Friday, January 2, 2015

Times of London: Obama Outreach to Iran Could Be 'Single Most Reckless Act of 2015'

By Elliot Jager / NEWSMAX

President Barack Obama's hope to turn Iran's President Hassan Rouhani "into a friendly ally in the fight against Islamic State" could lead him to undertake "the single most reckless act of 2015" and cut a bad nuclear weapons deal with Teheran, The Times of London editorialized on January 1.

The newspaper agreed that "a deal that places Iran significantly farther away from developing a nuclear bomb is clearly attractive."

It cautioned that the "weakened American leader" could turn to foreign policy to justify his 2009 Nobel peace prize.

"If he does so, it has to have at its heart a sense of what the West considers to be worth fighting for and worth preserving."

The Times warned that "Europe has a tendency to turn inwards, the UN is too often rendered impotent by Moscow and Beijing and NATO summits have degenerated into fundraising events."

It was time to rethink these institutions which were constructed for a different age, said the editorial.

"If the idea of the 'West' is to retain meaning, then its leaders have to find ways of acting together to limit the power and influence of expansionist dictators. It must find coherent responses rather than purely reflexive strategies towards marauding terrorist armies."

Noting that "the fate of Russia is pivotal" to world stability, the Times predicted that neither Vladimir Putin nor the Islamic State would remain permanent fixtures on the international stage. "Let's make that sooner rather than later, and when it happens, let's be in a situation where we can declare their departure to be a victory for the West," the Times said.

Putin's scorn for international opinion has driven Russia to the economic brink. The U.S. favors tougher sanctions on Moscow. When the divided EU meets in March 2015 "its instinct" will be to "retreat," the Times said. "Putin must not be allowed to divide the West and expand his influence with impunity," the paper urged.

Given the dangerous foreign policy tests ahead, "a world at peace will rest on a robust response from the West," the paper concluded.

The agreement this week between the governments of Iraq and Iran to enter a formal relationship to fight the Islamic State group should be deeply troubling to the United States. The Islamic State, also known as ISIS, is a grave threat to the region and is responsible for the horrifying beheading of American journalists and an aid worker, as well as the brutal slaughter of countless innocent Muslims and Christians in Syria and Iraq. But as grave a threat as the Islamic State is, Iran is a much greater threat -- especially if it acquires nuclear weapons.

In November, the U.S. decided to extend nuclear talks with the Iranians, despite stalling on the part of the mullahs. The practical effect of the decision is to give the Iranians more time to make a bomb.

Lest anyone believe the sometime assurances of the Iranians that their desire to enrich uranium is purely for peaceful purposes, a news story on the United Nations' website in September raises suspicion. It says International Atomic Energy Agency Director General Yukiya "Amano noted (that) the Agency is not in a position to provide credible assurance about the absence of undeclared nuclear material and activities in Iran, and therefore to conclude that all nuclear material in Iran is in peaceful activities." That translates from diplomatic-speak into: We're not buying the Iranians' story.

A comprehensive study of Iran's nuclear programs was released in Brussels in November by the nongovernmental organization International Committee In Search of Justice, a group made up of current and former European parliamentarians and other experts. What the study shows is that Iran has a dual nuclear program -- a civilian side, which appears to pursue peaceful nuclear energy, and a military program, which skirts sanctions by obtaining dual-use nuclear materials or simply smuggling bomb-making materials into the country. Leadership for the civilian and military programs frequently overlaps, with scientists and others switching places between the two programs as needed.

Meanwhile, the Obama administration largely looks away, instead pursuing negotiations that will never persuade the Iranian regime to give up its nuclear weapons agenda. Part of the problem is that the administration doesn't want to take on the Islamic State directly in Iraq, preferring to provide American military advisers who will play a severely limited role while the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps actually provides thousands of troops on the ground.
The Second Amendment Foundation has never been one to let the rights of law-abiding citizens get trampled on without putting up a fight. It should come as no surprise, then, that they’ve taken Washington state’s gun control Initiative 594 to court. Well, parts of it at least.

Via SAF:
The Second Amendment Foundation today filed a lawsuit in federal district court in Tacoma, seeking a permanent injunction against enforcement of portions of Initiative 594, the 18-page gun control measure that took effect Dec. 4, alleging that “portions of I-594…are so vague that a person of ordinary intelligence cannot understand their scope,” and that other parts violate the Second Amendment outright.
Joining SAF in this action are the Northwest School of Safety, Puget Sound Security, Inc., the Pacific Northwest Association of Investors, the Firearms Academy of Seattle, six individual citizens including SAF founder and Executive Vice President Alan Gottlieb and the Gottlieb Family Trust. They are represented by Seattle attorneys Steven Fogg and David Edwards, and Bellevue attorney Miko Tempski.
Named as defendants are Attorney General Bob Ferguson and Washington State Patrol Chief John Batiste, in their official capacities.
“We took this action due to the confusing and arbitrary language and nature of I-594,” Gottlieb said in a statement. “Three of our plaintiffs, including my son, are residents of other states and cannot legally borrow handguns for personal protection while traveling in Washington. Under I-594, all transfers must be done through federally-licensed firearms dealers, but under federal law, dealers cannot legally transfer handguns to residents of other states. I-594 also essentially prohibits our non-resident plaintiffs from storing their own firearms here.

He continued: “This measure effectively infringes upon, if not outright prohibits, the exercise of their constitutionally-protected right to bear arms under the Second Amendment.”

Aside from the fact that it is nearly impossible to enforce, will not make anyone safer, and is a waste of law enforcement resources, this was one of the reasons the vast majority of sheriffs in the state fiercely opposed the initiative from the get-go.

“We’re not trying to stop background checks,” Gottlieb said. “We’re taking action against a poorly-written and unconstitutionally vague measure that criminalizes activities that are perfectly legal anywhere else in the country, thus striking at the very heart of a constitutionally-protected, fundamental civil right.”
Hamas-funded Muslim convicted of planning and financing Israeli teens’ abduction and murder

Pamela Geller / Atlas Shrugs

The President of the United States had agreed to work with Hamas, the terrorist group behind the kidnapping. It was shortly after the Obama administration agreed to work with the Hamas-Fatah government that the schoolboys were kidnapped and murdered. For this alone, the saboteur should be impeached.
“IDF Convicts Leader of Israeli Teens’ Abduction, Murder,” by Tova Dvorin, Arutz Sheva, December 31, 2014:
Murdered (L to R): Eyal Yifrah, Gilad Sha'ar, Naftali Frenkel
Murdered (L to R): Eyal Yifrah, Gilad Sha’ar, Naftali Frenkel
courtesy of the families 
The IDF military court has convicted the ringleader of the terror cell behind the abduction and murder of Israeli teens Gilad Sha’ar, Eyal Yifrah, and Naftali Frenkel in June, Channel 10 reports ...

“Moderate” Abbas says “Palestinians” joining ICC to press war crimes charges against Israel

Its Happened Again but This Time the Race-Baiters Remain Silent
By: Diane Sori

When will some people learn the simple fact that if you go up against the police chances are it will be you who is at the receiving end of a bullet and NOT the police.

Case in point...coming just 10 days after Ismaaiyl Brinsley assassinated N.Y.P.D. Officers Rafael Ramos and Wenjian Liu in retaliation for the police (justifiable) killings of Michael Brown and Eric Garner, this past Tuesday 52-year-old Joseph Anthony Pacini was shot and killed by police in Drexel Hills, Pennsylvania, after police tried to serve him with a warrant for his Facebook threats, via YouTube videos, where he threatened to kill police and FBI agents.

In some of the videos, the previously twice-arrested Pacini claims he was falsely accused of crimes he didn't commit, begs for singer-songwriter Sara Bareilles to save him, and threatens to kill law enforcement officers who were always following him...following him in his own mind that is. And in his very last video, posted at 4pm the very afternoon he was shot and killed, he spews a rambling tirade that became a harbinger of what lay ahead as he said, “This is my coming out party. So if you want to try and bring me down I will [expletive] kill you and your whole [expletive] family all right? So go ahead and [expletive] with me.”

Well he did get to go to his coming out party but NOT in the way he intended.

Briefly, after going to his home in Clifton Heights to serve a warrant and seeing him leaving, Clifton Police followed Pacini into Upper Darby then tried to make a felony traffic stop and take him into custody. Unsuccessful, they were forced to call the Haverford Police and Upper Darby Police for help and together they were able to box Pacini into the driveway of a bank. Telling Pacini he was under arrest they then tried to approach the car Pacini was in, but instead of leaving his car with his hands up as instructed, Pacini chose to put his car into reverse and slam into the official vehicle of the Clifton Heights police chief. Pacini then attempted to run over the officers who were standing around the vehicle leading five officers to open fire on his car, hitting Pacini several times, rightfully killing him thus saving the taxpayers the cost of a trial and a lengthy prison stay.

And true to form and right on cue the kumbaya sorts struck up their band to bloviate that the police had killed an unarmed, and in their eyes, mentally-ill man. Blind to or simply ignoring the fact that Pacini's 2005 arrest was for recklessly endangering another person, false imprisonment, and making terrorist threats directed towards Philadelphia...his threats now became his sad reality when this man willfully decided to use his vehicle as a weapon.

And so the war on police continues on...continues on with the encouragement of the likes of Al Sharpton whose vile words, "What do we want..We want dead cops," and "NO Justice NO Peace," along with Obama having told the Ferguson anything but peaceful protesters to "stay the course" have set off the latest round of pure hatred by blacks against all those who wear the badge. But there is a difference with this particular shooting as this time the perpetrator was white as were the officers involved, and because of that one fact the race-baiters and specific the trio of Obama, Sharpton, and Holder...have remained oh so silent for to them who cares if a white man is shot dead and who cares if white officers are killed for to them all that matters is black folk.

Remember, since Obama first became president back in January 2009 there has been increasing anti-government sentiments (rightfully) spreading throughout this country because of the words and actions of both he and his administration. And that coupled with the race-baiting, white-hating trios false and overblown claims of a troubled relationship between local law enforcement and the black community has been the direct cause of once healing race relations being ripped open again, and in turn filtering down to its creating of a very dangerous situation for law enforcement all across the country. So dangerous in fact that the number of local law enforcement officers killed by firearms this year alone* rose by 56% and that number included 15 ambush deaths, with 50 officers being killed by firearms as opposed to last year's total of 32 such deaths.

Now add in these numbers...126 federal, local, tribal, and territorial officers were killed in the line of duty in 2014. That's a 24% rise from the 2013 total of 102 on-duty deaths. And...this should come as NO surprise...most of those officers killed in both local and national totals were killed by black perpetrators...something the media always seems to fail to mention.

But to be fair, it must be noted that whites have also murdered police officers. However, as opposed to the recent series of cop-killings spurred on by Al Sharpton and his ilk, the race of the officers played NO part in those killings. For example, the fatal shooting of two Las Vegas police officers ambushed last June by Jerad and Amanda Miller while they were eating lunch, and a Pennsylvania state trooper killed in an ambush in September as he walked towards his patrol car by survivalist Eric Frein (who then led police on a 48-day manhunt), were based on the generalized anti-government sentiments of the killers NOT on a vendetta against the police for their (rightful) killings of black thugs.

And if you go further back to May 20, 2010, two West Memphis, Arkansas, police officers were killed by a father-son team using AK-47s during a routine traffic stop...both of whom had posted anti-government rants on YouTube. And in April, 2009, Richard Poplawski, also using an AK-47, killed three officers who responded to his deliberately placed call of a domestic disturbance at his home, because he was convinced that the Obama government via the local police were going to take away his and the rest of America's guns. Again, the difference...and it's a big one...between these murders and the recent round of non-black police murders is that these people had NO idea what color the officers would be who stopped them or responded to their call. Does this fact temper down the fact that officers were murdered...absolutely NOT...but it does remove the racial aspects completely.

Race...for the Obama, Sharpton, and Holder trio (remember Holder seems always to take the death penalty off the table when blacks murder whites) and the thugs who idolize them... everything is about race...from their very existence to every move they make or thing they do they perceive is being done to them simply because of the color of the skin. Their words, actions, or deeds, matters NOT just that they are 'people of color' and NO more. That and anything a white man might say about their behaving badly.

For example, when white ex-NYC Mayor Rudy Giuliani stated his opinion that Obama was directly contributing to hate propaganda by encouraging black people to "hate the police," and then refused to back down or apologize for those words, black community leaders got bent out of shape with what has proven to be the truth...proven to be the truth by the very actions of black thugs behaving badly... with the key word being 'black.'

And the head black thug...the leader of the thug none other than the anything but Reverend Al Sharpton himself, and that can be explained quite simply by Giuliani's further words about the “anti-police” message being sent out to the black community. "When Sharpton, an outspoken agitator who has protested homicides of minorities by police since the 1990s, is in public with leaders such as Obama or New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio that stands for something. He is involved in every racial or quasi-racial issues that has involved any police officer…always on the side of whoever is against the police."

And how right Giuliani is because whether some choose to believe it or NOT actions do speak louder than words and Sharpton's direct relationship with both Obama and de Blasio...hell...he's both of their defacto but NOT admitted to race-relations (ill) adviser...helps to contribute to the overall anti-white, anti-police sentiments coming from this White House and to a slightly lesser degree from New York's Gracie Mansion. How so...because Obama and De Blasio both NEVER criticize nor counter any of Sharpton's words or fact, in the case of Obama, he continuously praises Sharpton's words and actions and feeds upon the Sharpton rhetoric of blaming whites for all that ails today's black community, especially its young black men.

And now as we await Sunday's funeral for assassinated Officer Wenjian Lu, the sad fact remains that this anti-white, anti-police sentiment is continuing to be spewed by the likes of Al Sharpton with his vile words, and by the likes of Barack HUSSEIN Obama with his silence in coming forth as president and calling for an end to thugs behaving badly...but then again how can he when he too is a thug albeit an educated one. And as the old saying goes, while you can physically take the boy... or in this case the man...out of the ghetto, sometimes you just can't take the ghetto out of the boy.

Just stating a fact as I see it.

* Figures as per the annual report by the nonprofit National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund