We often say that the Jewish life cycle revolves around the Jewish calendar, its holy days and the foods we eat accordingly. There is even a a Jewish motto about it: “They tried to kill us, we won, let’s eat!” But let us remember that on the Jewish calendar, outside of the biblically ordained Levitical feasts (Leviticus 23), there are several other dates marking some critical events in our history. One such date is Tisha B’Av or the ninth of the month of Av. This annual fast (lasting 25 hours in Jewish tradition) commemorates several tragedies that occurred in Jewish history. It is believed that on the ninth of Av:
• The 12 spies returned
• The First Temple was destroyed
• The Second Temple was destroyed
• The 135 CE Bar Kochba revolt was put to an end by the Romans
• The first Crusade started
• Jews were expelled from England in 1290
• Germany entered World War One
• “The final Solution to the Jewish Question” was officially put in motion in 1941
• Large scale deportation of Jews to Auschwitz and Treblinka started in 1942
Needless to say that this is a very somber date for Jewish people worldwide. This is a time when the Book of Lamentations is read in synagogues. Jewish people fast, do not bathe and do not have marital relations on this day.
This year, the ninth of Av fell on July 25 and I cannot help but think about the way that it might be remembered and added to the long list of catastrophes for the Jewish people.
We are in the midst of a global crisis with the Islamic Republic of Iran which is on the threshold of acquiring its own nuclear arsenal. The same Iran has recently and repeatedly vowed to destroy Israel and the United States.
Since 2008, President Obama’s foreign policy has been less than spectacular. Like every previous president since 1948 and to no avail, he tried to make a positive contribution to the Middle East peace process. But it is clear that Mr. Obama has an obsession with Iran, and like the National Review aptly said it: “The Obama administration values a future relationship with Iran more than it values the historic relationship it has with Israel.” President Obama’s obsession with Iran might only be surpassed by his obsession for his own “messianic legacy”. In any case, both are tightly linked and they unfortunately are at the expense of Israel.
During Thursday’s Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing, we heard Secretary of State John Kerry try to defend the current Iran nuclear agreement with the 5+1 super powers. Frankly, it is starting to feel more and more like another check will soon be added to the ominous list of Tisha B’Av tragedies. Especially in light of Mr. Kerry’s answer when asked by Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) about US loyalty in the eventuality of a unilateral Israeli strike to sabotage Iranian facilities. First, there was a foggy answer from Secretary of Energy, Ernest Moniz. Mr. Rubio reiterated his question to which he got a firm “No” from Mr. Moniz, stating that the US was not under any obligation to protect Iran. Immediately following, Mr Kerry chimed in and tried to sound as if the current administration was Israel’s friend and that all would be good. He never gave a firm yes or no, but finished by saying: “ …I don’t see any way possible that we would be in conflict with Israel with respect to what we might want to do there. I think we might have to wait until we get to that point.“
The problem with that statement from Mr. Kerry is that it can be interpreted several different ways depending on what the audience wants to hear. When I hear the phrase with respect to what we might want to do there, I am left wondering if “what they might want to do” is bomb Iran in accord with Israel or help Iran to defend itself from an Israeli attack (cyber or military). Pick one, they both work! There is some wording on page 142 of the document drafted for the deal stipulating that the 5+1 would help Iran defend themselves against sabotage once the deal is approved. This would make me think that the US would lean towards helping Iran, and frankly, this wouldn’t surprise me under the current administration.
Then there is the statement he closed with: “I think we might have to wait until we get to that point.” which is even more frightening. If we truly have to wait for the eleventh hour when Israeli planes are in Iranian airspace or even later if possible, it is akin to asking people to wait until Hiroshima was detonated before deciding if it was the best option.
Israel, the United States and the rest of the free world cannot afford to wait and see because the more time we give the Islamic Republic of Iran to acquire the bomb the less time we will have to successfully respond. In other words if we wait much longer there might not be much left to see.
I continue to keep my trust in the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob and His unconditional love for Israel. But I must remain pragmatic in understanding that the highest human casualties in the history of mankind are yet to come.
It sure feels like Tisha B’Av again but hang in there because Rosh Hashanah is just around the corner!
In the midst of a global crisis involving Iran’s race for nuclear power, Benjamin Netanyahu was re-elected for another two-year term. The landslide victory showed us that Israel isn’t so fed-up with Bibi’s policies. It actually proved that Israelis are very concerned about the Iranian threat and feel that Bibi is the best man to handle the crisis.
The Lausanne “Agreement”–if we can call it that–has left much to be desired. It transforms the West from an inspector into a powerless spectator. Iran’s carefully crafted nuclear “smoke and mirror” show is supposed to appease the international community, so we hear from the media and President Obama.
In a recent interview for NPR, Mr. Obama delivered a 22 minute promotional piece on the exciting deal that is being made with Iran. I would say that it was more propaganda than promotion. While he seems to denounce anti-Semitism, Mr. Obama doesn’t see the need for Iran to recognize the existence of Israel as part of a viable deal as he said: “So there’s still going to be a whole host of differences between us and Iran, and one of the most profound one is the vile, anti-Semitic statements that have often come out of the highest levels of the Iranian regime. But the notion that we would condition Iran not getting nuclear weapons, in a verifiable deal, on Iran recognizing Israel is really akin to saying that we won’t sign a deal unless the nature of the Iranian regime completely transforms. And that is, I think, a fundamental misjudgment.”
Mr. Obama’s dismissal of Israel’s safety goes along with the recent disclosure of a Department of Defense top-secret document exposing Israel’s nuclear information. There were several other countries’ sensitive nuclear information on that 360-pages document. Somehow, they were all redacted out of the document before its release, to leave only Israel’s information readable. To be sure, Israel’s nuclear capability is no news to the world, but this was the first official announcement about it by a foreign state. How could Mr. Obama possibly say that his administration has done more for Israel than any other previous president? Unless of course he means that he has done more than any other president to put Israel in arms way…Don’t get me started on that one!
Yet Mr. Obama clearly wants us to believe that he is helping Israel when he says: “And as I’ve indicated before, if you look at my track record since I’ve been in office, we have had as much or greater military cooperation and intelligence cooperation with Israel than any previous administration. We have been steadfast in the defense of Israel when it comes to them defending themselves, even when there have been periods of great international controversy.”
It looks to me as if Israel is left with the decision to strike Iran if they feel that the threat is getting to close for comfort. Frankly, this is a decision that is currently better left on Netanyahu’s shoulders than any other Israeli prime minister. Additionally, I fear that the decision to strike Iran is no longer a matter of if but simply when! Iran knows how to play the clock. Deal or no deal, they continue to see the time span as a great opportunity to continue with their nuclear program with very little outside control. This will allow Iran to acquire the capability to build a bomb a lot sooner. For all we really know, Iran might be a lot closer than we think to become a nuclear lethal force.
The real danger that isn’t discussed much is the fact that we are now in a stage of what has been called “Apocalyptic Islamism”. There is very little if anything that the West can do to stop the raging hatred and determination of the mullahs in bringing in the “Twelfth Imam”. Both ISIS and Iran–while not necessarily working hand in hand–have a common goal of Islamic global hegemony painted on a backdrop of End-Times with the blood of the “infidels”. Iran of course also helps fulfilling Hezbollah’s agenda by proxy.
This really leaves only one option, and that is the physical destruction of Iranian nuclear facilities–a feat that only Israel seems to be willing to undertake. Of course, once the big boy on the Middle East playground has pushed the bully over, the rest of the cowards will magically appear on the scene. Then we might see an overnight alliance of powers who up to then didn’t have the chutzpah to go after the Khameini regime. Even Mr. Obama might join the ranks of those who oppose Iran at that time.
It appears to be “damned if you do and damned if you don’t” for Netanyahu, but since Israel’s survival is a non-negotiable, It might just be a matter of time before Bibi makes a move. He certainly is facing some of the toughest decisions of his entire political career and could certainly use the prayer of those who love Israel.
Preventing Iran from going nuclear ISN’T ONLY A MIDDLE EAST PROBLEM, it is a global one. Ignoring a problem never made it go away, but we are being told than Iran is on the road to full compliance. Is it on that very road that they also shout “Death to America” and “Death to Israel”. Global leadership isn’t necessarily measured in GNP or a country’s worth anymore. It might be measured more by the ability, willingness and determination to avoid a nuclear cataclysm at any cost. In the case of Iran, I think that only Israel has got it and only Bibi can lead them into making such a decision. I still pray for all of it to be averted because any loss of life is a tragedy. Jews and Muslims alike need to be touched by God and meet their Messiah and redeemer (Isaiah 52:13-53-12). The Bible does shed some light on all of this.
There is a promise from the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob that He will not only protect Israel but also destroy her enemies. This eschatological promise is based on God’s unconditional and eternal Abrahamic Covenant with Israel and the Jewish people (Genesis 12:1-3) and it should be an encouragement and a call to prayer for those of us who support Israel.
In that day the Lord will defend the inhabitants of Jerusalem, and the one who is feeble among them in that day will be like David, and the house of David will be like God, like the angel of the Lord before them. And in that day I will set about to destroy all the nations that come against Jerusalem (Zechariah 12:8-9)
France is still trying to recover from the terrorist attacks of early January 2015. France that wasn’t the only area affected, as many around the world are starting to realize the dangers of radical Islam. The problem isn’t specific to the Middle East and/or exclusive to the Islamic State. Our global community was hit. There is still a very long road ahead of us if we really care to defeat people with an ideology in line with that of ISIS. It is now impossible to ignore the danger.
It is one thing to acknowledge a real danger. It is another to strategically move forward to fight it. The world is being forced to recognize the brutality and barbarism of the Islamic State. Few if any have made any progress in the war against that enemy. Its is quite mind boggling that some governments have yet to clearly label the Islamic State as a radical Islamic group. Leading the pack is the Obama administration. Their vagueness regarding the Islamic State is a real danger.
We can all agree that the beheading, crucifixions, stoning and burnings have placed the Islamic State to the forefront of our contemporary enemies. Any government hesitant in calling these extremist a radical Islamic terrorist group, is making a grave mistake. Last September, in one of his addresses, President Obama declared that the Islamic State was neither Islamic nor a State. The Islamic State might have declared a caliphate a few months back, but it doesn’t qualify them as being a state. They are more of an illicit economy as the Wall Street Journal labeled them.
On the other hand, they are every bit “Islamic” if we understand the meaning of the word Islamic. It is a misconception to believe that Islam is simply a religion of peace, because it is much more complex than that. Many Muslims want nothing to do with the Islamic State’s barbaric methods, yet any serious student of the Qur’an cannot ignore that it contains plenty of verses about violence, deception and killings of the infidels.
What we could call “orthodox Islam” is a lot closer to radical Islam than one might think. There simply are many Muslims who do not adhere to that kind of literal approach to the Qur’an. They have distanced themselves from the extremism taught in those verses. They are “moderate Muslims”, yet they are not even recognized by radical Muslims as true Muslims. I think that a better description would be to call them “cultural Muslims.”
To avoid calling the Islamic State “Islamic” is a vagueness that is far from accidental. It is deliberate! It remains uncertain if the choice is made out of fear of reprisals or political and/or ideological alignment. Nevertheless, the Islamic State IS Islamic from a Qur’anic standpoint.
Continuing with the vagueness that has stricken our President in the past few months, we also need to question his motives when he claims that the Paris Kosher Market attacks were random attacks. In an interview with VOX in the last few days, Mr. Obama didn’t identify the victims as Jews, but simply as”a bunch of folks in a deli in Paris.” The fact that Amédy Coulibaly (the killer) entered a “kosher” store, said that he was linked to Islamic State, and killed the people inside, because they were Jewish was purely anecdotal, and I guess irrelevant! What an insult to the Jewish community!
Mr. Obama was further defended by the White House press secretary Josh Earnest who very awkwardly backed him up. This didn’t satisfy the press and drew the ire of the social networks. Then, State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki added a couple of days later that we should let the French government decide if the events were of an antisemitic nature. Give me a break! If a radical Muslim barges into a kosher store and kills Jewish people, it is NOT RANDOM! The French government has authority since this took place on French soil, but that doesn’t invalidate the original intent of the act itself.
The White House decided to back pedal and do damage control on Thursday. They made a statement declaring the events of the Paris kosher store as anti-Semitic. The vagueness applied to the description of the terror attack at the supermarket is very dangerous, because it reduces the tragedy to a random act of violence, removing it from the hate crime that it was.
Is this part of the conditioning of the masses to lead them to ignore both a real danger and a real victim? This vagueness is terrifying to me, because it was only 70 years ago that some of my family members went from being human beings, to being prisoners, to just being a simple number. Eventually, the whole process led to a need to exterminate my people who had been reduced to the status of animal.
Calling the Paris terrorist attack “random” is in and of itself “targeted”. We say a lot more by saying less. Once again Mr. President your vagueness doesn’t appear to be accidental!
While the Egyptian government is at war with the Muslim Brotherhood and other radical Islamic groups, the Obama Administration and its European collaborators are continuing to hinder efforts to fight terrorism in the region, according to Egyptian government officials and journalists. The most recent outrage was sparked last week by Muslim Brotherhood-aligned leaders being hosted by the State Department at the White House. They discussed the Muslim Brotherhood’s ongoing efforts to oppose the current government of President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi of Egypt, who rose to power following the overthrow of Muslim Brotherhood ally Mohamed Morsi in 2013.
Muslim Brotherhood attendees said talks were “fruitful” and the department “is open for engagement”. Many Egyptians and anti-Muslim Brotherhood Arabs and Muslims see the meeting as the U.S. undermining everything President Abdel Fattah Sisi is doing to crush the Muslim Brotherhood. Obama should be treating President al-Sisi as a valuable ally in the fight against radical jihadists, instead he insults him by inviting Muslim Brotherhood-aligned leaders. The meeting was paid for by Georgetown University and former Freedom and Justice Party members (the Muslim Brotherhood’s political party).
Middle East expert Linda S. Heard wrote, “If the White House is out to offend some of its closest Arab allies and is intent on heightening their suspicions, it’s succeeded. If there’s a plot, then it’s unfolding,” she added. “Just two days after the controversial visit, the Brotherhood called for a war against their fellow Egyptians.” Since the meeting the Muslim Brotherhood has terrorized Egyptian cities with improvised explosive devices while its de facto military wing in Sinai, Ansar Beit Al Maqdis that’s pledged allegiance to Daesh (Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant), on Thursday, launched attacks on Egyptian soldiers, killing 30.
Barack Obama is sending the wrong message to Arabs and Muslims who would choose not to kill American infidels. The message they receive is that the U.S. government will pick and choose which terrorist groups they support. If the Obama administration is courting Muslim Brotherhood-aligned groups in the public eye and appoints them into high level posts throughout the federal government, it is abundantly clear that they do not have the best interests of Americans in mind. The results of the president’s actions prove he is an enabler of global jihadism.
A perfect example and perhaps the greatest threat to the U.S. is Iran. The AP reported, Iran “refuses to meet U.S.-led demands for deep cuts in the number of centrifuges it uses to enrich uranium, a process that can create material for anything from chemotherapy to the core of an atomic bomb.” The Iranians are empowered now and believe that Obama is desperate to cut a deal. As Iran keeps U.S. Officials waiting, they continue to have the green light to do whatever they want in the region, eliminating the incentive to sign a deal.
Obama’s handling of radical Islamism is so bad it makes people question whether his actions are intentional. The President avoids phrases like radical Islam or jihadism. Is it political correctness run amok or is he afraid of angering his Muslim friends? It is ideologies such as these that are destroying the U.S., emboldening our enemies and causing widespread geopolitical instability.
There are two things that irk native Alaskans; the summer mosquito and pesky environmental cartels. The evil environmentalists tout centralized management, aka Washington DC, and constrained vision in determining how best to suck the life blood out of our state’s solvency making it hard to tell the difference between the mosquito and the environmentalist.
There is only one Arctic National Wildlife Refuge; over 30,000 square miles of primordial majesty, but in whose crude oil substratum lies Alaska’s commercial and industrial subsistence.
It’s been 12,000 years since the use of flint rather than metal for energy generation, but President Obama’s plodding Interior Department recently mandated ANWR remain undeveloped to petroleum exploration and recovery. A modern-day decree from an administration who previously knew ANWR to be the first name of the former Egyptian leader. Different spelling, same lack of vision.
The Democrat majority is gone. There was no stopping Keystone XL’s passage in the Senate, so Defenders of Wildlife and The Sierra Club clawed and mauled their way for a donor dollar return on Obama campaign contributions. Their frenetic lobbying in turn offset billions of future barrels of ANWR oil from the reach of energy companies.
Alaskans are mindfully aware that issuing further restrictions on the state’s oil and gas industry, including the coastal plain in the state’s northeast corner, which taps into 90 percent of the state’s revenue, is a bad idea. Senator Lisa Murkowski, Energy and Natural Resources Committee Chair labeled the idea, “a one, two, three, kick to the gut of Alaska’s economy.”
Obama slightly backtracked after the ANWR decision, infuriating ivory dome environmentalists. He announced a pervasive five-year project of oil and gas drilling off a southeast stretch of the Atlantic seaboard extending along the Gulf of Mexico. Apples-to-oranges logistics though, are no comfort in nullifying Alaska’s petroleum exploration, where sundry employment prospects are not readily found as those in the Eastern United States.
There is zero chance of Congress approving closing off ANWR. Republican Senator and former Alaskan State Department of Natural Resources commissioner, Dan Sullivan, fears the worst. He labeled it “a classic Obama tactic,” in the same vein as unconstitutional illegal amnesty. Sullivan, only a month on the job in DC said, Obama uses “executive action to do what no Congress would do.”
Sullivan’s words are resounding, because it isn’t solely an Alaskan issue. It is a national issue. Few outside the state will ever know or appreciate the solitude of a place like ANWR, but everyone benefits from Alaskan crude oil production. Royalties and taxes from that industry fund the state’s public health care system, while also providing Alaskans jobs as ship captains, oil field and fishery workers. Those monies have translated into a vital education tool in academic curriculums, where information gathering field trips provide a broader understanding and observation of the landscape.
Inuit residents for generations have inhabited regions bordering the Chukchi and Beaufort Seas, thriving on local fish, wildlife, cultivating the native flora and fauna. They have seen their communities prosper with the discovery of oil and the inflow of oil-related money. Profits from Prudhoe Bay production wane and TAPS operating at less than 25 percent of rated capacity. The benefits accrued them, as well as all Alaskan citizens, through the royalty and taxes placed in Alaska’s Permanent Fund are receding.
As America sees a significant drop in gas prices and domestic oil production, it shouldn’t be seen as an omen for the future. Obama’s move was merely short-sided incrementalism and pandering to the panic-button left, who gloss over the benefits of smaller sized footprints left by directional drilling. Perhaps more damning than their placards and protestations, is the left’s willful blindness to the strict regulations, care for the land, native subsistence and protections already in place in the state for all 45 species of animals inhabiting ANWR. As well as monitoring that whale migration seasons remain uninterrupted and to ensure birthing and calving junctures.
As Murkowski said, the administration “has taken a look at Alaska and decided it’s a nice little snow globe up there, and we’re going to keep it that way.”
I have to wonder if Obama knows the Viennese snow globe presented to his daughter Malia, from the original Perzy manufacturers of Austria, was made from liquid petroleum gas.
Sadly, the 18 month investigation into the IRS targeting of conservative groups isn’t over, and it may be worse than anyone thought. A federal judge has broken loose more emails that the DOJ had surely hoped would never surface. The picture it reveals isn’t pretty. The documents prove that Lois Lerner met with DOJ’s Election Crimes Division a month before the 2010 elections.
It has to be embarrassing to the DOJ, which may not be the most impartial one to be investigating the IRS. In fact, the DOJ withheld over 800 pages of Lerner documents citing “taxpayer privacy” and “deliberative privilege.” Yet these internal DOJ documents show Ms. Lerner was talking to DOJ officials about prosecuting tax-exempt entities (yes, criminally!) two years before the IRS conceded there was inappropriate targeting.
Ms. Lerner met with top officials from the DOJ’s Election Crimes Branch in October of 2010. Although Judicial Watch filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit against the DOJ (Judicial Watch v. Department of Justice, No. 14-cv-01239), the DOJ coughed up dirt only on court order. Even then, the DOJ handed over only two pages of heavily redacted emails.
What’s more, the DOJ withheld 832 pages in their entirety. They revealed that Mr. Obama’s DOJ called an October 8, 2010 meeting with the IRS “concerning 501(c)(4) issues.” On September 30, 2010, the DOJ’s Election Crimes prosecutor emailed Ms. Lerner:
“Hi Lois-It’s been a long time, and you might not remember me, I’ve taken on [REDACTED] duties. I’m looking forward to meeting you, Can we chat in advance? I’m a [REDACTED]”
Ms. Lerner responded on October 2, 2010:
“Sure-that’s a good Idea [sic]. I have a meeting out of the office Monday morning, but will try you when I get back sometime early afternoon. You can try me at 202 283-8848.”
Documents from a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit against the IRS show that Ms. Lerner asked the DOJ whether tax-exempt entities could be criminally prosecuted. This May 8, 2013 email by Ms. Lerner went to Nikole C. Flax, Chief of Staff to Acting IRS Commissioner Steven T. Miller, who would later be fired by President Obama:
“I got a call today from Richard Pilger Director Elections Crimes Branch at DOJ … He wanted to know who at IRS the DOJ folk s [sic] could talk to about Sen. Whitehouse idea at the hearing that DOJ could piece together false statement cases about applicants who “lied” on their 1024s–saying they weren’t planning on doing political activity, and then turning around and making large visible political expenditures. DOJ is feeling like it needs to respond, but want to talk to the right folks at IRS to see whether there are impediments from our side and what, if any damage this might do to IRS programs. I told him that sounded like we might need several folks from IRS…”
Read more at Forbes.
Despite the crushing defeat the Democrats took in the midterms, Barack Obama took aggressive measures Monday on the issue of net neutrality. The president called for the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to increase its regulatory authority over the broadband industry by reclassifying internet service providers as utilities under Title II of the 1996 Telecommunications Act. Internet service providers would be controlled by the FCC just as other public utilities or common carriers, such as a landline phone network.
The idea that Obama wants a free and open internet and acts in our best interest is utter hypocrisy. Earlier this year he decided to give up control of the administration of the internet, handing over responsibility for the IP numbering network (ICANN) and domain name system (DNS) to the United Nations. The United States had controlled this since 1998.
The term “net neutrality” is Orwellian in nature and translates to price controls and dictating private contracts. It culminates in consumers paying higher prices for less quality. Additionally, if the internet becomes a public utility, the content can then be controlled. Net neutrality and this latest proposition is a classic example of big government vs. small government; make a choice. When the government takes over control of any entity, consumers ultimately suffer the consequences, even if the initial proposal is cloaked in a word like “neutrality”.
Obama said in a statement Monday: “To put these protections in place, I’m asking the FCC to reclassifying internet service under Title II of a law known as the Telecommunications Act. In plain English, I’m asking [the FCC] to recognize that for most Americans, the internet has become an essential part of everyday communication and everyday life.”
Cable and telecom companies have fought tirelessly to keep profitable internet business free from regulation, this maneuver by Obama will dramatically effect them if the FCC agrees to the terms. Net neutrality advocates who want to stop ISPs from blocking internet traffic or throttling bandwidth, slowing connection speeds.
Net neutrality supporters have argued that any rules that don’t include full reclassification are destined to fail in court, according to the Wall Street Journal. Both sides have said that litigation is very likely, regardless on what rules the FCC adopts.
Read the entire statement by Obama – HERE.
Obama doesn’t seem concerned about Ebola. He won’t seal the border. He won’t ban flights from the Ebola Zone. He named an “Ebola Czar” who knows nothing about healthcare. He sent 4000 U.S. military troops into the Ebola Zone. Now a GOP Congressman claims plans are underway to bring non-American Ebola victims to the U.S. for treatment.
Americans are fed up. They’ve had enough. Obama’s incompetence, ignorance, mental instability, or callous disregard for the health of the American people is the talk of the country (outside of Washington DC).
The irony is that while Ebola has so far done very little damage to the American people, with only one person in America dead, Ebola’s chief victim appears to be President Obama and the Democratic Party. Obama’s response to Ebola has finally convinced the electorate that Obama is dangerous too our health. Ebola has finally shifted the electorate away from Obama and his Democratic Party. A Republican landslide is forming.
How bad will the coming election results be for Obama and Democrats?
The GOP is on the cusp of another historic landslide-similar to the one I predicted publicly in 2010.
Back then, I predicted the GOP would win 50 to 60 Congressional seats. The experts said I was out of my mind. The GOP won 63 seats.
It was the biggest landslide in almost a century. Ironically it was all based on a fear of Obamacare.
This time polls suggest the results on November 4th will be even worse than 2010. Polls show generic Republican Congressional candidates leading by more than four years ago. This time the results are based on the real-life results of Obamacare, combined with a fear of the healthcare scare of our lifetime- Ebola.
How bad is this coming landslide? CNN reports that Democrats are trailing badlyeven in Massachusetts.
Democrats will be wiped out. It’s all breaking wrong for Obama and the Democrats. Want proof? Here’s a reality more telling than polls.
It’s Fall. Leaves are changing color. That means political campaign time. Congress is up for re-election. This is always when presidents are crisscrossing the nation campaigning full-time for their candidates. But something strange is happening this year. There’s no president in sight. Obama is so invisible there are rumors he’s in the Witness Protection Program.
Democratic candidates are making believe Obama has never existed. Yes, I said Democrats. His Democrats. The same Democrats who supported his policies. The same Democrats who passed his policies. The same Democrats that proudly took credit for “saving” the economy. The same Democrats who took credit for “saving” healthcare. The same Democrats who promised to “chase ISIS to the gates of hell.”
That was of course before they went door to door in their districts and found out from their own constituents that the economy hasn’t been saved, healthcare has been ruined and ISIS is laughing at and mocking Obama.
Now those same Democrats…Obama’s brothers and sisters in socialist policy…are on the run from Obama like he’s contagious. The medical term might be “loser’s disease.” They don’t want Obama anywhere near them. Not on the stage with them. Not in a photo. Not in the same city. Not in the same state. Obama is as toxic as Ebola…to Democrats!
Even Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman won’t answer questions about the President. What’s the matter Debbie, cat got your tongue?
Suddenly Democratic allies of Obama claim they’ve never met Obama. They’ve never been in the same room as Obama. They’ve never heard of Obama. They’re diving off stages like trained acrobats to avoid appearing in a picture with Obama. They won’t even admit they ever voted for Obama. “Obama who?”
It’s like a real-life version of Jimmy Stewart’s “It’s a Wonderful Life.” Obama is alive and he gets to actually watch a world where people claim he’s never existed. To Democrats the last six years never happened. Amazing.
Even the New York Times is commenting publicly about it. The Times lamented in a recent editorial that only one Democratic Senate candidate in the whole country (Gary Peters of Michigan) is willing to be pictured next to Obama anywhere in the country. Most won’t even admit they voted for him (see Alison Grimes of Kentucky). The Times is aghast. “Why aren’t they defending his policies?” the NY Times asks in shock and dismay.
Could it be because in the real world Obama’s economic policies, healthcare policies, Ebola policies and foreign policies are all failing miserably? Could it be because the American middle class finally understands that the biggest danger to America’s future is sitting in the White House?
Thank goodness Ebola has not exploded into a pandemic inside America…yet. But make no mistake- Ebola is deadly. And there are certainly two high-profile victims: Barack Obama and the Democratic Party.
Here we go again. The latest jobs report came out last week- and it’s pure fraud and fantasy. Lies and propaganda passed off as “good news.” The reality is this new jobs report is a DISASTER for America and our middle class.
The “facts” released by our “honest and transparent government” report 248,000 new jobs created, beating expectations by a mile. The “facts” report unemployment dropping to 5.9%, the lowest rate since 2008.
It’s as if Obama is saying, “If you like your job, you can keep it.”
But you can’t. It’s no more truthful or realistic than “If you like your insurance, you can keep it.” Same fraud. Same lies. Same propaganda. Same “Banana Republic” mainstream media reporting lies, fantasy and propaganda as truth.
Here’s the REAL facts about the latest jobs report:
First the reason unemployment dropped to the fantasy level of 5.9% is that 315,000 more Americans dropped out of the Labor Force last month.
Where did they go? Most of them dropped off unemployment to get on welfare, food stamps or disability. Job categories used to be listed as policeman, fireman, scientist, butcher and baker. Now we should add “government dole.” Millions of people get up late, watch Judge Judy and Dr. Phil and get off the couch for the first time all day to open the mail to find their government check. This is the Obama economy. Obama uses the fact that millions of Americans are not working as a reason to lower the unemployment rate.
Where will America get the money to pay for all these welfare, food stamp, disability and Social Security checks for citizens who will never work again? We’re already broke. This just adds to the crushing unsustainable $18 trillion debt.
This isn’t good news. It’s a disaster.
Adding to the misery, the Labor Force Participation rate just dropped to the lowest in 36 years. There are now 92.6 million working-age Americans NOT working.
This isn’t good news. It’s a disaster.
Like those late night infomercials say- “But wait. There’s more!”
How can 248,000 new jobs be a good thing if average hourly wages are stagnant or dropping? Because they are. That fact was buried in the latest jobs report.
Even the Americans lucky enough to have a job are drowning in quicksand. As Democrat Bill Clinton just admitted, “The average American is making less, adjusted for inflation, the day I left office.”
The middle class isn’t getting richer, it’s getting poorer. Even Bill Clinton understands that under Obama the middle class is struggling to survive…and struggling to pay bills…that’s if they still have a job.
This isn’t good news. It’s a disaster.
The bad news is coming in waves. The media forgot to tell you that inside last week’s jobs report was this nugget of reality- the only people being hired are your grandparents. 230,000 of the new jobs went to those in the 55 to 69 year old age group. In the prime working age group of 24 to 54 years old, 10,000 jobs were lost.
Holy freaking batman! What is happening? It means grandma and grandpa are desperate and willing to take grandson’s low wage job to survive until Social Security kicks in…or perhaps they need to work until the day they die, to supplement Social Security. But that’s very bad news. The U.S. workforce is now the oldest in history. If grandpa or grandma has to work (out of desperation) until the day he or she dies, there will never be any decent jobs for the grand-kids.
This isn’t good news. It’s a disaster.
But I’ve saved the two worst bits of news for last. What good is the news of 248,000 new jobs, if they are all part-time or low wage jobs? 4 of the 5 new jobs were in the lowest quality categories.
Obama is creating a nation of desperate, government-dependent minimum wage workers. If you lose your $100,000 job, get ready to clean toilets, flip burgers, mow lawns, or work at The Gap. Because that’s all that’s available among the new jobs.
That’s if there are any jobs at all. I believe the numbers of new jobs are pure fraud. Made up out of thin air. Want proof? The government’s own JOLT report came out on Tuesday. It says that monthly hiring has plummeted. Dropped off a cliff.
It was down 294,000 positions last month- that’s the worst drop since 2010…and the third worst number since the Lehman Brothers collapse in 2008.
So now I ask you…how could there be good news about jobs created…at the same time the government’s own report shows a severe halt to hiring? Somebody’s cooking the books folks.
And how come the mainstream media only reports on the fraudulent report showing jobs created…but never mentions the other report showing plummeting hiring? Good question. The media is obviously in on the fix. The media has a conflict of interest. The media is big business. The media is owned by billion dollar companies. Their advertisers are billion dollar companies. Their own media companies are publicly traded on Wall Street. They are in on the fix. They desperately want you to believe all is well, so their advertisers keep spending…and so their stock prices don’t plummet. They need to keep the Ponzi scheme going. Can you spell “BANANA REPUBLIC”?
Welcome to Obama’s America- where up is down…where bad news is reported as good news…where old is the new young (because only old people work anymore)…where minimum wage is this President’s obsession because minimum wage jobs are the only jobs in the Obama economy…where it’s good news that people stop working and join the welfare rolls because they are now more likely to vote Democrat…where as Nancy Pelosi claims, “Food stamps, unemployment and welfare are the best ways to grow the economy.”
Oh…my…God. This Obama crowd is pure crazy. Either idiots, insane or communists. My educated guess is…a combination of all three.
This folks is an unmitigated disaster. This folks is “the murder of the middle class.”
This latest jobs report is pure fraud.
The Treasury Department tightened tax rules Monday to deter U.S. companies from moving their legal headquarters to lower-tax countries, part of a White House effort to slow a wave of so-called corporate inversions that effectively reduce federal revenues.
Treasury officials took action under five sections of the U.S. tax code to make inversions harder and less profitable, removing some of the appeal that has made the transactions more common in recent years, particularly in the pharmaceutical industry.
In an inversion, an American company reincorporates for tax purposes in a tax-friendlier country such as the U.K. or Ireland, typically while maintaining much of their operations in the U.S. Most recent inversions sprang from mergers of a U.S. firm with a smaller foreign firm after regulatory steps taken during President Barack Obama’s first term curbed other types of inversions.
The Treasury rules will make it harder for companies that invert to use cash accumulating abroad—a big draw in recent deals. In addition, the government has made it more difficult to complete these overseas mergers.
The tax changes took effect immediately, officials said, and applied to all deals that hadn’t closed by Monday.
From John LaRosa:
Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail. — Ralph Waldo Emerson
Karl Rove and the RNC could learn a lot from Emerson. Actually, we all could…but I digress.
Ever since John McCain ran arguably the worst Presidential campaign in U.S. history, “establishment” pundits, talking heads and GOP officials have been tripping over themselves trying to figure out what went wrong. Almost invariably, their conclusion has been that the Party is not liberal enough. They see polls and voter data, which are essentially snapshots in time, then recommend tactical measures from there.
On the surface, this approach seems to make some sense. In politics, as in business, it’s important to know the competitive landscape and identify target audiences. That’s why the Left spends billions on data mining, market research and even psychological profiling. It’s also why George Soros and Barack Obama, through their “non-political” 501c4 organizations, a co-opted media and a completely corrupted Leftist educational system, spend time, resources and political capital to define “reality” for us. Their goal is quite simple: frame the debate and control the narrative.
It’s well past time to change that debate and flip that narrative.
Simply put, we need to expose and reject false liberal premises at every turn. It doesn’t matter if these premises are being promoted by socialists like Soros or “RINOs” like McCain. It’s got to stop…before it’s too late. Sadly, I’m not so sure that GOP consultants and power brokers want to step outside their comfort level and advocate leadership and education over pandering and acquiescence. Many Beltway insiders have made very good livings off of the status quo and, much to the detriment of their Party and the nation, they are not likely to give up their collective treasure chest without a fight.
I contend that, contrary to common “consultant wisdom”, even “Blue State” voters are not looking for a Democratic alternative to Democrats. “We the People”, regardless of Party affiliation, are looking for integrity, competence, respect and character. We are looking for candidates in whom we can believe, who stand for something other than election winning. That’s, in part, why “Hope and Change” gained so much traction…it seemed bigger than the candidate. (Of course, any informed non-socialist with an ounce of gray matter now knows that this was nothing more than an empty slogan that was all about election winning.)
For me, part of the appeal of folks like Ted Cruz, Mike Lee, Trey Gowdy, Rand Paul (and many others) is that they appear to stand for something. That “something” transcends their own job security, and it touches both hearts and minds; which is why they are being brutally demonized by fearful Leftists in both Parties. Those who benefit from a flawed system will always work to preserve it. They will never “take point” in the battlefield of ideas because they value their personal interests over those of the nation.
If the GOP chooses to keep serving up pandering, unprincipled, “big government” politicians, it will continue to lose. After all, the Democrats have cornered that market already. If it wants to provide sensible, conservative, constitutional, pro-growth “solutions” that benefit “the 100%”, I’m here to help. So is Thomas Sowell, Milton Friedman and Walter Williams. So too are Bill Whittle, Mark Steyn and Alfonzo Rachel.
This is not rocket science. Figure out what you’re selling, then believe in your product and be prepared to explain why it’s in everyone’s best interest to buy it. We’ve tried walking down the political path of least resistance more than once–and it has led us nowhere. Let’s take a cue from Emerson and blaze a new trail.
Be sure to listen to the Podcast from the radio show I appeared on Wednesday night called, “The Truth is Out There”. We discussed Benghazi, the IRS, and the DOJ scandals, Barack Obama, the similarities with the Nixon and Obama administrations, and of course Red Knuckle Politics.
I discussed how we at Red Knuckle Politics want to be part of changing the culture and reaching minorities and the youth as well, which I firmly believe is crucial. We have to do more to attract the attention of these particular groups if we want to truly reach them and educate them. We need to start doing more things that they are interested in and start speaking to them, not at them. We have to go to them and speak on a personal level, interact, and engage with them. After we start doing certain important things, then we can truly begin educating and getting our conservative message out there.
Here is the podcast. Enjoy!
Yeah and so is Obama’s girlish baseball throw, but since I have your attention, let’s discuss this major story. I say major because although it most certainly is, many have not even heard of it and it surely isn’t George Bush’s fault. Did you know that four Americans were killed in Benghazi, Libya back on September 11th, 2012? Ambassador Chris Stevens, information officer Sean Smith, and former navy SEALs Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty all lost their lives in this horrible terrorist attack. This major story has not been covered in the manner in which it deserves to be by many in the Main Stream Media either. With so many unknowns, unanswered calls and security request denials, why has our media chosen to push this story under the rug? Simple. To protect Barack Obama.
Our media has a major influence on our culture. They try too hard on making the news or covering for their Democratic leader instead of reporting the news. Benghazi was a horrible terrorist attack against our embassy in Libya eight months ago. It has been widely covered by mainly Fox News, but pushed under the rug by the majority of all Main Stream Media. Why though? I mean if things went smoothly as far as the Obama Administration doing what they were supposed to do, then why work so hard to protect them? Easy. They lied to the American people and then tried to dismiss with blaming the Republicans for politicizing this tragedy.
This story was recently brought into the MSM now because they simply have to. There was a hearing on Benghazi last week where three whistle-blowers came forward to tell their side of what actually occurred during this tragedy. These testimonials were riveting as the three men were clearly upset and frustrated with how the Obama Administration has handled this situation. One thing to note here is that one of these men, Gregory Hicks is a registered Democrat who voted for Barack Obama twice.
The main points to be aware of are the lies, time frames, and overall cover-up from the Obama Administration. The talking points released initially said nothing about this being a terrorist attack. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, WH Press Secretary Jay Carney, Ambassador Susan Rice, and Barack Obama all blamed this on a YouTube video. Susan Rice went on five different Sunday talk shows blaming the video and saying it was due to a spontaneous protest leading to four dead Americans. None of them called this a terrorist attack right away and Barack Obama certainly did not.
His speech in the Rose Garden at the White House on September 12, 2012 did not call Benghazi specifically a terrorist attack, but he was referring to 9/11 attacks in 2001. Need more proof? He went on multiple talk shows and at the UN still blaming the video many days later. Yet, he suggests he mentioned it was a terrorist attack the day after. Wrong!
That aside, listen to Gregory Hicks at the Benghazi Hearing from last week tell how he spoke to Hillary Clinton informing within hours that this was a terrorist attack.
If this is so, why blame a video and change the talking points? I mean as Hillary Clinton would say, “What difference, at this point, does it make?” Simple. To cover-up something. Do you know that Richard Nixon resigned because of the Watergate scandal and not a single person died? At least he had the dignity to do that. President Obama, what did you know and when did you know it? Why did you blame a YouTube video for over a week when you already knew within hours that it was a terrorist attack? Why did you lie and continue to lie to the American people? The families of those who were lost deserve the truth. Americans deserve the truth. We are still waiting Mr. President.
Our first Ambassador was killed in Benghazi in more than 30 years, but those on the left attempted to brush this off as nothing unusual. They have kept Obama protected for eight months, but now many are starting to come around. About damn time! The reporting from the liberal media has been atrocious on Benghazi to say the least, but due to the recent scandals they are starting to do their jobs. Look out Mr. President! Those who have protected your ass for your entire Presidency are waking up and realizing you may not have their best interests at heart after all.
Remember again that Richard Nixon resigned from the Watergate scandal and nobody lost their lives. This just may be the beginning of the end for Barack Obama. His administration is seeing the wheels slowly fall off of the bus he has thrown many of them under with each passing day. A Presidency can only handle and sustain so much, but with the IRS story, Department of Justice abusing their power, Benghazi, and many other failures throughout, this very well could be the beginning of the end for Barack Obama.
Sex, sex, and more sex. Isn’t that why you watch sports to know who is sleeping with whom? I mean because that is totally heroic and relevant to the game, right? For anyone who has not been tuned into any sort of news lately, NBA basketball player Jason Collins came out of the closet and announced he was gay. Woot, woot! This was just what I was waiting for. He even received a congratulations phone call from President Obama and a ‘We’ve Got Your Back’ tweet from the First Lady.
So proud of you, Jason Collins! This is a huge step forward for our country. We’ve got your back! -mo
— FLOTUS (@FLOTUS) April 29, 2013
These were totally necessary too. I mean who cares about Benghazi, Syria, the economy, and a million other more relevant issues. Who cares about calling the widow of war hero Chris Kyle, the U.S. Navy SEAL who was slain by a disturbed fellow veteran back in February. A gay NBA player definitely needed that phone call, yep.
Our society has changed so drastically where sex is no longer private. It is no longer intimate and kept behind closed doors. It has been pushed into the public eye where we report on who celebrities are sleeping with and what their sexual orientation is. This should not be headline news, but our culture thrives on this. We actually have people who are equating Jason Collins to Jackie freaking Robinson! Are you serious? I should not even have to explain how extremely different these two men are. Let me also remind you how the media and many liberals constantly mocked NFL player Tim Tebow for his Christian beliefs and unashamed love for Jesus Christ, but they praise Jason Collins for being gay. We are doing it all wrong. O America, where art thou?
America has certainly changed. Our society has changed. Change is good I know, but not all change. We are no longer feared as a nation because we apologize to those who hate us. We are viewed as a weak nation because of a lack of true leadership. Our enemies do not take our threats serious because we don’t make them. We are spending our grandchildren’s future away at an alarming rate. We have higher taxes and cost of goods, poor credit, and we still want to give away money to those who choose not to work. We continue to give money to countries that hate us. We advertise food stamps like they are necessities instead of creating jobs or promoting personal independence. We turn a blind eye to abortion murderers like Kermit Gosnell. We ridicule anyone who openly promotes Christianity, but we call gay athletes heroes for disclosing who they prefer having sex with. Again, we are seriously doing it wrong.
We need to get back to the issues at hand, which are fixing this economy and putting America back on a principled path. We need to stop the enormous amounts of spending and we need to use our voices. We need to demand that the government starts working for us, not against us. We are the people they are supposed to be representing. We are the people who should be standing up for American values. Our founding fathers stood up for us to create plentiful opportunities with limited government involvement. It is time we stand up for ourselves and start carrying the torch. O America, where art thou? You can still be seen, but through very foggy lenses. We need to either clean them or replace them all together. More importantly, we need to get our priorities in order.