Sessions calls on members to oppose border bill that doesn’t stop Obama’s amnesty planPosted July 28, 2014 at 5:15 pm by Pete Kasperowicz
Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) on Monday called on members of the House and Senate to vote down any border supplemental bill that doesn’t include language blocking President Barack Obama from extending an amnesty and work permit program for millions of illegal immigrants.
“I’m calling on all members of Congress today to stand up to these lawless actions and sponsor legislate that will block them,” Sessions said on the Senate floor Monday. “I’m calling on all members of Congress today to oppose any border supplemental that does not include such language.” (more…)
Fired VA workers will get appeals process under House-Senate billPosted July 28, 2014 at 3:09 pm by Pete Kasperowicz
Members of the House and Senate negotiating a bill to reform the Department of Veterans Affairs have agreed to language giving fired VA officials a 21-day appeal period, instead of allowing them to be fired immediately with no appeal.
Senate Veterans’ Affairs Committee Chairman Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and his House counterpart Jeff Miller (R-Fla.) announced the deal to reporters on Monday. The agreement also includes $15 billion in immediate funding — two-thirds of that amount will be treated as emergency spending and thus will not be offset with spending cuts.
Jeffy’s big news will ruin your weekendsPosted July 28, 2014 at 3:09 pm by Stu Burguiere
TheBlaze’s Jeff Fisher (“Jeffy”) made a big announcement on Pat & Stu today. Granted it’s really, really bad news for your ears but it still qualifies as big news (listen at the 46:00 mark):
Getting politicians to tell the truth: As usual, Johnny Carson had the answerPosted July 28, 2014 at 2:50 pm by Chris Field
On the Glenn Beck Radio Program today, Glenn, Pat and Stu fantasized about giving truth serum to politicians–especially President Obama.
Of course, truth serum’s just a silly fantasy. But what about this proven, highly scientific marvel Johnny Carson displayed for America way back in 1982?
Thanks to Pace Allen, Jr., for the heads-up and YouTube link.
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Kerry says U.S. continuing to work on ‘humanitarian cease-fire’ between Israel, HamasPosted July 28, 2014 at 2:33 pm by Pete Kasperowicz
Secretary of State John Kerry said Monday that he is continuing to work on a cease-fire agreement that allows aid to be brought to both Israel and people in Gaza.
“Today, we are continuing to work toward establishing an unconditional, humanitarian cease-fire, one that could honor Eid, which begins now, and that will stop the fighting, allow desperately needed food and medicine and other supplies into Gaza, and enable Israel to address the threat which we fully understand and which is real, the threat posed by tunnel attacks.”
Winston Churchill’s eerie reflections in the aftermath of World War IPosted July 28, 2014 at 2:16 pm by Benjamin Weingarten
Winston Churchill left for posterity a great mass of writings about the Western world in war and peace, from the perspective of a military leader, politician and historian.
On this hundredth anniversary of the beginning of World War I, the below reflections in the aftermath of that war, as originally published on January 1, 1929 in Churchill’s “The Aftermath,” and quoted in his “The Gathering Storm” are as striking and prescient as they are eloquent. Not only do they provide a telling window into the state of the world following “The Great War,” but serve as an eerie precursor to World War II, the Cold War and even today.
It was not until the dawn of the twentieth century of the Christian era that war began to enter into its kingdom as the potential destroyer of the human race. The organisation of mankind into great States and Empires, and the rise of nations to full collective consciousness, enabled enterprises of slaughter to be planned and executed upon a scale and with a perseverance never before imagined. All the noblest virtues of individuals were gathered to strengthen the destructive capacity of the mass. Good finances, the resources of world-wide credit and trade, the accumulation of large capital reserves, made it possible to divert for considerable periods the energies of whole peoples to the task of devastation. Democratic institutions gave expression to the will-power of millions. Education not only brought the course of the conflict within the comprehension of everyone, but rendered each person serviceable in a high degree for the purpose in hand. The Press afforded a means of unification and of mutual stimulation. Religion, having discreetly avoided conflicted on the fundamental issues, offered its encouragements and consolations, through all its forms, impartially to all the combatantts. Lastly, Science unfolded her treasures and her secrets to the desperate demands of men, and placed in tehir hands agencies and appartus almost decisive in their character.
the noblest virtues of individuals were gathered to strengthen the destructive capacity of the mass
In consequence, many novel features presented themselves. Instead of merely fortified towns being starved whole nations were methodically subjectd, or sought to be subjected, to the process of reduction by famine. The entire population in one capacity or another took part in the war; all were equally the object of attack, The air opened paths along which death and terror could be carried far behind the lines of the actual armies, to women, children, the aged, the sick, who in earlier struggles would perforce have been left untouched. Marvelous orgnisations of railroads, steamships, and motor vehicles placed and maintained tens of millions of men continuously in action. Healing and surgery in their exquisitve developments returned them again and again to the shambles. Nothing was wasted that could contribute to the process of waste. The last dying kick was brought into military utility.
But all that happened in the four years of the Great War was only a prelude to what was preparing for the fifth year. The campaign of the year 1919 would have witnessed an immense accession to the powers of destruction. Had the Germans retained the morale to make good their retreat to the Rhine, they would have been assaulted in the summer of 1919 with forces and by methods incomparably more prodigious than any yet employed. Thousands of aeroplanes would have shattered their cities. Scores of thousands of cannon would have blasted their front. Arrangements were being made to carry simultaneously a quarter of a million men, together with all their requirements, continuously forward across country in mechanical vehicles moving ten or fifteen miles each day. Poison gases of incredible malignity, against which only a secret mask (which the Germans could not obtain in time) was proof, would have stifled all resistance and paralysed all life on he hostile front subjected to attack. No doubt the Germans too had their plans. But the hour of wrath had passed. The signal of relief was given, and the horrors of 1919 remained buried in the archives of the great antagonists.
The war stopped as suddenly and as universally as it had begun. The world lifted its head, surveyed the scene of ruin, and victors and vanquished alike drew breath. In a hundred laboratories, in a thousand arsenals, factories, and bureaux, men pulled themselves up with a jerk, and turned from the task in which they had been absorbed. Their projects were put aside unfinished, unexecuted; but their knowledge was preserved; their data, calculations, and discoveries were hastily bundled together and docketed “for future reference” by the War Offices in every country. The campaign of 1919 was never fought; but its ideas go marching along. In every army they are being explored, elaborated, refined under the surface of peace, and should war come again to the world it is not with the weapons and agencies prepared for 1919 that it will be fought, but with developments and extensions of these which will be incomparably more formidable and fatal.
It is in these circumstances that we entered upon that period of exhaustion which has been described as Peace. It gives us, at any rate, an opportunity to consider the general situation. Certain sombre facts emerge, solid, inexorable, like the shapes of mountains from drifting mist. It is established that henceforward whole populations will take part in war, all doing their utmost, all subjected to the fury of the enemy. It is established that nations who believe their life is at stake will not be restrained from using any means to secure their existence. It is probably–nay, certain–that among the means which will next time be at their disposal will be agencies and process of destruction wholesale, unlimited, and perhaps, once launched, uncontrollable.
Mankind has never been in this position before. Without having improved appreciably in virtue or enjoying wiser guidance, it has got into its hands for the first time the tools by which it can unfailingly accomplish its own extermination. That is the point in human destinies to which all the glories and toils of men have at last led them. They would do well to pause and ponder upon their new responsibilities. Death stands at attention, obedient, expectant, ready to serve, ready to shear away the peoples en masse; ready, if called on, to pulverise, without hope of repair, what is left of civilisation. He awaits only the word of command. He awaits it from a frail, bewildered being, long his victim, now–for one occasion only–his Master.
Churchill laments that 18 years later he “could not write it differently.” He continues:
There can hardly ever have been a war more easy to prevent than this second Armageddon…had our British, American, and Allied affairs been conducted with the ordinary consistency and common sense usual in decent households there was no need for Force to march unaccompanied by law; and Strength, moreover, could have been used in righteous causes with little risk of bloodshed. In their loss of purpose, in their abandonment even of the themes they most sincerely espoused, Britain, France, and most of all, because of their immense power and impartiality, the United States, allowed conditions to be gradually built up which led to the very climax they dreaded most. They have only to repeat the same well-meaning, short-sighted behavior towards the new problems which in singular resemblance confront us today to bring about a third convulsion from which none may live to tell the tale.
Churchill elaborates on the errors of the Western powers in one particularly compelling passage, writing that World War II could have easily been prevented were it not for:
how the malice of the wicked was reinforced by the weakness of the virtuous; how the structure and habits of democratic States, unless they are welded into larger organisms, lack those elements of persistence and conviction which can alone give security to humble masses; how, even in matters of self-preservation, no policy is pursued for even ten or fifteen years at a time. We shall see how the counsels of prudence and restraint may become the prime agents of mortal danger; how the middle course adopted from desires for safety and a quiet life may be found to lead direct to the bull’s-eye of disaster. We shall see how absolute is the need of a broad path of international action pursued by many States in common across the years, irrespective of the ebb and flow of international politics.
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Oh Canada: America’s neighbor to the north becoming friendlier to gun owners?Posted July 28, 2014 at 1:20 pm by Steve Krakauer
Canada adopting “common sense” gun laws, eh?
TheBlaze Radio host SE Cupp took on the issue of gun rights and gun laws on her Saturday Cain and Cupp show – but she focused on Canada rather than the U.S.
National Firearms Association Executive Vice President Blair Hagen (as Cupp described it, the organization is like the “Canadian NRA”) joined the show to discuss the “Common Sense” Firearms Act being proposed now – which would relax some of the strict gun laws that Canada had previously adopted.
Hagen thinks the bill is a step in the right direction, but doesn’t go far enough. “I wouldn’t really call this comprehensive, but it is certainly welcome,” said Hagen.
Hagen gave advice to legal gun owners in America who are faced with the prospect of more stringent gun laws. “If you give an inch, they’ll take a mile,” said Hagen. “We learned a very hard lesson, that perhaps Americans haven’t had to. You can’t give an inch, because the actual fact of the matter is, it’s a social engineering agenda rather than a public safety agenda.”
This conversation starts up at approximately the 1:18:00 mark. Other topics on the show include the Israel-Hamas conflict, pet peeves, secret collections and more.
So what do you think? You can listen to all the “Cain and Cupp” TheBlaze Radio shows here.
Obama nominates rabbi to serve as State’s religious freedom ambassadorPosted July 28, 2014 at 12:32 pm by Pete Kasperowicz
President Barack Obama on Monday announced the nomination of Rabbi David Nathan Saperstein to be the ambassador at large for international religious freedom at the State Department, a position that has been vacant since late last year.
“I am grateful that Rabbi Saperstein has chosen to dedicate his talent to serving the American people at this important time for our country,” Obama said. “I look forward to working with him in the months and years ahead.” (more…)
Franks, Blackburn bill says Obama has all the money and tools he needs to fix the borderPosted July 28, 2014 at 10:41 am by Pete Kasperowicz
Reps. Trent Franks (R-Ariz.) and Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) say President Barack Obama has all the tools he needs to resolve the humanitarian crisis at the border, and have proposed a simple resolution calling on Obama to use them.
“[T]he president currently has the necessary tools at his disposal to solve the humanitarian crisis at the border with existing funding from Congress,” the resolution reads.
Another example of a president invoking ‘economic patriotism’…from 1951Posted July 28, 2014 at 10:15 am by Benjamin Weingarten
Recently, President Obama and Secretary of the Treasury Lew have been pushing back against and seeking legislation to prevent corporations from merging with companies overseas to shield themselves from U.S. tax rates (known as inversion transactions), or leave America altogether, calling for a new sense of “economic patriotism” from business.
Some have argued that the notion of “economic patriotism” stems from fascist rhetoric of the 1930s, and others have argued that patriotism was used to justify President Roosevelt’s economic policies during the Great Depression. But we found another interesting early example of a U.S. president invoking patriotism as a means of criticizing businesses who opposed the federal government’s economic policies.
As free-market journalist and author Henry Hazlitt wrote in Newsweek in 1951, in a June 18 article titled “Price Controllers in a Panic” (which you can find in Hazlitt’s collected editorials from 1946-1966, “Business Tides“), President Harry Truman’s Economic Stabilization Administrator Eric Johnston declared
that those who oppose the continuance of price and wage controls are led by special interests whose whole attitude is “damn the consumer, and full pockets ahead.” They are “grinding their own ax without thought for the welfare of anyone or anything else . . . at a time when men are dying in battle in Korea for a free way of life.”
For the president’s price-and-wage control law was set to expire on June 30 that year, and so the Truman administration was pushing hard for its extension, arguing that in absence of the president’s economic policies, there could be “an unmanageable torrent of inflation.”
Title: Business Tides: The Newsweek Era of Henry Hazlitt
Author: Henry Hazlitt
In an article published shortly thereafter, Hazlitt indicates that Truman himself used similar rhetoric in support of price controls:
Mr. Truman, in his recent radio address, of course utterly ignored the fact that the upward pressure on prices today comes from his own Administration’s monetary and fiscal policies. And he went on to imply that those who, like himself, favored the price control, were inspired only by the loftiest patriotism, while those who opposed price control were merely “lobbyists,” who “placed private interests above the national interest.”
“After the representatives of the Administration testified in favor of a good, strong law,” he explained, “the Congressional committees heard from 124 witnesses, representing all sorts of private organizations. And do you know how many of them came out for the bill? Twenty, just twenty.” Instead of concluding that this might indicate some possible weaknesses in the bill, or some real dangers to producers and production, Mr. Truman implied that the 104 opposing witnesses were all placing their “private interests above the national interest.”
Hazlitt continued: “Mr. Truman’s strange idea is that the only way to be a real friend of the consumer is to make things tough for the producer. But it is a little hard to see just how the consumer gains by measures that discourage production.”
Lest you think these wage and price controls were a parochial matter, Hazlitt argued that “Nothing…has more clearly signaled the imminent danger to our whole system of private enterprise” than the price controls and regulations trumpeted by President Truman in his 1951 Midyear Economic Report to Congress.
While President Obama and Secretary of the Treasury Lew are not arguing for sweeping wage and price controls, they are seeking to prevent capital from traveling to those places where it can achieve its highest returns — where businesses are least hampered by taxes and regulations.
President Obama himself implicitly acknowledged weaknesses in the U.S. business climate in a radio address this weekend, noting that “The best way to level the playing field is through tax reform that lowers the corporate tax rate, closes wasteful loopholes, and simplifies the tax code for everybody.”
But before looking at the root causes behind why companies are choosing to reorganize their corporations abroad or move altogether, the president argued that “stopping companies from renouncing their citizenship just to get out of paying their fair share of taxes is something that cannot wait.”
The president adds, “when some companies cherrypick their taxes, it damages the country’s finances. It adds to the deficit. It makes it harder to invest in the things that will keep America strong, and it sticks you with the tab for what they stash offshore.”
Whatever one’s sentiments on the merits of President Obama’s policy, it bears noting that his administration’s rhetoric has been invoked previously when businesses reacted negatively to federal economic policy in the eyes of its promulgators.
Note: The links to the book in this post will give you an option to elect to donate a percentage of the proceeds from the sale to a charity of your choice. Mercury One, the charity founded by TheBlaze’s Glenn Beck, is one of the options. Donations to Mercury One go towards efforts such as disaster relief, support for education, support for Israel and support for veterans and our military. You can read more about Amazon Smile and Mercury One here.
Doctor: There is ‘no question’ Obama administration is putting America’s health at risk in illegal immigration crisisPosted July 27, 2014 at 12:42 am by Chris Salcedo
Reporting indicates that some in the medical community are growing increasingly concerned over the health threat posed by the wave of humanity coming into the country illegally on the southern border. Tuberculosis, Swine flu, scabies and epidemic levels of lice are just a few of the imports coming over the border with Central American children and adults. Team Obama has worked very hard to keep the details secret from the American people, even threatening the prosecution to healthcare workers who dare to tell the truth.
Appearing on the Chris Salcedo Show, Dr. Elaina George, a board certified otolaryngologist, said she’s very concerned about the threat to public health as a result of the Obama administration’s handling of the illegal immigration crisis. The Princeton University graduate also said that Americans all over the country will begin seeing reports of infections in local schools districts once classes resume in the fall, as illegal immigrant children are placed into America’s classrooms.
Most damming is the administration’s secretiveness over the placement of these children and just how many are coming into America with illnesses. Also alarming is the fact that many of the illegal immigrants are being transported all over the U.S. using commercial planes and buses. The general public may have been exposed to disease and not even know it. Dr. George says there is, “no question,” that Mr. Obama and his cohorts in government are putting American’s health at risk. She simply wants to know why.
Cue to 1:37:25.
Listen: Blaze Reporter In Israel Shares Her Firsthand Experiences In The War-Torn RegionPosted July 26, 2014 at 11:35 am by Mike Opelka
During the interview, Schwartz talked about the dozens of terror tunnels into her country that Hamas had built using cement that was probably provided by Israel. She added that each tunnel cost an estimated $1 million per year to maintain, while reporting that the average per capita income in Gaza is under $1200 per year.
Schwartz explained the Israeli perspective on the FAA’s temporary blocking of flights from the U.S. into Israel and how Hamas viewed that as a victory.
She also shared her feelings on life in a country that has been the target of more than 2,200 Gaza-launched rockets in the past month. Schwartz told TheBlaze Radio audience, “As for my family, I live in northern Israel, so I really can’t complain…I personally only heard one siren, and that was one too many.”
Schwartz went on to detail the stresses felt by friends and family in central and southern Israel where the threat of incoming rockets has cancelled all summer camp and outdoor activities for children.
Monday morning on TheBlaze Radio, Sharona Schwartz will return with a live report with the latest news from the region.
The interview with Sharona starts at the 9:30 point.
This episode of “Pure Opelka” also includes segments on internet security from Tech and Intelligence Editor Elizabeth Kreft and a discussion with Faith Editor Billy Hallowell about the five biggest companies that openly declare their ties to their Christian faith.
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White House asks Congress to limit its military options in IraqPosted July 25, 2014 at 5:07 pm by Pete Kasperowicz
House Armed Services Committee Chairman Buck McKeon (R-Calif.) on Friday accused the Obama administration of trying to limit its military options in Iraq even as an offshoot group of Al Qaeda is gaining strength in that country and threatening U.S. interests.
McKeon was reacting to a letter hat National Security Advisor Susan Rice sent to House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) on Friday. It was sent just before the House considered a resolution calling on President Barack Obama to consult with Congress before sending troops back to Iraq to mitigate the rise of the terrorist group known as the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria.
Rice told Boehner that Obama has repeatedly said he has no intention to return to combat operations in Iraq, but has also said targeted military action may be needed. In that case, she said Obama would consult with Congress.
Instead of passing the resolution, Rice suggested that the House pass legislation ending the 2002 Authorization for the Use of Military Force in Iraq.
“With American combat troops having completed their withdrawal from Iraq on December 8, 2011, the Iraq AUMF is no longer used for any U.S. government activities and the administration fully supports its repeal,” she wrote.
“Such a repeal would go much further in giving the American people confidence that groups forces will not be sent into combat in Iraq.”
McKeon blasted that letter as a sign the administration wants to do nothing to stop the rise of ISIS, which the administration itself has said poses a danger to the United States.
“Obama Administration officials are warning us daily that the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria is ‘worse than Al Qaeda’ and an extreme threat to the American people,” McKeon said. “The American people aren’t worried that the President will send the military back to Iraq. They’re worried about a deadly terrorist state that can hit us from Wall Street to Main Street.
“They’re worried that this president refuses to do anything, at anytime, in any way, to stop the flood of national security crises that are popping up around the globe.”
McKeon asked why Rice was asking Congress to pass legislation that would confirm to Americans that “the president will not confront a clear and present danger” to the country.
“Where is her plan to stop this looming threat?” he asked. “Where is her request for additional intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance assets to monitor the situation? Why isn’t she over here, building support to stop a common enemy?
“This isn’t just absurd. We’re past absurd. This is dangerous. This administration is fiddling while the world burns, and now they’re demanding Congress play with them.”
Read Rice’s letter to Boehner here:
Dem senator walks back comment that PTSD caused him to plagiarizePosted July 25, 2014 at 3:58 pm by Pete Kasperowicz
Sen. John Walsh (D-Mont.) on Friday walked back his previous comments in which he appeared to blame Post Traumatic Stress Disorder for plagiarism that was recently discovered when he was at the U.S. Army War College.
The New York Times reported Wednesday that the paper Walsh wrote while at the Army War College includes several passages from academic papers and other sources.
Traditional values under attackPosted July 25, 2014 at 3:56 pm by Stu Burguiere
Certainly, the fundamental transformation of America started long before Barack Obama became president (see: Woodrow Wilson, FDR, et al).
Today on Pat & Stu we talked with Todd Starnes from Fox News whose new book, “God Less America,” details in a humorous way the way Christianity and American values are under attack in this country.
Hear Todd (and his “dude on dude slobber knocker” reference) beginning at the 46:10 mark:
See the list of items the Israel Defense Forces have asked Mercury One to supplyPosted July 25, 2014 at 3:19 pm by Meg Storm
On radio Friday morning, Glenn discussed the work Mercury One is doing to aid the Israeli people during this time of conflict. Mercury One is now working directly with the Israel Defense Forces via the Israel Support Fund to provide the supplies they need to keep the men and women fighting safe.
“We have a list of things that the Israelis have asked us for,” Glenn said. “It’s like socks and undershirts and hats and things like that. Flashlights that they really need. Mercury One is prepared to ship it all over. If you want to give to Mercury One and support the IDF and support those in Israel, you can do that. Every dollar raised goes right to this fund. You can do it now at MercuryOne.org.”
Below is a list of what has been requested:
- 100 Leatherman Supertool pliers @ $112/each = $11,200.00
- 500 sets of 2 underwear, socks, and undershirt @ $8/each = $4,000
- Army Field Intelligence: 350 hats and shirts – $9/each = $3,150
- KFIR Brigade: 500 Hats for soldiers in extreme heat all day @ $5/each = $2,500
- Nahal Special Forces: 200 head flashlights @ $11/each = $2,200
- Nahal Special Forces: 15 Coffee Maker sets for the soldiers in the field @ $35/each – $525
- Fallen Soldier Identification Unit: 200 sets of 2 underwear, socks, and undershirt @ $8/each = $1,600
- 82 Tank Brigade – 200 head flashlights @ $11/each = $2,200
- Unit 427 Special Forces: 150 head flashlights @ $11/each = $1650
- 8100 Field Intelligence: 100 shirts and hats @ $9/each = $900
- Golani 13 (the hardest hit unit so far): 500 head flashlights @ $11/each = $5,500
- Golani 13: 100 bullet proof vest bags @ $42/each = $4,200
- Golani 12: 500 head flashlights @ $42/each = $4,200
- Navy Seals 13 – 200 Leatherman Pliers Supertool @ $112.00/each (these are a different type of Leatherman) = $22,400
- Navy Seals 13: 200 Special Head Flashlights @ $45/each = $9,000
TOTAL PRICE = $75,225
You can learn more about the Mercury One Israel Support Fund here.
Veterans groups oppose Obama’s $17.6 billion VA requestPosted July 25, 2014 at 2:06 pm by Pete Kasperowicz
Key veterans organizations on Friday said they oppose President Barack Obama’s request for $17.6 billion in new funding for the Department of Veterans Affairs as something that will distract from efforts to reform the broken agency.
Representatives of the American Legion, American Veterans and Concerned Veterans for America released a joint statement that said the request for more money is a last-minute request that is making it more difficult for the House and Senate to negotiate a final VA reform bill.
The first accident at this intersection is stunning. The second will leave you speechless.Posted July 25, 2014 at 1:48 pm by Liz Klimas
This could be one of the most dangerous intersections in the world.
First, a scooter barely paused before zooming out into oncoming traffic where it was hit and run over by not one but two speeding cars.
Then, a person, standing on the opposite side of the road with what appeared to be a bike carrying a cart with a full load, crossed the road to investigate the status of the scooter’s driver. As the traffic pattern had changed, this person was narrowly missed by other cars zipping by, but seemed to make it to the median unscathed. That was until a left-turning truck careened directly into them.
Watch the stunning double accident:
It is unclear when or where exactly this incident happened, but the footage has been making its rounds on the Web this week.
The great ice cream sandwich experimentPosted July 25, 2014 at 1:31 pm by Stu Burguiere
This story is a travesty. It’s a sham. And it’s a mockery. It’s a traveshamockery.
As TheBlaze points out, there are problems with WCPO’s “experiment” involving the story of mom who found her son’s ice cream sandwich wouldn’t melt. But the most glaring is that they disregard the fact that Christie Watson found the original sandwich after it was left overnight in the cool 60-degree Cincinnati breeze.
Should the ice cream sandwich have melted anyway in that temperature? Sure, but WCPO should have been consistent. They conducted their recreation in the scorching sun for 30 minutes. We decided to do our own flawed ice cream sandwich experiment on the radio show today. For science, of course. See what happened:
House to Obama: No combat troops in Iraq without permission from CongressPosted July 25, 2014 at 12:52 pm by Pete Kasperowicz
The House overwhelmingly approved a resolution Friday that says President Barack Obama cannot deploy combat troops to Iraq without first getting approval and backing from Congress.
Passage of the resolution in a 370-40 vote is an important signal to the White House that the House insists it must be consulted — Obama has told Congress he already has authorization from Congress passed more than a decade ago to send troops to Iraq if needed.
House committee slaps White House for ignoring subpoenaPosted July 25, 2014 at 11:50 am by Pete Kasperowicz
The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee on Friday passed a resolution rejecting an assertion that the top White House political official is immune from testifying before Congress.
Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) issued a subpoena earlier this month to hear testimony from David Simas, director of the White House Office of Political Strategy and Outreach. Issa has said Simas is heading an office similar to past White House offices that have run afoul of a law prohibiting political activities on government time. (more…)
The one passage on the history of the Arab-Israeli conflict that the mainstream media will never printPosted July 25, 2014 at 10:40 am by Benjamin Weingarten
Lost in most all of the media’s coverage of the conflict in Gaza, and more broadly the battle between Israel and the Arab world is a candid discussion of the history of Israel’s founding and specifically what happened to the Arabs of Palestine at the time of its founding.
Shmuel Katz, a South African native who emigrated to Israel in the 1930s, served in the Irgun and later held a seat in Israel’s First Knesset wrote at length about this very topic in his 1973 title “Battleground: Fact & Fantasy in Palestine.” And he asserts something that would enrage today’s mainstream media and undermine a crucial element to their narrative on the conflict: that the notion that Arabs were forcibly displaced from Palestine and made refugees is a farce.
Katz makes his argument largely based upon the words of the Western media and Arab leaders themselves during the time of Israel’s founding. Below is the relevant passage:
The Arabs are the only declared refugees who became refugees not by the action of their enemies or because of well-grounded fear of their enemies, but by the initiative of their own leaders. For nearly a generation, those leaders have willfully kept as many people as they possibly could in degenerating squalor, preventing their rehabilitation, and holding out to all of them the hope of return and of “vengeance” on the Jews of Israel, to whom they have transferred the blame for their plight.
“The Arabs are the only declared refugees who became refugees..by the initiative of their own leaders”
The fabrication can probably most easily be seen in the simple circumstance that at the time the alleged cruel expulsion of Arabs by Zionists was in progress, it passed unnoticed. Foreign newspapermen who covered the war of 1948 on both sides did, indeed, write about the flight of the Arabs, but even those most hostile to the Jews saw nothing to suggest that it was not voluntary.
In the three months during which the major part of the flight took place – April, May, and June 1948 – the London Times, at that time [openly] hostile to Zionism, published eleven leading articles on the situation in Palestine in addition to extensive news reports and articles. In none was there even a hint of the charge that the Zionists were, driving the Arabs from their homes.
More interesting still, no Arab spokesman mentioned the subject. At the height of the flight, on April 27, Jamat Husseini, the Palestine Arabs’ chief representative at the United Nations, made a long political statement, which was not lacking in hostility toward the Zionists; he did not mention refugees. Three weeks later (while the flight was still in progress), the Secretary General of the Arab League, Azzam Pasha, made a fiercely worded political statement on Palestine; it contained not a word about refugees.
The Arab refugees were not driven from Palestine by anyone. The vast majority left, whether of their own free will or at the orders or exhortations of their leaders, always with the same reassurance that their departure would help in the war against Israel. Attacks by Palestinian Arabs on the Jews had begun two days after the United Nations adopted its decision of November 29, 1947, to divide western Palestine into an Arab and a Jewish state. The seven neighboring Arab states Syria, Lebanon, Transjordan, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, and Egypt then prepared to invade the country as soon as the birth of the infant State of Israel was announced.
Their victory was certain, they claimed, but it would be speeded and made easier if the local Arab population got out of the way. The refugees would come back in the wake of the victorious Arab armies and not only recover their own property but also inherit the houses and farms of the vanquished and annihilated Jews. Between December 1, 1947, and May 15, 1948, the clash was largely between bands of local Arabs, aided by the disintegrating British authority, and the Jewish fighting organizations.
The earliest voluntary refugees were understandably the wealthier Arabs of the towns, who made a comparatively leisurely departure in December 1947 and in early 1948. At that stage, departure had not yet been proclaimed as a policy or recognized as a potential propaganda weapon. The Jaffa newspaper Ash Shalab thus wrote on January 30, 1948:
“The first group of our fifth column consists of those who abandon their houses and businesses and go to live elsewhere. . . . At the first sign of trouble they take to their heels to escape sharing the burden of struggle.”
Title: Battleground: Fact & Fantasy in Palestine
Author: Samuel Katz
Another weekly, As-Sarih of Jaffa, used even more scathing terms on March 30, 1948, to accuse the inhabitants of Sheikh Munis and other villages in the neighborhood of Tel Aviv of “bringing down disgrace on us all” by “abandoning their villages.” On May 5, the Jerusalem correspondent of the London Times was reporting: “The Arab streets are curiously deserted and, ardently following the poor example of the more moneyed class there has been an exodus from Jerusalem too, though not to the same extent as in Jaffa and Haifa.”
As the local Arab offensive spread during the late winter and early spring of 1948, the Palestinian Arabs were urged to take to the hills, so as to leave the invading Arab armies unencumbered by a civilian population. Before the State of Israel had been formally declared – and while the British still ruled the country – over 200,000 Arabs left their homes in the coastal plain of Palestine.
These exhortations came primarily from their own local leaders. Monsignor George Hakim, then Greek Catholic Bishop of Galilee, the leading Christian personality in Palestine for many years, told a Beirut newspaper in the summer of 1948, before the flight of Arabs had ended:
“The refugees were confident that their absence would not last long (more…)
Nancy Pelosi wants border money, but no changes to immigration law: ‘Let’s just keep it separate’Posted July 25, 2014 at 10:36 am by Pete Kasperowicz
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said Friday that she wants Congress to quickly pass a bill providing billions of dollars of new money to deal with unaccompanied minors at the border, without any additional language aimed at fixing parts of U.S. immigration law that Republicans say has caused the border crisis.
The Obama administration has called for passage of $3.7 billion bill to help officials detain children as they cross, and then get them medical care while they wait — sometimes for years — for a deportation hearing. Pelosi said a bill similar to that supplemental spending proposal should be passed, without any of the immigration law changes the GOP wants.
Dr. Ben Carson’s ‘One Nation’ has been a major bestseller…and the mainstream media has ignored itPosted July 25, 2014 at 9:20 am by Alak Mehta
Following its release on May 20, Dr. Ben Carson’s new book “One Nation” debuted at No. 1 on the New York Times Hardcover Nonfiction Best Sellers list, dethroning Thomas Piketty’s “Capital.” After eight weeks on the chart, “One Nation” impressively sits at No. 5.
Despite its commercial success, Carson’s book has failed to garner attention from the mainstream media. Major publications, including The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Washington Post, have neglected to review or even cover the book.
“One Nation” has been met with favorable reviews from readers (receiving a 4.8/5 on Amazon based on 627 reviews and a 4.27/5 on Goodreads based on 260 ratings), making the mainstream media’s lack of attention even more interesting.
Title: One Nation: What We Can All Do to Save America's Future
Author: Ben Carson M.D.
- “This book supports itself with a strong structure of common sense, basic morality, and a willingness to compromise and listen to opposing views.” (more…)
Rand Paul launches defense of the Fifth Amendment to the ConstitutionPosted July 25, 2014 at 9:11 am by Pete Kasperowicz
Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) is looking to defend the Fifth Amendment to the Constitution not just from the Obama administration, but from states that are finding it too easy to seize private property without first charging and convicting property owners.
Paul says he introduced his Fifth Amendment Integrity Restoration (FAIR) Act because governments at all levels are ignoring the simple protection it is supposed to be providing for all Americans.
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