they were doing D-Day now, and no Democrats showed up at the beaches of Normandy because they were all at some fundraiser.”
The Free Beacon reported Thursday that Sen. Hagen did not attend a classified hearing focused upon ISIS because of a fundraiser being held for her in New York City.

Steyn made the comments on Hugh Hewitt’s radio show Thursday night.

AP: CIA curbs spying in Western Europe

The CIA has curbed spying on friendly governments in Western Europe in response to the furor over a German caught selling secrets to the United States and the Edward Snowden revelations of classified information held by the National Security Agency, according to current and former U.S. officials.

The pause in decades of espionage, which remains partially in effect, was designed to give CIA officers time to examine whether they were being careful enough and to evaluate whether spying on allies is worth running the risk of discovery, said a U.S. official who has been briefed on the situation.
Under the stand-down order, case officers in Europe largely have been forbidden from undertaking "unilateral operations" such as meeting with sources they have recruited within allied governments. Such clandestine meetings are the bedrock of spying.

CIA officers are still allowed to meet with their counterparts in the host country's intelligence service, conduct joint operations with host country services and conduct operations with the approval of the host government. Recently, unilateral operations targeting third country nationals--Russians in France, for example--were restarted. But most meetings with sources who are host nationals remain on hold, as do new recruitments.

The CIA declined to comment.

James Clapper, the U.S. director of national intelligence, said during a public event Thursday that the U.S. is assuming more risk because it has stopped spying on "specific targets," though he didn't spell out details.

Spying stand-downs are common after an operation is compromised, but "never this long or this deep," said a former CIA official, who, like others interviewed for this story, spoke on condition of anonymity because it's illegal to discuss classified material or activities. The pause, which has been in effect for about two months, was ordered by senior CIA officials through secret cables.

The current stand-down was part of the fallout from the July 2 arrest of a 31-year-old employee of the German intelligence service. Suspected of spying for Russia, he told authorities he passed 218 German intelligence documents to the CIA.
Read more@foxnews

Even a Top Democrat Thinks Obama's Legal Case for War Makes No Sense

By Eli Lake
Obama is trying to argue the group is the “true inheritor of bin Laden” in order to legally justify the war. Just don't tell al Qaeda, which booted ISIS in February.

The White House and senior members of the Obama administration have been trying to convince Congress all week that, legally speaking, there’s no difference between ISIS and al Qaeda.
But at the same time—and, often, in the very same classified briefings—members of the U.S. intelligence community are telling lawmakers that the two Islamic radical groups aren’t in cahoots at all. In fact, they’re competitors for supremacy in the global jihadist movement.
The Senate and the House this week voted to give President Obama the authority to allow the military to begin training members of the Syrian opposition. It was a victory for a president who has chosen not to ask Congress pass a law to authorize this new war on ISIS, claiming instead that Congress supplied that authority in 2001 when it declared war on the parties responsible for 9/11.

In the last week, administration lawyers, senior officials and intelligence analysts have made the case that the 9/11 law applies to ISIS in classified and open hearings. Many lawmakers are naturally skeptical, since the two groups formally parted ways last winter.  The briefings didn't exactly dispel this skepticism. In some of them, intelligence analysts conceded that both al Qaeda and ISIS operate under separate command and control structures and are indeed distinct organizations at this point.
“We provide context about the historical ties between al Qaeda and ISIL,” a U.S. intelligence official told The Daily Beast, using the government’s preferred acronym for ISIS. “Now there is a separation between the two groups, but we don’t get into the legal issue. Do they operate under the same command and control structure? The answer to that is ‘no.’” This official added, “The legal answer is not necessarily dispositive of the analytic answer and vice versa.” 
Rep. Adam Schiff, a Democratic member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, said the administration’s legal argument to members has described ISIS “as the true heirs to bin Laden and al Qaeda, that they have set out to harm us and they share the same goals and aims as al

But Schiff said this “has the feeling of a lawyerly kind of argument, to put the best case on a pretty strained legal theory.”  He added, “The facts are not in question, it’s more the application of those facts and the 2001 [resolution], where one plus one equals three.”

Earlier this year, al Qaeda split with ISIS definitively in a public repudiation of the group. The conflict between them, spurred by ISIS’s claim of authority over all Islamist elements in the Syrian war, had been going on for months before al Qaeda finally abandoned attempts at mediation.
 In a *statement released in February, al Qaeda’s senior leadership declared that ISIS “is not a branch of the al-Qaeda group” and “does not have an organizational relationship with it and [al Qaeda] is not the group responsible for their actions.”
For the Obama administration the *legal argument for the ISIS war stands in sharp contrast to its public counter-terrorism policy. Not only has Obama asked Congress to consider narrowing or revoking the 2001 war resolution, his administration at times has gone out of its way to downplay the connections between al Qaeda affiliates, al Qaeda-inspired groups, and al Qaeda’s core leadership.
Read more@DailyBeast

In Reid's Senate, 4-Day Workweeks Rule-- Senators have not worked a single Friday in 2014

By Melanie Batley
The Senate adjourned Thursday for an extended break until November!  having so far 
avoided this year to work a full week at a time.

According to The Hill, threats by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid to convene a two-week session in September and force lawmakers to work weekends have come to naught.

Senators have not worked a single Friday in 2014, and both parties were keen to leave town Thursday until Nov. 12.

The break will give members a solid stretch to campaign going into the midterm elections as Democrats face the possibility of losing control of the upper chamber.

Before its adjournment, the Senate was able to complete its work on a stopgap funding bill that will keep the government open through December, passing the legislation with a vote of 78 to 22.

Laura Ingraham: Shut Up & Blog

SHAW I always have been a big Laura fan. The last few months as I listened to her show it sounded like she was setting up a run for office. If only! Yesterday she mentioned that she is going to get together a group of Conservatives who will decide on a conservative pres candidate. Then the conservatives will give their candidate to the GOP establishment.

I love this idea.Instead of millions tweeting and thousands of groups meetin with no results-
a conservative candidate will be picked and presented to the GOP establishment.

The GOP can't win without conservative votes. Conservatives can't win without GOP establishment voters changing sides and voting conservative. There has to be a meeting of 'equals' to pick the next pres candidate. I will not vote for a Jeb Bush or Paul Ryan establishment candidate. hopefully the GOP and Conservative leaders led by Laura Ingraham can change the right's problem.


Shut Up & Blog

By Laura Ingraham

Now the concerned whispers are becoming audible groans. Turns out after premature high-fiving in certain Republican circles, the GOP just may be on the verge of blowing its opportunity to take control of the U.S. Senate in November. A few of us have been warning for months that unless the GOP responded smartly to the huge public outcry over the border surge, it would miss a chance to energize disaffected voters. We also urged our friends in the Establishment that they shouldn’t take their primary victories against more conservative candidates as a sign that they could “play it safe” during the campaign. The public wants policies to strengthen the American workforce, raise its standard of living, and renew and protect the homeland. It wants to see an affirmative agenda to spur growth and economic opportunity—one that goes beyond “dump Obamacare.” But for the voters are enduring uninspiring candidates, boring political ads, and wishy washy campaign statements on immigration enforcement. One of the only senate campaigns playing the immigration issue correctly is that of moderate Scott Brown in New Hampshire And guess what? After trailing Jean Shaheen for months, he is now in a dead-heat race with the pro-amnesty Democrat incumbent. Go figure.

Then there’s the issue of money. Writing in Thursday’s Wall Street Journal, Establishment fave Karl Rove says the GOP Senate majority is “still in doubt,” noting that the GOP Senate candidates are being outspent $109 million to $85 million in media buys. He urges Republicans to “open their wallets to candidates whom they have never met.” Here’s what I say to this entreaty: How much money did the Establishment spend to save Thad Cochran? How much did they spend to try to save Eric Cantor? How much did they spend to save Lamar Alexander, and Lindsey Graham, and all the other incumbents who they defended earlier this year? NONE of those dollars were spent to fight the Democrats – they were ALL used to beat and in many cases malign the Tea Party.

Meanwhile, how many voters in places like Mississippi, and Tennessee, and South Carolina, decided that they aren't going to give any more money to a GOP Establishment that hates them and mocks them at every turn? How much money has that cost the GOP?

The bottom line is this: if the GOP loses the Senate, it's all due to Establishment incompetence. From beginning to end, they ran exactly the campaign they wanted. They took all the budget issues off the table. It refused to use the power of the purse—Congressional Republicans’ most potent weapon for curbing White House excesses. They spent most of the year talking about immigration reform instead of criticizing Obama. They saved almost all of their incumbents from primary challengers. And they pushed through guys like the vanilla Thom Tillis in North Carolina and Bush loyalist Ed Gillespie in Virginia. This is their race. If they can't win it – then how can they expect to beat Hillary in 2016?

Chinese Military-Linked Telecom Firm Shipped U.S. Equipment to Cuba

By Bill Gertz

A Chinese telecommunications company linked to the People’s Liberation Army provided U.S.-origin equipment to Cuba in apparent violation of U.S. economic sanctions on the communist-ruled island.

U.S. officials familiar with intelligence reports said the equipment included U.S.-made modems, routers, and switches for telecommunications networks.

The transfer took place within the past two months and was reported by the U.S. Southern Command, the military command with responsibility for Latin and South America in internal channels, said officials who spoke on condition of anonymity.

One official said the transfer violated U.S. economic sanctions imposed on Cuba and that the transfer is under investigation by the Commerce Department.

No other details could be learned on the U.S. companies or company involved. However, administration officials said it is illegal to export any U.S.-origin telecommunications equipment to Cuba without an export license.
President Obama in 2009 loosened controls on Internet and telecommunications services for Cuba in an effort to promote greater openness. But telecommunications equipment remains banned under the 1964 embargo.
Huawei, a global network equipment manufacturer based in Shenzhen, China, has been identified by the Pentagon in reports to Congress as one of several companies that maintain close ties to the PLA.
Along with two other firms, Huawei, “with their ties to the [Chinese] government and PLA entities, pose potential challenges in the blurring lines between commercial and government/military-associated entities,” the 2012 report said.

Huawei also was identified by the U.S. government as posing a cyber espionage risk. A House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence report in 2012 warned U.S. businesses not to use equipment made by Huawei and another firm, ZTE, over concerns the gear can be used by China’s government to conduct cyber espionage.
Read More@FreeBeacon