Sunday, September 13, 2015

After Iran deal, Obama to pivot to climate change (hold on to your wallet)

Politico ^ | 9/11/2015 | LAUREN FRENCH and JOHN BRESNAHAN 

Buoyed by the success of his nuclear deal with Iran, President Barack Obama is preparing to move aggressively on other long-delayed priorities, including a major climate change summit this winter and his elusive quest to close the Guantanamo Bay prison camp.
The National Security Council’s directorate of strategic planning has been quietly building an agenda of action items for the closing year of Obama’s presidency, in a White House that sees its work as far from complete, administration officials say.
“We have no intention of resting on our laurels,” said one senior administration official. “We have an ambitious foreign policy agenda that we’ll continue to pursue aggressively throughout the remainder of [the] fourth quarter of the administration.” Part of that agenda includes striking a calmer post-Iran deal relationship with Israel — including a November visit to the White House by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that officials announced on Friday.
Also high on the to-do list: completing a Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal to which Congress gave "fast-track" approval in June; bolstering counter-terrorism partnerships in Asia and Africa; and putting U.S.-China relations on a firmer footing, a project that will include a state visit to Washington by Chinese President Xi Jingping this month.
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Those Unwilling to Work Shall Not Eat!

cnsnews.com ^ | 9/12/2015 | Charlie Daniels 

Last weekend was Labor Day Weekend, and ninety-four million Americans are still not in the labor force.
Of course, there are many practical reasons for part of that number, retirement, genuine disability, jobs being held by illegals and people who have looked long and hard and just not been able to find a job and given up trying, to name a few.
I have sympathy for the injured, the infirm, the people who for one physical or mental reason or another are unable to hold down a job, and I believe that they should have assistance. I believe in charity, and I believe in helping a family that has lost its breadwinner and are struggling to keep the family together.
I believe in helping those with chronic illnesses and feel we can never do enough for the needs of those who have served our country in the military.
But when it comes to supporting lazy bums who have found a crack in the system, enabling them to draw a government check and who have no intention of working for a living, I draw the line.
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Death to America by 10,000 "Syrian" Refugees

American Faith Today ^ | September 12,2015 | American Faith Today 

Well, we now know that our so called compassionate, so called Christian, so called protecting the interests of Americans president has called for the resettling and integration of an additional 10,000 "Syrian" refugees into our country over the next year. The truth of who these people probably are, in many cases, that the media of course conveniently covers up so they can sell their ratings sob stories and cause discord and collapse in wealthier countries and in Christian nations of course goes unannounced. We have our own problems already with immigration, particularly illegal and with refugees that we've taken in over the years who either wind up aligining with terrorists or who can't make it on their own in terms of building a life for themselves, so naturally they are on assistance of some kind. But more to the point the danger that some of these people pose needs to be emphasized, and a good president, good elected representatives, and a good government would place that as their first priority. I'll be covering this today, starting at 4:30 Eastern time, and archived after that.

Ted Cruz will take center stage in fight to defund Planned Parenthood!

The Statesman ^ | 9/12/2015 | Joanathan Tialove 

In the waning days of September, the focus of American political theater will once again be on the U.S. Capitol, and there, center stage, will be Sen. Ted Cruz, fighting to defund Planned Parenthood, even at the risk of a government shutdown.
Whether he is the hero or villain will be in the eyes of the beholder.
But in a crowded Republican presidential field in which every candidate but Donald Trump has been starved for attention, it presents Cruz with an enormous opportunity to reprise the role the Texan played in the 2013 shutdown over his failed effort to defund Obamacare — only now, in the throes of a dramatic GOP nomination struggle, he faces a more intent and receptive audience.
Cruz’s chances of success in the funding battle are virtually nil, despite the summer release of undercover videos purporting to show that Planned Parenthood and its affiliates are improperly selling fetal tissue for a profit — and talking about it in a callous and cavalier manner — charges that Planned Parenthood denies, describing the videos as deceptively edited.
Nonetheless, politically, Cruz can win by losing, galvanizing tea party and evangelical conservative voters who are crucial to his emerging from the pack. He will be Daniel in the lion’s den. The longer the odds, the lonelier his fight, the more scorn heaped upon him — especially from the mainstream media and leaders of his own party — the better.
“The grass-roots response will be, ‘here’s a guy who is actually willing to take some shots, who is willing to do something even if it means shutting down the government over saving a baby’s life,’” said Michael Demastus, pastor of Fort Des Moines Church of Christ in Des Moines, Iowa, and an avid Cruz supporter. “There are a lot of people who will rally behind that.”
“Ted Cruz is a very talented demagogue, although right now he is being eclipsed by Donald Trump,” said Jason Stanford, a Democratic political consultant and columnist who has worked as a strategist for Planned Parenthood.
“Ted Cruz needs to get into the top tier,” he said, and being identified as the most unyielding enemy of abortion among the GOP contenders is a good way to get there — although deadly to Republican chances in the general election, Stanford said.
“Shutting down the government to defund Planned Parenthood could win him Iowa,” Stanford said.
So far, 2015 has been the year of the political outsider.
Trump is leading in all the polls, followed next by Ben Carson, a retired neurosurgeon. Neither Trump nor Carson has ever been elected to anything. There isn’t a day of government experience between them.
Cruz, on the other hand, is the outsider within the Senate, his mettle tested.
“Cruz is positioning himself as the outsider who knows what he’s doing,” Claremont McKenna College political scientist Jack Pitney said.
A shutdown showdown on Capitol Hill at the end of the federal fiscal year, Sept. 30, is perfectly in sync with Cruz’s political calendar.
“He will reach a lot of grass-roots voters and activists who may not have paid as close attention in the past,” said Brendan Steinhauser, an Austin-based Republican consultant who played a pivotal role in launching the national tea party movement.
“I think it will elevate him in the minds of a lot of grass-roots folks. They don’t really care about the shutdown, they don’t think it did any harm last time,” said Steinhauser, who managed the 2014 re-election campaign of Cruz’s fellow Texas GOP Sen. John Cornyn. “He’s inevitably going to face some criticism and parting of the ways with a lot of other folks in the Republican Party, including in the leadership and other folks who disagree with his tactics or style.”
But, said Steinhauser, “he knows that this is what the party is longing for — they want a fighter.”
In August, Cruz had a conference call with about 1,000 pastors facilitated by David Lane, the founder of the American Renewal Project, whose mission is to rouse an army of politically active conservative pastors across America.
Demastus, who was on the call, said Cruz asked the pastors to preach about the importance of cutting off Planned Parenthood’s federal funding, to lead their congregations on the second Sunday in September in praying for Congress to see the light on the issue, and to follow those prayers with phone calls to their representatives.
“Preach about it, pray about it and phone about it,” Demastus said.
In a letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., that Cruz is circulating among colleagues in hopes of gaining their support, the Texan wrote: “In light of recent and horrific revelations that Planned Parenthood is trafficking in fetal tissue and body parts from abortions, we urge you not to schedule or facilitate the consideration of any legislation that authorizes or appropriates federal dollars for Planned Parenthood.”
Cruz’s office said it won’t release the names of co-signers until the letter is sent, but Politico reported last week that it has been very slow going, with Cruz’s Senate colleagues showing little appetite for another showdown.
“We’ve seen this movie before, and it doesn’t end well,” Cornyn, McConnell’s second-in-command in the Senate, said in a conference call with reporters Thursday. “I don’t believe a shutdown is what I got elected to do. I think I got elected to govern.
“I think, if the government is shut down as a result of a standoff involving life issues, that it actually threatens to discredit and to harm our ability to pass important legislation like the 20-week pain-capable abortion ban,” which McConnell “has made it clear that we will be voting on … the week after next,” Cornyn said.
“We all know he is running for president, so I’ll let people reach their own conclusions there,” Cornyn said of Cruz. But, he added, “any strategy that might lead to a potential shutdown is a flawed strategy, one that’s been demonstrated not to work, and there’s a better, more constructive strategy that will actually help to advance the pro-life agenda, not stymie it.”
Politically, Cornyn said, it took a full year for Republicans to recover from the last shutdown.
That recovery included taking majority control of the Senate in 2014, but, Cornyn said, “we won in spite of the shutdown, not because of it.”
“It’s completely revisionist history,” said Amanda Carpenter, a conservative commentator who in June left her jobs as communications director in Cruz’s Senate office, and now, as a CNN contributor, isn’t endorsing a candidate.
Carpenter said the lesson of 2014 is that when Republicans “are willing to stand up and fight for something, they win.”
On a potential shutdown, Cruz campaign spokesman Rick Tyler said, “Sen. McConnell and Sen. Cornyn have said there won’t be a shutdown. In the end, it’s under their control, and they will have to decide whether they will accept taxpayer funding of an organization that engages in practices that are abhorrent to most people.”
Cruz has been facing predictions of his imminent political demise since his first brazen days in the Senate but instead has emerged as the pre-eminent Texas Republican. Although still lagging far behind Trump and Carson, he also is perhaps the most sure-footed candidate in designing a strategy and sticking to it.
Trump’s success couldn’t be foreseen, but Cruz is seen as having played it adeptly, emerging not so much as the mogul’s adversary as his understudy and, such as when he invited Trump to join him at a rally against the Iran nuclear deal outside the Capitol Wednesday, even his ally.
“I think he thinks there is little to be lost at this point in adopting that strategy,” Rutgers University political scientist Ross Baker said. “For the time being, he’ll be the second banana, but if Trump implodes, I think he feels he’ll be there to collect the debris.
“I think he’s played it very astutely,” Baker said, offering “Trumpism without Trump.”
“I think he’s fast on his feet and can adapt very readily to changing situations,” Baker said. “He’s shown that in some ways he is, among the rest of the Republican field, probably the one who is in the best position.”
Cruz accentuated another signature cause Tuesday, rushing to Rowan County, Ky., to meet with Kim Davis, the county clerk jailed for refusing to issue same-sex marriage licenses just before her release into the waiting arms of a rally organized by another GOP presidential rival, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee.
In contrast, Trump expressed sympathy for Davis but said, “The Supreme Court has ruled. It is the law of the land.”
“Here in Iowa, we like to say it separated the wheat from the chaff,” said Demastus, who with two other pastors and a member of his congregation drove to Kentucky to show their support for Davis.
Demastus doesn’t discount Trump’s appeal. “His brashness with the press, the way he handles himself,” Demastus said. “He doesn’t apologize for who he is. That’s something appealing to hear.”
But, he said, “when it comes to a moral compass for our nation, he’s as lost as lost can be.”
Now, Demastus said, all eyes will turn to defunding Planned Parenthood.
“I think all of us are aware this is a kind of kairos moment in time, and we need to capitalize on a perfect storm that we’ve never had before,” Demastus said, explaining that “kairos” was how the ancient Greeks referred to an especially ripe or opportune time.
For Cruz too, it might be a kairos moment.
Republicans, in Steinhauser’s view, aren’t going to nominate the low-key Ben Carson for president and are still very unlikely to nominate the over-the-top Trump.
And then, Steinhauser said, there stands Cruz with “money, real organizational and grass-roots enthusiasm,” the candidate best poised to benefit from what could be Trump’s and Carson’s “long, gradual decline.”
If Cruz can finish in the top three in Iowa and do well in South Carolina, next up is March 1, when Texas and seven other Southern states are set to vote.
If Cruz rides into March 1 with a head of steam, Steinhauser said, “it’s his to lose.”

How Thomas Jefferson Led America’s First “War On Terror” [Against Islam]

Freedom Outpost ^ | 5/5/2013 | Tim Brown 

Today, I hear a lot of cries for tolerance, especially of Islam. I'm told, "Stop the hating of Muslims." Many of the very people I hear this from like to point to the Constitution and to the Founding Fathers and especially to the First Amendment and declare that Islam should be tolerated in America. However, I wonder if they have paid attention to either the Constitution or the Founding Fathers on this matter. Specifically, I wonder if they have even considered the words and actions of the third President of the United States, Thomas Jefferson, especially his sense of reading their own texts from the Qur'an and knowing just what his enemies thought. Let's take a stroll down memory lane, shall we?
First, keep in mind that Islam and terrorism have gone hand in hand since its inception at the beginning of the 7th century. In fact, it's founder Muhammad was a terrorist and used "religion" to band his merry men together to conquer, rape and pillage. For nearly fifteen centuries the world has faced the disease of Islam, but our nation faced it head on when Thomas Jefferson, serving as the ambassador to France, and John Adams, servicing as the ambassador to Britain, went to London to meet with Ambassador Abdrahaman, the Dey of Tripoli's ambassador to Britain. Of course they met with Abdrahaman to negotiate a peace treaty, but keep in mind that in Islam, the only peace is submission to Islam.
Islam requires jizya under Sharia law, you know that alleged "harmless law" they want to impose here in the West. Jizya is a per capita tax levied on a section of an Islamic state's non-Muslim citizens, who meet certain criteria. The tax is and was to be levied on able-bodied adult males...
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Obama Issues Dire Warning To America – Muslims LOVE This!

Patriot Update ^ | September 12, 2015 | Andrew Spalding 

Obama has been helping Muslims take down America ever since he took office, but his latest move is low even for him…

Earlier this week, President Barack Obama warned his administration to prepare for the arrival of an additional 10,000 Syrian refugees during the next fiscal year, which begins on Oct. 1. This would bring the total number of refugees slated to enter into the United States in 2016 up to 75,000.

According to CNN, Secretary of State John Kerry wants to raise the 75,000 cap to an even higher number, perhaps as high as 100,000 or more.

There are a couple of huge problems with this, though.

For one, Obama is failing to properly screen refugees, meaning some refugees could wind up being Islamic terrorists in disguise.
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