[TheBlaze.com] The patriarch of A&E’s hit series “Duck Dynasty” told Glenn Beck Friday that he is waiting for an elected official to say two things: “I love God, and I love you.”
“I’m just waiting on those two lines from the guys and gals we elect,” Phil Robertson said. “I would just love for, at some point, someone to stand there and say, ‘You know what? You elected me. I appreciate it. I want you to know that I love God and I love you, and I am responsible to him one and you second. And I will make every effort to remain a spiritual, holy person while I’m in Washington, D.C.’”
Robertson added that he would love to hear a politician say all of his or her decisions will be “vetted” through God’s word.
[Newsmax.com] Syrian rebels armed with WWII Soviet-era Mosin Nagant sniper rifles take positions near the northern city of Aleppo on Sept. 11. (Baraa Al-Halabi/AFP/Getty Images)
Senate Democrats have serious concerns about President Barack Obama’s plan to arm Syrian rebels to serve as ground troops in the fight against the Islamic State (ISIS), according to Politico.
The lawmakers believe the challenges of identifying moderate rebels could be too great. They signaled their reluctance following a two-hour classified briefing Thursday attended by top intelligence officials and representatives from the Defense and State Departments.
“They were telling me that they were doing everything they can to vet to make sure that the people that are trained are the right people for the right reasons,” West Virginia Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin said, according to Politico. –Read More…
[CNSNews.com] The continuing resolution that the House Appropriations Committee introduced yesterday and that the House Republican leadership is preparing to bring up for a vote on the House floor puts no limits on funding Planned Parenthood—the nation’s largest abortion provider—or any provision of Obamacare, including the regulations that force Christian individuals and organizations to buy or provide health insurance that covers abortion-inducing drugs.
“The bill is ‘clean’ and does not contain highly controversial provisions,” says a press release put out by the Appropriations Committee.
“We have reached the point where a Continuing Resolution is necessary to keep the government functioning and avoid another shutdown,” said Appropriations Chairman Hal Rogers (R.-Ky.). “It is a critical piece of legislation, and my Committee has crafted the bill in a responsible, restrained way that should draw wide support in the House and Senate. This bill is free of controversial riders, maintains current levels, and does not seek to change existing federal policies.”
The bill would take effect on Oct. 1, the first day of fiscal 2015, and run only through Dec. 11. –Read More…
[FoxNews.com] The company that runs the conservative Breitbart.com news site says the IRS has selected the network for an audit, in a move company executives suggest is politically motivated.
Breitbart News Network, a California-based company which runs several conservative websites, says the IRS recently audited its 2012 financial information.
“The Obama administration’s timing on this is exquisite, but try as they might through various methods to silence us, we will only get more emboldened,” Stephen K. Bannon, executive chairman of Breitbart News Network, said in a written statement.
The audit comes as the agency faces sustained complaints that it targeted conservative groups for extra scrutiny as they sought nonprofit status, before the agency ended the practice last year. –Read More…
[Newsmax.com] Between 54 and 56 percent disapprove of the way Obama is handling the economy, international affairs and the implementation of the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare.) Fifty-nine percent don’t like how he is handling immigration.
Despite their disapproval, most (54 percent) say their feelings for or against Obama will not affect their votes in the November midterm elections. Nineteen percent said their vote will express support for Obama, while 27 percent said it will express opposition to him.
Republicans already hold a majority of House seats and hope to gain control of the Senate in November.
[HumanEvents.com] We truly do live in strange times, when the Republicans – who are supposed to be far less skilled at parliamentary maneuvers – can make the Democrats look like a pack of utter fools with a single deft move in the Senate. Senate Democrats have been wasting America’s time on a showboating effort to repeal the First Amendment – a bill they know is doomed to go nowhere, but it would give them something to sell to their dispirited base going into the midterm elections. The Republicans were supposed to slap this dumbassery down, giving Democrats a chance to run to their gullible base voters and cry: See, we tried to do something about the evil Koch Brothers, but those rascally Republicans stopped us, because they think billionaires should be able to buy elections!
It’s yet another scene from the long liberal passion play after the Citizens United Supreme Court decision, as the party so often eager to shriek about “the settled law of the land” in other contexts fights a never-ending theatrical struggle to rewrite the First Amendment so that only left-leaning groups will be able to influence the political process. Labor unions and media corporations should have exclusive access to the American mind during election season, don’t you know. It’s probably in a penumbra of the Constitution somewhere. –Read More…
[PersonalLiberty.com] As we approach the 13th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, it seems that despite the years, the thousands of military casualties, trillions of dollars spent and regime changes caused, we in the U.S. seem to have learned little and accomplished less.
On Sept. 13, 2001, Hillary Clinton proclaimed that, “Every nation has to either be with us, or against us. Those who harbor terrorists, or who finance them, are going to pay a price.” President George W. Bush proclaimed much the same thing, using almost the exact same words, to Congress a week later as he sought and obtained a use of force agreement from Congress that essentially gave him and subsequent presidents carte blanch to bomb whomever they chose, all in the name of fighting a “war on terror.” Funny, that “price” promised by Clinton and Bush apparently didn’t extend to our “ally” Saudi Arabia.
Soon after the invasion of Afghanistan in response to 9/11 — ostensibly to root out former CIA contract agent and U.S. ally (and Saudi Arabian national) Osama bin Laden (who we were told was responsible for the attacks) and unseat the Taliban that governed the country and harbored bin Laden — we were emphatically told by the Bush regime and the propaganda media that al-Qaida in Iraq and Saddam Hussein posed an “existential threat” to the U.S. and that Iraq possessed weapons of mass destruction. This was the imprimatur Bush and the neocons used to rally Congress and Americans to the cause of perpetual Middle East war and regime change wherever and whenever in order to “spread democracy.” –Read More…
[FoxNews.com] WASHINGTON – A top House Republican is demanding the Department of Justice hand over contact information on a former employee accused of having a conflict of interest in the IRS targeting scandal investigation.
In a Sept. 3 letter, Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, once again asked Attorney General Eric Holder for information on Andrew Strelka’s whereabouts.
“Despite notifying [Oversight and Government Reform] Committee staff that the [Justice] Department no longer employs Mr. Strelka, the department has refused to assist the committee in speaking to Mr. Strelka directly,” Jordan wrote. “The department’s efforts to prevent the committee from learning Mr. Strelka’s whereabouts suggest the department has cause for keeping him from speaking with the committee.” –Read More…
[WND.com] NEW YORK – President Obama’s left-leaning political ideology combined with sympathies for Islam acquired from being raised by a Muslim stepfather paralyze him as he faces the threat posed by the Islamic jihadist group ISIS, former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay told WND in an interview.
“In defending America against radical Islamic terrorism, Barack Obama cannot be trusted,” DeLay said.
“Barack Obama was raised a Muslim, and he claims he is a Christian, and I can’t say for sure whether he’s a Christian or not, but he has shown over the last few years that he has great sympathies with Islam,” DeLay explained.
“You combine that with Obama’s political orientation that is far to the left,” he continued, “and you get a president who hates war, hates the military, and you have a formula for military inaction when it comes to combating radical Islamic terrorists like we are seeing in ISIS.” –Read More…
[Townhall.com] Pundits and news agencies have questioned the validity of reports that the Islamic State is beheading children in its conquest of Syria and Iraq. But there is one fact that can’t be contested: The Sunni-dominated al-Qaida splinter group is on a war rampage using some of the most heinous and barbaric means to exterminate anyone who opposes it, particularly Christians.
In 2011, President Barack Obama declared, “The long war in Iraq will come to an end by the end of this year.” The only thing he didn’t count on was that the terrorist enemies of the U.S. decided not to also call it quits on the war.
Last Wednesday, Obama called it quits again with combat operations in Iraq — or the dropping-bombs-and-not-calling-it-combat-operations operations. –Read More…
[Newsmax.com] URGENT REPOSTED: Oklahoma Republican Sen. Jim Inhofe has warned that Islamic State extremists are attempting to develop a weapon to blow up a major city in the United States.
“We’re in the most dangerous position we’ve ever been in as a nation,” the ranking GOP member of the Senate Armed Services Committee told Fox 25 TV station in Oklahoma City.
Referring to the beheading of American journalist James Foley, Inhofe said that the terror group, also known as ISIS, has now set its sights on Americans and targets on U.S. soil.
[Metro.co.uk] The airport was the scene of a fierce battle that ended on August 26, when fighters from the Islamic Fajr Libya (Dawn of Libya) coalition captured the airport and aircraft belonging to the state-owned Libyan Airlines and Afriqiyah Airways.
Pictures from the airport in the aftermath of the fighting showed severely damaged and totally destroyed aircraft.
Dawn of Libya was identified as a terrorist organisation by the Libyan government earlier this year.
While the US State Department is down-playing the significance of the missing planes, one official was quoted in the Washington Free Beacon as saying: ‘There are a number of commercial airliners in Libya that are missing. We found out on September 11 what can happen with hijacked planes.’ –Read More…
Obama Says U.S. Objective Is to ‘Destroy’ Islamic State… but Then Says It Can Be Made a ‘Manageable Problem’
[TheBlaze.com] Speaking one day after the Islamist State released video of the beheading of another American journalist, President Barack Obama offered mixed messages on whether the United States’ goal is to defeat or to contain the Sunni militant group.
During a joint press conference with Estonian President Hendrik Ives on Wednesday, Obama used the phrase “destroy” in talking about the Islamic State, but later said the United States wanted to make it a “manageable problem.” The two phrases came one week after Obama said the U.S. did not yet have a strategy to defeat the terror group.
“Our objective is clear, and that is to degrade and destroy ISIL so that it’s no longer a threat, not just to Iraq, but also the region and to the United States,” Obama said. “The first phase has been to make sure that we’ve got an Iraqi government that’s in place and that we are blunting the momentum that ISIL was carrying out. And the airstrikes have done that. But now what we need to do is make sure that we’ve got the regional strategy in place that can support an ongoing effort — not just in the air but on the ground — to move that forward.” –Read More…
Parents of SEAL Team Six soldier killed in action call for President Obama’s resignation in searing open letter about his handling of ISIS
[UK Daily Mail] ‘Your cowardly lack of leadership has left a gaping hole': …
“[A]fter finally choosing to view the barbaric, on-camera beheading by ISIS of freelance war correspondent James Foley, I have been left with a level of rage known only to those of us who have sacrificed unspeakable offerings on the altar of world peace.
My offering was my only son — Aaron Carson Vaughn. Aaron was a member of SEAL Team VI. He was killed in action when a CH47D Chinook, carrying thirty Americans and eight Afghans was shot down in the Tangi River Valley of Afghanistan on Aug. 6, 2011.
Many times over the past three years, I have been asked what drove my son to choose his particular career. What made him want to be a Navy SEAL? My answer is simple…” –Read More…
[FloppingAces.net] Today British Prime Minister David Cameron gave a speech about the need to act vis-a-vis the threat posed by ISIS. [VIDEO]
“Adhering to British values is not an option or a choice. It is a duty for all those who live in these islands so we will stand up for our values, we will in the end defeat this extremism and we will secure our way of life for generations to come.”
The Guardian, the NY Times of England, was not impressed, but I was. The terror threat has been raised in England to “severe.” The comments following the article made very clear that the British do not take the terror threat seriously or the comments are being made largely by Muslims.
Some government officials were quick to throw legal roadblocks in the way. –Read More…
[FoxNews.com] The Pentagon said Friday that a Chinese fighter jet made “several passes” by a U.S. Navy aircraft earlier this week off the coast of China in international airspace, baring its weapons and coming within mere feet of the U.S. plane.
Pentagon Press Secretary Rear Adm. John Kirby said Washington has lodged a protest to China through diplomatic channels, calling the maneuver “very close” and “very dangerous.”
“Not only is it unprofessional, it’s unsafe,” Kirby said.
Kirby said the Chinese jet made several close passes by the Navy P-8 Poseidon plane, coming within 30 feet of it. He said the Chinese jet did a “barrel roll” maneuver over the top of the Poseidon and also passed across the nose of the Navy plane, exposing the belly of the fighter in a way apparently designed to show that it was armed. –Read More…
[Newsmax.com] President Barack Obama’s mistakes enabled the rise of the Islamic State (ISIS) and created the immigration crisis at the country’s southern border, his 2012 opponent, Mitt Romney, said Sunday in a roundtable radio discussion hosted by John Catsimatidis.
“Mistakes were made and now we have ISIS,” Romney told Catsimatidis on “The Cats Round Table” on New York City station WNYM-AM.
Romney argued that ISIS would not be gaining power if the United States has followed his plan back in 2012 for dealing with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
“If you go back a few years when Syria fell into revolution and tumult, when rebels were pushing against Assad, I laid out what I thought was a prudent course for us to see stability in Syria,” he said. “Had we followed that course, there’s a good chance you would not see an ISIS today.”
He said his plan would have done more to back revolutionaries in Syria while ensuring Assad’s own tribe, the Alawites, that their future was secure even without him in power. –Read More…
[FoxNews.com] Rep. Mike Rogers, chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, said Sunday that President Obama’s inertia on whether to launch airstrikes on Islamic State targets in Syria is part of an overall foreign policy failure that is empowering China, North Korea, Russia and other rival nations.
“It’s all related,” Rogers, R-Mich., told “Fox News Sunday.” “The world sees the United States as withdrawn.”
Rogers said the president’s apparent disengagement or slow response is the reason China has engaged U.S. pilots and Russian President Vladimir Putin has moved into eastern Ukraine without fear of consequence.
“U.S. foreign policy is in free fall,” he said. “Traditional allies are saying maybe the United States is not the best to lead us.” –Read More…
[ForeignPolicy.com] ANTAKYA, Turkey — Abu Ali, a commander of a moderate Syrian rebel group in northern Syria, proudly shows a black laptop partly covered in dust. “We took it this year from an ISIS hideout,” he says.
Abu Ali says the fighters from the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS), which have since rebranded themselves as the Islamic State, all fled before he and his men attacked the building. The attack occurred in January in a village in the Syrian province of Idlib, close to the border with Turkey, as part of a larger anti-ISIS offensive occurring at the time. “We found the laptop and the power cord in a room,” he continued, “I took it with me. But I have no clue if it still works or if it contains anything interesting.”
As we switched on the Dell laptop, it indeed still worked. Nor was it password-protected. But then came a huge disappointment: After we clicked on “My Computer,” all the drives appeared empty. –Read More…
[Newsmax.com] Lone-wolf terrorists in the United States are being urged by an al-Qaida publication to car-bomb tourist spots in New York and Las Vegas as well as a list of other targets, according to reports.
A new English-language magazine from al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP), called “Palestine – Betrayal of the Guilty Conscience,” also features a chilling manual on how to make a car bomb, Fox News reported.
The publication includes an article titled “Car Bombs Inside America,” which calls for “Iraqi Style car bombs” that are “prepared by lone Mujahid in the U.S.,” PIBillWarner.com says.
The suggested list of targets for individual attackers includes New York’s Times Square and casinos and nightclubs in Las Vegas, as well the Georgia Military College, the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, and General Atomics defense contractor in San Diego. The article also urges terrorists to set their sights on American oil tankers and trains. –Read More…
[TPNN.com] Melissa Melendez is a Republican who serves California’s 67th Assembly. Melendez is not only an elected official, she is a mother of five, a business woman, and a Navy veteran. On Tuesday, she did something that far few elected officials have done. She has taken a stand for the Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi, the U.S. Marine being held in a Mexican prison.
Melendez hand delivered a letter to Mexican President Enrique Peña Nieto demanding the release of Sgt. Tahmooressi.
Nieto, whose government has held Tahmooressi after he took a wrong turn and accidentally crossed into Mexico carrying guns that he legally owns in the U.S. for nearly 150 days, was beginning his two day visit to Los Angeles.
California Governor Jerry “Moonbeam” Brown hosted Nieto at a luncheon while hundreds rallied in protest outside in support of Tahmooressi. As our Marine sits in a Mexican prison, despite the fact that he suffers from PTSD, Brown has welcome illegals into his state with open arms while remaining silent about Tahmooressi’s plight. –Read More…
[CNSNews.com] The Islamic State of Iraq and al Sham (ISIS) slaughtered about 700 Turkmen civilians last month, including “children, women, and old people,” United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) Iraq chief Marzio Babille told Agenzia Nazionale Stampa Associata (ANSA).
The massacre of members of the country’s Shiite minority occurred in the northern Iraqi village of Beshir between July 11th and 12
The Turkmen ethnic group makes up roughly four percent of Iraq’s population, according to the BBC. As members of the Shia Muslim sect, they are directly targeted by Islamic State Sunni extremists, who consider them apostates.
Navi Pillay, the UN’s high commissioner for human rights, warned of the increasingly desperate plight of thousands of Turkmen who have been under seige for two months in the village of Amerli, which is located about 110 miles northwest of Baghdad. –Read More…
[FoxNews.com] President Obama and military leaders are weighing a host of factors as they consider expanding airstrikes into Syria, including the Assad regime’s demand to seek permission first and warnings that the strikes could trigger ISIS retaliation.
But they soon could face another complication: Congress.
With Congress set to return early next month, influential lawmakers from both sides of the aisle have urged the administration to seek an up-or-down vote on military action in the region.
Sen. Tim Kaine, D-Va., issued a statement late Monday saying that while the Islamic State poses a “significant terrorist threat” to U.S. interests, “I do not believe that our expanded military operations against ISIL are covered under existing authorizations from Congress.” –Read More…
Judicial Watch Sues TSA over Cover-Up: Passenger Complaints “Assaults Relating to Sexual Misconduct”
[Judicial Watch] (Washington D.C.) – Judicial Watch announced today that it filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit against the United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS) seeking “Incident Reports” of alleged sexual misconduct throughout 2013 by Transportation Security Administration (TSA) officers at Dulles, Chicago, Denver, Miami, and Los Angeles airports (Judicial Watch v U.S. Department of Homeland Security (No. 1:14-cv-01179)). The lawsuit was filed on July 11, 2014
The Judicial Watch lawsuit was filed pursuant to a March 5, 2014, FOIA request seeking the following:
Any and all passenger complaint forms (referred to as “yellow cards”), “To From” memoranda, and Incident Reports filed in 2013 at the following US airports: Dulles International Airport, Chicago O’Hare International Airport, Denver International Airport, Miami International Airport, and Los Angeles International Airport … –Read More…
[Breitbart.com] “The FBI director previously said…that there were people from terrorist countries who were assuming Hispanic names, and learning a few words of Spanish, and coming in,” Gohmert said. “The FBI director himself testified to that before Congress. So we know that this kind of thing has been going on–Governor Perry isn’t saying anything that’s new, it just takes a little while for the mainstream to catch up.”
The congressman added that more recently, Marine General John Kelly, the Commander of South Command, testified before the House and Senate this year “that the penetration of our Southern border by criminal cartels, as well as terrorist organizations, poses, in his words, an ‘existential threat the United States.”
“That’s serious and someone needs to take notice in this administration,” Gohmert said. Another Texas congressman, Henry Cueller, was on Fox with Gohmert. Cueller said that he has no knowledge of terrorists exploiting the border, but acknowledged that it would be possible. –Read More…
[Western Journalism] There is little question that the deal approved by Barack Obama to trade five dangerous terrorists for an Army sergeant accused of desertion struck many Americans as ill-advised and potentially dangerous.
The nonpartisan Government Accountability Office, however, took the criticism to a higher level in a report released Thursday. By failing to give Congress 30 days’ notice before releasing the prisoners, the agency found the Defense Department in clear violation of a federal law.
According to the report, “because DOD used appropriated funds to carry out the transfer when no money was available for that purpose, DOD violated the Antideficiency Act.”
The GAO cited one specific section of the law, signed by Obama himself, it determined was violated in the widely criticized prisoners swap. –Read More…
[CNSNews.com] “Now some we caught, some we didn’t,” McConnell told the El Paso Times in an interview published on Aug. 22, 2007. “The ones that get in, what are we going to do? They’re going to write home. So, it’s not rocket science, word will move around.
At yesterday’s Defense Department briefing, a reporter asked Dempsey and Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel: “Is it the calculation, though, that ISIL presents a 9/11 level threat to the United States?”
“ISIL is as sophisticated and well-funded as any group that we have seen,” said Hagel. “They’re beyond just a terrorist group. They marry ideology, a sophistication of strategic and tactical military prowess. They are tremendously well-funded.
“Oh, this is beyond anything that we’ve seen,” said Hagel. “So we must prepare for everything. And the only way you do that is that you take a cold, steely, hard look at it and get ready.”
[Newsmax.com] The parents of slain American journalist James Foley said a call from Pope Francis gave the family great comfort following their son’s death at the hands of the Islamic State (ISIS).
John and Diane Foley told MSNBC’s “Morning Joe” the call touched them “very deeply,” especially since the Pope had just lost members of his own family in a car crash in South America.
“Huge comfort, huge comfort. Because Pope Francis, like Jesus, loves, like Jim. He understood Jim’s heart. Here Pope Francis himself, having lost three family members, was in deep grief himself. And yet he reached out,” Diane Foley said Friday. –Read More…