The Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) executed six people after they condemned the terrorist group for burning Jordanian pilot Mu’ath Kasasbeh alive. Muslims from around the world condemned the burning because “such a form of killing was considered despicable by Islam, no matter the context.”“ISIS executed the Imam of Nabi Yunis mosque, Sheikh Abdullah Fahad and the Imam of Kabir Mosque, Sheikh Ayub Abdul Wahab in Mosul,” said one source.
The militants murdered the clerics by firing squad. They also beheaded four civilians in another neighborhood.
Obama’s (Im)moral Equivalence Between ISIS and Christianity
President Barack Obama offered the nation a lesson in moral relativism at the National Prayer Breakfast on Thursday, when he admonished Americans not to “get on our high horse” about radical Islam because “people committed terrible deeds in the name of Christ,” including here in the United States. Obama’s statement was both immoral and insensitive, and appeared to excuse the grotesque atrocities carried out by radical Islam, as well as his own passivity in responding.
Washington Post: Brian Williams Scandal Is an NBC News-wide Scandal
Where were Williams’s crew members, who surely knew that Williams had either “conflated” his Chinook with another Chinook — his explanation — or was using the passage of time to embellish his own exploits — another explanation. And what of other NBC News employees who worked on the story? Why did they remain silent on these matters? Are they still with NBC News?
We put these questions to NBC News and haven’t heard back.
The Future Must Not Belong to Those Who Slander Christians by Harping on the Crusades
The easy joke about Barack Obama’s bizarre, bigoted rant at the National Prayer Breakfast today is that he was trying to do Brian Williams of NBC News a favor, by taking attention away from him with a firestorm of outrage.Stunned and horrified Americans, and indeed Christians around the world, not to mention victims of Islamist horror from every religious background, will be trying to process Obama’s idiotic words for days to come.
Yes, folks, the President of the United States just told the civilized world it has no moral standing to criticize the head-choppers, child-crucifiers, slave-takers, and auto-da-fe enthusiasts of the modern world, because the Crusades happened a thousand years ago.
Baltimore Sun: Brian Williams Needs To Be Gone By Friday
Wednesday evening, after being caught lying, the Nightly News anchor admitted that for the last 12 years he has repeatedly lied about being shot down in a helicopter over Iraq. As of now Zurawik appears to be the only mainstream media critic calling for Williams to be let go and calling a lie a lie:
The Washington Post has a terrific article today, "The great start-up slowdown" detailing how the rise of crony capitalism is retarding economic growth and job creation in the United States. The subheadline gets right to the point: "Some economists see a link between the scarcity of start-ups and the rise of influence-peddling."
The Post article mirrors a column I wrote a couple of years ago in which I reported data showing that startups are the source of practically all new jobs:
We all complain about businesses we don't like, but because business is voluntary, every merchant must offer us something we want in order to get our money. But that's not true for politicians and their businessman cronies. They get to use government force to grab our money.
This Washington Post piece on the politics surrounding the issue tells us everything we need to know about how the political class – and its journalistic camarilla – operates. Although the authors cite a figure – $561 billion – nowhere do we read that this is an all-time high. Yet that’s just the beginning of what’s wrong with Washington.
House Dems Bully Israelis to Cancel Netanyahu’s Speech
House Democrats, knowing their primary allegiance is to Barack Obama, met Wednesday with Israeli officials in an attempt to forestall Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s scheduled speech to Congress about a nuclear Iran.
‘Oh, She’s Going Down’: Rand Paul Comes Out Swinging Against Loretta Lynch’s Nomination
The Kentucky Republican is unveiling his opposition to Lynch on Greta Van Susteren’s On The Record program on Fox News.
Earlier Wednesday, in his office in the Russell Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill, Breitbart News watched as the senator’s legal and press team briefed him final time before the interview. Sergio Gor, Paul’s communications director, his press secretary Eleanor May and attorney Brian Darling were all present.
Pentagon Report Claims Vladimir Putin May Have Asperger’s Syndrome
USA Today has uncovered a 2008 Pentagon report that claims Russian President Vladimir Putin has exhibited symptoms of Asperger’s syndrome, which is a form of autism. The Office of Net Assessment (ONA), a Pentagon think tank, compiled the report.Brenda Connors, an expert in movement pattern analysis, said Putin’s “neurological development was significantly interrupted in infancy,” and his movements show “that the Russian President carries a neurological abnormality.”
Jeb Bush: We Must ‘Dramatically Expand’ Immigrants Coming to WorkWednesday at the Detroit Economic Club, former Gov. Jeb Bush (R-FL) said to “create high, sustained economic growth,” we need to “dramatically expand immigrants that are coming to work.”
Bush said, “It seems to me we ought to be strategic about this about how do we create high, sustained economic growth And that is to shift away from family reunification being almost the sole driver of illegal immigration to narrowing that do what every other country has, spouse and minor children. And dramatically expanding immigrants that are coming to work. A guest worker program to deal in the areas where there are shortages.”
NBC SHOCK: Brian Williams Forced to Recant Iraq War Lie Repeated for 12 Years
***SECOND UPDATE: TV Newser reports that Williams’ story got more dramatic over time.
***UPDATE: Starting at the 3:50 mark below, you can watch Williams tell David Letterman this fabricated story. The level of detail is astonishing. After the story, Letterman tells Williams how much respect he has for him and later refers to him as a “war hero”:
Fox News also points out that Williams penned an account of the false story on the Nightly Newsblog back in 2008: “We came under fire by what appeared to be Iraqi farmers with RPG’s and AK-47’s. The Chinook helicopter flying in front of ours (from the 101st Airborne) took an RPG to the rear rotor, as all four of our low-flying Chinooks took fire.”
U.S. Prepared To Rely Upon Iran For Regional Stability In Afghanistan, Iraq & Syria
European officials have reportedly relayed a message to Israeli officials about the Obama administration’s plans concerning the ongoing nuclear negotiations with Iran. The U.S. and Iran are reportedly closing in on a deal that would allow the Ayatollah’s regime to keep the vast majority of its centrifuges running, while also allowing for Iran to be in charge of stabilizing its surrounding region.
Obama At National Prayer Breakfast: ’People Committed Terrible Deeds In The Name of Christ’
Obama said that even though religion is a source for good around the world, there will always be people willing to “hijack religion for their own murderous ends.”
Firestorm: Veterans Livid Over Brian Williams’ Lies
From a Viet Nam assault helicopter pilot and distinguished Navy Captain:
“He got one thing right; he’s no war correspondent.”
Wednesday, February 4, 2015
Los Emiratos Árabes Unidos se pliegan al chantaje terrorista y dejan de participar en la coalición que lidera EE.UU.
La CIA cree que Nisman murió por una pelea interna de los servicios secretos argentinos con el gobierno de Kirchner, según Clarín
Fuentes consultadas por el diario argentino «Clarín» aseguran que Irán no tuvo nada que ver en el caso
Amenazan de muerte al juez argentino que lleva la causa Hotesur, en la se investigan los negocios hoteleros de Kirchner
Según informaron fuentes judiciales al medio argentino Infobae, el mensaje fue recibido el jueves por la secretaria privada del magistrado
by Peter Schiff
If you are an investor, your big concern should not be about stocks… but what happens when the bond bubble goes bust.
For 30+ years, Western countries have been papering over the decline in living standards by issuing debt. In its simplest rendering, sovereign nations spent more than they could collect in taxes, so they issued debt (borrowed money) to fund their various welfare schemes.
This was usually sold as a “temporary” issue. But as politicians have shown us time and again, overspending is never a temporary issue. Today, a whopping 47% of American households receive some kind of Government benefit. This is not temporary… this is endemic.
One of the main narratives for understanding European economy's longer term growth outlook has been the risk of Japanification: a long-term stagnation punctuated by recessionary periods and accompanied by low inflation and or deflationary episodes and pressures. I posted on the topic before (see for example here: http://trueeconomics.blogspot.ie/2014/10/19102014-chart-of-week-japanising-europe.html) and generally think we are witnessing some worrying similarities with Japan, driven primarily by longer-term trends: debt overhangs across real economy, nature of debt allocations (concentrated in less productive legacy assets, such as property in some countries, physical capital in others) and, crucially, demographics-impacted political and institutional paralysis.
He urges his readers to consider my “cracked analysis” of the Paris attacks and proceeds to quote a single sentence out of a 2,000-word essay published on Antiwar.com:
“None of the individual terrorists who struck that fateful day would’ve even been in the country but for the fact that France established an African empire in the 19th century.”
What Hillary Clinton did to Libya is a crime on a scale rivaled only by the crimes of the Bush administration in Iraq – and there is a definite parallel in the methodology of the criminals.
Libya has been pretty much off the public’s radar screen ever since the US intervention that led to Muammar Qaddafi’s downfall – and the ugly aftermath in which the US ambassador was murdered by the very people Washington was intent on “liberating.” Now the aftermath is getting even uglier.
The country is imploding, with two rival governments claiming suzerainty, but describing Libya’s situation as a state of “civil war” is a bit of an understatement. If ever there was such an entity as a “failed state” – that is, a state that has simply collapsed, and is dragging the rest of society down along with it – then Libya fits the definition to a tee. If we liken a society to the human body, then we can say Libya’s immune system is down, allowing a deadly infection to invade and take root – in this case, the “Islamic State,” or “caliphate,” known as ISIS, which first reared its head in Syria and is now spreading into Libya.
Now and again history reaches an inflection point. Statesman and mere politicians, as the case may be, find themselves confronted with fraught circumstances and stark choices. February 2015 is one such moment.
For its part, Greece stands at a fork in the road. Syriza can move aggressively to recover Greece’s democratic sovereignty or it can desperately cling to the faltering currency and financial machinery of the Euro zone. But it can’t do both.
So by the time the current onerous bailout agreement expires at month end, Greece must have repudiated its “bailout debt” and be on the off-ramp from the euro. Otherwise, it will have no hope of economic recovery or restoration of self-governance, and Syriza will have betrayed its mandate.
By Llewellyn H. Rockwell, Jr.
For a century and a half, the idea of secession has been systematically demonized among the American public. The government schools spin fairy tales about the “indivisible Union” and the wise statesmen who fought to preserve it. Decentralization is portrayed as unsophisticated and backward, while nationalism and centralization are made to seem progressive and inevitable. When a smaller political unit wishes to withdraw from a larger one, its motives must be disreputable and base, while the motivations of the central power seeking to keep that unit in an arrangement it does not want are portrayed as selfless and patriotic, if they are considered at all.
Tuesday, February 3, 2015
Last week in his State of the Union address, President Obama extolled “middle class economics”, his name for his economic policies. However this was spin, not reality.
As with many, perhaps most, Americans, when I hear the words “middle class economics,” I think not about my own history but of my family’s. My great grandfather arrived here with his parents and siblings shortly after the Civil War. There is no record of him having much schooling, but the family clearly coveted education. Records show that his sister, who became a teacher, was soon in college, almost unheard of for a girl in the mid-19th century. His father was listed in the census as a laborer, but within the decade the son was partner in a store and later either took over the business or started his own, the records aren’t clear. After graduating from college (the family’s first male recorded as having done so), his son married a teacher and took over the business.
In his recent State of the Union address, President Obama was upbeat and inspiring, particularly if a listener had no prior knowledge of his many speeches that were quite similar but bore no fruit. It almost appeared that he was living in an alternate universe that bore no resemblance to present-day America and the current global stage.
He boasted that the economy was doing very well and that unemployment had been cut in half since he took office.
Mitt Romney showed once again that he is truly a class act. In his announcement that he will not be running for president in 2016, he stated, “I believe that one of our next generation of Republican leaders, one who may not be as well known as I am today, one who has not yet taken their message across the country, one who is just getting started, may well emerge as being better able to defeat the Democrat nominee.”
This was unusual political humility. But let me highlight this specific phrase: “one who has not yet taken their message across the country.”
Last November, Republicans grew their strength in Congress to levels unseen since 1946. What united the party and rallied the nation was the GOP’s declared resolve to stand up to an imperious president.
Give us powerful new majorities, said John Boehner and Mitch McConnell, and we shall halt these usurpations of Congressional power.
And, so, what is the first order of business now in the Ways and Means Committee of Paul Ryan and Senate Finance Committee of Orrin Hatch?
Today President Obama will unveil his proposed federal budget for 2016. Voters should be warned that virtually all the numbers reported in news coverage of the federal budget will be misleading at best.
That’s because the budget reporting will be written primarily in the language of official Washington rather than the language of everyday Americans. In Washington, if government spending goes up less than expected, the politicians have declared it to be a “cut.” Normal people don’t consider something a spending cut unless spending actually goes down.
President Obama has no intention of heeding the call of American voters to curb his statist agenda. That’s not what extreme ideologues do, and that’s not what he did after his party’s shellacking in the 2010 congressional elections.
In fact, despite what conciliatory bones he may have thrown the Republicans after those elections, he doubled down on his agenda. Having done that, he still won re-election in 2012.
Even if the 2014 elections were a referendum on his policies, as he said they would be and I believe they were, he doesn’t have to worry about another election for himself. So as far as he’s concerned, there’s no reason to put on the brakes now.