Monday, May 27, 2013

Report: 5,000 Hezbollah Fighters In Syria, With Another 5,000 Set To Join Them…

The longer this thing drags on the more dead Hezbollah and al-Qaeda fighters there will be, it’s a win-win for us.
DEAD SEA, Jordan — Lebanon’s Hezbollah has 5,000 troops fighting alongside President Bashar Assad’s forces in Syria, and another 5,000 are getting ready to join them, a World Economic Forum gathering heard Sunday.
Salman Shaikh, director of the Doha Center of the Brookings Institution think tank, said there were also 1,500-2,000 fighters from Iraq in the battlegrounds of Syria. He said that not only was Syria “on the abyss,” but that after two years of civil war, there was growing danger that the fighting could draw in “the entire region.”
Shaikh cited the Hezbollah figures a day after the Shiite group’s leader Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah admitted for the first time that his group had deployed fighters to Syria, saying his group would not stand idly by while its chief ally is under attack.
Shaikh said Israel “should do its best to stay out of the conflict.” But “it should also give up on the old paradigm of ‘better the devil you know.’” He said his fear was that “Israel will be increasingly drawn in” — in part because of ongoing Russian weapons supplies to Syria, and because the UN peacekeeping forces in Syria and Lebanon were coming under increasing strain.

In Britain, Police Arrest Twitter And Facebook Users If They Make Anti-Muslim Statements

British police are arresting people in the middle of the night if they have made racist or anti-Muslim comments on Twitter following the murder of a soldier by two Muslims in Woolwich, London. Three men have so far been taken into custody for using Twitter and Facebook to criticize Muslims.
In the Woolwich attack, Lee Rigby, a drummer in the Royal Regiment of Fusliers, was run down in a car and then hacked and stabbed to death by two men with knives and a cleaver. They told a man video recording the scene that it was vengeance for the killings of Muslims by the British Army.
One man has been charged with "malicious communications" on Facebook, the Daily Mail reports.
Two others have been arrested under the Public Order Act on suspicion of inciting racial or religious hatred. The police are now arresting people based on mere speech in social media, a detective said in a statement to the press:
'The men were arrested under the Public Order Act on suspicion of inciting racial or religious hatred. Our inquiries into these comments continue.
'These comments were directed against a section of our community. Comments such as these are completely unacceptable and only cause more harm to our community in Bristol.
'People should stop and think about what they say on social media before making statements as the consequences could be serious.'
The arrests come at the behest of British Muslims, who fear a backlash against them following the death of Rigby, The New York Times says:
The police and Muslim groups have said that there have been anti-Muslim episodes in many parts of the country, the most common involving derogatory messages on social media sites like Twitter and Facebook.
A number of arrests have been made, with criminal charges being leveled in some cases under laws against inciting racial or religious hatred, and Muslim community leaders have reported rising concern among the estimated 2.5 million Muslims in Britain.
Two men were detained in the middle of the night after they expressed anger at Muslims on Twitter. The Independent quotes police as saying:
"We began inquiries into the comments and at around 3.20am two men, aged 23 and 22, were detained at two addresses in Bristol.
"The men were arrested under the Public Order Act on suspicion of inciting racial or religious hatred. Our inquiries into these comments continue."

Go Ahead, Invade Their Phone Records: AP Reports Obama Has 'Alleged Scandals' and 'Alleged Misbehavior'

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Forget the Department of Justice surveillance. Associated Press is actually writing about “alleged scandals” and “alleged misbehavior” when it reports on Obama. Somehow we’re not going to take it seriously when former AP employees like Ron Fournier have predicted the AP surveillance was going to make the wire service turn critical of the White House.

Tom Raum is still barking with what George Will called “the tinny arf of a lapdog.” His story “Improving economy changes political landscape” foreacasts economic blue skies for Barack:
WASHINGTON (AP) - Alleged misbehavior by the Internal Revenue Service and other federal agencies gives the GOP something else to talk about and investigate as the economy clearly, if slowly, recovers on President Barack Obama's watch, robbing Republicans of a central argument against Democrats.

Amid a series of recent positive economic reports, the GOP is revving up its portrayal of the Obama administration as scandal-ridden and inept, while largely abandoning the party's where-is-the-recovery criticism.
Republicans had little choice, given that the economy has gained considerable strength over the past 18 months. Today, the federal budget deficit is shrinking rapidly and tax receipts are rising. Consumer confidence and spending are up, as are auto and housing sales. Stocks are near all-time highs.
Perhaps AP should stand for Alleged Press. If I say, punched an AP reporter in the face, would he write it was "alleged misbehavior" or would it be have the common sense to describe it as misbehavior? No one's claiming that the DOJ never acquired AP's phone records, or that no one unfairly investigated Tea Party groups at the IRS.
After a few paragraphs, Raum concedes the "alleged" ethical problems could become a “compelling issue” in light of Obama’s 2008 pledge to restore confidence in government:
There's "no question" that the alleged scandals are taking the attention of many politicians away from economic concerns, said Douglas Holtz-Eakin, a former director of the Congressional Budget Office and top economic adviser to Republican Sen. John McCain's 2008 presidential campaign.
AP even recruited Stanley Collender to allege that Congress doesn’t have the brains to chew gum and walk at the same time, so it’s going to waste time on scandals:
For now, the three controversies plaguing the administration are consuming most of the political oxygen in Washington. "Congress basically can't walk and chew gum at the same time, so they'll focus on these scandal things for a while longer," said veteran budget analyst Stanley Collender.
Perhaps Collender should be asked by Congress if an AP reporter gas enough brains to find more than an “alleged scandal” when someone’s tracking his colleagues' home phone calls.

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You need to see exactly what Muslim savage, Michael Adebolajo, did to British soldier Lee Rigby in broad daylight (WARNING: Graphic Images)

lippines_muslim_protest_mla102-viWhat is common to Daniel Perl, Nick Berg, a British soldier on London street, the Jews of Hebron in 1929 and the Fogel family in Itamar? They all were butchered – not simply stabbed to death – but killed by an act designed to decapitate them or to cause fatal bleeding by severing their carotid artery. And they were all slaughtered by Muslims.


The video below is NOT British soldier Lee Rigby, but the way in which the lifeblood was sucked out of him by Muslim jihadist, Michael Adebolago, in London is exactly what was done to these Russian soldiers by Chechen (like the Boston bombers) Muslims in Russia:

Frontpage Magazine (h/t Frederic F)  An endless list of Muslim girls and women can be added to them, those who were similarly slaughtered by their brothers, fathers or other relatives for “violating the family honor”. A question that arises automatically is where does this Moslem tendency to this kind of slaughter come from?

The answer is simple: Slaughter is a routine, widespread practice among many Muslim families. Many children see how their fathers slaughter sheep when celebrating an important event, and the whole family is present at the sacrificial slaughter during Eid al-Adha, the Festival of Sacrifice, when the slaughter is part of the holiday ritual.

Palestinians Celebrate Eid Al-Adha By Slaughtering Animals

In many Islamic societies, slaughter generally occurs at home, in front of the children, and is part of the routine of life. They are immunized against the sight of slaughter, are not moved by the blood dripping from the animal’s neck and are not frightened by its snorts and struggles.


In many cases, the children hold the legs of the lamb in order to immobilize it during slaughter; they sense very well its frantic reactions as the knife so painfully slices through its neck. The presence and participation of the children in the act of slaughter immunizes them emotionally against its influence; when they are older they perform the custom of sacrifice with their own hands and knives, and in front of their own children.


The emotional immunity to the act of slaughter allows a Muslim to utilize it whenever he feels he must employ radical methods to rid himself of someone. The slaughter of sheep during the Festival of Sacrifice is accompanied by the recitation of “In the name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful”, and the butchering of girls who do not behave properly is conducted as a kind of execution ceremony. The slaughterer feels that he is doing something important and worthy, acting in a way to which he is inured since early childhood.


In western societies, slaughter seems barbaric, while members of Moslem societies view it as proper and commendable when carried out within the proper context. Therefore, slaughtering a Jew, a Christian or anyone seen as an enemy is not considered unusual in traditional Islamic societies. This is what professional jargon calls “a cultural difference.”


Ruling Against ‘Sheriff Joe’ Pushes U.S. Closer to Brink

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Forgive them, Lord; they know not what they do.
The Left has always been destructive, of itself and the communities around it. Drugs, abortion, homosexuality, welfare state … if it takes the human being a notch closer to the animals, the Left is all for it.
One other thing the Left is good at, though, is an irritating talent for the most mind-bending rationalizations of its abberant behavior, rationalizations that have become institutionalized.
A prime example is the concept of racial profiling, which a court on Friday ruled Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio and deputies had committed by virtue of checking the citizenship of Latinos with whom they came in contact.
To the Left, this is a great sin and proof that Arpaio is a scoundrel. As the “objective” Associated Press put it, “The ruling marks a thorough repudiation of the immigration patrols that made Arpaio a national political figure, and it represents a victory for those who pushed the lawsuit.”
Go team.
Arpaio and his deputies, of course, are simply enforcing federal laws against illegal immigration, laws which the current Administration has essentially ignored. It also must be recalled that Arpaio tried to work with the feds on stopping the scourge of criminals coming over the border into Arizona, and he got sued for his trouble.
In other words, the Left set up a situation where Arpaio could only choose between ignoring the problem and letting criminals run roughshod over the people under his protection or doing the right thing.
Sheriff Joe chose to do the right thing.
Based on what is known about Arpaio, it is to be hoped that his response to the court will be the same as that to the feds, that he was elected to the job and he intends to fulfill his oath.
Other sheriffs are finding themselves at odds with the federal government as well. The Constitutional Sheriffs and Peace Officers Association is holding its convention this month, at which members will discuss ways they can protect their communities from federal overreach and defend citizens’ constitutional rights.
“We are going to train and vet them all, state by state, to understand and enforce the constitutionally protected rights of the people they serve, with an emphasis on state sovereignty and local autonomy,î said Executive Director Sheriff Richard Mack. “Then these local governments will issue our new Declaration to the Federal Government regarding the abuses that we will no longer tolerate or accept. Said declaration will be enforced by our Constitutional Sheriffs and Peace Officers. In short, the CSPOA will be the army to set our nation free.”
Note that last sentence.
From the beginning, the Obama Administration has been casting conservatives as the enemy of the state. By its persistence in this message, all the while circumventing the Constitution at every point, its arrogance has slowly created the enemy it has sought all along — a trained, armed force opposed to its agenda.
Some liberals have labeled the CSPOA “insurrectionists” and “traitors.” (Natural Tories, always running to defend the King.)
It’s just that sort of liberal arrogance that has pushed this country down the road to the point where not just a small clique of anti-federalists but the mass of gun owners and large numbers of sworn peace officers are ready to fight their own federal government.
A recent poll found almost a quarter of all Americans agree that violence may be needed in the near future to restore liberty. Even 18 percent of liberals in the survey agreed.
There is a group led by a guy named Adam Kokesh that is trying to organize an armed march on Washington, D.C., on July 4 in protest of federal efforts to restrict the Second Amendment. Many people have expressed concern over the true motives of the organizers, but the project seems to be moving forward. Plans are for gun owners to walk the streets leading to the Capitol, near the White House and other important locations while carrying their weapons.
Kokesh was recently arrested, but other organizers have vowed to move forward.
There are not enough fingers on your hands to count the ways this event could go wrong.
Whose oath of office is “more legal”? The president’s or the local sheriff’s? They’re both constitutionally sworn officers, both equally authorized and capable of determining what that oath means.
And yet, there’s a serious conflict brewing in this country, one that increasingly seems it may end up being settled by bloodshed.
Before that happens, and because such a fight might not go the way liberals hope, the Left might consider listening to what its fellow Americans are saying. Instead of telling conservatives to shut up, the Left should trying shutting its own mouth and opening its ears before we all live to regret it.

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Republicans Move Closer to Impeachment With Claim that Obama Is Losing Moral Authority

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Rand Paul’s claim that Obama is losing the moral authority to lead is similar to what Republicans said about Bill Clinton in 1998, and another sign that Republicans are eyeing up impeachment.
On ABC’s This Week, Sen. Paul said, “I think the constellation of these three scandals ongoing really takes away from the president’s moral authority to lead the nation. Nobody questions his legal authority, but I really think he is losing the moral authority to lead the nation, and he really needs to put a stop to this. I don’t care whether you are a Republican or a Democrat. Nobody likes to see the opposite party punishing you for your political beliefs.”
When asked if he saw any evidence that a crime was committed so far, Paul gave the standard conspiracy theory answer of, “I don’t think we know so far.” After talking about Lois Lerner, Paul repeated his moral authority talking point, “I think there needs to be a speedy resolution to this, and I think the president is in danger of losing his moral authority to lead the nation if we don’t get to a resolution.”
If this whole losing moral authority argument sounds familiar, it should. In 1998, then Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich used the moral authority argument against President Clinton. According to a 1998 Washington Post article, “Gingrich also tied the rise in drug use and teen smoking to the Clinton/Gore administration, which he said has “less moral authority” than any other in American history.”
Despite the fact that Obama’s increasing job approval ratings defy Rand Paul’s claim that the president is losing moral authority, Republicans are incrementally trying to make the case for Obama impeachment. Republicans are interested in the IRS scandal for two reasons. They think it will motivate their base to turn out in 2014, and they believe they can use it to impeach Obama. It doesn’t appear to have entered into the Republican mind that 61% of Americans think Obama is telling the truth about the IRS scandal, and the president’s job approval rating is going up.
From the moment that Republicans took back control of the House, they have been endlessly investigating a series of half baked allegations and conspiracy theories for the purpose of trying to find something on President Obama. Republicans have been stacking conspiracies on top of one another since the IRS broke. Last Sunday, Paul Ryan claimed the Obama administration was involved in the IRS scandal. RNC chair Reince Priebus tried to claim that Lois Lerner taking the fifth was evidence of Obama criminal activity, and today Rand Paul is claiming that President Obama is losing the moral authority to lead the country.
It all adds up to Republicans working their way towards trumping up a charge in order to attempt to impeach President Obama. I not sure that congressional Republicans will have the guts to follow through and try to impeach the president, but it is clear that those on the far right are ready to wreck the Republican Party by pursuing Obama impeachment.

Marking the Eleventh Anniversary of 9/11

President Barack Obama, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, and Gen. Martin Dempsey, stand during the playing of Taps (September 11, 2012)
President Barack Obama, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and Gen. Martin Dempsey, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, stand during the playing of Taps during the September 11th Observance Ceremony at the Pentagon Memorial in Arlington, Va., Sept. 11, 2012. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
Today, President Obama and the First Lady marked the eleventh anniversary of the September 11 attacks.
They began the day at the White House, observing a moment of silence on the South Lawn just after 8:45 a.m., around the time the first plane hit the north tower of the World Trade Center. Afterward, they traveled to the Pentagon, where the President spoke at a memorial service in honor of those who died there, as well as in New York and Pennsylvania.
This anniversary allows us to renew our faith that even the darkest night gives way to a brighter dawn. Today, we can come here to the Pentagon, and touch these names and kneel beside a building where a single stone still bears the scars of that fire. We can visit the field of honor in Pennsylvania and remember the heroes who made it sacred.  We can see water cascading into the footprints of the Twin Towers, and gaze up at a new tower rising above the New York skyline.
And even though we may never be able to fully lift the burden carried by those left behind, we know that somewhere, a son is growing up with his father’s eyes, and a daughter has her mother’s laugh -- living reminders that those who died are with us still.
So as painful as this day is and always will be, it leaves us with a lesson that no single event can ever destroy who we are. No act of terrorism can ever change what we stand for. Instead, we recommit ourselves to the values that we believe in, holding firmly, without wavering, to the hope that we confess.
That’s the commitment that we reaffirm today. And that’s why, when the history books are written, the true legacy of 9/11 will not be one of fear or hate or division. It will be a safer world; a stronger nation; and a people more united than ever before.
Vice President Biden marked the anniversary by traveling to Shanksville, PA, where he delivered remarks at the Flight 93 National Memorial Commemorative Service to honor the passengers and crew who died there 11 years ago today. The Vice President told the families who lost loved ones that day that the heroism of their husbands, wives, sons, daughters, mothers, and fathers would never be forgotten.
Today we stand on this hallowed ground, a place made sacred by the heroism and sacrifice of the passengers and the crew of Flight 93. And it’s as if the flowers, as I walked here, as if the flowers were giving testament to how sacred this ground is.
My guess -- and obviously it’s only a guess; no two losses are the same. But my guess is you’re living this moment that Yeats only wrote about, when he wrote, pray I will and sing I must, but yet I weep. Pray I will, sing I must, but yet I weep.
My personal prayer for all of you is that in every succeeding year, you’re able to sing more than you weep.  And may God truly bless you and bless the souls of those 40 incredible people who rest in this ground.
Watch President Obama and the First Lady Observe a Moment of Silence on 9/11.

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