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The first of the Crusades began in 1095, when armies of Christians from Western Europe responded to Pope Urban II’s plea to go to war against Muslim forces in the Holy Land. The Crusades were a direct response to Muslim aggression, an attempt to turn back or defend against Muslim conquests of Christian lands.
It seems to me that Muslims have always been a problem around the world, of course Liberals always refer to the Crusades as a slaughter of innocence, and they refuse to open their eyes to the fact that Muslims have always been terrorists. America has been fighting Islamists for longer than many realize. Even before America’s independence was declared, American ships were pirated and their Christian crews enslaved by Muslim pirates.
In 1786 Thomas Jefferson, then US ambassador to France, and John Adams, then US Ambassador to Britain, met in London with Sidi Haji Abdul Rahman Adja, the Muslim ambassador to Britain, in an attempt to negotiate a peace treaty, during negotiations the Muslim ambassador said; “that it was founded on the Laws of their Prophet, that it was written in their Koran, that all nations who should not have acknowledged their authority were sinners, that it was their right and duty to make war upon them wherever they could be found, and to make slaves of all they could take as Prisoners, and that every Musselman (Muslim) who should be slain in Battle was sure to go to Paradise.” Boy that sounds like it could have come out of today’s newspaper, does it not? It seems that Muslims haven’t changed; they still want to kill the infidels.
We heard from the president the other day, he said that from the very beginning of our country, Islam has been woven into the fabric of our nation. I guess he meant that it was the Muslims who captured slaves in Africa and would sell them to Dutch traders for use in America, or maybe he meant that in 1805 sailors and Marines of America fought battles immortalized in a line of the Marine Hymn: “…to the shores of Tripoli.”
Oh, I know what he was talking about, in 1856 when we were involved in Indian wars, America hired a Muslim to raise camels in Arizona, because the cavalry said, instead of using horses across the desert, let’s try these camels, but the Indians laughed at them when they tried to chase them down with camels, so it really didn’t workout all that well.
In a speech at the White House, Obama said to a group of Muslims, “As I’ve noted before, Thomas Jefferson once held a sunset dinner here with an envoy from Tunisia — perhaps the first Iftar at the White House, more than 200 years ago. And some of you, as you arrived tonight, may have seen our special display, courtesy of our friends at the Library of Congress — the Koran that belonged to Thomas Jefferson. And that’s a reminder, along with the generations of patriotic Muslims in America, that Islam — like so many faiths — is part of our national story.”
Yes, Thomas Jefferson did have a copy of the Koran, but it was a study of understanding the enemy, something Obama is ignorant of doing. It was Jefferson, who embroiled in a war with Islamic terrorists in his day, commented, “Too long, for the honor of nations, have those Barbarians been permitted to trample on the sacred faith of treaties, on the rights and laws of human nature!” And to all you flaming Liberals out there, no right minded person believes that all Muslims are bad, it just seems that the bad always over shadow the good, who refuse to speak up.
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This is one mans opinion.
When Obama first got elected in 2008 he said “We are just a few days away from fundamentally transforming America.”If you love something or someone you don’t set out to “fundamentally transform” them. So don’t go saying he never said that Kirsten Powers like you did on Sean Hannity’s show the other night. Former mayor Rudy Guiliani made the incredibly bold, courageous and right on statement that Obama doesn’t lover America and I applaud him for it. He is so right and the left jumped on him like nobody’s business.
The only thing I disagree with Guiliani on is he said Obama is a patriot. Obama is no patriot by far. He gives aid and comfort to the enemy by comparing Christians in the crusades to what ISIS is doing today and at the National Prayer Breakfast of all places. He never has a problem saying terrible deeds were done in the name of Christ, but won’t say terrible deeds were done in the name of Allah. He gives aid and comfort to the enemy when he gave 400 tanks, 14 fighter jets and a billion dollars to the muslim brotherhood, but refuses aid to King Abdulla in Jordan when he asks for it to help fight ISIS. He gives aid and comfort to the enemy when James Foley was beheaded and he comes off the golf course to give a three minute speech and then goes back on the golf course again. He gives aid and comfort to the enemy when he refers to the 21 Coptic Christians who were beheaded as “citizens.” He cut our military back to pre WW11 levels and purged hundreds of senior ranking officers. He constantly undermines our military leaders. The list goes on. No Obama is no patriot. His latest comparisons of terrorism to Global Warming and “jobs for ISIS” declarations are laughable.
Obama never extols the greatness of America like other presidents even Clinton did. He never quotes the bible, but instead quotes the Koran. He’s always putting America down when he goes overseas and apologizes for America in foreign countries. If he loved America he wouldn’t have pulled our troops out of Iraq so quickly and allowed ISIS to come in and slaughter men women and children to the extent they are now becoming a threat to us. He took an oath to protect the American people and uphold the constitution which he called an outdated document. He has demonstrated complete contempt for our country and the military. Instead he’s allowed the Islamic terror threat to be close to home. He refuses to call the enemy what it is “radical Islamic terrorism,” but instead has no problem criticizing Christianity. He wasn’t born in the USA and IS a Muslim by his own admission. He sides with the Muslims as he said he would in his book.
If he loved America he wouldn’t cancel the national day of prayer in favor of a muslim day of prayer. As a letter I recently received said:
In 1952 President Truman Established one day a year as a “National Day of Prayer.”
In 1988 President Reagan Designated the first Thursday in May of each year as The National Day of Prayer.
In June 2007 (then) Presidential Candidate Barack Obama Declared that the USA “Was no longer a Christian nation.
In 2009 President Obama Canceled the 21st annual National Day of Prayer ceremony at the White House under the ruse of “not wanting to offend anyone” BUT… On September 25, 2009 From 4 AM until 7 PM, A National Day of Prayer FOR THE MUSLIM RELIGION Was Held on Capitol Hill, inside the White House.
There were over 50,000 Muslims In D.C. that day. HE PRAYS WITH THE MUSLIMS!
I guess it doesn’t matter if “Christians” are offended by this event – We obviously don’t count as “anyone” anymore.
Now he is encouraging schools to teach the Koran for extra credit in schools, while they cannot even talk about the Bible, God, pray, or salute the American Flag.
The direction this country is headed should strike fear in the heart of every Christian, especially knowing that the Muslim religion believes that if Christians cannot be converted, they should be annihilated.
If Obama loved America he wouldn’t have a chief advisor like Vallerie Jarrett who says her job is to make the country more Islamic. He wouldn’t be letting the most hardened criminals out of GITMO and turned them loose on the battlefield against us.
If Obama loves America why would he hang around people like Bill Ayers a known domestic terrorist who Obama sat on boards with and started his campaign in his house. Why would he hang around people like Jerimiah Wright and Al Sharpton? All who hate America.
One commenter I saw said it perfectly: Barack Hussein Obama is not an American. Even if he was born in America he is not an American.
An American would not release five Al Quadea combatant generals to go back and later be the cause of more of our military and others to die for the release of a deserter.
An American would not bring the deserter’s parents to our White House and treat them like rock stars.
An American would not have turned his back on a U.S. Marine who was wrongly jailed in Mexico
An American would see to it our borders were secure, for the safety of our country.
An American would see to it that anyone that was in our country unlawfully would be deported.
An American would not turn his back on our friends in Israel.
An American would not kiss Cuba’s ASS and have any relations with them as long as they were not a free country.
An American would not say our military knows the risk and should pay for their own medical insurance.
An American goes by the constitution not against it and the rule of law.
An American president does not make laws a dictator does.
I could go on and on but I have wasted enough time on him.
I rest my case, Barack Hussein Obama is not an American
Obama was and is influenced by communists and muslims all his life. His father was a communist and muslim as was his stepfather, his mother was an atheist, his grandparents were communist and his mentor was Frank Marshall Davis who was a soviet supporting communist. He grew up in Indonesia, went to school there and made trips to Pakistan. He doesn’t know our values and culture or history yet the media and dems still have their blinders on and refuse to see it and demand Rudy apologize. Clinton was impeached for lying about sex. Obama creates treasonous act after treasonous act and they let him get away with it so don’t tell me Obama loves America.
So all you liberal pundits, when ISIS comes here (and they will. Some are here now and the Syrian refugees Obama is letting in may have ISIS members) and start chopping heads off and imposing Sharia law enslaving women and children just remember who was in charge.
It should be plainly obvious to everyone now that Obama doesn’t care about them or the country anymore. I never for once thought he did from the first day he arrived. One of our young aid workers is beheaded over there in Syria and he gives a three minute speech and heads out to the golf course. A sweet young female aid worker is killed by ISIS (or the JV team as he calls it) and he takes selfies. Now 21 coptic Christians in Libya from Egypt are brutally beheaded and put on video for the world to see and he heads out on another vacation paid for by our tax payer money in Rancho Mirage, Calif. for a golf outing on a course owned by a billionaire with his buddies from Hawaii.
Jordan’s King reacted swiftly and immediately when their pilot was burned alive by killing his prisoners and bombing ISIS. Egypt’s king bombs them after his people were beheaded. Obama heads to the golf course.
As one commenter so aptly put it:
How tone deaf can he be? Twenty-one Egyptian Coptic Christians were beheaded for all the world to see; Copenhagen suffers a terrorist attack, the East Coast of the US continues to suffer from brutal weather, and the president of the US is rubbing elbows with billionaires and golfing in California without a worry in the world. He isn’t even trying to act likes he cares anymore, is he? I suspect the goal now is just to burn through as many tax payer dollars as he and his family can before they ride off into their very profitable post-presidential sunset.
I never thought I’d say this, but everyone who voted twice for this fraud now has blood on their hands. He has put Muslim Brotherhood people in every facet of government, opened our borders and is letting many Syrians in now and it is impossible to tell who is a jihadist and who isn’t and he enables terrorists. Our brave men and women fought and died to make this country safe from terrorists and he is letting them out of GITMO to return to the battlefield to wage war against us again.
Meanwhile Michelle and her entourage are skiing at Snowmass at Aspen this weekend. Michelle’s trip doesn’t seem to have made national news and might have escaped notice altogether had it not been for a traffic accident that slowed their motorcade.
Another comment I saw also said it perfectly:
Great LITTLE Vacation? When it comes to vacations, outings, and private parties, there is nothing little about any of it. They spend more on a single vacation, than 5 or more middle class families make in a year.
Their vacations, food tastes, thrill for fun and play, gives them a feeling of entitlement off the American tax payers dime.
They are, however, thanks to his position, raking in Billions of dollars for their retirement, also from the tax payers dime, in a manner of speaking. He went into the Whitehouse on a shoestring budget, and will exit it, in the Billionaire status.
I do not despise the man, or his family, but I do despise all that he stands, and does not stand, for.
If and when he does leave the Whitehouse, he will have done so as the biggest hoax, ever perpetrated upon America and it’s People. He will laugh all the way to the banks, and up his cuffs, that Americans were stupid enough to put a unknown, with no credentials, who had every pre election record of his sealed from our view, a Muslim, and Socialist, into the greatest seat our Country has. The joke is on us, and we will likely suffer the consequences for many years to come, as we attempt, likely unsuccessfully, to gain back our once Great standing in the World. He is the wrecking ball, which will leave us, completely beat down.
No, Obama just doesn’t care about us or the country. He never did in the first place. It’s all about him, power and furthering Islam as he hates Christianity. He only posed at being a Christian to get elected.. Even his top advisor Valerie Jarrett recently said her job is to make this country more Islamic. Impeach him now. I don’t care if Biden takes over. It will only be for a short while anyway.
“Even though the Supreme Court made clear in United States v. Windsor that the federal government should defer to state ‘choices about who may be married,’ the Obama Administration has disregarded state marriage laws enacted by democratically-elected legislatures to uphold traditional marriage.”
“I support traditional marriage and we should reject attempts by the Obama Administration to force same-sex marriage on all 50 states. The State Marriage Defense Act helps safeguard the ability of states to preserve traditional marriage for their citizens.”
These statements were made by Republican Ted Cruz of Texas, along with a handful of other Senators they plan to introduce a bill allowing states to decide on the definition of marriage. Ben Carson has said, “The issue of marriage, an institution that has been so clearly defined and guarded by this nation for centuries should be decided upon by the state court as it pertains to that particular state’s residents.”
I have said many times, people just do not understand the ramifications of what will happen if same-sex marriage is to be. Once you alter the definition of marriage, and you institute marriage equality, it opens the door for marriage to be between what ever and who ever. It’s starting already, a teenager has revealed in an interview that she plans to marry her father and have children after dating for two years, marriage equality right?
“Everyone on my mom’s side of the family sees us as father and daughter, those who know that he’s my dad, and that we are engaged, include my father’s parents they can see we are happy together and they can’t wait for us to have babies, they treat us just like any other couple, the woman we live with, and my best friend.” I’m sorry, these people are sick, mentally.
This is only the beginning, if the Supreme Court upholds same sex marriage under the guise of marriage equality, next will come group marriages. Three wives for one husband or three husbands for one wife, and don’t think there aren’t nuts out there that would stand in line for a marriage license for their dog or horse. We are already seeing father and daughter, next will be mother and son, brother and sister and who knows what else after that.
Last year in New York the state’s highest court allowed the marriage between an uncle and niece. Once marriage acquires the status as a “right,” which it has never been, then any law that affects that right negatively becomes virtually impossible to defend. In other words, anything goes, having sex with a cow or a turtle is perfectly fine, marrying a ground hog or bullfrog is a right. This law has nothing to do with equality, but it strikes not only at the building block of civil society, the family, but at the authority of the state to regulate marriage, which it always had. Our Founding Fathers set this country up so that the states have the rights, not the Federal Government.
It seems to me that we already have a society that is crumbling; our values and morality are already shot. For those who think that marriage equality is only about homosexuals being able to marry, think again.
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This is one man’s opinion.
Phobia is the fear of something. I don’t know anyone who is afraid of gay people or gay married people or gay divorced people or (insert other combination here).
Not believing in something or disagreeing with someone is not a fear! I don’t believe in allowing my 6 year-old grandchild to watch an “R” rated, sex-filled, foul-mouthed movie. By the Left’s definition of “phobic” I have a sex and foul language phobia.
It’s much easier to have honest conversation if you use the words properly. The only reason not to is because you don’t have the facts to win or you don’t really care about the facts and you just don’t want to have an honest conversation.
When people don’t have guidelines or don’t live by the guidelines and rules they say they believe in it’s very confusing for those around them and for themselves.
In the above example, this is a private Catholic school. If I were still a Catholic I would send my child there to strengthen their Catholic foundation and to get a good education in a Catholic environment. Simple, I understand what all those words mean.
So when the Catholic university got mad at a tenured professor for writing a piece about the student who was told that speaking about gay marriage would foster more homophobia in students he was just as confused because the Catholic bible also speaks against same-sex relationships.
I wonder if they are teaching that the Virgin Mary may very well have not been a virgin because many young girls were having sex in those villages? I’m just sayin’… apparently you can make it up as you go!
So why would it be an issue to discuss gay marriage? Are they no longer a Catholic organization? Can someone be a Christian and follow Mohammed? Can someone be a Muslim and follow Buddha? Of course not.
You cannot be a Catholic and make it up as you can go along. They are a very disciplined and, unless you attend the “Nancy Pelosi School of Catholicism” you have it all wrong.
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I didn’t watch the Grammy Awards and I haven’t for years. Long ago it ceased being about rewarding talent with recognition, instead serving as a platform for industry politics and the anointment of the chosen few. That said, the level of arrogance displayed by rapper Kanye West (Mr. Kim Kardashian) should garner him expulsion from the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences and a complete shunning from the industry.
For the second year in a row Mr. West stormed the stage in protest when his preferred artist failed to win in their nominated category. In each instance he encroached on the winning artists’ moment in the spotlight; their moment to be celebrated by their peers in recognition for being selected by the majority as outstanding (this is what democracy looks like, Kanye). Last year he brutishly encroached on Taylor Swift, a gifted country music talent. This year he usurped Beck’s moment after he was named recipient of the Album of the Year Award. To the latter, West was upset that his preferred nominee, Beyoncé, failed to win in that category, even though she walked away at the end of the evening with three trophies in other categories.
Mr. West is quoted as saying:
“I just know that the Grammys, if they want real artists to keep coming back, they need to stop playing with us. We ain’t gonna play with them no more. And Beck needs to respect artistry and he should’ve given his award to Beyoncé.
“Because when you keep on diminishing art and not respecting the craft and smacking people in their face after they deliver monumental feats of music, you’re disrespectful to inspiration…And we as musicians have to inspire people who go to work every day, and they listen to that Beyoncé album and they feel like it takes them to another place.”
Mr. West’s actions – as well as his statement – conjure up some concerns.
Mr. West denigrated Beck’s talents and art form in what can only be seen as a personal attack. Examining West’s protest, he alludes to the idea that Beck is not a “real artist,” and that his talent is somehow inferior to that of Beyoncé’s. Truthfully, I am not an ardent fan of Beck, although I have nothing against his music. It’s just not my preferred genre. Neither is Rap (and I especially dislike Gangsta Rap, which I find harmful to society on almost every level). Nevertheless, I recognize that each of these genres is seen by those who enjoy them as art forms, none “superior” to another, just different. Evidently, Mr. West is a “musical supremacist”; someone who finds no worth in diversity of genre, voice, taste or preference.
Additionally, one has to be concerned about Mr. West’s inability to control his emotions. It is one thing to be of a creative opinion; to emote displeasure and disappointment when one’s preferred tastes are not validated. It is quite another to be uncontrollable in your anger to the point where you infringe upon another’s moment, time and space. By storming the awards stage – not once, but two years in a row – Mr. West has proved himself incapable of controlling his emotions. He has also proved himself to be a spoiled brat; an embarrassing product of the arrogant entitlement class.
Lastly, Mr. West – and all who agree with his actions and the onus of his statement – has exposed himself as not believing in the very systems he so vehemently declares to support: diversity and democracy. Every member of the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences votes on the nominees presented to them. To wit, the Grammy Awards are chosen through a purely democratic process. Additionally, every member – from all genres – is afforded the ability to vote in every category (although they are encouraged to vote only in the genres they have expertise in), thus, assuring diversity. Evidently, for Mr. West, democracy and diversity are only important when he and his “Klan” are the beneficiaries, when the shoe is on the other foot, democracy and diversity…not so much.
Mr. West’s protestations have quite a bit more to do with entitlement and arrogance than they do with legitimate protest. He has gotten incredibly wealthy and influential through his “talents,” yet he believes he is entitled to more; to have everything go his way, all the time. Evidently West believes that because a gaggle of sycophants hang on his every word that the rest of the world’s population must exalt his as well. This must be a debilitating moment for Mr. West.
Here’s a news flash, Kanye. Not everyone likes Beyoncé. To that end not everyone likes Beck. But enough people liked Beck’s album more than they liked Beyoncé’s and that garnered him the award for Album of the Year. Deal with it.
And, Mr. West, not everyone cares for you, your music, your lifestyle or your arrogance. Many of us find it childish and ignorant. Now, what stage are you going to storm to exhibit your adolescent behavior in protest to that reality?
Oh, and as far as your threat to boycott the Grammy’s if you don’t get your way? Well, don’t let the door hit you in the ass on the way out. I think the Grammy’s will survive.
There is no doubt in my mind that Obama is the worst president in my lifetime, even worse than Carter. Since I am not a presidential historian, I don’t know if he is the worst president ever, but he just might be. Over the past few years of Obama’s reign I have called him many names, names I cannot say in public, but I am sure most of you have done the same as well. But now I realize the man is just a plain fool.
In a February 4th interview on CNN Obama had the nerve to say; “I Saved the American economy, made the US stronger, more prosperous, safer, more influential than it was when I took office.” Now if this doesn’t prove that Obama is living in La,La land, I don’t know what will. His statement proves only one thing that Obama is truly delusional, he lives in a bubble surrounded by yes men who pamper him and tell him what he wants to hear, but that is how he lived his entire life.
It is a fact that Obama was raised a Muslim, he was surrounded and taught by people who did not like America much and that has stuck with him his entire life. So it should be no surprise to anyone that his sympathies are on the side of Muslims and his speech at the National Prayer Breakfast proves it.
Going back one-thousand years he said, “And lest we get on our high horse and think this is unique to some other place – remember that during the Crusades and the Inquisition committed terrible deeds in the name of Christ.” It is obvious that he is trying to justify in some distorted way, the atrocities that Muslim terrorists are doing today. Robert Jeffress, the pastor of First Baptist Church of Dallas said, “When Christians act violently they are acting in opposition to the teachings of their founder, Jesus Christ, They cannot cite a single verse in the New Testament that calls for violence against unbelievers. On the other hand, radical Islamists can point to a number of verses in the Koran calling for Muslims to “crucify the infidels.”
What kills me about Obama’s speech is the Left is always criticizing Conservatives for living in the 1950’s, yet Obama has to go back one-thousand years to justify his thinking. Can it be that Obama had a Freudian slip when he said, “We are summoned to push back against those who would distort our religion for their nihilistic ends.” “Our religion,” did he just admit that he is a Muslim?
The Crusades were a response to hundreds of years of Muslim aggression; it seems that Muslims have not changed in a thousand years, but Christians have. Obama did not mention radical Islam or jihadists or Islamic extremists, why can’t he admit what the rest of the world knows? Because he still believes that by being nice to our enemies and not hurting their feelings and not offending them will make them stop beheading and burning people.
Two days after news emerged that ISIS had burned a captive Jordanian pilot to death, the king of Jordan unleashed a bomb attack, when an American was beheaded, Obama went out and played a round of golf with some of his friends. Obama gives Iran everything it wants on the march to nuclear weapons and invites the murderous Muslim Brotherhood to the White House, but won’t meet with Republicans or the prime minister of Israel. The Beetles wrote a song called “The Fool On The Hill” one verse went like this. “But nobody listens to him they can see that he is just a fool” Obama is truly the biggest fool on Capitol Hill.
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Why is it so hard for this administration to call Islamic extremists what they are? Instead they parse and mince their appellations in every conceivable way to avoid identifying them as such. For that matter, how can the president maintain any semblance of credibility when he illogically avers that the Islamic State is not Islamic? By refusing to acknowledge, at least publicly, the enemy that has unleashed its destructive tactics against humanity, the administration appears incompetent, indecisive, and impotent against those who have declared jihad against America and the west.
It’s critical to make a distinction between the faith of Islam, and Islamic extremism. Islam, as a religion, is faith-based, while the sectarian-defined extremism of the Wahhabist movement, or Salafi, is more of an Islamo-Fascist political movement. Even though it has its theological roots in Islam the religion, they are more of a politically ideological sect within Islam that goes far beyond what is reasonable in their interpretations of key scriptures in the Koran and the Hadith or sayings of Mohammed.
Abdallah Al Obeid, the former dean of the Islamic University of Medina and member of the Saudi Consultative Council, confirms that this is politically ideological, rather than sectarian. He calls this extremism a “political trend” within Islam that “has been adopted for power-sharing purposes.” He says it cannot be called a sect because “It has no special practices, nor special rites, and no special interpretation of religion that differ from the main body of Sunni Islam.”
Lt. General Thomas McInerney, who serves on the Iran Policy Committee, said a few years ago in an interview, “Islamic extremism is an ideology just like Fascism and Communism, and it must be fought in much the same way. The West has not acknowledged this and consequently we have not educated our population that it is an ideology rather than a religion. This is confusing people because of our tolerance for the diversity of religion.”
The rest of the world seems to have divested itself of the ineffable “Islamic extremism” label. After the horrendous murders of a dozen employees of the Charlie Hebdo paper in Paris last month, more than a million people, including 40 presidents and prime ministers, showed up for a solidarity rally against Islamic extremism. It was, as the New York Times reported, “the most striking show of solidarity in the West against the threat of Islamic extremism since the Sept. 11 attacks.”
No one from the Obama administration attended, even though Attorney General (AG) Eric Holder was in Paris at the time. The New York Daily News ran a Front Page headline, sending President Obama a message in type large enough he could have seen it 220 miles away in Washington, “You let the world down.” The (UK) Daily Mail headline read, “America snubs historic Paris rally.”
Isn’t it interesting that the AG that has called us a “nation of cowards” for not having a discussion on race would capitulate to the political correctness of not having a discussion (or demonstration) against Islamic extremism? It appears downright cowardly. But it is his Dept. of Justice that still classifies the 2009 Fort Hood shooting as “workplace violence,” even though the shooter, Nidal Hasan, describes himself as a “Soldier of Allah,” and has petitioned to be classified as a citizen of the Islamic State. But Holder was undoubtedly just following the directives of his boss who declared a couple years ago at the United Nations, “The future must not belong to those who slander the prophet.”
Even in denouncing the Islamic State burning to death a Jordanian pilot this week, the president revealed the great lengths he will go to maintain ambiguity in identifying our enemies. In a taped comment in the White House, Obama said, “It also indicates the degree to which whatever ideology they are operating off of, it’s bankrupt.” Really, Mr. President. “Whatever ideology they are operating off of?” Are you the only one on the planet who doesn’t know where the jihadist ideology originates?
The matter became only more convoluted by White House press secretaries this week. ABC News’ Jonathan Karl asked Deputy Press Secretary Eric Schultz what the distinction was between terrorists and the Taliban. Karl asked, “You say the United States government does not give in to demands [and] does not pay ransom. But how is what the Jordanians are talking about doing any different than what the United States did to get the release of [Bowe] Bergdahl — the releasing prisoners held at Guantanamo Bay to the Taliban, which is clearly a terrorist organization?”
Shultz stammered in his obfuscating response, “As you know, this was highly discussed at the time. And prisoner swaps are a traditional, end-of-conflict interaction that happens. As the war in Afghanistan wound down, we felt like it was the appropriate thing to do…I’d also point out that the Taliban is an armed insurgency; ISIL is a terrorist group. So we don’t make concessions to terrorist groups.”
So the Taliban is an “armed insurgency” and not a terrorist group. What a relief it is to finally learn that the organization that harbored and protected Osama bin Ladin was not a terrorist group! I really thought they were, especially after their massacre of 130 school children in Pakistan last month! Maybe they’re just not “JV” enough to be considered outright “terrorists.”
I’m not sure that we could expect anything different from a cadre of ideological academics who had no real-world experience prior to running the sole remaining world super power. For as Dr. Lyle Rossiter explained in his book “The Liberal Mind,” the single greatest symptom of the liberal mindset is detachment from reality. And the proof that this administration is severely afflicted with it is most clearly exemplified by their inability to identify our enemies as Islamic extremists.
Associated Press award winning columnist Richard Larsen is President of Larsen Financial, a brokerage and financial planning firm in Pocatello, Idaho and is a graduate of Idaho State University with degrees in Political Science and History and coursework completed toward a Master’s in Public Administration. He can be reached at [email protected].
Conjuring images of the dying who had clawed at the dank walls of the gas chambers of Auschwitz, Jordanian Lt. Muath al-Kaseasbeh grabbed at his head, screaming out in agony as he fell to his knees, his body burning, his brain slowly cooking. His Daesh (Islamic State) captors had abruptly abandoned disingenuous negotiations with the Jordanian government for his release, their hostage having actually been killed many days before. Instead, they decided to record al-Kaseasbeh’s purposeful immolation. Having drenched him in accelerant, the savages lit the liquid fuse that set the young lieutenant ablaze. As he writhed, they filmed, indignant to his agony; his humanity. Barbarity for the purpose of terrorist propaganda had been achieved.
Just a month earlier, tens of thousands had taken to the streets in major Middle Eastern cities in support of Islamofascist assassins who slaughtered the staff at Charlie Hebdo. Turkey’s president, Recip Tayyip Erdogan, publicly intimated that the attacks in Paris were justified due to the magazine staff’s transgressions against Muslim sensibilities. And he went further than that, stating, obtusely, that Muslims have “never taken part in terrorist massacres.” Erdogan made these alarming statements as Boko Haram waded through the blood of the 2,000 people they slaughtered in the Nigerian town of Baga, in the name of Islam. So, violent, intolerant Islam is on the march.
Islamists have always been an aggressive faction. Starting with Muhammad and continuing on through the Byzantine-Arab Wars (634-750), the conquests of Persia and Mesopotamia (633–651), Transoxiana (662–751), Sindh (664–712), Hispania (711–718) and Septimania (719–720), the attempts to conquer the Caucasus (711–750), the conquest of Nubia (700–1606) and Anatolia (1060-1360), the incursions into southern Italy, including the conquest of Rome (831–902) and the Byzantine-Ottoman Wars (1299-1453), Muslims have sought to establish control of any and all lands they set foot on, whether by violence or attrition. However, one chapter of Islamic conquest – or bid for conquest – is seldom mentioned in the history books, and perhaps for good reason: World War II.
It is common knowledge – although today that cannot be assumed, given the Progressive Movement’s penchant for “nuancing history” – that during World War II Germany, Japan and Italy allied to form the Axis Powers in their war efforts. There were other affiliate and co-belligerent states (Romania, Hungary, Bulgaria, Thailand, Finland and Iraq), as well as “client states” (Albania, Burma, China, Croatia, India, Mengjiang, Manchukuo, Philippines, Slovakia and Vietnam), officially considered to be independent countries allied with Germany.
Furthermore, there were key geopolitical players who supported and collaborated with Adolf Hitler, the Nazis and the Axis Powers as a whole throughout the conflict. One such geopolitical player was the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem, the Sunni Muslim cleric in charge of Jerusalem’s Islamic holy places, including the Al-Aqsa Mosque. The designation of “Grand Mufti” identifies the bearer as the:
“…highest official of religious law in a Sunni or Ibadi Muslim country. The Grand Mufti issues legal opinions and edicts, fatwas, on interpretations of Islamic jurisprudence…The collected opinions of the Grand Mufti serve as a valuable source of information on the practical application of Islamic law as opposed to its abstract formulation.”
During World War II the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem was Haj Amin al-Husseini, who:
“…collaborated with both Nazi Germany and Fascist Italy by making propagandistic radio broadcasts and by helping the Nazis recruit Bosnian Muslims for the Waffen-SS. On meeting Adolf Hitler he requested backing for Arab independence and support in opposing the establishment in Palestine of a Jewish national home. At war’s end, he came under French protection, and then sought refuge in Cairo to avoid prosecution.”
When al-Husseini first met with Hitler and Ribbentrop in 1941, he assured Hitler that:
“The Arabs were Germany’s natural friends because they had the same enemies…namely the English, the Jews, and the Communists.”
Al-Husseini’s efforts in recruiting Muslim fighters for the Nazi cause resulted in the 13th Waffen Mountain Division of the SS, the Handschar Brigade. The Handschar earned a reputation for being particularly brutal in exterminating partisans in north-eastern Bosnia. In fact, many local Muslims who stood witness to Handschar viciousness were driven to align with the Communist partisans.
The Grand Mufti was also integral in the organization of Arab students and North African immigrants to Germany into the Arabische Freiheitkorps, an Arab Legion in the German Army, that hunted down Allied parachutists in the Balkans and fought on the Russian front.
It would be right to conclude then that al-Husseini, the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem, home to one of Islam’s holiest shrines, was a willing collaborator with the Nazis and Adolf Hitler; someone who willingly facilitated the Nazi SS and their “Final Solution”; the genocide of the Jews. Yet, in the end, al-Husseini, perhaps the principle Muslim leader throughout that period, walked away from the conflict paying no price for his murderous deeds.
From Hitler’s Foreign Executioners; Europe’s Dirty Secret by Christopher Hale, pages 373-374:
“By the Winter of 1944, Berlin was no longer a safe haven for men like the Grand Mufti. He had never been a brave man and was often found cowering under tables as the great armadas of Allied bombers pounded the capital of the Reich. His allies in the foreign office, like Erwin Ettel, did what they could to protect their esteemed Muslim guest and tried to coax him to escape Germany to whatever safe haven he chose by U-Boat. The Mufti was simply too timid to contemplate such a journey and held on in Berlin to the very end. At the end of May 1945, the Grand Mufti and his entourage at last picked up and fled. He knew that once the British reached Berlin they would waste little time tracking him down. After many tribulations, they managed to reach Constance in the French zone of occupation. Recalling how well he had been treated after his flight from Palestine, when he escaped to French Beirut from British Palestine, the Grand Mufti surrendered to the French authorities. He was soon relaxing in an opulent villa near Paris…
“The Mufti had little time to enjoy French hospitality. His protectors discovered that an ‘Irgun’ assassination squad had arrived in France. On 28 May 1945, el-Husseini bolted to Italy, then secretly boarded a British ship, the SS Devonshire, bound for the Egyptian port of Alexandria.
“The return of the Grand Mufti electrified the Arab world. At a rally at Heliopolis in Cairo exultant crowds swamped his convoy – and King Farouk offered him appropriately sumptuous accommodations in his ‘Inshas Palace.’ The leader of the Muslim Brotherhood, Hassan al-Banna, breathlessly declared: ‘The hearts of the Arabs palpitated with joy at hearing that the Grand Mufti had succeeded in reaching at Arab country…The lion is free at last and will roam the Arabian jungle to clear it of wolves. The great leader is back.’”
Today, as we witness the barbarous immolation of a warrior who dared to confront a culture of death, the Islamists remain. In the aftermath of the assassination of those who engage in free speech, as Daesh executes conquest after conquest leaving myriad atrocities in their wake, the Islamists remain. And as leaders of Islamic countries (read: Turkey) advance excuses for the barbarity of Islamist executioners; ideological operatives who slaughter ruthlessly in the name of Islam, the Islamists remain. Little has changed in the violent Islamist world from the days of the Handschar. Indeed, in a time when the president of the United States refuses to consider his country at war with Islamist extremists and the massive movement they represent – and as he maintains a refusal to even speak the phrase “Islamic terrorism,” one can argue that violent Islamists are in a better position today than they were under Hitler.
At the end of World War II, the Allied Powers insisted on attaining unconditional surrender from each of the Axis Powers. Germany, Italy and Japan signed and agreed to unconditional surrender, their satellite nations in tow. Suspiciously absent from the list of Axis power aggressors agreeing to unconditional surrender is Haj Amin al-Husseini, the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem; the Muslim facilitator of the 13th Waffen Mountain Division of the SS, the Handschar. Why was this allowed to happen? Who was responsible for allowing this to happen?
I can’t help but feel that had the Allied Powers exacted an unconditional surrender from the Grand Mufti of all forces under his influence; had the Grand Mufti been brought to his knees in capitulation, perhaps – just perhaps – we would not be facing the “emboldened swords” of Daesh on the streets of the Western World and in Islamofascist occupied territories throughout the Middle East. I cannot help but feel that somehow, for some reason, the job of winning World War II was left unfinished…and the rise of violent Islamist terrorism is the price we are paying.
The world – much like in the nascent days of World War II – must once again strive to put aside the geopolitics of the day to come together in a definitive effort to confront the inglorious barbarity of Islamofascism. The peoples of the world must attack Islamofascism militarily, economically, historically and ideologically. Just as we must physically vanquish jihadists who would behead the innocent and set ablaze those who fight against them, so too must we starve them of operating capital globally, even as we correct the fictionalized history of “the religion of peace,” and especially as we deny them the ability to replenish their ranks; especially as we win – unconditionally – the war of ideas for all generations to come.
Today, the smoldering ashes of Jordanian Lt. Muath al-Kaseasbeh, a warrior who came to the aid of those being slaughtered by Daesh, lay denigrated underneath a pile of rubble, an excruciatingly painful death his reward for humanity’s service. And the Islamists remained. I can’t help but feel that the free world has unfinished business…until no Islamist remains.
There is no doubt that Obama’s crowning achievement, Obama-Care, has turned out to be as much as a success as the Ford Edsel. Why the very word “Edsel” became a popular symbol for failure, just like Obama-Care will turn out to be. As everyone knows by now, Obama-Care was nothing more than a government takeover of the health-care system and a gigantic transfer of wealth scheme.
Even Senior Democrats who were vital in writing and promoting Obama-Care appear to be having a change of heart. Sen. Chuck Schumer, the upper chamber’s No. 3 Democrat recently said, “Unfortunately, Democrats blew the opportunity the American people gave them, we took their mandate and put all of our focus on the wrong problem — health care reform.” “Americans were crying out for the end to the recession, for better wages and more jobs, not changes in health care,” he said.
Federal actuaries predict that health spending increases will nearly double soon, averaging 6 percent a year through 2023, pushing total health spending to a staggering 19.3 percent of GDP, up from 16.6 percent pre-Obama-Care, so much for Obama-Care controlling costs. Truth is, four years after its passage, Obama-Care has managed to cover only one out of four previously uninsured people, spending $57 billion to do it, free health-care, I don’t think so.
Now we find out it will cost the taxpayers, $50,000 for every person who gets health insurance under the Obama-Care law, the Congressional Budget Office revealed. It will take $1.993 trillion, a number that looks like $1,993,000,000,000, to provide insurance subsidies to poor and middle-class, while only bringing in $643 billion in new taxes, penalties and fees related to the Obama-Care law. Obama pledged to members of Congress in 2009, as his signature insurance overhaul law was being debated, that ‘the plan I’m proposing will cost around $900 billion over 10 years.’ Either he lied or he is incompetent, my money is on he lied.
For years, Harvard’s experts on health economics and policy have advised presidents and Congress on how to provide health benefits to the nation at a reasonable cost. But those remedies will now be applied to the Harvard faculty, and the professors are in an uproar. Richard F. Thomas, a Virgil scholar, said the health-care changes are “deplorable. They are deeply regressive.” And these are the people who supported the health-care law, Oh well, be careful what you wish for.
The problem with Obama-Care, liberals argue, is that it didn’t go far enough; we should have an entirely government-run health-care system. Well just ask the people of Vermont, who opted to have their own government health-care system. Vermonters were stunned to discover just how much their new “free” health care was going to cost. Paying for Green Mountain Care would have required a 160% increase in state taxes by 2019, as much as $2.9 billion annually. The state’s top income tax rate would have been raised from 8.95% to an astounding 18%. For high earners that would mean a combined federal-state income tax burden of 56%. Even lower-income Vermonters would have seen a substantial tax hike.
Because even these enormous tax hikes wouldn’t have provided enough money, Green Mountain Care would have cut payments to doctors and hospitals by an estimated 16%. That would have forced many doctors out of the state and threatened the viability of local hospitals. It is no wonder that Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin, a Democrat, announced that the state was giving up and abandoning its plans for Green Mountain Care. It seems that Socialized medicine sounds great, until you are forced to live it.
A little over a year ago my doctor who I had for years went to a strictly cash business because of Obama-Care. When I went to a new doctor there was a sign over the receptionist’s desk that read; All deductibles must be paid before service is provided.
And the law will still leave ‘between 29 million and 31 million’ non-elderly Americans without medical insurance, says the CBO. This can’t be the change America wanted.
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Castro demands reparations for Cuba… as if WE did all the damage to their country! Typical liberal, socialist, communist… blaming everyone else and taking responsibility for nothing.
Talk about a “haunting comment.” This will go down as one of President Obama’s all time.
Can you imagine how thick the book of “Obama’s Greatest Faux Paus” will be? Or how many volumes it will be? Do I need to list them all or do we have them memorized as some of us do the “Pledge of Allegiance”? (Notice I said some.)
Mr. Obama called ISIS a “JV Team” but now he says he didn’t quite say that. Just like he now says he didn’t quite say “you can keep your doctor” and he didn’t quite say “your health care premiums would be less than you cell phone bill.” It sure seems like we keep hearing him wrong and the internet records him wrong a lot too!
To continue, he called ISIS a JV Team because he felt they didn’t lack the brain power, resources, and commitment that it takes to go after the Pro Teams, like the U.S., Saudi Arabia, Syria and God only knows who else he was thinking of.
You see the reason you have a JV Team is because the players are younger, less experienced, and need more time to practice together. You don’t usually want them on the big boys team because they would drag them down.
That “JV Team” that Mr. Obama tagged, aka ISIS, is now in control of a very large part of the Middle East. They are responsible for the murder of tens of thousands of innocent people. They are part of the reason oil prices are falling as they steal oil, load it up in stolen tankers, and sell it on the open market. They are instilling fear in and around Europe and parts of the U.S. These junior league boys are acting like, and accomplishing, senior league goals.
Why? Because they are committed at all costs, even to the point of death. That’s what makes them senior league. They are willing to give it all for the end game, and when they are up against it, they give some more. Their leaders speak out and stand behind their misguided principles and get the resources they need, by any means, to ensure they win.
Enter the “White House JV Team” (WHJV), the “Coyotes” ( I use coyotes because zoologist say they are the most cowardly animal and only attack when the enemy is well outnumbered.) This administration has gained control of one of the most powerful and feared fighting forces on the planet since the Roman army and has effectively turned them in to the most unreliable fighting force on the planet. And it’s no fault of the capable men and women that serve in the military.
This president knows more about more things than everyone of our great thinkers and philosophers before him. Just ask him and he tell you so!
I say this because he puts together military, economic, and social issue committees and takes little to none of the suggested actions from these committees.
He makes every mistake a first year law or medical student makes. Most students feel they have the answers after their first year in school and are willing to tell you what’s wrong with you before you even ask.
He put together a military commission on how to deal with ISIS and the threats in the Middle East. After they returned with their findings, mind you the committee was made up of seasoned military experts, he decided they were wrong and took it in another direction. Ignoring the experts. A serious JV move.
To the jobs committee, he appointed the head of G.E. to chair it. The guy who took the majority of U.S. jobs overseas. Makes sense? Not so much. And once again implements almost none of the committee suggestions.
He gathered some well-known economists together for another committee, but none from the opposing side of the economic aisle. And when the committee came back with their recommendations, he implemented some but not the majority.
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As we approach the dreaded tax filing deadline of April 15th, many Americans are ill-prepared for the news they are going to receive from their tax preparers or tax preparation software. Between three and six million people are going to be affected by penalties, an “Individual Shared Responsibility Payment,” associated with the Affordable Care Act. And most of those affected have no idea how much financial pain they are going to feel.
When the Obama Administration was selling Obamacare to the American people – you remember, “It’s not a tax,” “If you like your healthcare plan you can keep it,” “We have to pass the bill to find out what’s in it,” etc. – they alluded to the existence of penalties for those Americans who did not purchase ACA compliant health insurance. The amount for the first year non-compliance penalty was routinely quoted as $95. For many the choice was clear: keep the non-compliant health insurance, pay the $95 penalty (read: non-compliance tax), and hope that a Republican-led Congress would affect relief for the taxpayer as soon as they took control in Washington, DC.
But that scenario doesn’t impact this tax cycle. And while three to five million people have received subsidies through the Obamacare marketplaces to offset the cost of ACA compliant health insurance (still many more will qualify for exemptions), the penalty – or Individual Shared Responsibility Payment – for most of the three to six million Americans who opted to pay the fine and go without is going to be substantially more than they think.
Contrary to the commonly referred to fine of $95 for non-compliance, that amount is the least amount that can be imposed on an individual. The calculation used for the overwhelming majority of the non-compliant will be the higher of either one-percent of your household income above your filing threshold or a flat dollar amount up to $285 ($95 per adult, $47.50 per child). The important words to consider here are “household income.”
In the scenario where one spouse is covered by employer-sponsored health insurance but the other spouse is not – where one spouse is non-compliant, the Individual Shared Responsibility Payment is still based on the total of the household income; the compliant spouse is still entered into the penalty equation through the use of the household income as a defining integer. The idea that the ACA compliant individual cannot be adversely affected at tax time is a fallacy.
For example, let’s examine what the penalty (read: tax) would be on a Virginia household consisting of a man and a woman who, combined, made $150,000 for the year 2014. The woman is covered through her employer by ACA compliant health insurance, but the man is an independent contractor and chose to attain what used to be known as catastrophic health insurance, thus acquiescing to what he thought was going to be a $95 penalty. Using the Individual Shared Responsibility Payment calculator from HealthInsurance.org, the assessed penalty would be $1,297. A full $1202 more than the $95 for which they had planned. By contrast, a non-compliant single person making $75,000 in 2014 would have been assessed a $648.50 penalty. This means that the penalty for the “crime” of being from a household earning $150,000 with a single non-compliant spouse is $648.50; the penalty for being married to a non-compliant spouse is $648.50. The irony here is that the non-compliant spouse was still covered in the event of a medical emergency, even if he wasn’t ACA “compliant.”
The reasoning used by the Progressives and Democrats when arguing for the passage of the Affordable Care Act was that relief would be given to the healthcare system by virtue of the fact that everyone would be covered by health insurance; that everyone would be paying into the system. But having “passed the bill” so we can now “see what’s in it,” the reality of the matter is this. Obamacare was never about healthcare. It was never really even about everyone being covered by health insurance. And it wasn’t ever about everyone paying into the system. It was about creating two new revenue streams: one for the health insurance companies who now have a captive client-base, and another for the spendthrift federal government through the extraction of what the US Supreme Court has now identified as a tax.
And a heck of a tax it is…especially for the non-compliant and their compliant spouses.
Have you ever wondered why Obama and Holder always seem to be on the side of the enemy? Why are they so afraid to even admit who the enemy is? It seems to me that they have no problem blaming Republicans for everything, but refuse to criticize these Islamic Muslim terrorists, I do not understand why that is so hard to say.
Obama seems to have no problem with releasing terrorists back into the fight; closing Gitmo is an obsession with him, even though it is harmful to America. Now he finds it necessary to negotiate with terrorists, giving back five terrorists for a deserter, a man who disgraced his uniform. I guess Obama doesn’t seem to understand that by negotiating with terrorists, it will only embolden them to kidnap more people.
Let’s face it, our enemies do not fear America and they think Obama is a joke. With over 70% of the American people feeling that terror is their main concern even over the economy, Obama refuses to throw everything we have at those that want to destroy us. From Day One, this administration has downplayed the terrorist threat from Islamic extremists. It declared the terrorist attack at Fort Hood, Texas, in 2009 as “workplace violence.” It pulled all US troops out of Iraq, allowing ISIS to move in and create a training ground for terrorists. Protracted negotiations with Iran have allowed that rogue nation to fortify and beef up its nuclear facilities.
Even Sen. Robert Menendez, former chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee and a Democrat, when talking about Obama’s Iran’s nuclear policy says President Obama’s statements on the issue “sounds like talking points coming out of Tehran.” Obama even had to apologize for not sending a high-level official to the unity rally in Paris protesting the murders at Charlie Hebdo by Islamic terrorists.
Holder is just as bad as his buddy Obama, he wants to give terrorists the same rights as citizens, he boasted in 2010 that failed shoe bomber Richard Reid, who was not an American citizen, was “advised of his right to remain silent and to consult with an attorney within five minutes of being removed from the aircraft.” Holder had no concern over losing the opportunity to interrogate Reid about his backers, as well as other possible terrorist attacks.
It was Holder who decided that 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and his co-conspirators should be tried in a civilian courtroom in New York City, just blocks from where the twin towers of the World Trade Center once stood. Counterterrorism experts say that would have been a propaganda coup for al Qaeda and a security nightmare for the city.
Former US Attorney General Michael Mukasey pointed out what Eric Holder doesn’t seem to understand: “It is a mockery of the rule of law to take people who are charged with violating all the rules of war and put them in a situation that’s better than the one they would have been in if they followed the rules of war. It looks like amateur night at the Justice Department and made the US “look weak.”
From his first day in office, Holder began reshaping the Justice Department’s attitude towards terrorism. He hired radical attorneys who believe that freeing dangerous terrorists was an “assumption of risk” that must be taken to “cleanse the nation of Guantanamo’s moral stain.” There is no doubt in my mind that Eric Holder and his buddy Obama have weakened national security.
Obama was brought up as a Muslim, this is fact, and you are not going to tell me that he does not sympathize with Muslims and it is directly having an effect on his decision making on how to deal with the enemy. Right now we have a president and Attorney General, who say they want to defeat the enemy, but they won’t admit who that enemy is. On a resent trip to India Obama gave a speech where he even put the blame of global warming on America. Which is nothing new, because he believes all that is wrong with the world is America’s fault.
Now Obama has the nerve to say that the Taliban is not a terrorist organization, whose side is Obama and Holder really on? It beats the hell out of me.
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