It certainly appears that president-elect Donald Trump is serious about implementing at least some of his campaign promises. He better be – and not a moment too soon – because it’s much worse at the border than we’re being told.
The internet exploded on Tuesday when Reuters reported on an internal memo they obtained from the Department of Homeland Security.
After an exhaustive search of the web, it appears I am the only one to ask what I deemed to be a rather obvious question. How did Reuters obtain this memo? Virtually every article I perused, including the Reuters piece, described it as an “internal agency memo.” No one, including Reuters, ever said it was leaked, nor a Freedom of Information Act demand put on them to release it, as conservative media must do. No – just that it was a DHS “internal agency memo” reviewed by Reuters. I thought that odd. Is Reuters, and other leftist media outlets, privy to all DHS “internal” memos?
Anyway, Reuters wrote that the memo described a December 5, 2016 meeting between DHS and the Trump transition team. Trump’s team is said to have asked “the Department of Homeland Security to assess all assets available for border wall and barrier construction.” That’s a good sign. My guess is they probably have plenty of assets, as they sure haven’t been using any. read more
What happens when you give stuff away? Logically you think demand for the item would rise. I’m not talking about giving away a free pencil eraser with every hundred dollar purchase. I’m talking about something of real value.
By the way – for those under the age of 25, a pencil eraser is an old-fashioned manual delete function.
I’m talking about giving away free televisions or smart phones, etc., with no strings attached. Do you think you might have a line encircling your store three or four times over? Of course you would.
Or what if you were a dog or cat owner and someone steals your animal – holding it for an exorbitant ransom – and you pay it. Just don’t harm the animal, you say. There will be no police involvement – no investigation of any kind.
The animal is returned safely and all appears to be well – except that it isn’t. Because of this one incident, you have now become a citywide target for every criminal wishing to make a quick buck.
By simply giving in the first time, the criminal element now considers you a patsy and your animal the unwitting victim.
Well, the inept Obama administration is of course the pet owner and any American, military or civilian, who travels to or near Iran are the pets. read more
I wonder if now that the Obama administration has paid the ransom “we owed” the Iranian regime, whether it will set a precedent for others to put their hands out and demand, or at least request funds from the U.S. treasury?
Heck, even before the precedent, the Israeli government asked the U.S. to bump up its annual military stipend from $3 billion to $5 billion. Those dirty, money-grubbing Jews – asking for an additional $2 billion. You might think that, but they are blaming the Obama administration for the fact that they must request it in the first place.
It seems the Middle East is poised to get a lot more dangerous thanks to the huge infusion of cash which was part of the US-Iran nuclear agreement. So thanks to Obama, Israel expects to have to spend a lot more on defense. They do have a point.
Now in, we’ll call the post-ransom period, another has come forward asking for cash. Our old buddy, “former Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is asking President Obama to release nearly $2 billion in Iranian assets frozen in a New York bank account.” read more
For decades Iran has been synonymous with terrorism. Americans had been its target since the ouster of the Shah and the rise of Islamist fundamentalism. In 1979 the exiled Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini returned to head the Iranian fundamentalist revolution. Many Americans still recall the taking of 52 of our citizens from our embassy in Tehran – held for 444 days, coincidentally released as Ronald Reagan took office.
After Khomeini became supreme leader in Iran the direct attacks on American facilities overseas seemed to come one after another, starting in April of 1983, with the bombing of the U.S. embassy in Beirut Lebanon. Soon after, in October, was the infamous U.S. Marine barracks bombing which killed 241. In December that same year was yet another U.S. embassy bombing – this time in Kuwait. 1984 saw the bombing of the U.S. embassy annex in Beirut and in 1985, the highly televised hijacking of TWA flight 847, where a U.S. Navy diver was shot and tossed out of the plane onto the tarmac for the whole world to see.
The last major attack by Iran or it’s number one surrogate, Hezbollah, came in 1996 with the bombing of the Kobar Towers, a U.S. military housing complex in Saudi Arabia, which left nineteen Americans dead and 372 injured.
Since then it seems Iran has concentrating their hatred and terrorist efforts more toward Israel and others in the Middle East.
So it’s plain to see that Iran can surely dish out the terror. But it evidently can’t take it. read more
Due to the rash of American hostages taken by terrorist groups like ISIS, president Obama, in June of 2015, issued a directive and executive order reaffirming longstanding government policies regarding negotiation, ransom and recovery.
The directive reaffirms U.S. government policies, including (a) achieving the “safe and rapid recovery of U.S. nationals taken hostage outside the United States;” (b) our government will strive to “counter and diminish the global threat of hostage taking;” (c) that we will use all resources to get our hostages back; (d) that we will “make no concessions to individuals or groups holding U.S. nationals abroad” and; (e) that we will deny hostage-takers the “benefits of ransom, prisoner-releases, policy changes or other acts of concession.”
Right off the bat we see that like most what our president utters, this is too crap. How did Obama secure the release of the criminal deserter Bowe Bergdahl? Of course, it was through a rather inequitable prisoner exchange with the Taliban – designated a foreign terrorist group by the Secretary of State.
And why do I describe it this way? Because it is a federal crime to allow the “benefits of ransom, prisoner-releases, policy changes or other acts of concession” to groups, “designated by the Secretary of State as a foreign terrorist organizations.” Clearly the Taliban was and still is a designated terrorist organization. But then, when has “federal crime” or the Constitution ever stopped this administration from doing what it wants?
The interesting thing about Obama’s reaffirmation is that it only includes “individuals or groups holding U.S. nationals abroad,” not terrorist nations or nations who sponsor terrorism. Also that it is up to Secretary of State John Kerry to determine who is and isn’t, which leads me to Iran, possibly the number one sponsor of terror in the Middle East if not worldwide.
We all recall the utterly humiliating photos and video of 10 U.S. Navy personnel being captured by Iran several months ago. Personally, it made my stomach turn, with a little seething anger mixed in for good measure.
Through negotiations and a newfound respect between our two countries, the great negotiators, Obama and Kerry, secured the safe return of our brave sailors. It was a triumph of diplomacy. Or was it.
Of course we all know Iran has zero respect for America and less for the feckless Obama administration. So it comes as no surprise to me that reports are now surfacing that the Obama administration – let me rephrase – Obama may have paid an additional $1.7 billion to Iran for the release of the sailors.
What do I mean additional? I mean on top of the $150 billion we already allowed to be released to Iran – you know – to fund more terror, purchase gobs of conventional weapons and nuke up.
A bill, “jointly filed by Rep. Mike Pompeo (R., Kan.) and Sen. John Cornyn (R., Texas), could force the administration to disclose if it paid the $1.7 billion” to secure their release.
If this turns out to be true, is this not a federal crime? No – no it’s not. First, recall Obama’s reaffirmation that we “make no concessions to individuals or groups holding U.S. nationals abroad” Well, the nation of Iran is neither. Second, recall that it is up to our moronic Secretary of State, John Kerry, to determine who the terrorists are and we all know he would never designate Iran as such. He was too busy kissing their behinds to designate them.
The bill “would compel the Obama administration to issue a report to Congress detailing whether it paid Iran a $1.7 billion settlement as part of the hostage release. It also would level sanctions against Iran for possible breach of Geneva Convention rules governing legal military detainment.”
“Pompeo said that he and Cornyn are seeking to ensure there are ‘consequences on the Iranians responsible.’”
But the administration had already formed an excuse for the payment. They don’t deny it was paid, but in January, spokes-idiot Josh Earnest said “that was to settle a long-standing claim against the U.S.” The fact it was paid on the very day the hostages were released was just a happy coincidence, I guess. Earnest said the payment was for a debt incurred in 1979, pre-revolution, for arms never delivered from the U.S to Iran. By sheer dumb luck, the debt just happened to be settled on that day. Wow – that was lucky!
While I’m glad the two lawmakers are making the attempt to unearth the truth, let’s be real. The legislature can write as many bills as there is paper in Washington and Obama will just ignore them.
I’m reminded of a quote from the movie Spaceballs, where Dark Helmet is battling Lone Star and says, “So, Lone Star, now you see that evil will always triumph because good is dumb.”
Many smart people in the know are rightly worried that war may be inevitable in the Middle East. They are right to be worried, as this time it will not be a proxy war. This one will be a direct conflict between Iran and Saudi Arabia for Muslim supremacy of the region.
But this is not about two nations. It is Iranian Shiites against Saudi Sunni Wahhabists. This war was always inevitable. There is no diplomacy that can or could ever have stopped it. No amount of intercession by Europe, Russia or the United States can curtail it.
No matter what the Saudis do, they cannot prevent it, for this was prophesized long ago. This war will be the result of the Shiite End Times Prophecy. read more
According to Saudi’s Arabia’s Grand Mufti, Sheikh Abdul Aziz al-Asheikh, both ISIS and al-Qaeda are enemy number one. I guess he couldn’t choose just one. Maybe it’s one of those 1 and 1A kinds of things.
Off topic as it is – who chooses the names for these characters anyway? Do they get to choose? If so, why must they always be so long? Could you imagine having to endorse a check or sign one of the tiny electronic keypads at the grocery store – or signing autographs for the Grand Mufti groupies? Sheesh!
Anyway, the Mufti – oh excuse me – the Grand Mufti stated emphatically that, “The ideas of extremism, radicalism and terrorism … have nothing to do with Islam and (their proponents) are the enemy number one of Islam.”
Yet about the time he was condemning the two terror groups for their barbarism, he was signing off on one of the largest mass executions in the country’s history. They executed 47 “criminals.” Among these criminals was a Shiite cleric, Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr (again with the names). This did not please Shiite Iran, as response to the executions, they attacked and burned the Saudi embassy in Tehran.
No one knows exactly what their “crimes” were – only that the verdict against the “47 criminals was based on Allah’s Book and the Prophet’s Sunnah.” read more
There has been much debate as to why Obama is insisting upon allowing Muslims to flood our country, while he seems bent on excluding Christians. At the same time is the continued bewilderment as to why Obama has cozied up to Iran – a country who has openly pledged to destroy us. Actually, now that I further consider it, there isn’t much debate, because no one knows why the president does what he does.
None of this has ever made any sense to the average citizen. It needs to be explained. I believe it is a combination of two reasons and they come directly from his heritage, going back to his Grandfather, Hussein Onyango Obama, who was born in Kenya around 1895. I say around 1895 because no one really knows.
In 1920 Onyango Obama’s Kenya was colonized and became British Kenya or the Colony and Protectorate of Kenya. Many Kenyans, Obama included, were not thrilled by the colonization or living under British rule.
He began to become a politically active anti-colonialist for the Kenyan Independence movement. In 1949 he was captured and jailed by the Brits, and for 6 months or so, was apparently beaten regularly. He developed a deep seeded hatred for the Brits, as well as any colonialist power. This hatred was passed to his son Barack Obama Sr. and then to his son, our president. This anti-colonial hatred is still with our president today. Recall one of his first acts as president was to remove the bust of Winston Churchill from the White House and return it to England. Many wondered why he would do such a thing. read more
It’s been reported recently that Israel has made the discovery of a lifetime. They’ve discovered a massive oil field in their Golan Heights territory.
Israel reportedly consumes about 270,000 barrels of oil per day, although other estimates put consumption far lower at around 190,000 barrels. That’s somewhere between 70 and 100 million per year. The Golan discovery is said to possibly be in the billions of barrels. This find alone could make Israel energy independent for decades.
This is the first potentially commercially viable oil source it’s ever had since its founding. Until this discovery, Israeli companies have drilled some 350 exploratory wells – not one has been viable.
To demonstrate just how significant this find may be – the average depth or thickness of layers of underground oil deposits is around 30-35 meters. This find is estimated to be 350 meters thick – 10 times the norm.
What is yet to be determined is whether the oil can be extracted at a reasonable enough price to be viable. And that’s a big if, considering how the price of oil worldwide has cratered in the past several months.
Naturally, as in America and the rest of the West, environmentalist wackos have involved themselves; doing everything they can to halt the progress of discovery.
We here in the States know all too well how the powerful environmental lobby can muck things up for the energy sector, but we have it relatively easy compared to Israel. We don’t have hostile nations on our border to content with – only our own hostile government. read more
In today’s episode Iran celebrates Ramadan by flogging it’s citizens and ISIS does them one better by flogging and crucifixion. Look out all male college students, for there are new federal laws governing sexual assault and harassment and you are the target, and a Florida man gets fired over a Facebook post mocking homosexual marriage. read more