Saturday, April 27, 2013

op ed review 4/28



THIS WEEK’S NEWS
The FBI’s failure to recognize political Islam as a driver of jihadist terrorism is partly to blame for the FBI not identifying one of the Boston Marathon bombers in 2011 as a security risk, according to U.S. officials and private counterterrorism analysts.
Russian authorities contacted the US government with concerns about Tamerlan Tsarnaev not once but “multiple’’ times.
“There should be no puzzle about this atrocity.  Since 9/11 there have been 20,000 terrorist incidents perpetrated across the globe in the name of militant Islam.”
An al Qaeda magazine containing bomb-making instructions helped the Boston Marathon bombers construct the deadly explosive devices.
The Obama administration has deciding against treating the Boston bomber as an enemy combatant, which would have allowed more time for interrogating him. The suspect had been providing valuable intelligence, but stopped talking once the judge read him his Miranda rights. 
The FBI was hunting a 12-strong terrorist “sleeper cell” linked to the Boston marathon bomb brothers.
 “…five jihadists have reached their targets in the United States under Barack Obama”
Bombing the Hand That Fed Them: “Tamerlan Tsarnaev and Family Received Mass. Welfare Benefits”
Michelle Obama reportedly visited Saudi student Abdul Rahman Ali Issa Al-Salimi, injured in the Boston Marathon Bombings.   But, she couldn’t find the time to visit Jeff Bauman – the American who lost both legs in the Boston Marathon blasts and helped US officials identify the bombers. The rest of America appreciated his efforts. He has received over $360,000 in online donations since the terrorist attack. “You can donate to Jeff Bauman here.”
Flashback:  In Obama´s Audacity of Hope, he stated, "I will stand with the Muslims should the political winds shift in any ugly direction." He also asserted in Bob Woodward´s Obama´s Wars, "We can absorb [another] terrorist attack”

Will Hillary pay a price for Benghazi?  We already know the answer. Ben Ghazi who? will be the media’s reaction if and when Hillary runs in 2016.

Tolerance in the Age of Obama:  The US Army has blocked the website of the Southern Baptist Convention from government computers, saying the Christian site contains "hostile content."
A U.S. Army Equal Opportunity Instructor giving a presentation on "extremism" during an Army Reserve training brief in Philadelphia categorized Evangelical Christianity and Roman Catholicism as on par with Hamas, al-Qaeda, and the Nation of Islam.

One out of every five households now receiving food stamps.

The administration has approved 99.5 percent of applications of those who have applied for legal status under President Obama’s nondeportation policy for young adults, granting legal status to more than 250,000 formerly illegal immigrants.
http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2013/apr/22/995-of-illegal-immigrants-get-approval-for-legal-s/#ixzz2RIVOidr1 Attorney General Eric Holder calls amnesty for illegals  a "civil right.” 
The California Assembly passed a bill on Thursday that would make the state the first in the nation to allow illegal immigrants to serve on jury duty.

Obama to the Planned Parenthood National Conference:  “God bless you.”

Influential House conservatives signaled that they will pursue their own course on revising the nation’s immigration laws.

The conservative Koch Brothers have an interest in bidding for the Tribune Company (publishers of eight local newspapers including the Los Angeles Times and Chicago Tribune,)

A new poll from FoxNews finds that 66% of Democrats believe the border should be secured before the nation considers changes to its immigration policies. 75% of Republicans feel the same. Overall, 68% of voters believe securing the border should come before any moves towards legalization.
The poll reinforces the public’s apparent "schizophrenia" on immigration--which is actually just common sense. 4 out 5 voters are prepared to give illegal immigrants some way of becoming citizens. And yet 3 out of 5 voters believe the borders are not secure and want to see tighter enforcement, even restrictions. This is only a contradiction if you think the latter position arises from racism, intolerance, selfishness and/or xenophobia. What people are actually saying is that we are prepared to legalize millions if that is the last time we have to do so.

Belief in God may improve treatment for those suffering with depression, finds a new study. Faith in a higher being has been found to significantly improve treatment for people suffering with a psychiatric illness, according to research carried out by McLean Hospital in Belmont, Massachusetts.
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THIS WEEK’S FEATURED COLUMN
Jay Sekulow  4/24

America is facing a jihadist enemy. It is an enemy that has proven it can inflict more civilian casualties on the United States than any other foreign enemy in almost 200 years. Just last week this enemy killed 3 innocent people, wounded more than 100 and paralyzed a major American city. Yet, our obsession with political correctness, with a strong desire not to offend our enemies makes our self-defense immeasurably more difficult.

The evil nature and intentions of our jihadist enemies are already clear. They hate us enough to pack pressure cookers with ball bearings, to hijack airliners and turn them into weapons of mass destruction, to wear underwear bombs, shoe bombs, and any other kind of bomb they can smuggle onto aircraft. Yet we still can’t face facts.  Consider these recent events:

- Despite screaming “Allah Akbar!” when he opened fire on unarmed fellow soldiers at Fort Hood – and despite his own long history of radicalism, including communicating with Anwar al-Alwaki, the American Al Qaeda terrorist – the Obama administration still calls Nidal Hasan’s deadly attack an act of mere “workplace violence.”  In fact, the Army’s after-action report said nothing about radical Islam.
- We spent crucial days blaming the deadly Benghazi terror attacks on a video, and even now have treated the filmmaker much more harshly than the actual terrorists who killed our ambassador.
- The Associated Press Stylebook recently revised its definition of “Islamist” to render it more benign, classifying Islamists as mere supporters of a “political movement that favors reordering government and society in accordance with laws prescribed by Islam.”
- Even after the Boston bombing suspects radical beliefs became well-known, commentators continue to insist that their beliefs are just one part of their personality no more relevant than, say, tastes in music or the influence of violent movies.
- A commentator at one of our nation’s most influential magazines even went so far as to write an essay entitled, “The Boston Bombers Were Muslim: So?”

As key figures in government and the media continue to minimize the threat of radical Islam, one wonders if it’s having a direct impact on investigations.  Tamerlan Tsarnaev, the oldest of the two Boston bomber suspects, is now the fifth suspected terrorist to be questioned by the FBI before they attempted their acts of terror.  Why are we questioning and releasing future terrorists? Who are we trying to impress with our political correctness?  

Our enemies simply don’t care. Even worse, they view our hand-wringing as a sign of weakness, and it encourages further attacks. Don’t forget that plotting for the 9/11 attacks began during a Clinton administration that was so eager to appease Middle Eastern jihadists it invited Yasser Arafat, one of the world’s foremost terrorists, to the White House again and again.   He even received the ultimate tribute from the international politically correct left: the Nobel Peace Prize.  Arafat was so impressed by this tribute that he launched the Second Intifada – complete with wave after wave of deadly suicide bombings – just a few years later.

Yet we not only persist with political correctness, we now go so far as to actually arm our enemies.  
The Obama administration persists in giving F-16s and advanced tanks to Egypt, even after the Muslim Brotherhood (motto: “Jihad is our way”) took power.   The United States just pledged $500 million in aid to the Palestinian Authority, a government that is even now unifying with Hamas, one of the world’s worst terror organizations. While we revise stylebooks and debate the power of movies and music over the power of jihad, our enemies laugh – and plan future attacks.

Political correctness kills.

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FROM OTHER COLUMNS
"According to Dana Priest and William M. Arkin of The Washington Post, 'Some 1,271 government organizations and 1,931 private companies work on programs related to counterterrorism, homeland security and intelligence in about 10,000 locations across the United States. ...... Despite a domestic army of federal, state and local forces, the suspects managed to evade capture for days.... Osama bin Laden's announced intention was to conduct a 'war of a thousand cuts' against America to harm our economy and permanently change our way of life. If he can see from Hell, he must be pleased about the way things are going."
                    -Cal Thomas

"Friday morning, the entire city of Boston was put in lockdown. Residents were warned to 'shelter in place,' meaning staying locked in their home, answering only to uniformed law enforcement personnel. Hundreds of police swarmed through the city, tracking a violent terror suspect ... with a clear intent to kill. The situation is a reminder of why millions of Americans cherish their right to own guns to protect themselves and their families. Gun control advocates mistakenly assume Americans cherish their 2nd Amendment rights because of either a cultural anachronism or an affinity for hunting. The left looks at gun control as a debate over which guns Americans 'need.' They often argue, for example, that Americans don't 'need' a 30-round magazine to hunt deer. That's true, but the debate isn't about 'needs,' it is about rights. The 2nd Amendment isn't built on a foundation of hunting, but, rather, the ability to protect one's life and property. The manhunt in Boston ... shows the very real threats that occasionally enter our lives. In a situation like Boston, seconds count, while the police are minutes away. ... Gun control advocates ... would be wise to reflect on the unfolding events to understand why many of us 'cling' to our guns. The world can be a very dangerous place."
                     -Mike Flynn
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LEFTIST WATCH
“Progressives can’t help themselves. When normal people hear of a tragedy, they feel the natural range of emotions – fear, anger, sympathy, etc. But progressives are not normal humans. When they hear news of a tragedy their first thought is “How can this help the cause?” There’s something oddly perverse about this mental defect that somehow overrides decency in tragedy’s aftermath, but it’s as widespread amongst the political left as freckles are on redheads.”

“I swung by the Stop the NRA March this afternoon to watch the protest and march against gun violence. Participating organizations include Public Campaign, Occupy the NRA, CREDO, Every Child Matters, Moveon, United For Change, USA, New Yorkers Against Gun Violence, The Other 98%, and We Act Radio. The event featured the debut of a new anti-NRA poster created by the designer of the famous Obama ‘Hope’ poster. A generous estimation of the crowd size would have been about 100 people, including members of the media.”
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ISLAM ON THE MARCH
Yes you are different, the rejected youth is told. But, you are different for a reason. And that is because you are a chosen one. You will join the ranks of a hallowed few at the forefront of a cosmic struggle between good and evil. This way the formerly deflated ego is pumped up. Shame and humiliation are alchemically converted into pride and honor, and for the first time in his life the young man starts to feel good about who he is. Really good. This is the poison disguised as a cure. One that is so toxic that it will ultimately take his own life as well as that of yet to be determined numbers of innocent others, too.

Like a noose, the community of "the elite" constrict around the radicalized youth. A sense of righteous anger is stoked within and cherished as if it were the most precious fuel, for, in a way, that is exactly what it is. This is the fuel that will eventually power the weapon of hate that he is becoming. And if appropriately channeled by the ideology, the weapon he becomes will be a precision guided one, directed specifically at the target; the western world that is supposedly at war with Islam.

That anger comes from giving the young man the most dangerous mindset known to mankind, that of the victim. It colors the lens through which he sees the world relentlessly till ultimately he can see only darkness. If he believes himself to be enough of a victim, then he'll eventually feel like he has nothing to lose. Victimhood is the opposite energy to gratitude. And it is this flavor that the terrorist unconsciously wants to pass on to us. He wants us to see the world in the same black and white way he does. He wants us to taste some of his own medicine by seeing ourselves as victims in a world that is essentially dangerous, unjust and bad. That way we will then join with him in conflict and convert the fantasy his imagination has fed on into a reality.
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SECOND AMENDMENT
A West Virginia student was charged with causing a disruption at a middle school when he refused to remove his NRA t-shirt.

Gun Shop Rationing: 'Never Seen Ammo So Impossible to Get'...

The April 24 edition of The Late Show With David Letterman saw the CBS talker label Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) the "Stooge of the Night" for voting "no on gun control reform."
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CONSERVATIVE LEADERS
“Demonizing Ted Cruz”    Ted Cruz has made quite an impression in just three months in the Senate. Like Marco Rubio, he is the son of a Cuban exile. He is a extraordinarily talented guy. Unlike Barack Obama, he had a stellar record both in academia and in the practice of law: he was national debating champion, graduated magna cum laude from Harvard Law School, clerked for the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, was named by American Lawyer magazine as one of the 50 Best Litigators under 45 in America, served as Solicitor General of the State of Texas, authored more than 80 briefs in the U.S. Supreme Court. As a law student, Cruz was described by Professor Alan Dershowitz as “off the charts brilliant.” He was elected to the Senate last year in what the Washington Post called “the biggest upset of 2012 . . . a true grassroots victory against very long odds”.……So it is not surprising that, just as Cruz has quickly become a hero on the right, the Democratic Party is out to destroy him.
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ARTICLES
Steyn:  “In America, all atrocities are not equal: Minutes after the Senate declined to support so-called gun control in the wake of the Newtown massacre, the president rushed ill-advisedly on air to give a whiny, petulant performance predicated on the proposition that one man’s mass infanticide should call into question the constitutional right to bear arms. Simultaneously, the media remain terrified that another man’s mass infanticide might lead you gullible rubes to question the constitutional right to abortion, so the ongoing Kermit Gosnell trial in Philadelphia has barely made the papers — even though it involves large numbers of fully delivered babies who were decapitated and had their feet chopped off and kept in pickling jars. Which would normally be enough to guarantee a perpetrator front-page coverage for weeks on end….But his victims are ideologically problematic for the media, and so the poor blood-soaked monster will never get his moment in the spotlight….”

Steyn:  “In their final hours of freedom, the bomber brothers added a cruel bit of mockery to their crimes by carjacking a getaway vehicle with a “Co-exist” bumper sticker…..It’s very weird to live in a society where mass death is important insofar as it serves the political needs of the dominant ideology. A white male loner killing white kindergartners in Connecticut is news; a black doctor butchering black babies in Pennsylvania is not.”

“As you probably have heard, a few days ago Bill Maher shocked his liberal guest -- and much of the world -- by stating very correctly and succinctly that it is "liberal bullsh_t" to equate Christianity and Islam with respect to terror. The bluntness, not to mention the shocking accuracy of the statement from this particular source, had the social media universe all lit up over the weekend. It was surely my first "fist pump" ever in response to Maher.”

Are you alarmed by the counterterrorism failures increasingly evident as we learn more about the Boston terror attack? Don’t be. Former CIA director Michael Hayden has helpfully explained, “This tragedy is the new normal.”

“It began as a stunt intended to prove that hardship and poverty still existed in this small, wealthy country, but it backfired badly. Visit a single mother of two on welfare, a liberal member of Parliament goaded a skeptical political opponent, see for yourself how hard it is. It turned out, however, that life on welfare was not so hard. The 36-year-old single mother, given the pseudonym “Carina” in the news media, had more money to spend than many of the country’s full-time workers. All told, she was getting about $2,700 a month….”

The Boy Scouts are one of the great jewels of American culture. The success of the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) is a result in no small part of the organization’s commitment to a set of ideas and principles that have guided the program for more than 100 years. Until recently, the BSA was unwavering in its conviction that these values and principles were “timeless.” But now those values are under attack. The Boy Scouts are the victims of an aggressive, well-funded and relentless campaign to inject sex and politics into Scouting.
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HUMOR
"A new Gallup poll shows that 55% of Americans say their income taxes are 'fair.' I'm guessing that'd be the 47% who pay none, plus a few Obama cabinet appointees."
                     -Fred Thompson

"So, I guess you have to have a license to have a gun in Massachusetts, but the two loser brothers who did the Boston Marathon bombing did not have a license for the guns they used on their shootout with cops. They were running around shooting at people with guns that Massachusetts very clearly said was illegal for them to have. It's like, come on, guys we're a nation of laws; if you're going to be murderous criminals, at least legally posses your guns first, you know. What's wrong with you?"
                   -Frank J. Fleming
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WISE WORDS
"We have a system that increasingly taxes work and subsidizes nonwork."
                    -Milton Friedman


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