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Hat Tip Old NFO@Nobody Asked Me.

I will keep this stuck to the front page until after the elections.

 

 

The 2014 United States elections will be held on Tuesday, November 4, 2014. During this midterm election year, all 435 seats in the United States House of Representatives and 33 of the 100 seats in the United States Senate will be contested in this election. PLEASE get out and VOTE!!!

A movement has been started by our armed forces to get out the vote in 2014. The President, the Commander-in-Chief, has made the Rules of Engagement (ROE) so difficult, that our troops are often killed before they can even get permission to fight. It’s bad enough that we have 1400-1700 boots on the ground in Iraq with NO SOFA, but now we’re sending 3000 troops to Liberia to ‘combat’ Ebola? That is NOT the troops jobs, nor are they being properly trained or equipped (from the info I’m getting).  The President, with his Democratic control of the Senate, has nearly all the power. If the Non-Establishment Republicans, and Conservatives, can take back the Senate in 2014, our troops can once again be protected from unnecessary danger. Please consider this, and send it on to your mailing lists.

During this mid-term election, if there is someone new running against an incumbent, vote for the new person. We have to get all new blood in the Senate and the House. These politicians have become leaches and spend more time serving themselves than serving their country. Our vote is their term limits!

Interestingly enough, when GWB was president you heard about the military deaths in Iraq and Afghanistan almost daily. With Obama in the White House, the mainstream media has been strangely quiet. More than 1,000 American soldiers have lost their lives in Afghanistan and Iraq in the last 27 months. This is more than the combined total of the nine years before.

The commander in chief is AWOL. Not a peep, although he ordered the White House flag flown at half-staff for the Sikhs that were killed, but not the 2-star General (Obama played golf, and there wasn’t a SINGLE WH rep). There is a deep disgust, a fury, growing in the ranks of the military against the indifferent incompetence of this president.  And this doesn’t even begin to address the fiasco of the VA scandal.  Just throwing money at the problem WILL NOT fix it.  Firing

It has taken on a dangerous tone. No one knows what to do about him, but the anger runs deep as the deaths continue with no strategic end in sight to the idiocy of this war. Obama has had 6 years to end this futile insanity, during which time he has vacationed, golfed, campaigned, and generally ignored the plight of our men and women in uniform. But, there is now a movement afoot in the armed services to launch a massive get out the vote drive against this president. This includes not just current active-duty types, but the National Guard, Reserves, the retired, and all other prior service members. This is no small special interest group, but many millions of veterans who can have an enormous impact on the outcome of the November election if they all respond.

The one million military retirees in Florida alone could mean an overwhelming victory in that state if they all show up at the polls. It might not keep another hundred or more US troops from dying, but a turn out to vote by the military against this heartbreaking lack of leadership can make a powerful statement that hastens a change.

Veterans, please forward to your lists.  Get out there and make you vote count!  I don’t care WHO you vote for, but dammit… GO VOTE this November.  It’s important, and our votes may be able to get this country back on track!!!

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Palestinians Welcome Kerry’s Linkage of Arab-Israeli Conflict with ISIS

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This is from United With Isreal.

Lurch Kerry is a moron and a world class anti Semite.

Kerry is a bigger disgrace to office of Sectuary Of State than Hillary Clintonnd that is saying a mouthful.

 

 

Palestinians expressed warm support for Secretary of State Kerry’s claims that the failure of the Israeli-PA peace process fueled recruitment to Islamic State.

Islamic State flag

US Secretary of State John Kerry blamed Israel for the Islamic State (IS or ISIS) terror group’s expansion and claimed that the lack of an Israeli-Palestinian Authority peace process fuels recruitment to the infamous terror group.

“As I went around and met with people in the course of our discussions about the ISIL coalition, the truth is we – there wasn’t a leader I met with in the region who didn’t raise with me spontaneously the need to try to get peace between Israel and the Palestinians, because it was a cause of recruitment and of street anger and agitation that they felt – and I see a lot of heads nodding – they had to respond to. And people need to understand the connection of that. And it has something to do with humiliation and denial and absence of dignity,” Kerry said at reception in honor of the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha on Friday.

Kerry was referring to meetings he had held during his visit to Cairo, during which $5.4 billion were raised for Hamas in Gaza.

Kerry called for a two-state solution, which, he seems to believe, would somehow cure all the ailments of the region.

A ‘Boost to Global Terrorism’

Economics Minister Naftali Bennett

Naftali Bennett (Photo: Miriam Alster/Flash90)

Kerry’s remarks sparked harsh responses from Israeli leaders.

Minister of Economy Naftali Bennett (Bayit Yehudi) said that “even when a British Muslim beheads a British Christian, there will always be someone who blames the Jews….. Asserting that the Israeli-Palestinian conflict reinforces ISIS gives a boost to global terrorism.”

Kerry has broken the record on misunderstanding the region, Minister of Communications Gilad Erdan (Likud) declared. Speaking on Voice of Israel radio, Erdan said that Kerry’s comments proved he was totally detached from the realities on the ground in the Middle East.

Weak Defense

The State Department responded to the criticism, claiming that Kerry’s words were taken out of context. State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf insisted that Kerry “did not make any linkage between Israel and the growth of ISIL, period.” According to Harf, “if we could make progress on Middle East peace, that would help create a more stable region.”

Palestinian Support for Kerry’s Claims

Secretary General of the Council of the  PLO Yasser Abed Rabbo. (Photo: Issam Rimawi/Flash90)

Secretary General of the Council of the PLO Yasser Abed Rabbo. (Photo: Issam Rimawi/Flash90)

PLO Secretary General Yasser Abed Rabbo agreed with Kerry’s claims, telling AFP that “linking the fight against terrorism and the end of the Israeli occupation is a strategic position that we support.” He further stated that “those who criticize Kerry want the terrorism of the Islamic State organization to continue to use it as an excuse to obstruct a political solution and end to the occupation.”

The PLO is “ready to work hard with the American administration and all regional leaders to develop mechanisms to implement different levels of the strategic direction announced by Kerry,” he said, without elaborating.

Recently, Saeb Erekat, chief Palestinian Authority (PA) negotiator with Israel who is widely considered a moderate, stated that the reason behind Islamic State extremism in the region is the continuation of the “Israeli occupation.”

Author: Aryeh Savir

HOROWITZ: The Blood on Obama’s Hands

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HOROWITZ: The Blood on Obama’s Hands

hen conservatives consider the casualties of Obama’s national security policies, their attention is drawn quite naturally to Benghazi. In this shameful episode, the Obama Administration sacrificed an ambassador and three American heroes to protect a deceptive presidential campaign message in which Obama claimed that the war against al-Qaeda was over and won (“Osama bin Laden is dead, and al-Qaeda is on the run”). The facts are these: Ambassador Chris Stevens and three American heroes were sent into an al-Qaeda stomping ground that the British and other diplomatic consulates had already evacuated; they were denied the security they had requested; they were then left to die during a seven hour fire fight when their compound was attacked, and finally betrayed in death, when Obama and his representatives lied to the world about what had taken place and when he failed to bring their killers to…

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Pope Francis: ‘God is not afraid of new things’

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This is from USA Today.

I know next to nothing about the Catholic faith but if Pope Francis does not know what God says about homosexuality.

Maybe Pope Francis needs to read the following passage from God’s word,

Leviticus 18:22 King James Version (KJV)

22 Thou shalt not lie with mankind, as with womankind: it is abomination.

Better yet Pope Francis should have a long talk with God.

 

VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis on Sunday, as he beatified Pope Paul VI who implemented the Second Vatican Council’s vast changes, called on the church to adapt to “changing conditions of society.”

His remarks took on added meaning as the bishops ended a two-week conference by rejecting landmark wording that would soften the church’s stance toward homosexuality and divorce.

“God is not afraid of new things,” Francis pointedly said during the beatification Mass.

Whether the document issued Saturday by the bishops is viewed as a setback for the pope, the conference did show the church can discuss difficult topics — such as the role of gays, lesbians and divorced Catholics. It also exposed a wide rift between conservative and liberal-minded leaders.

“The bishops did what Francis asked them to do, which was to talk about these topics in an open way with no issues left off the table,” said Robert Mickens, a veteran Vatican commentator with Global Pulse magazine, which focuses on Catholic affairs. “The plan was to take the bishop’s pulse on these issues, and in the end that’s what happened, and it accurately showed a split between reformers and conservatives.”

An interim document issued last week by the bishops halfway through their synod included wording that welcomed the “gifts and qualities” of gay Catholics and called on pastors to “avoid any language or behavior” that could discriminate against divorced Catholics.

Such reconciliatory language was left out of Saturday’s report.

Some experts drew a parallel between Francis’ efforts to reshape the church as a more progressive and open institution with Paul’s tumultuous implementation of the Second Vatican Council, which dramatically modernized the church in the 1960s and 1970s by doing away with the Latin Mass, among other changes.

“It’s a wonderful fact that these two reforming popes were brought together by this ceremony, after the synod,” said Filippo d’Aosta, 80, a retired professor of religion and philosophy who brought his two grandchildren to St. Peter’s.

Sunday’s ceremony leaves Paul, who was pope from 1963 until his death in 1978, just one step short of sainthood. Popes John XXIII and John Paul II, who came before and after Paul, respectively, were made saints six months ago. Also attending the beatification Mass was Emeritus Pope Benedict XVI.

Since Francis became pope last year, he has repeatedly broken with tradition.

While the bishops failed to build on the tone Francis set last year when he famously said, “Who am I to judge?” when asked whether gays can be good Christians, observers applauded the openness of addressing the contentious issues.

The end of this synod starts a year-long debate and discussion before a three-week synod a year from now. That meeting will produce a document to be used as pastoral guidelines. Saturday’s document is just a starting point.

Michele Ippolito, a Vatican watcher with the Italian news site Fanpage, predicted Francis would spend the year making his case with bishops in hopes of building a consensus for a more tolerant view toward gays and divorced Catholics, as well as in other areas.

“The next year could go one of two ways,” Ippolito said. “You could see support coalesce around the kinds of statements that fell just short of the two-thirds majority in this synod, or you could see the split between the two sides grow, which could lead to some very serious issues.”

Evidence of the wide gap among church leaders is clearly visible. Conservative church groups have blasted Francis’ outreach toward gays and the divorced, as well as the pope’s critiques of capitalism and dialogues with other faiths. A group of cardinals and bishops, including U.S. Cardinal Raymond Burke — who has since been reassigned to a lower-profile role — was hostile toward the earlier language more accepting of gays and divorced Catholics.

Thomas Reese, a Jesuit priest and Vatican expert with the National Catholic Reporter, said the apparent gap between the two sides is less of a problem than it seems.

“If Pope Francis wanted to be a dictator, he could have just ordered whatever he wanted. Rather, he invited the bishops to an open, collegial discussion,” Reese said. “This is not the end of the process. The report, and hopefully the pope’s address, will become the point of departure for a much richer discussion. The synod was a big win for openness.”

 

14 California communities now on verge of waterless-ness; mass migration out of California – crop harvests plummet

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October 20, 2014 by: Jonathan Benson, staff writer

(NaturalNews) Unless California gets some heavy rain, and soon, the state’s roughly 38 million residents will eventually be up a creek without a paddle — or without a creek, for that matter. The latest media reports indicate that some 14 communities throughout the state are now on the verge of running completely dry, and many more could join them in the coming year if conditions remain as they are.

A few months ago, the official count was 28 communities bordering on complete waterless-ness, according to the Water Resources Control Board. Those that have since dropped off the list were able to come up with a fix, at least for now. The other 14, though, face an unprecedented resource collapse that could leave thousands of Californians with no other choice but to pack their bags and head to greener pastures.

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A Question For Gabby

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This is from Bearing Arms.

Gabby will never answer any questions about carrying a weapon honestly.

 

Gabby Giffords, the former congresswoman turned gun control advocate, is currently conducting a campaign that she calls the “Protect All Women” tour.

Former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords sat down with state and national leaders Saturday for a roundtable discussion on solutions to protect women from gun violence.

Giffords’ organization that she created earlier this year, the Protect All Women Leadership Network, hosted the fifth day of her Protect All Women tour in Tempe at the O’Connor House.

Giffords is in the midst of traveling to nine states in nine days, also visiting Connecticut, Iowa, Maine, Minnesota, New Hampshire, Oregon, Pennsylvania and Washington.

“We can lead the way,” said Giffords in her speech before opening up the discussion. “We stand for common sense. … We stand for responsibility. We can change our laws. We can win elections. Please join your voice with mine.”

Giffords says that she wants to focus on “gun violence” that affects women.

Only “gun violence.” How oddly specific.

She doesn’t seem nearly as concerned about the far more common verbal abuse of women, or the far more common physical violence committed against women committed using hands and feet.

She isn’t campaigning against knife violence against women, or blunt object violence against women, and doesn’t seem concerned at all about the 830,000 cases of domestic violence committed by women against men every year. Guys and girls, if you’re being abused but aren’t being shot at, you aren’t on Gabby’s radar.

No, Giffords has a laser-like focus on citizen disarmament.

Of course, we can somewhat understand her position of wanting to disarm as many people as possible. Giffords was nearly killed by a young man with severe mental illness who got his hands on a firearm and attempted to assassinate her. The shot fired into her head nearly killed her, did destroy a promising political career, and has diminished her physically and emotionally, leaving her with permanent brain damage and significant physical impairments.  Perhaps, under those conditions, many of us would chose to scapegoat the object used against us instead of the pathetic person responsible for our torment.

But let’s make no mistake: Gabby Giffords isn’t about saving lives.

“Gun violence” is just a fabricated term. Gun violence against women is just a marketing angle, designed to prey upon emotion.

If Giffords actually wanted to save lives, she’d advocate for more women to receive firearms training, for more women to own guns, and for more women to get carry concealed carry permits to defend their lives and the lives of their children.

There are seven dead women in northwestern Indiana who likely would have loved the opportunity to defend themselves against a recently-apprehended and as-yet-unnamed serial killer who strangled them to death.

The harsh reality is that the average man is taller, heavier, stronger, and has much more muscle mass than the average woman. In a fair fight, the average woman is going to lose to the average man far more times than she will be able to win. When a violent man arms himself—with any weapon—the odds of an average, unarmed woman prevailing becomes almost insurmountable.

A responsible woman will make the choice to arm herself with a firearm for the defense of herself or her children, avail herself of training, and develop the mental attitude that she will not be a victim.

I don’t begrudge Gabby Giffords her newfound love of gun control. I hear it pays well.

But be honest, Gabby, and answer me a simple question: Isn’t a trained and armed woman in much better control of her destiny, and much more likely to survive a violent confrontation with any aggressor than one who simply holds up empty hands and screams in fear?

You know the answer, Gabby.

You just don’t want to admit it.

Angels of death reveal the a shocking moral truth of abortion

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Originally posted on The Isaiah 53:5 Project:

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“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.”

-Jeremiah 1:5

When I recently told a non-believer that abortion is murder, he said “that only depends on how you define murder.”

They way I see it, playing around with the definition of murder to justify abortion is moral relativism in its purest form, especially when everyone “knows” what murder is.

Of course people can say a baby is only a clump of cells, fetus, or product of conception so inserting scissors in the base of it’s skull and vacuuming it out of the womb isn’t “technically” murder.

And sure people can “maximize utility” as one ethical regimen suggests by saying the mother benefits more by not having a baby she doesn’t want and/or can’t afford so…

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Union bosses take big bucks from boilermakers

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This is by Jason Hart@WatchDog.org.

How do I become an International Brotherhood of Boilermakers officer?

I could not be an IBB officer because I am not a blood sucking parasite.

 

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IBB photo International Brotherhood of Boilermakers President Newton Jones

 

Three International Brotherhood of Boilermakers officers were paid more than $500,000 during the union’s fiscal year ending June 30.

Including gross salaries and other disbursements reported to the U.S. Department of Labor, IBB International Vice President Ed Power was paid $697,714. President Newton Jones was paid $639,034, and international vice president Joseph Maloney was paid $501,392.

A total of 61 officers and employees in IBB’s Kansas City, Kan., international headquarters were paid $100,000 or more; 19 were paid more than $200,000, and nine were paid in excess of $350,000.

IBB officers and employees are paid with money taken from workers across the United States and Canada. In addition to lobbying against free trade and in favor of government spending, IBB warns members to beware Big Labor’s critics.

“Our opponents are targeting our very right to exist,” Jones wrote in a 2013 manual for the IBB Legislative Education Action Program. “The hypocrisy of their arguments defies logic.”

“The insincerity of their beliefs is only exceeded by the deceit of their words and the greed of their actions,” Jones wrote, adding, “Our agenda is you and the economic well-being of your family. THIS IS A TIME FOR ALL BOILERMAKERS — ALL WORKERS — TO STICK TOGETHER.”

A “War on Workers” section of IBB’s website contains news stories attacking right-to-work laws, federal budget cuts and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker. Right to work allows employees in unionized workplaces to choose whether to pay union bosses.

Jones was paid a gross salary of $388,708 during IBB’s 2014 fiscal year, while Power’s gross salary was $552,964. If IBB stands with its members — the average wage for a boilermaker in America is $57,920, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics — who decides to pay union leaders so much?

“In our union, as in most, International officer salaries are set during convention (held once every five years) by a vote of the delegates from across the United States and Canada who represent the membership of our affiliate local lodges,” IBB communications director Mike Linderer explained in an email to Watchdog.org.

“These delegates vote during the convention on officer salaries and on any increases during the course of the ensuing five years. They are empowered to debate and challenge any law committee proposals and offer counterproposals if they so choose,” Linderer added. “The law committee is even made up of a subset of those same convention delegates to the convention.”

IBB officers are among the highest-paid union bosses on the planet even though the union’s membership numbers pale in comparison to larger AFL-CIO affiliates.

Compensation for officers and employees at IBB headquarters totaled $15,749,989, the equivalent of $287.47 a year from each of the union’s 54,789 members.

Based on gross salary disbursements, officers and employees of IBB were paid an average of $109,551 during the union’s 2014 fiscal year. Including all disbursements from the union, IBB officers and employees were paid an average of $148,585.

“The Department of Labor requires extensive financial reporting from labor unions (considerably more demanding than what is required of corporations for their shareholders to review),” Linderer wrote. “Unfortunately, the Labor-Management (LM) reports are often misinterpreted by those who read them, whether through ignorance or malice, inflating actual salaries by combining them with business expenses.”

“Consider a reporter’s air flight and hotel expenses: Would you consider them salary or even income? In our case, they are construed as part of the ‘total compensation.’ This, unfortunately, ends up as a twisting of words and facts by reporters for their ‘news’ reporting agenda.”

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka, whose compensation comes from IBB and other unions in the AFL-CIO coalition, was paid a total of $332,131 in the past year. Although IBB’s membership accounts for less than one half of one percent of AFL-CIO’s, eight IBB officers and one IBB employee were paid more than Trumka in 2014.

Power and Jones were each paid more than twice as much as Trumka. Asked about the disparity, Linderer pointed to the compensation of CEOs.

“As for the compensation comparison with President Trumka, I simply point you to the compensation of so many multi-millionaire, multi-billionaire CEOs, some serving in Congress, compared to the paltry few hundred thousand dollars a year paid to our United States President, as long as you are looking for comparisons,” Linderer told Watchdog.org.

The average American CEO is paid $178,400, a recent Wall Street Journal study found.

 

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