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Britain Joins Air Strikes Against ISIL
British Members of Parliament have given the go ahead for the U.K. to join America and its allies in bombing strikes against ISIL. The Royal Air Force already has six Tornado aircraft poised to strike designated targets within Iraq, and airstrikes are expected to begin within the next few days. The Tornados have been stationed in Cyprus for six weeks, in anticipation of authorization to act. Reports say an RAF C-130 was recently spotted at an air base just outside Limassol. The government has also authorized sending British military advisors to assist in training the Iraqi army and identify bombing targets.
At 524 to 43, the vote was overwhelming. Britain, like the United States, is war weary, and there is a significant anti-war sentiment. However, the recent beheading by ISIL (also known as ISIS or the Islamic State) of a British aid worker has galvanized public opinion in favor of taking action. In arguing for the strikes, Prime Minister David Cameron said, “This is about psychopathic terrorists who are trying to kill us. Like it or not they have already declared war on us.”
The U.K. is also home to a large Islamic community, and both non-Muslim and Muslim citizens fear the radicalization of vulnerable youth. That fear was realized in 2005, when four home grown terrorists set three subway bombs. During those attacks, fifty-two people were killed and over 700 wounded.
The motion specifically prohibits ground troops in combat. It also prohibits any bombing of Syria in the absence of a UN Security Council resolution on legalizing such action. The Iraqi government has requested assistance from other countries in fighting ISIL within its borders. In light of its civil war, the situation in Syria is considerably more complex.
“That this House condemns the barbaric acts of ISIL against the peoples of Iraq including the Sunni, Shia, Kurds, Christians and Yazidi and the humanitarian crisis this is causing;
“Recognises the clear threat ISIL poses to the territorial integrity of Iraq and the request from the Government of Iraq for military support from the international community and the specific request to the UK Government for such support;
“Further recognises the threat ISIL poses to wider international security and the UK directly through its sponsorship of terrorist attacks and its murder of a British hostage;
“Acknowledges the broad coalition contributing to military support of the Government of Iraq including countries throughout the Middle East;
“Further acknowledges the request of the Government of Iraq for international support to defend itself against the threat ISIL poses to Iraq and its citizens and the clear legal basis that this provides for action in Iraq;
“Notes that this motion does not endorse UK air strikes in Syria as part of this campaign and any proposal to do so would be subject to a separate vote in Parliament;
“Accordingly supports Her Majesty’s Government, working with allies, in supporting the Government of Iraq in protecting civilians and restoring its territorial integrity, including the use of UK air strikes to support Iraqi, including Kurdish, security forces’ efforts against ISIL in Iraq;
“Notes that Her Majesty’s Government will not deploy UK troops in ground combat operations;
“And offers its wholehearted support to the men and women of Her Majesty’s armed forces.”
Obama: Mistrust of police corrodes America
The widespread mistrust of law enforcement that was exposed by the fatal police shooting of an unarmed black man in Missouri exists in too many other communities and is having a corrosive effect on the nation, particularly on its children, President Barack Obama says. He blames the feeling of wariness on persistent racial disparities in the administration of justice.
Obama said these misgivings only serve to harm communities that are most in need of effective law enforcement.
"It makes folks who are victimized by crime and need strong policing reluctant to go to the police because they may not trust them," he said Saturday night in an address at the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation's annual awards dinner.
"And the worst part of it is it scars the hearts of our children," Obama said, adding that it leads some youngsters to unnecessarily fear people who do not look like them and others to constantly feel under suspicion no matter what they do.
"That is not the society we want," he said. "It's not the society that our children deserve."
Obama addressed the Aug. 9 shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown carefully but firmly, saying his death and the raw emotion it produced had reawakened the country to the fact that "a gulf of mistrust" exists between residents and police in too many communities.
The shooting sparked days of violent protests and racial unrest in the predominantly black St. Louis suburb of Ferguson. The police officer who shot Brown was white.
"Too many young men of color feel targeted by law enforcement — guilty of walking while black or driving while black, judged by stereotypes that fuel fear and resentment and hopelessness," said Obama, who has spoken of enduring similar treatment as a younger man.
He said significant racial disparities remain in the enforcement of law, from drug sentencing to application of the death penalty, and that a majority of Americans think the justice system treats people of different races unequally.
Obama opened his remarks by praising Attorney General Eric Holder as a great friend and faithful public servant.
The president announced Holder's resignation this week after nearly six years as the nation's chief law enforcement officer. Holder attended the dinner and received a standing ovation. He will stay on the job until the Senate confirms a successor.
"We will miss him badly," Obama said.
Holder visited Ferguson after the shooting to help ease tensions, and the Justice Department is investigating whether Brown's civil rights were violated.
There was more gun violence Saturday night in Ferguson when a police officer investigating suspicious activity at a closed community center was shot in the arm. The wounded officer is expected to survive and the police were looking for two suspects early Sunday.
Authorities said they didn't believe the shooting was related to demonstrations that were taking place at about the same time to protest the killing of Brown.
At the dinner, Obama also announced the addition of a "community challenge" to My Brother's Keeper, a public-private partnership he launched earlier this year to help improve the lives of young minority men. Communities across the U.S. will be challenged to adopt strategies to help all young people succeed from the cradle through college and to a career.
Obama said government cannot play the primary role in the lives of children but it "can bring folks together" to make a difference for them.
Helping girls of color deal with inequality is also important, he said, and part of the continuing mission of the White House Council on Women and Girls. The effort has involved his wife, Michelle, the mother of their 13- and 16-year-old daughters.
Obama noted that black girls are more likely than their white peers to be suspended, jailed and physically harassed, and that black women struggle daily with "biases that perpetuate oppressive standards for how they're supposed to look and how they're supposed to act."
"I've got a vested interest in making sure that our daughters have the same opportunities as boys do," he said.
COMMUNIST 'RECIPE' FOR U.S. REVEALED
Former baker stirs up secrets corrupting America from within.
Trevor Loudon used to get up at 2 a.m. each morning to bake dozens of loaves of bread.
But today, the former baker from Christchurch, New Zealand, is up early to catch communists at work, and the “secret recipes” he’s discovered have already shaken up American politics, exposing politicians, activists and former President Obama advisor Van Jones.
Loudon’s investigative work began after watching the rise of communism in his home country of New Zealand. Worried the same thing might happen in the U.S., he asked a former communist to explain how it happened.
That confidant, Loudon told WND, revealed the big secret of the Marxists is that they make small gains by infiltrating institutions that have political influence ¬– like churches, labor unions and universities – and spread their “yeast” from there. In time, the communists within rise up to infiltrate and control the much larger, mainstream political parties and institutions.
In the United States, Loudon told WND, communists have been following the recipe perfectly, including cooking up a White House candidate.
“I was researching the U.S. Democrats and Communist political parties in 2007, and that’s where I discovered the ties between Barack Obama and the Hawaii Communist Party’s Frank Marshall Davis,” Loudon said.
“I could see that Obama was destined for greatness,” he continued, “so I did a year’s research on Obama (and his Communist Party connections), and I found a bunch of connections. I started to put it up on my website and my blogs, and that’s when I exposed Van Jones, the communist green job czar.”
WND asked Loudon why he, a New Zealander, even cares what happens to America.
Loudon, the former vice president of the ACT Party, the New Zealand version of the Libertarian Party, explained, “If America goes down, every country goes down. Russia, China and Iran are expanding. America is retreating. If this continues, the bad guys will carve up the planet amongst themselves. There is nowhere to run.”
Loudon’s work has exposed Jones, union bosses and former San Diego Mayor Bob Filner, but Loudon warns the recipe never begins at the top.
“You’ve got to realize that communists have been infiltrating the Christian Churches in America for 100 years,” Loudon said. “They have instituted ‘liberation theology’ (Christian Marxism), and they have done the same thing in the Middle East to Islam.”
Loudon told WND that in the 1970s Yuri Andropov, the head of the Soviet KGB, had a meeting with the Romanian head of the KGB and they made a plan to send 4,000 Marxists to the Islamic world with one purpose: to stir up hatred against the US and Israel.
“Islam became a battering ram against the West,” Loudon continued. “Now, that doesn’t mean that every Islamic terrorist understands that, just like every union member doesn’t understand that unions have been taken over by the Marxists, just like every Democrat doesn’t realize that their party has been taken over.”
“The communists,” Loudon said, “will work with the radical gay movement, they’ll work with the feminist movement, the Chicano movement, Buddhists, Hindu, they will infiltrate whatever it takes to get power.”
The former baker even disclosed the Republican Party is not above reproach in its ties to Marxism: “The GOP has been infiltrated to some degree, but because the Marxists have so effectively infiltrated the unions, and the unions are so overwhelmingly Democrat, less Republicans are infected by Marxism today. Dick Lugar, R-Ind., was a hard core, leftist, anti-American. [Jacob] Javitz, the former senator from New York, also had his roots in the Communist Party, for example.”
“I’d say in the Republican Party, you have one third progressives, one third go-alongs-to-get-alongs and one third constitutionalists and patriots,” Loudon said. “The real battle in this country is which faction is going to win? If the progressives win, we’re done. If the real, hardcore conservatives like Ted Cruz, [Trey] Gowdy, [Rand] Paul, [Louie] Gohmert, [Jim] Bridenstein come to ascendance, then this country has a chance of fighting back.”
Loudon further said anyone else who appreciates their First Amendment rights – even liberals, atheists and other groups that might be typically sympathetic to socialist policy – had best be warned of the inherent tyranny associated with the communist agenda.
“Even from a purely secular point of view, this is a battle between good and evil,” Loudon said. “It really comes down to [the writings of John] Milton [ironically, born on Bread Street in London, England] This comes down to the reason Satan left heaven. To Satan, it was better to rule in hell than serve in heaven. This is the motivation of the communists. They want power. They want to rule. They don’t give a d— what this earth turns into as long as they are running things.”
And if freedom falls to communist rule in America, Loudon warned, the rest of the world may fall as well.
“The only reason communism is still soft in some countries is because you still have [American] freedom left,” Loudon asserted. “If there was universal communism, you would have North Korea over the entire planet. There would be no checks, no balances, nowhere for people to run, there would be hardcore Leninism, absolute tyranny and the revolution would consume its own.”
He also said that even the powerful are deluded if they think communism will protect them.
“These people who get into the communist movement do not understand that,” Loudon said. “Everybody is equally trapped in this horrible situation in North Korea now. Even the top people in the North Korean government are still trapped by the system. You would have that worldwide. Nobody wins. Everybody loses. And evil rules.”
LOUISIANA TEA PARTY KICKS POLITICAL CORRECTNESS WHERE IT HURTS
EDITOR -- BILL CASSIDY, LOUISIANA, TEA PARTY
If there’s one thing those in the Tea Party will not tolerate, it’s the constant derision they take from the establishment and the constant pressure to cave in to the demands of “political correctness.”
Case in point…
Rep. Bill Cassidy (R-LA) recently made a remark about Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid that many in both the Republican and Democrats quickly denounced.
Now, while it should go with without saying, Reid is one of the most detached and most deranged lawmakers in the U.S. Congress. So Cassidy’s remarks about how the Senate Majority Leader runs the US Senate like a “plantation” probably aren’t all that far off the mark.
Fortunately, the Tea Party of Louisiana (TPoL) was quick to back up Cassidy. Spokesman Barry Hugghins came to his defense and said:
[The TPoL] “is NOT ‘fully on board’ with anyone’s ‘politically-correct scolding of Cassidy,’ and condemns such statements as ‘giving aid and comfort’ those who would destroy our Constitution and the American way of life.
We haven’t always agreed with Bill Cassidy, but we’re proud of him standing up in this instance and ‘telling it like it is,’ and we are in complete support of his ‘plantation’ remarks.”
“Those calling for ‘civility’ when dealing with a demagogue like Senator Reid, and those critical of the bold candor shown by Congressman Cassidy in ‘calling Senator Reid out,’ exhibit a level of naivety rivaling that of Neville Chamberlin’s foolish appeasement of Adolf Hitler,” said Hugghins.
“Such misguided defenders are as dangerous as the evil they defend, because they are enablers to the architects of our nation’s destruction.”
“Our nation is in peril, and TPoL is grateful for Congressman Cassidy and his bold opposition to those, like Senator Reid and Senator Mary Landrieu, who would, by their ill-conceived plans, destroy our freedoms and cast us all back into serfdom.
TPoL urges the defeat of anyone who defends or supports Senator Harry Reid.”
This is exactly the kind of fortitude the Republicans should be showing against the Democrats, but continually fall short of doing.
The nation has been victimized by Reid over the past several years and it takes someone with gall to be able to stand up and call out the evil in the world as Cassidy has done.
While the TPoL has not endorsed Cassidy, nor any Tea Party Candidate, they were quick to come to Cassidy’s defense after Col. Rob Maness said the remarks were “over-the-top, out-of-bounds ignorance.”
The truth is, such opinion was probably not formed out of ignorance.
However, that isn’t to say politicians don’t keep us in the dark.
Barack Obama’s Brother Reveals SHOCKING SECRETS About the President
Watch (above) as Mark Obama Ndesandjo, President Barack Obama’s half brother is interviewed by Fox News’ Sean Hannity. He agreed to the interview to promote his new book ‘Cultures: My Odyssey of Self-Discovery,’ which covers the intense encounters with Barack over the years. In the explosive book, he also offers painful details about the domestic abuse from their late father, and explains Barack’s strong affinity for African culture.
Their father, who died in a car crash in 1982 at age 46, was mostly an absent figure in their lives. Ndesandjo takes issue with many stories told in Barack’s 1995 autobiography, ‘Dreams from My Father.” Once such issue involves a quote wrongly attributed to Ndesandjo’s mother:
“It’s a correction. A lot of the stuff that Barack wrote is wrong in that book and I can understand that because to me for him the book was a tool for fashioning an identity and he was using composites,” Ndesandjo said.
“I wanted to bring it up because first of all I wanted the record to be straight. I wanted to tell my own story, not let people tell it for me,” he said.
The book also recalls alcohol-fueled beatings his father gave his mother. He even recounts one incident in which his father held a knife to his mother’s throat because she took out a restraining order in the courts against him.
However, throughout his conversation with Hannity, it seems clear that Ndesandjo knows more about Barack than he’s willing to admit. For how open he is about past-family pain, he is cautiously guarded about just what he thinks about Barack. Why do you think that is? Please leave us a comment and let us know.
Mr. President, how is it NOT Islam?
By Kevin McCullough, OneNewsNow.com
How do you tie together all of the major terrorist events on American soil since 9/11? Simple: you study the woven web behind the Moore, Oklahoma, beheader Alton Nolen.
He converted to Islam in prison and sat under the influence of Imam Suhaib Webb. Webb was connected to the greater Islamic Society of Oklahoma. Webb also had associations with the mosque where the Boston Marathon bombers frequented. Worst of all, Suhaib Webb was a confidant of Amwar al-Awlaki, the mastermind of the al Qaeda attacks of 9/11/01. The killer utilized the techniques of ISIS. And the Obama administration immediately labels it "workplace violence."
I know the authorities are having a hard time accurately describing what happened in Moore, but let's break some things down:
This attack occurred after Nolen converted to Islam.
This attack occurred after sitting under an Islamic imam's teaching.
This attack followed the rejection of Islamic conversion of co-workers.
This attack followed an argument about Islam that got him fired.
This attack followed an argument governing Islamic practice.
This attack followed Nolen's intolerance towards anyone's disagreement concerning the stoning of women (an inherently Islamic practice -- as neither Jews nor Christians practice such).
This attack followed the rationale of the Islamic State. (Convert, Flee or Die.)
This attack utilized the same methodologies as the Islamic State -- beheading.
This attack -- like 9/11 and Boston -- was immediately praised -- even by Muslims in the U.S.
This attack -- like the Ft. Hood massacre -- was labeled an incident of workplace violence, even when like Ft. Hood "Allah Akbar" was invoked by the evil doer. (The famous invocation of Islam.)
The first, most immediate, reports about the incident claimed the Islamic Society of Oklahoma was publicly expressing -- not remorse for the victim's families, or sorrow for the actions of one of their own.
Nope, the first statement from domestic Muslims discussed fears of violent reprisals.
Which is rich, huh?
The evil one comes from their midst, but they are afraid they won't be treated well?
We continue to be told by the administration that we are not at war with radical Islam. The president inaccurately continues to say that be headings, violence, dominance, rape, and murder are not the actions of Islam.
The problem we face, however, is that our enemy believes they are practicing Islam to its most serious degree. And even if the entire global population of Islam is added up and the radical components of it only consist of 2-3 percent, that still leaves a few million radicals that will continue to come after the infidels and lop off their heads.
Now that the CIA and the military alert us to the idea that ISIS fighters who had been born in the USA have returned from their battles... Now that the Rochester police arrested the ISIS member in upstate New York... Now that ISIS has set up operations in Ciudad Juarez (across only a river from El Paso Texas...) Now that an ISIS-styled beheading took the life of a young man in New Jersey... And now that a Muslim in the heartland carried out an Islamic State-style execution on the inferior female infidels in his office... What is it about this activity BEING Islam that we don't get?
The American people KNOW it is Islam. We know Islam teaches these things, and we know that there are millions of radicalized Muslims ready to attack.
It has taken our military's weapons to thwart Islamic terror overseas. In Moore, Oklahoma it took a private gun owner to put down the evil.
What will it take for our president?
Poll after poll shows GOP gaining momentum in key Senate races
by Sam Rolley
A series of electoral forecasting models are predicting that the likelihood of Republicans winning enough seats to take the Senate this fall is growing. Prognosticators have credited momentum in GOP races in Alaska, Colorado and Iowa as the driving force behind the trend.
Real Clear Politics (RCP) last week reported that Alaska GOP Senate candidate Dan Sullivan holds a 4.7-point lead over Democrat Mark Begich. The RCP finding was calculated by averaging results from Rasmussen, Public Policy Polling and CBS/NYT/YouGov, which, respectively, show Sullivan leading by 5, 3 and 6 points.
In Colorado, Republican Cory Gardener currently holds a narrower lead over Democrat Mark Udall, with an RCP average of 0.8 points. That’s based on USA Today/Suffolk, Quinnipiac, Denver Post/ SurveyUSA and Rasmussen polling showing the GOP candidate leading by 1, 8, 4 and 2 points, respectively.
RCP reports that Iowa Republican Joni Ernst leads Democrat Bruce Braley by an average of 2.2 points. Both Rasmussen and Fox News are reporting a tie in polling results for the two, while the Des Moines Register and Quinnipiac both award Ernst a lead of 6 points. A CNN/Opinion Research poll is the outlier among the data set, reporting that Braley currently holds a 1-point lead.
Numbers on the three races reported by The Washington Post’s Election Lab give even more favor to the GOP contenders. According to The Post, there is a 68 percent chance that Sullivan will take the seat for the GOP in Alaska, a 66 percent chance Republicans will celebrate a Gardener victory in Colorado and an 83 percent chance that Ernst will become a GOP senator from Iowa.
According to the Washington Post’s overall assessment, the GOP could pick up a total of seven Senate seats in the forthcoming midterms, putting them one seat over the required 51 spots for majority control of the upper Congressional chamber.
To the politician looking to shade the truth and evade responsibility, there is no greater superhero than Captain Pronoun. You wouldn’t believe how much can be obfuscated simply by shifting the number and person of a narrative’s dramatis personae.
For example, on “60 Minutes” Sunday night, President Obama gave us a demonstration of how much can be accomplished by that indispensable man, the third person. Pressed on whether he was asleep at the wheel during the rise of the Islamic State—which he obviously was—Obama replied: “Our head of the intelligence community, Jim Clapper, has acknowledged that, I think, they underestimated what had been taking place in Syria.” Yes, that’s right. They.
Obama might be foolish enough to let a radical terrorist group re-establish itself in a power vacuum in Iraq and Syria, but he wouldn’t be so foolish as to use the first personal singular or plural—”I” or “we”—to acknowledge his own responsibility. No, he’ll use the third person singular, “he” (i.e., James Clapper), and third personal plural, “they” (the intelligence community). That third person is an awfully useful fellow, always there to take the fall when mistakes were made.
(It should be noted that the actual third people in this case called BS, pointing to all the warnings Obama ignored.)
In other settings, it is more useful to switch from the second or third person back to the first. If I describe something that I think the government should do to you, you might become worried, offended, even outraged. So it’s much better to describe it as something I want done to me, which has the additional advantage of making me seem like quite a magnanimous fellow, willing to make the necessary sacrifices for the public good. That’s why President Obama likes to talk about raising taxes for “people like me” when he presents his latest proposal for raising taxes on you.
It’s also why Ezekiel Emanuel writes an article on “Why I hope to Die at 75.” The first person pronoun is not justified. None of the considerations he talks about—for example, the possibility of being slowed down and disabled in old age—are in any way specific to his own situation. He is not projecting the state of his own mind and body 18 years in the future, because he has no idea what that will be. He’s talking about the human condition in general, and his observations apply to everyone. So he’s really saying that he hopes you die at 75. Which is a little disconcerting when you realize this is the man who just redesigned our health care system.
Principles are universal, so they ought to make just as much sense if you substitute out one pronoun for another. What’s good for me should be good for you and for them, and vice versa. But note how rarely political arguments translate well—how much worse “I hope to die at 75″ sounds when it’s not just about Zeke Emanuel any more.
All of this can be very clarifying, if clarity is what you’re striving for.
But for the politician, the goal is usually to deny and deflect, to switch out the specific for the vaguely general, or to make a universal pronouncement seem safely narrow and specific.
And if that’s what you’re going for—well, it looks like a job for Captain Pronoun.
The Common Core education program is an insult to the intelligence of students, as well as their parents. That an entire top-down educational system would be put in place to propagandize and confuse our children is abhorrent.
One mother wasn’t going to sit back any longer and let Common Core ruin her child’s life, or her own, for that matter. So when her child brought home one of the ridiculous math assignments from her child’s school, she gave the school and her child’s teacher an earful.
Take a look…
Fortunately for this mother and many like her, states across the country have slowly been turning their backs on the Common Core curriculum. Louisiana is the most recent of nine states to block Common Core from their public institutions of learning.