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Judge Pirro To Barack Obama: Put On Your Big-Boy Pants And Get In The Game!

 

 

 

 

 

Published on Jul 19, 2014

” Article at: http://www.westernfreepress.com/?p=24…
Judge Jeanine Pirro cycles through 5 major crises raging on the President’s watch while, she claims, he “dithers”. Comparing Barack Obama’s responses to those of Ronald Reagan’s, she calls on the President to get engaged and show us some leadership!
From Fox News’ “Justice with Judge Jeanine”, July 19, 2014 “

 

 

 

 

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Intel Official: Americans Have Joined Militant Group ISIS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

” The Sunni militant group in Iraq is a force roughly 3,000 strong and includes some Americans, a senior intelligence official told CBS News on Tuesday.

  The majority of fighters in the group, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, are of Iraqi and Syrian origin.

  In all, up to 10,000 are fighting with the group, 3,000 in Iraq and another 7,000 in Syria, the intelligence official said. Between 3,000 and 5,000 are foreigners, though how many of those are in Iraq is difficult to assess.

  The fighters view Syria and Iraq as one battlefield and have been able to move swiftly inside Iraq with the help of local Sunnis, ties the intelligence official described as more of a “relationship of convenience” than a formal alliance.

  The official said the group, also known as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, was well-positioned to keep the territory that it has captured but would be stretched thin if it tried to push south into Baghdad. It has intentions to target U.S. interests, the official said.”

 

 

 

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Intel Official: Americans Have Joined Militant Group ISIS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

” The Sunni militant group in Iraq is a force roughly 3,000 strong and includes some Americans, a senior intelligence official told CBS News on Tuesday.

  The majority of fighters in the group, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, are of Iraqi and Syrian origin.

  In all, up to 10,000 are fighting with the group, 3,000 in Iraq and another 7,000 in Syria, the intelligence official said. Between 3,000 and 5,000 are foreigners, though how many of those are in Iraq is difficult to assess.

  The fighters view Syria and Iraq as one battlefield and have been able to move swiftly inside Iraq with the help of local Sunnis, ties the intelligence official described as more of a “relationship of convenience” than a formal alliance.

  The official said the group, also known as the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, was well-positioned to keep the territory that it has captured but would be stretched thin if it tried to push south into Baghdad. It has intentions to target U.S. interests, the official said.”

 

 

 

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ISIS Declares All Guns In Iraq Illegal…Except Those Used By ISIS

 

 

 

 

” It’s the holy grail of gun control, as demanded by Michael Bloomberg and his minions as well as Dianne Feinstein and her associates in Congress: a total ban on firearms, other than those used by the government. And what government is embracing this “progressive” stance on ‘dangerous weapons, you might ask? The Al-Qaeda associated group known as ISIS has just made that declaration for all land under its control in Iraq . . . 

From The Telegraph:

  The Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham has set out a list of rules for residents of Mosul as it seeks to impose its Islamist rules on Iraq’s second city.

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  No public gathering other than those organised by ISIS will be allowed at any stage. No guns will be allowed outside of its ranks.

  It has been said many times that power grows out of the barrel of a gun, and it looks like ISIS is embracing that idea.

  The impetus behind this move is pretty clear: ISIS wants a monopoly on power so they can force those living in areas under their control to follow their rather extreme version of Islam and nothing else. If all guns are illegal, then there would be no way for citizens to resist the impending approach of death squads and morality police.  

  It’s about power and control, not “safety.”

 

The Truth About Guns

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Obama’s Last Card

 

 

 

 

 

” With the ongoing collapse of Iraq, the endgame for the worst foreign policy in American history has begun.

  It is no less than astonishing to glance over the foreign policy errors made by the Obama administration since 2009.

● The deliberate alienation of the UK. Thanks to direct and malicious efforts made by President Obama personally (the Churchill bustRegion 1 DVDs), the oldest and most fruitful alliance of the modern age entered into its frostiest period since the Civil War… in the midst of a civilizational conflict in which the Anglosphere comprised the sole serious opposition.

● The deliberate undermining of Israel. Again, a loyal and steady ally was cut off for no rational reason. In this case, a country to which the U.S., as the chief representative of the West, owes an unquestionable moral debt. I guess O was listening to all those Jeremiah Wright sermons after all.

● The dismissal of India. Though generally overlooked, this marks a crucial blow against a future alliance promising profound benefits. The Bush administration put particular effort into widening relations with Asia’s largest democracy. Obama allowed this to collapse, evidently as an insult directed at George W. Bush.

● The abandonment of Africa. Again, Bush did yeoman’s work in reviving American involvement in Africa, an effort that generated praise even from his political enemies. As with India, our first African-heritage president dropped this without even a second glance.”

 

 

Mr Dunn’s chronicle continues and of course is less than flattering to the adherents of “smart diplomacy” …

 

 

” What can be done? Very little, at this point. To consider otherwise is to assume that this crew of losers — Obama, Hagel, Rice, Power, and a cast of thousands — can somehow undo what they set in motion through their own stupidity and self-delusion in the first place. (This is to assume that you can attract Obama’s attention without calling airstrikes against every golf course on the planet). With the coming collapse of Iraq, the avalanche is in motion and cannot be stopped. The best strategy is to ride it out and prepare to pick up the pieces.”

 

 

Read the whole thing and determine to help get some grown-ups elected in 2016

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Someone Is Spilling ISIS’s Secrets On Twitter

 

 

 

” A mysterious Twitter account is trying to stop ISIS’ rise to power by spilling the terror group’s secrets online. For more than six months a series of tweets have detailed the alleged covert alliances and conspiratorial machinations behind the ascension of The Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham, the Islamist group taking over large parts of Iraq. Taken together, the tweets form a slanted but valuable picture of ISIS and one of the only portraits of its leaders. Perhaps even more important, the account is still active, sending out tweets days ago about ISIS’s current strategy in Iraq and what it plans to do next.

  Sitting over a keyboard somewhere, likely in a Syrian town now held by rebel forces, is @wikibaghdady, the leaker behind the anti-ISIS account. He may be a former ISIS member who defected to ISIS’ rivals in Syria, the al Qaeda backed Al Nusra front, as some analysts have speculated. Or, “he” may actually be more than one person, with @wikibaghdady serving as the avatar for a group effort to undermine ISIS’ official story and knock it from its perch atop the jihadist movement. Whatever the case, @wikibaghdady has put ISIS in uncomfortable positions, revealing the true name of the group’s leader and a deeply controversial association.

  Most of @wikibaghdady’s secret history of ISIS is a straightforward chronicle of purported facts about the group, presented as a series of questions, posed and then answered by the account. But pulling back the curtain and exposing ISIS’ inner workings, @wikibaghdady claims that ISIS is an elaborate fraud, pretenders to the Caliphate.”

 

 

Daily Beast has more

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

US To Partially Evacuate Embassy After String Of Baghdad Explosions

 

 

 

 

 

 

” Security is being beefed up at the U.S. embassy in the capital of Iraq and some staff members are being temporarily moved to other parts of Iraq and to Jordan, following a string of explosions in the area that have killed at least 15 and wounded more than 30. 

  A State Department spokeswoman says in a statement that a “substantial majority” of U.S. embassy staff will remain even as parts of the country experience instability and violence.

  One car bomb went off in the city center, killing 10 and wounding 21. After nightfall, another explosion hit the area, killing two and wounding five. The third went off near a falafel shop in the city’s sprawling Sadr City district, killing three and wounding seven.”

 

 

    The arming of the terrorists is now complete . Whatever armament Obama failed to provide for the terrs in Libya and Syria is now in their hands in Iraq . Heck of a job Barack . 

It’s 1973 all over again and think how many decades it took the US to recover from that failure of the political class in abandoning the priceless efforts of 58,220 brave American servicemen and women . Obama can now add 3,527 bodies to his list of “Smart Diplomacy” accomplishments.

    Now that’s “leadership” . The question is to who’s benefit … Ask yourselves , could the Jihadis have elected a better president to suit their goals ? Who’s interests do the Obama administration really represent ? Is there any doubt that the terrorists are stronger and in better shape now than they were six years ago ?

 

 

Terrorist Gains Under Obama

 

 

     Here is a recent map of the mid east and north Africa that shows exactly how much the Jihadi’s have gained since our illustrious “leader” took office . All of the highlighted countries have now either experienced major growth in terrorist activity , become safe havens for terrorist training camps or have become outright fiefdoms on the road to a “Global Caliphate” . So after six years of “leadership” by the enlightened one , ask yourself , who is really better off … the free world , or the Islamists ?

And these gains in Islamist good fortunes doesn’t even take into consideration the explosion of domestic training camps being established in the US nor the Federal government’s refusal to secure the most porous border in the world , thus allowing and unrestricted flow of enemies and materiels to pour in via Mexico . Don’t you feel safer ? Thanks Barack .

al Jazeera

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Judge Jeanine On Iraq And ISIS – Thanks To Obama, We Should All Be Afraid

 

 

 

 

 

 

Published on Jun 14, 2014

” Judge Jeanine Pirro tells us why we should all be afraid of the events in Iraq, where ultra-extreme Islamists are sweeping across Iraq. The judge blames Obama’s feckless and uncaring policy that had the US abandon Iraq entirely.”

    ‘This Is Our Ball’: Iraqi Jihadis Cut Off Head For World Cup Tweet

     

     

     

    ” The Islamic militant group has been turning to social media to boast of its victories as its fighters continue to seize large swaths of the country.

      The propaganda efforts — meant to shatter the morale of Iraqi government officials and strike fear into the heart of civilians — have been wildly successful in the country, The Washington Post reported.

      The al Qaeda-inspired group, which has also performed horrifying executions and amputations, also posted video footage of the beheading.

      In the gruesome clip, the militants knock on the door of the police officer’s home in the middle of the night.

      After he answers, they blindfold him, cuff him — and cut off his head with a knife.

      Another video clip the group posted online shows them leaning out of cars, spraying drivers with bullets along a blood-splattered street.”

     

     

     

     

     

     

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    Militants Seize Iraq’s Second-Largest City

     

     

     

     

    ” Gunmen seized Iraq’s second-largest city Tuesday as troops threw away their uniforms and abandoned their posts, officials said, in another blow to the authorities, who appear incapable of stopping militant advances.

      Predominantly Sunni Muslim Mosul, 350 kilometres (220 miles) north of Baghdad, has long been a militant stronghold and one of the most dangerous areas in the country.”

     

     

     

     

     

     

    ” Capital of Nineveh province, it is the second city after Fallujah, west of the capital, that the government has lost this year.

    ” The city of Mosul is outside the control of the state and at the mercy of the militants,” an interior ministry official told AFP, saying soldiers had fled after removing their uniforms. 

      Adding that the gunmen were Sunni, he said they announced over loudspeakers that they had “come to liberate Mosul and would fight only those who attack them.”

     

     

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       Smart diplomacy is winning the day throughout the world . It’s a good thing we traded that ignorant cowboy for the genius Nobel prize winner . The world is such a safer place today .

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    National Geographic’s Profile Of The Dogs Of War

     

    Picture of Marine Corporal John Dolezal posing with Cchaz, a Belgian Malinois

     

     

     

    ” Not all military dogs are suited to combat. Some wither in the heat or become too excited by the sounds of gunfire or explosions, even after they’ve been desensitized to them in training. Some are too loyal, too lazy, or too playful. Each dog is its own particular, sometimes peculiar, universe. Still, certain breeds generally do better than others on the battlefield, such as German shepherds, Labrador retrievers, and especially the Belgian Malinois, which is known for being fearless, driven, and able to handle the heat.

      But what works in a given environment may not work in another. History suggests that each battle situation calls for its own breed and tactics. Benjamin Franklin encouraged the use of dogs against the Indians. They “will confound the enemy a good deal,” he wrote, “and be very serviceable. This was the Spanish method of guarding their marches.” (Spanish conquistadores were said to have used bullmastiffs against Native Americans.)”

     

     

     

     

     

     

    ” During the Second Seminole War, starting in 1835, the U.S. military used Cuban-bred bloodhounds to track Indians in the swamps of Florida. Dogs were said to have guarded soldiers in the Civil War. During World War I both sides used tens of thousands of dogs as messengers. In World War II the U.S. Marines deployed dogs on Pacific islands to sniff out Japanese positions. In Vietnam an estimated 4,000 canines were used to lead jungle patrols, saving numerous lives. (Nevertheless, the military decided to leave many behind when the U.S. pulled out.)”

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Read the whole story at National Geographic

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Victory In Scott Olsen Case

     

     

     

     

    ” The City of Oakland has agreed to pay Scott Olsen $4.5 million to compensate him for devastating brain injuries he suffered when an Oakland Police officer shot him in the head with a “less lethal” munition on October 25, 2011, during a demonstration in support of Occupy Oakland. The lead filled “bean bag” round, fired from a 12 gauge shotgun, shattered Mr. Olsen’s skull and permanently destroyed part of his brain. The settlement in Olsen v. City of Oakland, 3:12-cv-06333, is pending final approval by the Oakland City Council. Mr. Olsen was represented by attorneys Jim Chanin, Rachel Lederman, and Julie Houk.

      Mr. Olsen had only been at the demonstration for a matter of minutes before OPD commanders gave the order to use munitions on the assembled crowd. He was shot 18 seconds later. Lederman explained, “The commanders knew the teargas and flashbangs would cause people to panic and run, yet they elected to shoot SIM into the densely packed crowd and it is only a matter of luck that more people weren’t injured as severely as Scott Olsen or killed. If the police had done sufficient planning for the demonstration and followed their own Crowd Control Policy, the use of weapons could have entirely been avoided. After all, no other Bay Area city responded to Occupy with SIM or teargas and no other city has incurred the enormous costs that the people of Oakland have as a result.” “The cost is not only money,” added Olsen. “If people can’t speak out without fear of being shot we don’t really have democracy.” “

     

    Read more at WeCopWatch.org

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Suicide Bomb Instructor Accidentally Detonates, Kills 21 Students In Iraq

     

    ” Insurgents accidentally set off their own car bomb Monday at a training camp in an orchard in a Sunni area north of Baghdad, leaving 21 dead and some two dozen arrested, Iraqi officials said. 

      Authorities found seven car bombs — all without plates — several explosive belts and roadside bombs after searching two houses and a garage in the dense area, offering a rare glimpse into the workings of militants behind a resurgence in violence in the country. Bomb experts began working immediately to defuse the explosives.

      A police officer said the militants were attending a lesson on making car bombs and explosive belts when a glitch set off one of the devices.”

     

     

     

     

     

     

    The gene pool grew a little bit stronger and “Paradise’s virgins” got a little bit busier yesterday … Good on them .

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    The Best (And Worst) War Movies Of All Time

     

    ” War movies have been around as long as cinema has existed. There is something about the horror, bravery, tragedy, and excitement of combat that has inspires filmmakers and put butts in the seats. By our thinking, a good war movie says something specific to the conflict it purports to represent. Historical accuracy is also a plus, but it’s easy to forgive some errors in the face of a good plot or overall effectiveness of a film. We limited our list to conflicts in which the U.S. fought, and we skipped a few, such as Kosovo or Grenada, that didn’t inspire many films. Of course, let us know what movies we’re missing.”

     

     

    Worst Korean War Movie: MASH (1970)

    ” There are not many movies about the Korean War. So it’s annoying that perhaps the most famous one doesn’t actually focus on the conflict. MASH riffs on Vietnam while setting the battlefield hospital in Korea. The helicopter, introduced in Korea as a way to get casualties to hospitals, became an icon of the Vietnam War. The tales of cynical, world-weary doctors who misbehave, save lives, and gripe about the folly of war were comments on the war of the time, not the Korean conflict. The movie is much better than the TV show, though, and has an intriguing mix of comedy and bloody surgery. But these positives do not make MASH a great war movie or even a great antiwar movie. Its attitude and willingness to shock the establishment feel stuck in its time.”
    See the best & worst movies of all US conflicts here … See how their choices stack up against yours 

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    UN: More Than 140,000 Iraqis Flee Anbar Violence

    ” A United Nations official says more than 140,000 Iraqis have fled parts of Anbar province over clashes between security forces and al-Qaida militants.”

     

    ” He added that more than 65,000 people fled the conflict in the cities of Ramadi and Fallujah just in the past week alone.”

    Smart diplomacy … hmmm

    … And Most DON’T Want The Face Covered

     

    Survey: Chart shows how people from seven different countries with a majority-Muslim population believe women should dress

     

     

    ” The way Muslim women should dress in public has been a strongly debated topic in recent months.

      But a new study has now revealed what the citizens of different Muslim countries believe is appropriate female dress – and how widely views differ between them. 

      The survey was conducted across seven countries – Tunisia, Egypt, Iraq, Lebanon, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia and Turkey – which all have a majority Muslim population.

      And the research from the University of Michigan’s Institute for Social Research found that most residents in these countries prefer women to cover their hair with a traditional hijab, al-Amira or head scarf rather than cover their entire face with a full burqa or niqab. “

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    From The Latest Commentary Magazine

     

     

     

    ” The situation in Iraq’s restive Western province of al-Anbar continues to deteriorate as al-Qaeda-affiliated radicals have now seized Fallujah and threaten to take more cities. Some analysts have been tempted to blame everyone from Prime Minister Maliki in Baghdad to President Obama in the White House—and certainly there is blame to go around—but ultimately that political blame should not cover the fact that sometimes the solution to terrorism rooted in ideology is not counterinsurgency strategy or winning hearts and minds, but rather killing those who embrace terror.”

     

     

    Killed terrorists can’t kill . 

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Al-Qaeda-Linked Force Captures Fallujah Amid Rise In Violence In Iraq

     

     

    All for nothing …

    ” A rejuvenated al-Qaeda-affiliated force asserted control over the western Iraqi city of Fallujah on Friday, raising its flag over government buildings and declaring an Islamic state in one of the most crucial areas that U.S. troops fought to pacify before withdrawing from Iraq two years ago.

      The capture of Fallujah came amid an explosion of violence across the western desert province of Anbar in which local tribes, Iraqi security forces and al-Qaeda-affiliated militants have been fighting one another for days in a confusingly chaotic three-way war.”

     

    Source: WashPost

     

     

     

     

    AMERICANS KILLED BY COPS NOW OUTNUMBER AMERICANS KILLED IN IRAQ WAR

     

     

    ” Cops have killed well over 5,000 Americans since 9/11. Many of these killings have occurred during no-knock raids, which have risen by 4000%.

      Iraqi insurgents have killed around 3,500 Americans in Iraq since 9/11 in Operation Iraqi “Freedom.”

      Afghan insurgents have killed around 2,000 Americans in Afghanistan since 9/11 in Operation Enduring “Freedom.”

     

     

     

     

    ”  The police are getting paid with our money to go on shooting sprees and they are killing more of us than the terrorists from whom they “protect” us. In fact, you are eight times more likely to be killed by a cop than by a terrorist.

      Domestic violence is two-four times more common among police families than American families in general.”

     

     

     

       This is the most disturbing domestic trend in the US and is a direct result of Federal policies on the “War on Drugs” and the subsidization of military hardware for domestic law enforcement . Innocent people are being killed by our police every week . Radley Balko has chronicled the rise of the militarization of the police in his book :  “Rise of the Warrior Cop: The Militarization of America’s Police Forces” and it is required reading . 

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Obama Approval Rating Lower Than Bush’s At The Same Point In Presidency

     

     

     

    ” If you recall George W Bush’s 5th year in the presidency, Iraq was still going badly (the surge hadn’t worked yet), the news networks still had a daily count of the dead they featured and we were told that America was tired of war, and especially a war of choice.  And then there was Katrina. We were also told that President Bush was suffering horrendous disapproval numbers, numbers so bad that they would be hard to beat in modern history.

    Until today:

    When President Obama first ran for the White House in 2008, it was with the promise to turn the page on the presidency of George W. Bush. But for all their political differences, it turns out the American public pretty much view the two men in the same light, according to new polling data.

    “By the same light” it seems obvious that the majority of the American people disapproved of both presidents at the same point in their presidency.  But other than that the disapproval comes via different routes.  President Bush was fighting not only an unpopular war, but a negative press and the Democratic party that continually went negative about he and his administration (something they seem to have forgotten since President Obama has taken office).

    Obama, on the other hand, has pretty much gotten a free pass on Afghanistan and has had a supportive, almost adoring press that has mostly worked to blunt any criticism of he and his administration, to include any criticism by Republicans.

    But despite that, his approval rating is in the toilet.  Why?”

     

    Illustration by William Warren

     

     

     

     

     

     

    United Technologies/National Journal Congressional Connection Poll Finds People Think The U.S. Has No Obligation To Punish Countries For WMD Use

     

     

    ” Americans are far more worried that military strikes against Syria will drag the nation further into that country’s civil war than the possibility that staying away will embolden despots in other nations to deploy weapons of mass destruction.

    That’s the finding of the latest United Technologies/National JournalCongressional Connection Poll, which also found that fewer than two in five Americans believe the United States has an obligation to punish foreign governments that deploy weapons of mass destruction to kill civilians.

    Taken together, the results show a nation wary of further entanglements 12 years removed from the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, and after the prolonged military conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan. The survey also shows that Republicans, long the nation’s more hawkish party, are now among those most skittish of further interventions abroad.

    That can be partly explained away by the fact that President Obama, a Democrat, is leading the current call for strikes against Syria. But it is also evidence that the libertarian, noninterventionist wing within the GOP is growing at the grassroots level. It is tension likely to play out in the 2016 Republican presidential primary.”

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Daily Video 8.9.13

    Attack on Iraqi prisons frees senior Al-Qaeda leaders

    ” Hundreds of prison inmates, including senior Al-Qaeda members, escaped prison after two major coordinated attacks were carried out on two separate Iraqi prisons.

      At least 56 people have been confirmed killed so far in the two deadly assaults that were launched.

      The two prisons that were attacked were the Taji prison north of Baghdad, and the Abu Ghraib prison west of Baghdad.

      Amongst the 56 killed were 26 security members and 20 inmates.”

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