No 689 “En mi opinión” Junio 16, 2014

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“IN GOD WE TRUST” Lázaro R González Miño Editor

<o> Obama Could Be Facing 10 Years To Life In Prison…

“No exception for the President’s behavior…”

TOM HINCHEY  

Shepard Smith asked Judge Andrew Napolitano whether or not the Taliban prisoner exchange was legal under the NDAA H.R. 1960 Statute.  The judge explained that the swap was illegal because taxpayer dollars were spent to remove these prisoners from Guantanamo Bay without giving Congress 30 days notice.  However, Napolitano goes a step further by pointing out that Obama has provided material assistance (human assets)  to the Taliban, which has been identified by Congress to be a non-state terrorist organization.  This is a crime punishable by imprisonment of 10 years to life, which covers all Americans–including the President.
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US Evacuates $750 Million Baghdad Embassy

Sunday, 15 Jun 2014 08:51 PM

By Newsmax Wires

The United States is beefing up security at its large, palatial embassy in Baghdad and will move workers from behind its massive blast walls and out of the Iraqi capital, the U.S. State Department said Sunday.

Expanded military support for security at the embassy will include fewer than 100 soldiers, a U.S. official told Reuters on Sunday. The enhanced security personnel will include Marines and other soldiers, a U.S. military official said on condition of anonymity.

A substantial number of the more than 5,500 embassy workers will be included in the evacuation, The New York Times reported

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The State Department said U.S. citizens in Iraq were advised to exercise caution and limit travel in five provinces including restive Anbar in the west and Kirkuk in the north.

The moves came as Iraqi government forces battled to hold off insurgents with the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, or ISIS, the Sunni militant group that has seized control of parts of northern Iraq and eastern Syria.

The State Department said the Baghdad embassy was reviewing staffing requirements but that a “substantial majority” of the embassy presence in Iraq would remain in place.

“Some additional U.S. government security personnel will be added to the staff in Baghdad; other staff will be temporarily relocated – both to our Consulate Generals in Basra and Arbil and to the Iraq Support Unit in Amman,” the State Department said.

State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said that much of the U.S. embassy staff will stay in place even as parts of the country experience instability and violence, The Associated Press reported. She did not specify the number of personnel affected by the shift. 

The embassy is within Baghdad’s Green Zone and has up to  5,500 personnel, making it the largest U.S. diplomatic post in the world.

“Overall, a substantial majority of the U.S. Embassy presence in Iraq will remain in place and the embassy will be fully equipped to carry out its national security mission,” Psaki said.

The $750 million embassy is the largest in the world, and boasts amenities for staff that include a six-lane swimming pool, regulation-size basketball court and what Business Insider described recently as a “palatial dining room.”

It is completely self-contained with its own power supply, well water and sewage treatment. It is only 3/10ths of an acres smaller than Vatican City and is surrounded by blast walls to protect those inside from attack.

The Australian reported that Australia also has evacuated some staff from its Baghdad embassy.

The ISIS takeover of major cities in Iraq last week caught the United States by surprise. Republicans have blamed President Barack Obama for his failure to secure a status-of-forces agreement with Iraqi President Nouri al-Maliki as American troops were pulled out of the country after more than a decade on the ground.

Iraqi forces reportedly took off their uniforms, threw down their weapons and ran as ISIS forces advanced, leaving American-supplied weapons and vehicles in the hands of the terrorist group.

Militants posted graphic photos online boasting of executing 1,700 Iraqi soldiers, though the number could not be independently verified.
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 ALBERTO Medina Mendez:El desprestigio de la justicia.

 Que la actividad política ha perdido credibilidad ya no es noticia. Si bien la mayoría admite que es un instrumento que puede generar cambios, los mas coinciden también que sus habituales formas, los excesos y la inmoralidad, han convertido a la política en un quehacer de pésima reputación.

No son meras afirmaciones. Tampoco suposiciones o prejuicios. Numerosos estudios respaldan esta descripción. Es un fenómeno universal y no solo doméstico, aunque se presenta con matices e intensidad singulares.

Ese desprestigio alcanza no solo a los dirigentes, a los que aparecen en los medios de comunicación o en los actos públicos, sino que también incluye a los burócratas del gobierno en cualquiera de sus estamentos.

Desde un ministro, a un legislador, pasando por un miembro de la justicia. Nadie se salva. Pueden tener diferentes grados de responsabilidades, pero eso no impide que sean vistos de igual modo.

Sin embargo, no todo es lo mismo. Están los honestos pero también los que eligieron el camino del delito. Algunos se esmeran obrando correctamente y otros buscan negociados usando sus cargos. Adicionalmente, están los que tienen coraje y se animan, los que conviven no solo con los indecentes, sino con los que adoptan la vergonzosa comodidad de la inacción.

Buena parte del servicio de justicia supone que esa imagen negativa no tiene que ver con su labor cotidiana. Creen ser las  víctimas de un esquema que los condiciona y prefieren el tímido lamento a la heroica acción.

A lo largo de estos años transitaron múltiples gestiones de gobierno, de distinto color partidario, impronta y estilo. Resulta poco creíble que luego de tanto tiempo, los casos de corrupción denunciados sean tan escasos y los encarcelados puedan ser contados con los dedos de una mano.

La corrupción es parte del presente. Muchos funcionarios públicos se han apropiado del Estado como si les perteneciera. Usan los recursos de los ciudadanos como si fueran suyos. Que muchos lo hagan, no lo convierte en correcto. Que se haya naturalizado no lo transforma en un hecho legítimo.

Son demasiados años de impunidad, pero también de cobardía. Nadie desconoce que el Poder Judicial es parte de la corporación política. Si no actúa como debe no es por casualidad, sino porque se entremezclan evidentes intereses compartidos y un sinnúmero de indisimulables presiones, a lo que se suma la necesaria complicidad de la falta de valentía.

Alguna gente vive desinformada o no ha podido acceder a ciertos niveles educativos, pero igualmente se da cuenta que frente a delitos menores, muchas veces la Justicia actúa de oficio, sin siquiera ser convocada.

Sin embargo frente a la obscena actitud de ciertos personajes, que sin disimulo ostentan poder, despliegan recursos que no le son propios y se enriquecen de forma indebida, la justicia prefiere apelar a la infantil fórmula de justificarse frente a la ausencia de denuncias formales concretas.

No se puede ser parte del sistema y pretender hacerse los distraídos como si nada tuvieran que ver con lo que ocurre. Por acción u omisión son protagonistas y el ingenuo rol de virtuosos no les queda elegante.

Es bueno saber que en esa “jungla” se pueden encontrar también otros individuos, que resisten con hidalguía a la inercia, que combaten con perseverancia para no ser más de lo mismo y así diferenciarse. La lucha es dispar porque el sistema produce anticuerpos suficientes para disuadir a los más rebeldes, a esos que no acatan sus perversas reglas.

No todo está perdido. Una larga lista de funcionarios probos intenta, desde adentro, dar la batalla, con pocas posibilidades de lograr un final feliz. Es probable que no consigan cambiar totalmente la historia, lo que no significa que no deban mostrar el sendero, para así orientar a la próxima generación, esa que tendrá la difícil labor de completar la gesta.

Si la justicia continúa en este derrotero, no logrará escaparse de las críticas. Por mucho que se ofendan los miembros del Poder Judicial y pese a sus explicaciones sobre las dificultades estructurales, el descrédito los roza.

Para sacarse de encima ese estigma, deberán animarse a hacer lo necesario. En vez de quejarse de lo que ocurre, tal vez sea tiempo de revisar si están haciendo lo suficiente para que algo del presente cambie.

Mientras unos pocos intentan dar el ejemplo, otros han preferido plegarse a la dinámica impuesta, a esa cruel tradición del pasado, que no solo no cambia de rumbo, sino que se profundiza agravando aun más la situación.

Nadie dice que sea tarea sencilla. Pero nada se transforma si antes no se asume la realidad con honestidad absoluta. Luego será el tiempo de seleccionar una estrategia que sea más audaz que solo entregarse a las despiadadas garras del sistema.

Hasta que la sociedad no perciba modificaciones importantes o giros significativos, no se puede esperar que un milagro les devuelva el orgullo a aquellos que deberían garantizar el pleno ejercicio de los derechos ciudadanos. Mientras tanto se seguirá asistiendo a este patético espectáculo que muestra el interminable desprestigio de la justicia.

Alberto Medina Méndez
albertomedinamendez@gmail.com,
skype: amedinamendez
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Reagan Warned Of The Dangers Of Liberalism, And He Couldn’t Have Been More Eerily Prophetic

By Michael Hausam 

In this interview with 60 Minutes before he became President, Ronald Reagan could only have been more prophetic about the future of government in this country if he had literally stated, “Make sure you watch this during mid-2014, because it will blow your mind, given what the state of the country will be.”

In the course of the interview, he said:

And what is Fascism? Fascism is private ownership, private enterprise, but total government control and regulation. Well, isn’t this the liberal philosophy?

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The conservative, so-called, is the one that says ‘less government, get off my back, get out of my pocket, and let me have more control of my own destiny.’

Reagan’s words are very provocative, especially as our federal government tries to take more and more control of our way of life – in areas ranging from healthcare to gun control to how we use our own land. And the more regulations Washington shoves our way, the harder it is for the average American to get ahead.

When laws start making people poorer and more reliable on government rather than increasing their freedoms and opportunities, something isn’t right; Reagan’s warning that liberal policies would lead to a fascist government is eerily coming to fruition. The only question is: What are we doing to stop it?

 

 

 

The Quirós: UNA FORTUNA

 

Quisiera poder dejar la misma herencia que mi padre,  pero eso es imposible, cada persona es especial y a cada uno Dios lo hace único.

 

No encuentro las palabras adecuadas para describir a mi padre. Era muy culto, pero también era muy sencillo, era un hombre humilde que no pretendió nunca sobresalir, su mayor tesoro era la familia y fue para lo que trabajo siempre; y cuando digo trabajo, no me refiero solo al trabajo que produce dinero, sino al que produce felicidad: educar y darle amor a su familia.

 

Jamás tuvo necesidad de castigarnos fisicamente, el imponía respeto, pero no miedo, inspiraba confianza y fidelidad. Entre nosotros y el no habían secretos, era nuestro padre, pero también era nuestro amigo.

 

De sus hijos, todos somos diferentes y nunca hizo comparaciones en las cualidades o en los defectos de cada uno.

 

A  todos nos quiso como somos, éramos sus hijos. ¡Que felicidad no sentir celos unos de otros! No importaba cual era más o menos aventajado académicamente. A todos nos pago el mismo colegio.

 

Cada uno de mis hermanos tiene su experiencia personal. A grandes rasgos he narrado la experiencia familiar de la fortuna que cada uno pudo recibir.

 

Me siento privilegiado y muy amado por Dios al haberme regalado a ese padre a quien tanto agradezco, pero de quien también me separo la tiranía fidelo-comunista. No lo vi más, no lo vi morir; pero, respete aun en el dolor, las dos voluntades: la de mi padre y la mía.

 

La dignidad, fue parte de la herencia que recibimos, es una de esas herencias que no tienen precio. Esas fueron las herencias que nos dejo Papa, las que no se pueden medir por un numero. Nadie puede medir la dignidad, la moral, la honestidad, la fidelidad ni la honradez, esas no caben en una cuenta de Banco, en una caja fuerte o en un contenedor de mercancías, esas van dentro de cada uno de nosotros, pudiéramos decir que en el alma o en los sentimientos, es algo abstracto que solamente el “yo” interno reconoce y decide.

 

Cuando nos despedimos de Papa, al salir de Cuba mi esposa, mi hijo y yo, nos dijo: Quizás no podamos volver a vernos, mientras la causa por la que se van persista, aquí no vengan a buscar nada, la frente siempre hay que mantenerla en alto, un hombre solo se pone de rodillas ante Dios.

 

El era graduado de la Escuela Normal para Maestros y curso estudios de Dr. En Pedagogía, también poseía el titulo de la Escuela Profesional de Periodistas, pero nada de eso llenaba su vocación. Su verdadera pasión fue ser investigador. Represento dos compañías norteamericanas de investigaciones en Cuba: La American Foreign Credit y The Commercial Company. Al transcurrir los años ambas fueron compradas por Dunn & Bradstread y mi padre paso a ser parte de su elenco. Nunca nos permitio a nosotros convertirnos en investigadores, siempre tenia argumentos para que no penetrasemos en ese campo. Mi hermano mayor había podido terminar sus estudios Universitarios, pero yo no, y él me inicio junto a un amigo suyo en el campo de las ventas.

 

Recuerdo que en esos años, para él sus años dorados, todos los días nos poníamos de acuerdo para encontrarnos a media mañana en el Café El Europa para merendar juntos; comíamos pastelitos de jamón o queso con un vaso de cerveza cada uno.

 

Era mi amigo, prefería que el vaso de cerveza me lo tomara con él, así el ponía la medida, también prefería que fumara en la casa y que no aceptara cigarrillos de nadie, ¡que sabiduría para un hombre tan sencillo!

 

Le gustaba después de la cena una copita de Conde de Osborne, era de buenas raíces asturianas, quizás por eso a mi también me gusta una copita de Brandy después de la cena.

 

Mi Padre murió a los 98 años, esperando a que Cuba fuera Libre para volvernos a ver y conocer a sus bisnietos, murió feliz porque nuestra dignidad fue por encima de la emoción, pero se fue con la esperanza que muchos cubanos han llevado a la tumba, ver a Cuba Libre y Soberana.

 

Diego Quiros, Sr.

Miami, Florida

 

 

THE END TIMES

IS PROPHECY BEING FULFILLED NOW IN IRAQ AND IRAN?

Exclusive: Joel Richardson examines biblical basis of events in Mideast

 

 JOEL RICHARDSON 

If you are a student of Bible prophecy, then I want you to get your Bible out and open it to Daniel chapter 8. Now, if you consult nearly any commentary on the Book of Daniel, you’ll find they nearly all interpret this prophecy as fulfilled in history. The prophecy begins with a ram butting to the west, to the north and to the south, which most believe refers to the historical conquests of the Medo-Persian Empire:

[B]ehold, a ram which had two horns was standing in front of the canal. Now the two horns were long, but one was longer than the other, with the longer one coming up last. I saw the ram butting westward, northward, and southward, and no other beasts could stand before him nor was there anyone to rescue from his power, but he did as he pleased and magnified himself. (vv. 3-4)

After this, a male goat with a single prominent horn charged from the east and crushed the ram. Most understand this to refer to the historical conquests of the Greek armies (the goat) led by Alexander the Great (the prominent horn):

While I was observing, behold, a male goat was coming from the west over the surface of the whole earth without touching the ground; and the goat had a conspicuous horn between his eyes. He came up to the ram that had the two horns, which I had seen standing in front of the canal, and rushed at him in his mighty wrath. I saw him come beside the ram, and he was enraged at him; and he struck the ram and shattered his two horns, and the ram had no strength to withstand him. So he hurled him to the ground and trampled on him, and there was none to rescue the ram from his power (vv. 5-7).

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No sooner does the Greek goat defeat the Persians and exalt itself that its great leader dies or “was broken.” After this, four other horns grow up in its place. One of these horns in particular, starts small, but eventually becomes great, controlling much of the Middle East. Most interpret this little horn to refer to the historical Antiochus IV Epiphanes:

Then the male goat magnified himself exceedingly. But as soon as he was mighty, the large horn was broken; and in its place there came up four conspicuous horns toward the four winds of heaven. Out of one of them came forth a rather small horn which grew exceedingly great toward the south, toward the east, and toward the Beautiful Land (vv. 8-9).

This is where the historical interpretation begins to run into significant problems. For the “little horn” that grows large is not only said to conquer the northern swatch of the Middle East, it is also said to carry out some profound events in heaven:

It grew up to the host of heaven and caused some of the host and some of the stars to fall to the earth, and it trampled them down. It even magnified itself to be equal with the Commander of the host; and it removed the regular sacrifice from Him, and the place of His sanctuary was thrown down. And on account of transgression the host will be given over to the horn along with the regular sacrifice; and it will fling truth to the ground and perform its will and prosper (vv. 10-12).

Now, will anyone claim that Antiochus caused some of the angels (stars) to fall from heaven? I certainly hope not. In fact, the Book of Revelation describes precisely the same event, but there it is Satan the dragon, who causes the angels to fall, and it is something that takes place in the last seven years before the return of Christ:

Then another sign appeared in heaven: and behold, a great red dragon having seven heads and ten horns, and on his heads were seven diadems. And his tail *swept away a third of the stars of heaven and threw them to the earth… the great dragon was thrown down, the serpent of old who is called the devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world; he was thrown down to the earth, and his angels were thrown down with him (Revelation 12:3-4,7-9 emphasis mine).

Next two angels began explaining the vision of the ram and the goat and the little horn, and Daniel is given some profound information concerning the timing of these things. One angel standing on the banks of the River Ulai (which is in modern day Iran) called to the other angel and said, “Gabriel, give this man an understanding of the vision” (v. 16). So Gabriel came to Daniel and said, “Son of man, understand that the vision pertains to the time of the end” (v. 17).

Suddenly the idea that this was solely about the historical Persian and Greek empires becomes very difficult. For Gabriel himself told Daniel that the vision concerned the end times. He did not say that part of the vision was historical and part of it was future. He simply said that the vision concerned the time of the end. If it was not enough to say it once, Gabriel then repeated his statement to really let it sink in again stating: “Behold, I am going to let you know what will occur at the final period of the indignation, for it pertains to the appointed time of the end” (v. 19).

To be fair, Gabriel then went on to explain that the ram represented “the kings of Media and Persia,” while the goat represented “the kingdom of Greece.” The word there for Greece is actually Javan, which included the west coast of modern day Turkey as well.

Now, I have always interpreted the vision to pertain to the historical empires of Medo-Persia and Greece, and then the little horn, while being partially fulfilled in the life of Antiochus Epiphanes, to be ultimately fulfilled in the last days through Antichrist. Many other commentators hold to this view as well. Although I have more than 100 commentaries on the book of Daniel, I had never really considered any other view until I read “Daniel Revisited” by Mark Davidson. In that book, Davidson, taking a radical futurist perspective, makes some excellent points that I had simply never considered. When we actually read the explanation of Gabriel, the truth is that he does not make any such break in the vision, placing some of it in history and some of it the future. He simply says that the vision pertains to the time of the end. And then he says it again.

If the ultimate meaning of the entire vision is eschatological, pertaining to the time of the end, while it may certainly maintain a historical partial fulfillment, it may also very well speak of two forthcoming regional wars. The first war would be Iran “butting” as it were to the west, the north and the south – into the nations of Iraq, Syria, Lebanon and perhaps Bahrain, Azerbaijan and as far as Israel and Egypt. But after this, Turkey in the east would launch a counter offensive. After this time, it appears as though out of the ashes of these wars, in the region stretching from Nineveh (Mosul) to Turkey, we should expect to see the Antichrist arise, starting small but then gaining in power. With Iran already declaring that it will enter the fray in Iraq to respond to the ISIS offensive, the beginning of Daniel’s vision may very well be beginning to unfold right in front of us. Am I saying that this is absolutely how it is going to happen and that “this is that?” Not yet, but I think we can all acknowledge that what is now unfolding in Iraq and Iran makes this all a very real possibility.
Read more at http://www.wnd.com/2014/06/is-prophecy-being-fulfilled-now-in-iraq-and-iran/#q2E46b4wPM4x8e71.99

 

 

Obama Releases Another 12 Jihad Terrorists from US Military Prison by V2A —

If the release of five top Taliban leaders for a deserter, who may also now be a jihadist, did get you riled up, then perhaps this will. It was reported at the end of the week that the Obama administration released a dozen non-Afghan detainees to their respective homes from a US military prison in Afghanistan. Reuters reports: The Obama administration has quietly repatriated a dozen detainees from a small U.S. military prison in Afghanistan, moving a modest step closer toward winding down the United States’ controversial post-9/11 detainee system.
Read more at http://visiontoamerica.com/17871/obama-releases-another-12-jihad-terrorists-from-us-military-prison/#qJ3yJpI9mCFzR2Qo.99

 

ECONOMYNEWS

Mississippi Named Most Corrupt State in the Nation

Steve Wilson

Mississippi has finally got a top ranking among the states. Problem is, it’s an achievement the state can do without.

A study by researchers Cheol Liu from the City University of Hong Kong and Indiana University’s John L. Mikesell found corruption in Mississippi was tops among the states from 1976 through 2008. The study sized up the effect of public corruption—measured by convictions—on state spending. Data after 2008 for all of the areas of their research was incomplete.

According to the study, the 10 most-corrupt states could have reduced per capita spending by an average of $1,308 if they had average corruption levels. The study found states in the top 10 tend to focus spending on “bribe-generating” spending and items directly beneficial to public officials such as capital projects, construction, highways, borrowing and total salaries and wages.

According to Jon Moen, chairman of the University of Mississippi’s economics department, corruption has clear consequences for the state with wasteful spending, misallocation of resources and lost productivity.

“Clearly corrupt officials will encourage activities or businesses that will also provide them with the most benefits, whether they are outright bribes or more legal benefits like campaign contributions,” Moen said. “Rarely are these activities that are true public goods, like elementary education, as they provide few direct monetary benefits that can be appropriated by a politician or private interest.”

The top 10 most corrupt states, according to the study, are:

  1. Mississippi
  2. Louisiana
  3. Tennessee
  4. Illinois
  5. Pennsylvania
  6. Alabama
  7. Alaska
  8. South Dakota
  9. Kentucky
  10.  Florida

A climate of corruption or even a perception of one can lead to serious economic effects. The study cited several sources on how economic activity is depressed in nations riddled with corruption. States are no different.

With economic activity depressed because of corruption, states such as Mississippi are forced to use more subsidies and tax breaks. This encourages companies to engage in more rent-seeking behavior—spending wealth on political lobbying to increase one’s share of wealth without creating wealth. This can build an even more entrenched climate of corruption with companies constantly seeking to maintain or even add to special privileges not afforded their competitors.

Mississippi’s massive tax incentives to encourage companies such as Nissan, Toyota and Yokohama Tire to relocate or, in the case of Cooper Tire, to remain in the state, are some examples.

“Corruption also results in less-secure property rights, and that makes smaller businesses less likely to invest as much as they otherwise would or even avoid the corrupt state altogether,” Moen said. “This depresses the overall level of economic activity, but in ways that are not obvious. A few well-connected businesses always will appear successful, and the politician can point to them as evidence of his ability to produce economic success. No one ever knows which businesses decided not to start-up in a corrupt state.”

Steve Wilson

Steve Wilson is a reporter for Watchdog.org, a national network of investigative reporters covering waste, fraud and abuse in government. Watchdog.org is a project of the nonprofit Franklin Center for Government & Public Integrity.

 

Obama Opens Borders To Mexican Gang Members

This sounds safe. But Obama doesn’t do things based on how safe they are.
Check it out:

Border Patrol officials are swamped by the number of minors crossing illegally into the United States and frustrated that they can’t turn away known Mexican gang members.

Chris Cabrera, vice president of the National Border Patrol Council Local 3307 in the Rio Grande Valley, said that confirmed gang members in Mexico — including those from Mara Salvatrucha (MS-13) — are coming into the country to be reunited with their families, National Review reported Friday.

“If he’s a confirmed gang member in his own country, why are we letting him in here? … I’ve heard people come in and say, ‘You’re going to let me go, just like you let my mother go, just like you let my sister go. You’re going to let me go as well, and the government’s going to take care of us,’” Mr. Cabrera told the magazine. He said that the only way to solve the problem was to implement harsher restrictions on who can be allowed to cross.
Read more at http://conservativebyte.com/2014/06/obama-opens-borders-mexican-gang-members-1/#o9MCD6t2SSy9yGwt.99

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