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Thursday, December 18, 2014

Anti-Semite/Hate Monger Naomi Klein Says Climate Skeptics Are Racist

Progressive conspiracy theorist and Anti-Semite Naomi Klein has come up with a new one: People who are skeptical of the climate change hypothesis don't care about climate change because it will only damage countries where people of color live.

Writing in The Nation, Klein says:
What does #BlackLivesMatter, and the unshakable moral principle that it represents, have to do with climate change? Everything. Because we can be quite sure that if wealthy white Americans had been the ones left without food and water for days in a giant sports stadium after Hurricane Katrina, even George W. Bush would have gotten serious about climate change. Similarly, if Australia were at risk of disappearing, and not large parts of Bangladesh, Prime Minister Tony Abbott would be a lot less likely to publicly celebrate the burning of coal as “good for humanity,” as he did on the occasion of the opening of a vast new coal mine. And if my own city of Toronto were being battered, year after year, by historic typhoons demanding mass evacuations, and not Tacloban in the Philippines, we can also be sure that Canada would not have made building tar sands pipelines the centerpiece of its foreign policy.
Among most scientists, even the global-warming believers do not believe Katrina or last year's major typhoon in the Philippines had anything to do with a change in climate.

Klein adds:
If we refuse to speak frankly about the intersection of race and climate change, we can be sure that racism will continue to inform how the governments of industrialized countries respond to this existential crisis. It will manifest in the continued refusal to provide serious climate financing to poor countries so they can protect themselves from heavy weather. It will manifest in the fortressing of wealthy continents as they attempt to lock out the growing numbers of people whose homes will become unlivable.
As of December 1, the Earth hadn't warmed in 18 years and two months. Droughts have not increased, the Antarctic Sea Ice is at record levels and the Arctic ice cap has seen record growth. Global sea ice area has been averaging above normal for the past two years.

Klein is the same writer who has reinvigorated the medieval anti-Semitic blood libel in her unsupported attack against Israel. Instead of the "traditional" using the blood of non-Jews to make matzos, Klein modern version is Israeli Jews make war on the Palestinians so they can sell more weapons.

She claimed in her book The Shock Doctrine  that Israel is run by a vast "military industrial complex that purposely perpetuates war against the Palestinians so they can develop and more importantly sell, new weapons on the worldwide market."

During a 2009 speech in Ramallah Klein claimed all Jews were blood thirsty, [Some Jews] even think we get one get-away-with-genocide-free-card. Klein was also one of the first leaders of the anti-Semitic boycott, divestment and sanctions movement which singles out the Jewish State for supposed offenses while ignoring the real human rights offenses of the Arab Muslim states and the Palestinian terrorists.

Sadly, The Nation allows Klein to peddle her hatred and her lack of science on their pages which proves why the magazine has few readers outside the progressive community.

Military Limiting Religious Freedom of Those Putting Their Lives On The Line To Protect Ours

Reading this article really made me angry, as it should make you.  Our government is looking to limit the religious freedom for the very people who put their lives on the line to protect our religious freedom. 

This piece is written by my friend and radio partner Tami Jackson

It’s hard to believe what is happening to our military. Don’t ask don’t tell was rescinded, long-time DoD high-ranking officers were fired in 2013, and Obama’s drawdown has been broad and dangerous.

In the words of one military wife:
On some level I understood a drawdown was inevitable, but I guess I never expected to be simultaneously worried about a deployment to Afghanistan and a pink slip because my husband’s service is no longer needed.
Last year I wrote “Military Religious Freedom Foundation Wants Air Force Chaplain Gagged,” and received hundreds of comments and emails from Americans who were appalled at the proposed censure of military chaplains.

Our armed forces do dangerous jobs daily which put them in life and death situations. Those down range never know if the last Skype conversation with a wife, son or daughter might be their last. And the DoD wold consider hamstringing the person who can help give spiritual strength and solace?

After all…what is a chaplain?

A chaplain is a clergyman officially attached to a branch of the military, to an institution, or to a family or court. And a clergyman is “a man who is a member of the clergy (pastors or priests) especially in a Christian church.”

In a time when the Islamic State is on the move and killing in a most barbaric way, when Islamic extremism is pandemic, for some unearthly reason the U.S. is reining in chaplains.

I’m not a conspiracy proponent. But what should we think when the U.S President praises Muslim Brotherhood close-knit groups like ISNA, commences an unparalleled drawdown in an era of increased threat to America by Islamic extremists, and seeks to appease and normalize relations with a known tyrannical regime (Cuba)?

And now the news is out that U.S. Army Chaplain (Captain) Joe Lawhorn has been punished by the Army for sharing his personal faith.

From PR Newswire:
On November 20, 2014, Chaplain Lawhorn conducted suicide prevention training as required by Army regulations. During the training, he discussed his own personal struggles and how he used the Bible to successfully combat his depression.

One of the soldiers in attendance complained to an atheist group about Chaplain Lawhorn’s presentation. In response, Army Airborne and Ranger Training Brigade Commander, Colonel David G. Fivecoat, issued Chaplain Lawhorn a Letter of Concern alleging that Chaplain Lawhorn “advocated for . . . Christianity and used Christian scripture and solutions” and therefore violated Army regulations.

Read the rest of this important article by clicking here:

CBS Poll: Fewer Americans Find Healthcare Affordable (Thank You Obamacare)

Like a cancer Obamacare, the President's signature legislation has been metastasizing throughout Americas healthcare system ever since it was passed in March 2013. As it intrudes into our lifestyle this bill strangles every promise made to help it pass. The promise transferred to the political mortuary is that healthcare will be more affordable. According to a new CBS News poll more Americans feel burdened by their healthcare costs than ever before.
Fifty-two percent of Americans say they find basic medical care affordable, but that's down from 61 percent last December. Today, for 46 percent of Americans, paying for medical care is a hardship, up 10 points.

Similarly, just over half of Americans are at least somewhat satisfied with their health care costs, while 43 percent are dissatisfied.

Americans are feeling the cost of their health care. Fifty-two percent say the amount of money they pay for out-of-pocket health care costs -- those not covered by insurance -- has gone up over the past few years, including a third who say those costs have gone up a lot.
To be fair most of the people believe that costs are going up because they believe they are getting more expensive treatment as opposed to inflation, however unless they knew the price of the treatment before, they really have no idea whether or not it's true.

Americans' satisfaction with their healthcare is deteriorating. In Dec. 2013 just before their new Obamacare plans kicked in 81% of of the country were very or somewhat satisfied with the quality of their healthcare a year later that number fell to 69%. Today over a quarter of Americans (27%)  are somewhat or very dissatisfied with the quality of their healthcare a jump of 13% from last years number.

As far as the Obamacare bill itself, although the bill remains unpopular, more Americans approve of the bill today than did last November, although the approval has has declined significantly in the past three months.

In 2009 and 2010 the progressives told America that the Affordable Care Act would reduce their healthcare financial burden and increase the quality of their care. According to this poll Americans aren't feeling those promises are being kept.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

What Barack Obama Doesn't Understand About Hanukkah That George W. Bush Understood

Wednesday, for the sixth time since taking office, President Obama released a Hanukkah message that distorted the story of the holiday and served his anti-Israel policy. In his message, Obama left out the most essential part of the Maccabees victory: the recapture of Jerusalem and the re-dedication of the Holy Temple atop what is now known as the Temple Mount, a fact he's omitted every year of his presidency, and something his predecessor George Bush mentioned in each of his Hanukkah messages.

The liberation of Jerusalem and the cleansing of the Temple from the Hellenistic idols and rituals is a most important part of the Hanukkah story. In fact, the meaning of the name of the holiday in Hebrew translates to the word "dedication" in English. A fact that, unlike his predecessor, President Obama ignores in his presidential Hanukkah statements:
Statement by the President on Hanukkah

Over the eight nights of Hanukkah, Jews across America, Israel, and the world will remember an ancient triumph of freedom over oppression, and renew their faith in the possibility of miracles large and small.

Even in the darkest, shortest days of winter, the Festival of Lights brims with possibility and hope. The courage of the Maccabees reminds us that we too can overcome seemingly insurmountable odds. The candles of the Menorah remind us that even the smallest light has the power to shine through the darkness. And the miracle at the heart of Hanukkah – the oil that lasted for eight nights instead of only one – reminds us that even when the future is uncertain, our best days are yet to come.

May this Hanukkah embolden us to do what is right, shine a light on the miracles we enjoy, and kindle in all of us the desire to share those miracles with others. From my family to yours, Chag Sameach.
Now here was George W. Bush's Chanukah Message in 2008:
Presidential Message: Hanukkah 2007

I send greetings to all those celebrating Hanukkah, the festival of lights.

Hanukkah commemorates a victory for freedom and the courage and faith that made it possible. More than 2,000 years ago, the land of ancient Israel was conquered, its sacred Temple was desecrated, and the Jewish people were forbidden to practice their faith. A patriot named Judah Maccabee and his followers rose up against their oppressors to take back Jerusalem. When the Maccabees returned to reclaim and purify their Holy Temple, the oil used for dedication should have lasted only one day but burned for eight. Every year since then, Jews have celebrated this victory of light over darkness and given thanks for the presence of a just and loving God.

As Jewish Americans prepare to light the Hanukkah candles, we are reminded of the many blessings in our lives. The candles' glow has the power to lift our souls, put hope in our hearts, and make our Nation a more compassionate and peaceful place. We pray that those who still live in the darkness of tyranny will someday see the light of freedom, and we ask for God's continued guidance and boundless love and His protection of all those in need during this holiday season.

Laura and I wish all people of the Jewish faith a Happy Hanukkah.

George W. Bush
In 1995 Congress passed the Jerusalem Embassy Act endorsing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and requiring the US Embassy to move to Jerusalem. But Congress gave the executive branch an out, every six months the State Department/President can request and receive an automatic waiver. A waiver that President Bill Clinton issued to congress every six months as required.

President Bush continued the policy every six months, but in Bush’s case he inserted into the legal jargon a sentence stating, “My Administration remains committed to beginning the process of moving our embassy to Jerusalem.” The phrase appeared in all 16 Bush waiver notifications. The Obama administration removed that phrase from their waiver requests.

This Obama omission is important beyond just the Hanukkah story. Jerusalem, wrote historian Martin Gilbert, "is not a ‘mere’ city. It holds the central spiritual and physical place in the history of the Jews as a people.” This President's policy is to ignore any ties between Jerusalem and the Jewish people and his holiday message is just one ways he displays his policy.

It's time for President Obama to skip distributing a Hanukkah message at all, it's preferable to insulting the Jewish people with his politically-driven distortion of the holiday.

Cuban Americans In Congress Blast Obama's Cuba Deal

While they are pleased with the release of Alan Gross, many in congress were not pleased with the President's newly announced Cuban foreign policy easing restrictions on travel, banking, exchanging ambassadors, etc.

Senator Menendez (D-NJ) who for another two weeks is Charmian of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee blasted the swap of Alan Gross for three Cuban criminals. Two were spies and the third also a spy was involved in the Cuban Govt. shooting down an airplane killing four Americans.

Menendez released a statement blasting Obama:
"This is a moment of profound relief for Alan Gross and his family. Mr. Gross' physical and mental health has declined severely as a result of his five-year imprisonment under difficult conditions. He should have been released immediately and unconditionally five years ago. He committed no crime and was simply working to provide internet access to Cuba's small Jewish community. His imprisonment was cruel and arbitrary, but consistent with the behavior of the Cuban regime.

“Let's be clear, this was not a "humanitarian" act by the Castro regime. It was a swap of convicted spies for an innocent American.

“President Obama's actions have vindicated the brutal behavior of the Cuban government. There is no equivalence between an international aid worker and convicted spies who were found guilty of conspiracy to commit espionage against our nation. One spy was also convicted of conspiracy to murder for his role in the 1996 tragedy in which the Cuban military shot down two U.S. civilian planes, killing several American citizens. My heart goes out to the American families that lost love ones on that fateful day.

“Trading Mr. Gross for three convicted criminals sets an extremely dangerous precedent. It invites dictatorial and rogue regimes to use Americans serving overseas as bargaining chips. I fear that today’s actions will put at risk the thousands of Americans that work overseas to support civil society, advocate for access to information, provide humanitarian services, and promote democratic reforms.

“This asymmetrical trade will invite further belligerence toward Cuba's opposition movement and the hardening of the government’s dictatorial hold on its people. Let us all remind ourselves that an untold number of ordinary people yearning for democracy remain imprisoned by the exact same tormentors that have punished Alan Gross and they, along with all Cubans, deserve a free and liberated Cuba."
Florida Republican Senator Marco Rubio was even harsher he was on Fox News earlier calling Obama's foreign policy “na├»ve” and “truly counterproductive for the future of democracy in the region. All of these tyrants around the world know that the U.S. can be had, that it’s a pretty easy deal”
“At minimum, Barack Obama is the worst negotiator that we’ve had as president since at least Jimmy Carter, and maybe in the modern history of the country.”

Those sentiments came on top of a statement released by Rubio’s office in which he asserted that “America will be less safe as a result of the president’s change in policy.”

“Governments now know that, if they can take an American hostage, they can get very significant concessions from the United States,” he said.

“It’s par for the course with an administration that is constantly giving away unilateral concessions, whether it’s Iran or, in this case Cuba, in exchange for nothing.”
Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.), who herself fled Cuba from the Castro regime, said that Obama’s decision to unilaterally normalize relations with Cuba may be unconstitutional.
“It is quite possible that this unilateral action by the President without Congressional consultation is in violation of the following U.S. laws: Cuban Liberty and Democratic Solidarity (LIBERTAD) Act of 1996, Cuban Democracy Act of 1992, and the Trading with the Enemy Act,” Ros-Lehtinen, a former Foreign Affairs Committee chairwoman, said in a statement.

“The White House attempts to normalize relationships with Cuba without the approval of Congress,” she said, “may be in direct violation of Helms-Burton that specifically states that all political prisoners must be released, and free and fair elections must be held before establishing a diplomatic relationship.”
Rep. Mario Diaz Balart, who comes from a prominent Cuban family also bashed Obama;
"Alan Gross should never have spent one day in prison and we are glad that he will finally be reunited with his family,” Diaz-Balart said on Wednesday. “However, the way that his release was achieved is outrageous and proves that once again, President Obama is the Appeaser in Chief who is willing to provide unprecedented concessions to a brutal dictatorship that opposes U.S. interests at every opportunity.

“The three remaining Cuban spies whom President Obama is releasing were convicted for spying on U.S. military installations, and one was convicted for his role in the shoot-down of an American civilian aircraft in international airspace, which murdered three innocent Americans and one U.S. resident,” Diaz-Balart added. “Their early release is an egregious miscarriage of justice. In addition, providing diplomatic relations and further weakening sanctions attempt to legitimize and provide hard currency to our hemisphere's worst human rights abuser. President Obama's actions are an unconscionable betrayal of America's fundamental values and a profound insult to the oppressed Cuban people.

“The unjust imprisonment and inhumane treatment of Alan Gross demonstrates the utter depravity of the Castro regime, as well as the severe repression that has afflicted the Cuban people for decades,” Diaz-Balart said. “President Obama's decision to allow the Castro regime to blackmail the United States and abandon our pro-democracy principles is an outrage. These changes to policy will further embolden the Cuban dictatorship to continue brutalizing and oppressing its own people as well as other anti-American dictatorship and terrorist organizations."
There is a major political battle brewing on Obamas diplomatic actions, and it will not be a Democrat vs. Republican battle, it will be those who want to keep the embargo vs those who want it removed.  In the end it will be congresses decision.