Tuesday, January 20, 2015

GOP Aims to Use Congressional Review Act to Undo Obama Regulations
By Courtney Coren / NEWSMAX
Republican lawmakers are aiming to use the Congressional Review Act as their weapon to tackle regulations President Barack Obama has enacted.

House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte told The Hill that using the CRA wasn't "possible ... in a divided Congress, but now that it is, we certainly are interested in review regulations to make sure they meet with congressional intent."

The CRA allows for Congress to review and disapprove rules submitted by federal agencies before they go into effect. However, in order to disapprove a rule, Congress has to pass a joint resolution in both the House and Senate.

Even though the CRA has been in effect since 1996, Congress has only disapproved of one rule, even though 43 resolutions in total have been introduced by lawmakers.

"The CRA has been used sparingly in the past and some folks may say it's too aggressive, but frankly the aggressive nature of this administration's regulations demands an aggressive response," a senior aide to Oklahoma Sen. Jim Inhofe told The Hill.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell threatened to draft resolutions last year to prevent the rule proposed by the Environmental Protection Agency to cut carbon emissions by new power plants from going into effect.

Inhofe, who is now the chairman of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, is also honing in on the EPA.

"There is widespread agreement among Republicans and the business community that the EPA under the Obama administration is out of control and it's taking things to the extreme," Inhofe's aide added.

Lawmakers are only allowed to try to disapprove a new regulation within 60 days of when the rule takes effect, and a filibuster may not be used to try to stop a resolution from passing.

Obama still has the ability to veto any CRA resolution, and it is unlikely Republicans will garner enough Democratic support to overturn a veto.

However, GOP lawmakers still believe it could be an effective strategy to highlight what they think are Obama's "job-killing" regulations as well as show they are trying to do something about them. And they argue it will at least force the Democrats in Congress to go on the record either supporting or opposing Obama administration rules.

"The desire of Democrats to distance themselves from the president is only beginning to grow," the senior Inhofe aide said.

"One of the best ways they can distance themselves is by voting to overturn bad regulations," he added.

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It’s hard sometimes with the country intent on navel gazing to get America to pay attention to other parts of the world in their proper context. We only need look at places like Vietnam, Afghanistan and Iraq to understand this. 
The conventional wisdom is that the US screwed up those places. The reality is that American intervention in each of these countries gave them their best chance at success, and-- if we failed in each-- it was a failure of the locals mostly, not America.

Except in this one regard: America failed each because we failed of nerve.

After watching “highly-decorated” Secretary of State John Kerry, Vietnam Navy veteran, mismanage foreign policy through a policy of group “hugs,”—and before him Hillary Clinton did the same thing-- is it any wonder that countries question our resolve?

I’m sure the Vietcong were terrified of him (*sarc font).

Especially when the Vietnam vet went to Capitol Hill in 1971 wearing his uniform and testified against his own country while plotting to use his testimony to run for office.

Even then he was committed to a policy of hugging it out with our enemies, as were all other Democrats.

When we send soldier like that off to war-- or to peace-- failure is the result.

In part, our problems start with the Democrats’ feeling that government can do anything, and when results aren’t immediately forthcoming, then they feel we must not be doing the right thing. In part, it stems from Democrats natural aversion to spending money on any constituency other than their own narrow one.

Iraqis don’t vote in American elections, and never will—legally or illegally-- because they’d vote for Republicans.

As would Afghanis, Libyans, Egyptians, and likely even Russians.

I’ll concede the Al Qaeda vote to Democrats, in the same way that they locked up the Vietcong vote.

But the country is starting to come around on foreign policy.

Obama’s foreign policy blunders have been so staggering that even the news media can’t cover them. And thus the Democrats lost the 2014 elections in resounding fashion.

While Obama’s approval rating on the economy is poor, his approval rating on foreign policy is hemorrhagic.
Night Watch

China-North Korea: On 16 January the China Defense News reported that China will use citizen militias to help patrol the border with North Korea. The government said it made the move because the situation is complicated and relying on just one force would make it difficult to achieve effective control. The newspaper also said that the government is "guiding" the establishment of the militia patrols.

Comment: The move appears to be a reaction to the killings of four Chinese citizens in late December by a deserter from the North Korean army. The Chinese acknowledged the incident in the first week of January when they formally protested it to North Korea.

The news accounts lack details about the number of militia groups; their chain of command; whether they will be armed and what authority they will have. This measure would seem to be an overreaction to a single incident. It means there are many more incidents than have received press coverage.

Chinese officials blame North Korea for not controlling its side of the border and are determined to seal the Chinese side. The formation of citizen militias implies that border security has deteriorated.

Afghanistan: The commander of the US military mission in Afghanistan and two senior Afghan officials said this week that the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) has a presence in Helmand Province in southern Afghanistan. US General Campbell said the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) has been distributing leaflets at night and has been trying to recruit followers in order to build an ISIL cell.

General Mahmood Khan, the deputy commander of the Afghan army's 215 Corps said , "A number of tribal leaders, jihadi commanders and some ulema (religious council members) and other people have contacted me to tell me that Mullah Abdul Rauf had contacted them and invited them to join him."

Amir Mohammad Akundzada, the governor of Nimroz Province adjacent to Helmand, said Rauf was a former Taliban commander - as well as a relative whom he had not seen for two decades.

Comment: Rauf was a Taliban commander in southern Afghanistan. He was captured in 2001 and spent six years in Guantanamo Bay. He was released in 2007. The reports are sketchy, but apparently Rauf has broken with Mullah Omar's leadership. The reports claim that he only recently declared his allegiance to ISIL.

Open sources lack details on the extent of the actual threat posed by Rauf and his followers.

Assuming the reports are accurate that Rauf is recruiting in Helmand Province, it is likely that he wants to cut the Taliban out of the drug trade. For that purpose, he would need fighters and local support.

'No-Go' Zones...Coming Soon to a City Near You
By: Diane Sori

“To announce that there must be no criticism of the President, or that we are to stand by the President, right or wrong, is not only unpatriotic and servile, but is morally treasonable to the American public.”
- former President Theodore Roosevelt

Isn't it more than a bit odd that after the Charlie Hebdo targeted assassinations, the thwarted terrorist attacks in Belgium, major European cities seeing armed soldiers on every corner, and as country after country raises their terrorist threat levels almost daily, Europe still has NOT addressed the issue of stopping all muslim immigration into their countries. NOT the way to live folks especially when the solution is so simple...close the borders completely and then round-up the muslims who are there and ship them back to the cesspools they came from.

Easier said than done I guess yet it is the only viable solution to stopping the hell now encasing Europe...a hell soon to be here in America as well because NOT one damn person in power is doing anything to stop it.

And rest assured that coming soon will be America’s own version of Europe's 'No-Go' zones (France itself has 751 of what they call ZUS... 'Sensitive Urban Zones' and the Netherlands has over 40)...basically muslim-only areas within a given city that said host country has relinquished their legal control of and given it over to muslim control. And these European 'No-Go' zones function as microstates complete with sharia religious-law courts (Britain alone has 85 such courts), sharia government, sharia anything but justice, and sharia dictated punishment for perceived crimes that NEVER happened. Remember also that sharia law says that any speech or thought a muslim finds offensive is slanderous, and slander under sharia law is a crime punishable by death...as in the Charlie Hebdo massacre.

And now add in for good measure strict qur'an interpretations so harshly imposed that people are forced to do and say only what the islamists in control say they can do, say, wear, believe, and even think. And with these zones effectively off-limits to all non-muslims, police officers here in America will be as afraid to enter these zones as police officers are in Europe. And with these zones paramount to being urban war zones...any police officers who do enter are routinely pelted with rocks thrown by muslim youth...thrown by muslim thugs.

And know these 'No-Go' zones are of our...the West's...own doing due to political correctness run amok. Minding our political P's and Q's have given muslims the ability to create so-called 'parallel societies' and remain segregated unto themselves rather than becoming integrated into their European host nations society...basically translating into Europe losing its unique identity and dying from multiculturalism because islamic supremacists refuse to assimilate into Western culture...with antagonism towards their host countries always present. Instead they carve out a notch in a chosen neighborhood, and then through intimidation or outright violence, force out those... the infidels...along with what they consider secular values that are NOT acceptable to them...as they deem those values to be man-made laws NOT islamic laws as set down in the (anything but holy) qur'an.

And if it happened Europe it can and...with Obama as our president...will happen here within these last two years he has in office.

And with jihadist terror training camps already in existence and operational across America...and don't think for a minute that they're NOT here... this becomes the islamists logical next step in turning our beloved America into part of their so-wanted worldwide caliphate...and they will do so with Obama's help...of course...as he looks away and does NOTHING to stop these zones from becoming a sad part of America's new reality.

In fact, to some degree these zones are already here...case in point being Dearborn, Michigan, one of the few places in the U.S. where one can actually hear the 'call to prayer' publicly over a loudspeaker. And lest we forget, Dearborn is the home to The Islamic Center of America...the largest mosque in the U.S. to date.

And know that Michigan itself has the largest muslim population in America and the second largest Arab population outside of the Middle East, with Dearborn in specific having the second 'densest' (more people per square mile) Arab community outside of the Middle East. And muslims have immigrated to Dearborn in such large numbers that the city is now roughly 46% muslim (mostly but NOT all shi'ite) leading to what amounts to a cultural invasion of the city to the point where non-muslims are NOT welcome and the non-muslims still living there are treated as second class citizens. And Dearborn is most definitely a precursor...a test case if you will...to an actual 'No-Go' zone being in effect here in our country.

And with pockets of wealthy terrorist groups such as al-Qaeda, Hamas, Hezbollah, and the Muslim Brotherhood fully ensconced in cities all across Michigan know it's just a matter of time before they monetarily outwardly help and encourage Dearborn to officially become America's first 'No-Go' zone.

And with America's politicians, elected officials, and lawyers turning a blind eye to this...as they acquiesce to political correctness once again... they are allowing muslims and terrorist groups such as these to use our Constitution's First Amendment to hide behind as they continue to act, shall we say, very badly. And with Obama now bringing in up to 75,000 Syrian muslim islamists into our country over the next five years, without approval from Congress I might add, the chance that 'No-Go' zones becoming a reality have increased ten-fold. In fact, the Islamic Association of North Texas has plans on the drawing board for a so-called 'Islamic Village Project' to be built in Dallas, Texas. And with the art of distraction being used and honed to a fine art by the main stream media in their effort to force us to look the other way while this and other 'No-Go' zones slowly creep into the fabric of our American society, you just know that if left unchecked the muslims will win by simple default.

And if we allow these muslim barbarians...the true number one threat of our time I might add...to gain and establish 'No-Go' zones here in America we as a Judeo-Christian nation, in a short period of time, will cease to exist. And just like as in Europe it will happen through mass unchecked immigration, through our unsealed southern border, and through the actions of a president who rolls out the welcome mat for them...after all they are his blood brethren.

So the bottom line is this...we must as patriotic Americans NOT only criticize this president but hold his feet to the fire...in his case to the fires of hell...and demand that NOT even one 'No-Go' zone be allowed here in America because one leads to two, two leads to four, and so on down the line. And most importantly we must remove...we must purge... islam from our country...or we will become Europe complete with all the problems they are currently facing. And we must do it now before it's too late...if it's NOT too late already.