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No 845 “En mi opinion” Enero 10, 2015

No 845 “En mi opinión”  Enero 10, 2015

“IN GOD WE TRUST” Lázaro R González Miño   EDITOR

Social Media Campaign Asks American Women To Walk Naked Outdoors To Mark 13th Anniversary Of 9/11 & Weed Out Neighbourhood Terrorists

By Vittorio Hernandez | September 11, 2014 12:13 PM EST

Mike Murray, through a Facebook post on Thursday, is proposing that American women walk naked in their block. He explained, “As you may already know, it is a sin for a Muslim male to see any woman other than his wife naked and if he does, he must commit suicide.So on September 11th, at 10:00 A.M. Eastern Time, all American women are asked to walk out of their house completely naked to help weed out any neighborhood terrorists.”

Hew recommended the unclothed females to circle their block for one hour as their contribution to the anti-terrorist effort. For their part, patriotic American men are asked to position themselves in lawn chairs in front of their houses to demonstrate their support for the women and to prove that they are not Muslim terrorist sympathizers.

“Since Islam also does not approve of alcohol, a cold 6-pack at your side is further proof of your patriotism,” he added.

Murray asked social media users who have read the campaign to share it on their FacebookTwitter, Instagram, Tumblr, Reddit and other social media accounts as proof that they are not sympathisers of Islamic terrorists.

Outside Murray’s unique campaign, Thursday celebrations include honouring in Washington DC and Virginia the victims of 9/11, Moments of Silence, memorial walks, rally at the National Mall, community service as part of National Day of Service, Pentagon Memorial Service, Flags Across Arlington and Heroes Run.

Murray’s suggestion would surely anger Islamic extremist and there could even be a call for his beheading by Islamic State jihadists, Like Murray’s suggestion, the following video of a woman dressed in Muslim attire and stripping naked while verses from the Qu’ran are being read would also likely spark anger from Muslims.

Meanwhile, al-Qaeda, the author of 9/11, is no longer the question now but the IS, as observers ask is will ISIS attack on the anniversary.

http://au.ibtimes.com/articles/565914/20140911/social-media-campaign-asks-american-women-walk.htm#.VK_rqjM3OM9

ANTI-MUSLIM: ‘Walk Naked for America Day’

An email message gone viral has the subject line MUSLIMS with nothing appearing inside except the attachment. When opened, the attachment reveals a picture of four topless women under the heading “Walk Naked for America Day.”

Twin Cities It goes on to encourage “American hotties” to walk out of their houses naked at 1 p.m. eastern time next Saturday because “it is a sin for a Muslim male to see any woman other than his wife or daughter naked.” The effort will “help weed out any neighborhood Muslim terrorists,” according to the email.

A Maplewood City Council member forwarded an email this week with a subject line “Muslim’s” that contained pictures of topless women and a call for women to “Walk Naked for America Day.”

reporter at 9:34 p.m. Thursday, April 27. Bob Cardinal, the most recent addition to the Maplewood City Council and former mayor, said he inadvertently included the reporter on the list when he forwarded the message, which he called “shocking,” from a personal email to a few guys on his softball team Thursday night. Cardinal said he disagreed with the email content.

“I couldn’t believe it,” Cardinal said of the message. “I don’t know how that even got on the Internet.”

It closes by encouraging all “patriotic men” to gather on their lawns to watch. (You can sure all the American-hating Muslim men will be watching behind their camera phones)

Cardinal said that he received the email from a constituent he occasionally corresponds with and that he disagreed with its contents. He forwarded it on, he said, only because he found it so shocking.

“I couldn’t believe what I saw,” he said.

Cardinal beat former council member John Nephew in the November election. He campaigned against Maplewood’s decision to organize its trash-hauling system. He served as mayor for six years in Maplewood before losing to Diana Longrie in 2005.

http://www.barenakedislam.com/2012/04/29/anti-muslim-walk-naked-for-america-day/

¿A que fecha y hora las mujeres desnudas van a desfilar por la calle ocho desde el Down Town hasta Crown Ave? “Los musulmanes que vean eso se tienen que suicidar…Porque los que lo vean y no se suiciden no son musulmanes… 

 

Amenper: Con los Francois Francamente los Franceses Fracasarán

Tuvimos a Francois Miterrand de amargo recuerdo, ahora tenemos a Francois Hollande.  Los franceces parece que comieron mucho quiche y se indigestaron cuando eligieron de presidente al secretario general del partido socialista francés, Francois Hollande, o quizás sea por la alta votación de los  diseñadores de modas y delicados artistas que son parte abundante de su población y comparten sus ideas con respecto al matrimonio homosexual. 

Pero el resultado es que no creo que sea una casualidad que con las medidas socialistas de Hollande Francia se encuentre en la agitación social con los ataques musulmanes, y el desastre económico en que se encuentra.. 

Hasta el momento sus medidas han traído a la sociedad francesa esta suavidad son la reducción de la proporción de electricidad generada por la energía nuclear de un 75% a un 50% a favor de las fuentes de energía renovables costosas e inoperantes. El aumento de los impuestos sobre la renta y de la Contribución social general (CSG) creando un impuesto para los que tienen un ingreso adicional de 150,000 euros, y en una alocución muy parecida a nuestro presidente Obama, declarando una guerra de solidaridad contra los ricos. Todo esto en lo económico, con las usuales medidas socialistas que nos hablan de “tolerancia” con todas las razas y religiones, no importa que ellos nos estén destruyendo.

Hoy Hollande, como cuando nos ocurre a nosotros hace nuestro presidente Obama, el presidente de Francia hizo una “enérgica” denuncia de los hechos, pero esta energía bucal, y papel de inodoro es lo mismo para los musulmanes, y si no hay algo más substancial, estamos todos muy jodidos.

Creo que hoy después de los acontecimientos  los franceses deben de acordar a Nicolás Sarkozy como nosotros recordamos a Batista. Sarkozy no era lo ideal, ni siquiera como conservador, pero nunca un socialista como Hollande es bueno para ninguna nación, y el tiempo lo hace evidente.

Francia necesita alguien que lo proteja de la amenaza islámica.  Los musulmanes en Francia son la mayor comunidad de su clase en Europa, y como vimos en el caso del semanario satírico Charlie Hebdo, esta revista es de inclinación izquierdista, así que los ataques son a la sociedad occidental no a una tendencia política, el objetivo es el sueño del profeta, el Califato Mundial, de la que todas las naciones tendrán que ser parte.

Tanto en Francia, como en los Estados Unidos y el resto del mundo, el peligro islámico no admite la suavidad del queso Brie, tenemos que atacarlos con el duro queso manchego, si seguimos eligiendo a presidentes socialistas, los ratones musulmanes nos comerán todo el queso. 

 

National Review: Romney Open to Challenging Jeb in 2016

By Melanie Batley

Mitt Romney, the 2012 GOP presidential nominee, is more open to a third presidential bid than ever before, according to the National Review.
“The governor is preserving his options — that’s the message I’ve gotten from Boston,” Robert O’Brien, a Los Angeles attorney and former Romney foreign policy adviser, told National Review.

A number of key donors are sending messages to Romney encouraging him to mount a bid, raising speculation that he could be a direct challenge to former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush as an establishment candidate.
“Bush and Romney, both former Republican governors, would occupy the same space in a Republican primary and compete for many of the same donors,” the National Review said.
Sources close to Romney dismissed concerns that Bush would take Romney’s top donors, and a top Romney bundler said that, regardless, Romney could run a credible campaign with “a fifth of the core group that we had before.”
The National Review noted that Bush on Wednesday attended a fundraiser in Greenwich, Conn. organized by cousin Debbie Walker Stapleton.

“Donors and political strategists alike were buzzing about the optics of sending Bush to Greenwich, a haven for wealthy New York City financiers and a city where the Bush family has long had ties; the governor’s grandfather, the late Connecticut senator Prescott Bush, was born in Greenwich,” the National Review said.
The National Review said that the buzz surrounding a 
possible Romney bid escalated this week after a report in The Washington Post indicated that Romney was dining in California Wednesday with a handful of advisers to his 2012 campaign.
However, two sources close to Romney told the National Review that the dinner was not a 2016 strategy session.
“Is Mitt telling anybody he’s going to run? No,” the Romney bundler told the National Review. “Are the people around him suggesting that he’s open to it? Absolutely. They would just love it.”
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 “EMO” Creo que estamos viendo discutir al raton con  la jutia. No me monto en el tren con ninguno de los dos si tengo otra alternativa. LRGM

Amenper: El Legalismo rígido puede causar la muerte…

Este título que parece uno de esas advertencias que aparecen en las cajas de cigarros, es un pensamiento que tengo incrustado en la mente por la experiencia vivida en mis largos años.

Por eso siempre me han gustado los Estados Unidos. 

El sistema legal americano, es flexible y pragmático, no brutalmente legalista.

Por lo menos así fueron por siglos. Desafortunadamente estamos siendo testigos de un “Cambio”. 

Las leyes en los tribunales se ajustaban por precedentes de casos anteriores, la constitución se enmienda constantemente.

Las enmiendas se ajustaban  por el momento, el entorno y las características  de ciertas situaciones.  Se estudiaban por las cámaras legislativas, antes de adoptarse la enmienda, no es un legalismo rígido, o sea que en América habían solucionado el problema que presentaba el dicho español de que “El que hace la ley hizo la trampa”.  Cuando se detectaba la trampa se enmendaba la ley.

Pero últimamente tenemos instituciones legalistas  que se han creado para implantar una aplicación rígida de las leyes, con la anuencia del inquilino de la Casa Blanca.

Los vemos, tanto desde el punto de la contaminación medio ambiente, como de la asociación entre las clases raciales, sociales y económicas, y la libertad de religión, sin mirar el punto pragmático, sin mirar la variación de los hechos según el momento y la realidad. 

Vemos los llamados defensores de los derechos civiles que quieren aplicar la ley de la libertad de religión sin enmendar la variación de una religión que no es tal, que fue una invención de un hombre llamado Mahoma que creó un ejército conquistador dándole la forma de religión para usar doctrinas (leyes) en que las personas perdieran el miedo a morir por ilusorios premios en otro mundo si destruían al enemigo.

Y que no nos saquen el hecho de las cruzadas para decir que el cristianismo es lo mismo, porque Cristo sólo predicó la paz, el cristianismo es la sumisión ante Dios, el sacrificio en la cruz, no la guerra, el nuevo testamento y el Corán son polos opuestos, no hay peligro en la doctrina cristiana, sólo en los que la mal interpretan como en el caso de la inquisición, pero lo opuesto es el Islam, porque los que asesinan están interpretando correctamente lo que enseña el Corán cuyo objetivo es la conquista del mundo por la fuerza para la implantación de la ley Sharía.

La ley de los derechos de una persona a adorar a Dios a su manera o de no creer en Dios, es una buena ley, pero el que hace la ley hace la trampa, y la trampa en este caso es el Islam, y hay que crear un precedente de que si una religión se usa para la guerra, si una religión incita al crimen, hay que enmendar la ley para que en ciertos casos específicos como este no se aplique la ley de la libertad de religión.

Porque si no lo hacemos, esta ley nos puede causar la muerte.

Uno tiene que conocer cómo piensa el enemigo.

Igual que uno tiene que estudiar la Biblia para saber de que de trata el cristianismo, uno tiene que estudiar el Manifiesto Comunista y El Capital de Marx si quiere saber de qué se trata el comunismo, y uno tiene que estudiar el Corán si quiere saber de qué se trata el Islam. 

No dejar que nos saquen de contexto algunos capítulos escogidos tanto del cristianismo, tanto del comunismo como del Islam, para hablarnos de paz y no nos hablen de las atrocidades que enseñan los otros capítulos.

Los que nos dicen que el Islam es una religión de paz, insultan nuestra inteligencia, o no han leído el Corán. 

El Corán es un libro de guerra, tiene que ser un libro de guerra porque ese era el objetivo definido de Mahoma. 

Por eso los que nos dicen que los terroristas son un grupo militante minoritario, no lo son, están muy lejos de la realidad. Los militantes son los verdaderos creyentes del Islam, y todo el que practique realmente el Islam es un peligro para nuestra vida, es un terrorista. 

Puede ser que haya practicantes nominales del Islam, que lo practiquen por tradición, como hay cristianos nominales que lo son por tradición, esos no son peligrosos, pero realmente son los menos, porque no son verdaderos seguidores del Islam.

Mientras no volvamos a lo que hizo a esta nación la mejor quizás en la historia de la humanidad, que fue su pragmatismo, y en vez de estar orgullosos de este excepcionalismo, queramos ser legalistas rígidos como los otros, peligra nuestra vida y peligra nuestra nación.

 

 

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Breaking: House Votes To Approve Keystone XL Pipeline

Obama despises this bill so much that he’s already threatened to veto it…B. CHRISTOPHER AGEE —

According to sources, the U.S. House of Representatives voted Friday to approve the construction of the controversial Keystone XL pipeline. On the strength of a new Republican majority and with the support of 28 Democrats, the legislation passed with a vote of 266 to 153.

When it reaches the new Senate next week, the Republican majority will need the support of just six Democrats to pass it.

Proponents of the international oil pipeline cite its potential for extensive job creation and increased energy independence for Americans. Many on the left have opposed construction, however; and Barack Obama has indicated he would veto any such legislation.

Despite a recent Nebraska Supreme Court ruling that addressed concerns about the pipeline extending through the state and House Speaker John Boehner’s assertion that Obama “is now out of excuses” in his opposition, a White House source indicated the proposal will still die upon landing on the president’s desk.

Deputy White House Press Secretary Eric Schultz said that “the House bill still conflicts with longstanding executive branch procedures regarding the authority of the president and prevents the thorough consideration of complex issues that could bear on U.S. national interests and, if presented to the president, he will veto the bill.”

The House bill did not attract enough ‘yes’ votes to overturn a presidential veto, though many see its passage as a positive sign for the pipeline’s eventual completion. h/t: The Blaze Read more at http://www.westernjournalism.com/breaking-house-votes-approve-keystone-xl-pipeline/#6VjeK9uRcy4Xmy1f.99

 

En Espanol: Breaking: Casa votos para aprobar oleoducto Keystone XL

Obama desprecia a este proyecto de ley tanto que ya ha amenazado con vetarla … B. CHRISTOPHER AGEE –

Según las fuentes, la Cámara de Representantes votó el viernes para aprobar la construcción del oleoducto Keystone XL controversial. En la fuerza de una nueva mayoría republicana y con el apoyo de 28 demócratas, la legislación fue aprobada con un voto de 266 a 153.

Cuando llega el nuevo Senado la próxima semana, la mayoría republicana necesitará el apoyo de sólo seis demócratas para aprobar la misma.

Los defensores del oleoducto internacional citan su potencial para la extensa creación de empleo y el aumento de la independencia energética para los estadounidenses. Muchos en la izquierda se han opuesto a la construcción, sin embargo; y Barack Obama ha indicado que vetaría cualquier legislación.

A pesar de un reciente fallo de la Corte Suprema de Nebraska que abordó las preocupaciones acerca de la tubería que se extiende a través del Estado y de la afirmación de la Cámara de Representantes John Boehner que Obama “está ahora fuera de excusas” en su oposición, una fuente de la Casa Blanca indicó que la propuesta todavía va a morir en el aterrizaje en el escritorio del presidente.

Adjunto la Casa Blanca, Eric Schultz dijo que “el proyecto de la Cámara sigue en conflicto con los procedimientos del poder ejecutivo de larga data con respecto a la autoridad del presidente y evita que el examen a fondo de las cuestiones complejas que los podía sostener en los intereses nacionales y, de ser presentado al presidente, vetará el proyecto de ley “.

El proyecto de la Cámara no atrajo votos suficientes “sí” para anular un veto presidencial, aunque muchos ven su paso como un signo positivo para la terminación final de la tubería.

 

 

Obama Once Scolded Charlie Hebdo for Mocking the Prophet Muhammad

In this May 30, 2014, file photo, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney listens to a question during the White House daily briefing. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Friday, 09 Jan 2015 09:50 AM

By Nick Sanchez

The Obama administration once condemned French magazine Charlie Hebdo after it published cartoons satirizing Islam in 2012.
“Well, we are aware that a French magazine published cartoons featuring a figure resembling the Prophet Muhammad, and obviously, we have questions about the judgment of publishing something like this. We know that these images will be deeply offensive to many and have the potential to be inflammatory,” 
then-White House Press Secretary Jay Carney told the press pool.
After denouncing Charlie Hebdo, Carney hedged, noting the importance of free speech.


“But we’ve spoken repeatedly about the importance of upholding the freedom of expression that is enshrined in our Constitution. In other words, we don’t question the right of something like this to be published; we just question the judgment behind the decision to publish it.”

 

A year prior to Carney’s comments, Charlie Hebdo’s offices had been firebombed in the fall of 2011, “after it published a spoof issue ‘guest edited’ by the Prophet Muhammad,” The New York Times reported. The magazine and its editors had long been under the gun of jihadists, having earned the ire of al-Qaida in 2006 for re-printing political cartoons by Danish artist Kurt Westergaard that satirized Islam.

After the bombing — which destroyed property but did not result in any deaths — the publication got back to business, publishing its regular style of cartoons, which lampooned many major religions, politicians, the military, and more.

That eventually led to the 2012 controversy, which earned the denunciation by the White House and prompted the French government to temporarily close their embassies and schools in several Muslim countries.

 


This week, more than three years after the firebombing, jihadists, resulting in 12 deaths, including the death of a police officer assigned to protect the threatened editors, attacked Charlie Hebdo’s offices again.

In its initial statement in response to the terrorist attack, the White House condemned the attacks, but did not make any judgment calls on the content of the magazine, as it had done in the past. As Reason.com pointed out, it also did not mention free speech.

“I strongly condemn the horrific shooting at the offices of Charlie Hebdo magazine in Paris that has reportedly killed 12 people,” President Barack Obama said in a prepared statement.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims of this terrorist attack and the people of France at this difficult time. France is America’s oldest ally, and has stood shoulder to shoulder with the United States in the fight against terrorists who threaten our shared security and the world. Time and again, the French people have stood up for the universal values that generations of our people have defended. France, and the great city of Paris where this outrageous attack took place, offer the world a timeless example that will endure well beyond the hateful vision of these killers. We are in touch with French officials and I have directed my Administration to provide any assistance needed to help bring these terrorists to justice.”
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MI5 Head Warns al-Qaida Plans ‘Mass-Casualty Attacks Against the West’

Al-Qaida militants in Syria are plotting attacks to inflict mass casualties in the West, possibly against transport systems or “iconic targets,” the head of Britain’s MI5 Security Service said on Thursday.

Speaking after gunmen killed 12 people in an assault on a French satirical newspaper, MI5 boss Andrew Parker warned that a strike on the United Kingdom was highly likely.

“A group of core al-Qaida terrorists in Syria is planning mass-casualty attacks against the West,” Director General Parker said in a rare public speech at MI5 headquarters in London. His last public speech was in October 2013.

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In the speech, planned before the killings in Paris, Parker said seasoned al-Qaida militants in Syria aimed to “cause large-scale loss of life, often by attacking transport systems or iconic targets” in the West.

Al-Qaida killed nearly 3,000 people by attacking the United States with hijacked passenger planes on Sept. 11, 2001. Militants inspired by the group killed 52 commuters in London on July 7, 2005, with suicide bombs.

Al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden was killed by U.S. special forces in 2011, and the threat posed by the network to the West seemed to recede in recent years.

But spies in Europe and the United States have been troubled that al-Qaida militants from Pakistan have appeared in war-torn Syria in what some intelligence analysts say could be part of a plot to mount a major attack against the West.

Thursday’s stark warning from one of the West’s most influential spymasters mirrors a growing concern among Western political leaders and their Arab allies about the threat from the cauldron of militant groups in Syria and Iraq.

Parker said that about 600 British extremists had traveled to Syria, many joining the militant group that calls itself Islamic State (ISIS) and has taken control of swathes of Iraq and Syria.

The group, an offshoot of al-Qaida, has beheaded two U.S. journalists and an American and two British aid workers in an effort to put pressure on a U.S.-led international coalition bombing its fighters in Syria.

ISIS militants in Syria are plotting attacks on Britain and making sophisticated use of social media to incite British nationals to carry out violence, Parker said.

MI5, established in 1909 to counter German espionage ahead of World War I, stopped three potentially deadly “terrorist plots” against the U.K in recent months, he said.

“We face a very serious level of threat that is complex to combat and unlikely to abate significantly for some time,” said Parker, who has argued strongly for more surveillance powers to spy on militant communications on the Internet.

He said security services need to have access to such communications.

“My sharpest concern as director general of MI5 is the growing gap between the increasingly challenging threat and the decreasing availability of capabilities to address it,” he said.

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Twitter and Facebook are so important to militants that technology giants should give security services greater access to their networks, the head of Britain’s GCHQ eavesdropping agency said last year.

“The dark places from where those who wish us harm can plot and plan are increasing,” Parker said. “We need to be able to access communications and obtain relevant data on those people when we have good reason.”

 

 

 

 

¡JUGADA MAESTRA DEL DICTADOR! Cuba prevé un destino FATAL para los herederos de Chávez

Publicado: 26 diciembre, 2014 / 2:01 pm / Sección: Política

No es casualidad, tres meses antes había fallecido Chávez y dos meses antes Capriles estuvo a un paso de ganarle a Maduro. Cuba sacó sus cuentas. La derrota embrionaria que sufrió el chavismo en abril más la muerte del caudillo la obligaban a armar un Plan B. Y para remate, luego se desploma el mercado petrolero.

No fue la caída de los precios del petróleo lo que hizo que Cuba comenzara a coquetear con los Estados Unidos, aunque, sin duda, el derrumbe de la cotización del barril fue un catalizador para que Raúl Castro finalmente terminara arrojado en brazos del denostado Tío Sam.

Pero veamos las cosas en perspectiva: hay un dato que no puede pasar por debajo de la mesa. Un dato que a cualquier sabueso llamaría la atención. ¿Cuándo se produjo la primera reunión de altísimo nivel entre los funcionarios cubanos y los norteamericanos? El diario español El País lo reveló apenas se supo la noticia de la caída del muro caribeño: fue en junio de 2013. ¿Y qué ocurrió en Venezuela ese año? Nada más y nada menos que la muerte de un titán llamado Hugo Chávez y nada más y nada menos que el chavismo estuvo a un paso de perder el poder en las elecciones del 14 de abril. ¿Qué lectura le dieron los cubanos a esos dos hechos? Que sin el caudillo Chávez, el proyecto político ideado por él se vendría a pique.

Y era lo que decían los números sin margen de dudas: Henrique Capriles, a pesar de un ventajismo oficial obsceno, sin recursos económicos, sin la petro-chequera, vetado en los medios, boicoteada su campaña, obtuvo 7 millones 363 mil 980 votos contra los 7 millones 587 mil 579 votos que logró un Maduro al que Chávez, casi en estado de rigor mortis, le levantó la mano. Pese a que Chávez ungió a su delfín, la diferencia fue de un pírrico 1,49 por ciento. Es lo que se llama un empate técnico. Un final de fotografía. Y Raúl Castro, que si de algo sabe es de escenarios políticos, debe haber interpretado el match como una derrota embrionaria para el chavismo. La cuenta que sacó Cuba es que el chavismo estaba condenado a muerte, más allá de que pudiera apelar a maniobras electorales y a la represión para intentar preservar el poder. “Esto no pinta bien”, debe hacer sido la inferencia que sacaron Raúl Castro y su Estado Mayor. Y recurrieron a su Plan B, que ahora pareciera ser el Plan A. Jugaron en dos tableros a la vez. En el de su flirteo con Estados Unidos y en el de una Venezuela cuyo gobierno llevaba plomo en el ala.

 

Por supuesto que después vinieron las municipales del 8 de diciembre de 2013 y el chavismo se reivindicó: conquistó 240 de las 337 alcaldías. Fueron 5 millones 216 mil 522 votos para el oficialismo (48,69 por ciento) contra 4 millones 373 mil 910 (39,34 por ciento) para la MUD. La diferencia fue holgada a favor del PSUV. No era el final de fotografía de antes. Y seguro Raúl Castro se preguntó: “¿Qué pasa aquí?”. Pero el embrión de la derrota, aun así, no estaba del todo desechado por el jerarca cubano. Primero, porque una cosa son las disputas municipales, que tienen su grado de complejidad, y otra diferente son las presidenciales, especialmente si Chávez ya no juega. Y segundo, porque en Venezuela se mueve una corriente subterránea de malestar que afloró con todas sus fuerzas a partir de las protestas de febrero pasado. Y entonces Raúl Castro debe haber pensado: “Lo sabía. Esto no pinta bien”. La conclusión de Cuba seguro fue: poner todos nuestros huevos en una cesta llamada Venezuela es muy arriesgado. Allí puede pasar cualquier cosa, aunque la gente crea que no pasa nada.

 

Y que conste: cuando los cubanos hicieron sus cálculos políticos todavía no se había producido el descalabro del mercado petrolero. Estamos hablando de 2013, cuando el barril pasaba de los cien dólares. Hablamos de una Venezuela aparentemente boyante. Pero es que los cubanos, que sí conocen las cifras que el BCV no publica, que saben a cuánto asciende nuestro endeudamiento (era de poco más de treinta mil millones de dólares cuando Chávez se montó en el poder y ahora pasaría de 200 mil millones de dólares), que conocen el verdadero estado de salud de las finanzas venezolanas, que saben que el aparato productivo está postrado, que manejan información de inteligencia sobre el descontento social, pensaron lo elemental: un maná petrolero administrado por unos herederos tan manirrotos como el padre no es garantía de nada. El maná termina convertido en un barril sin fondo. En un despeñadero.

Y, como para satisfacer el ego de Raúl Castro, como para ratificarle que su olfato es mejor que el de Jean Baptiste Grenouille, el protagonista de la novela El perfume, ocurre luego la debacle de los precios del crudo. Entonces eso se convirtió en un acelerador para el Plan B, que termina siendo el Plan A. Un Obama y un Castro en plan de reconciliación. Un David y un Goliat moviéndose en el terreno de la diplomacia. Y no sólo es la debacle petrolera lo que cuenta, hecho que, sin duda, es un factor de muchísimo peso.

Es que al mismo tiempo que cae el barril de petróleo, cae también la popularidad de Maduro. Eso lo dicen todas las encuestas. Y los cubanos lo saben. Así que, dicho en una sola línea, el restablecimiento de las relaciones políticas y comerciales entre Cuba y los Estados Unidos ha de interpretarse como que los cubanos no tienen muy buenos augurios sobre el destino del chavismo, cuya subvención a la isla alcanzaba los cien mil barriles diarios de petróleo, pero que ahora, con la crisis que arropa a Venezuela, está en entredicho.

 

Y Cuba necesita abrirse al capital extranjero o muere de inanición. Pensemos nada más lo que significará el pacto Obama- Castro en términos de envío de remesas. Antes del armisticio, sólo podían enviarse desde Estados Unidos hacia Cuba 500 dólares por persona cuatrimestralmente. Ahora serán dos mil dólares. La isla, según The Havana Consulting Group (THCG), recibió en 2013 más de 2 mil 700 millones de dólares en remesas provenientes de todas partes del mundo, y nada más de los Estados Unidos el monto fue de casi 2 mil 500 millones de dólares. Las remesas constituyen un motor para la actividad económica. El Banco Mundial, que calcula que para 2014 los migrantes de los países en desarrollo enviarán a sus respectivas naciones 436 mil millones de dólares, refiere que en Uganda, por ejemplo, las remesas duplican los ingresos que se obtienen por concepto del principal producto de exportación, que es el café. Lo mismo ocurre en Nepal: las remesas equivalen a más del doble de las exportaciones. En Sri Lanka, también. Así que Cuba, que ya se beneficiaba de este mecanismo antes del armisticio, ahora verá incrementar notablemente sus ingresos por esta vía.

Ya se sabe por qué Cuba decide capitular ante Estados Unidos: por una razón utilitaria. Y ya se sabe por qué negocia actualmente (y desde abril pasado) con la Unión Europea: también por razones utilitarias. Cuba quiere insertarse en la economía global porque el parasitismo no da dividendos. A lo mejor Raúl Castro desea pasar a la historia como el gran reformador, casi como el Gorbachov del Caribe. Ya se sabe, también, por qué le ha puesto los cuernos al chavismo: porque olfatea un destino fatal para los herederos de Chávez y porque, para remate, el mercado petrolero ha entrado en crisis. La pregunta ahora es: ¿Y cómo incidirá este nuevo ajedrez político que ahora juega Cuba en la Venezuela actual y en la del futuro próximo? ¿Qué impacto tendrá eso en el chavismo? ¿Qué hará ahora el Gobierno visto que su propio mentor, Cuba, le ha despojado de su principal bandera política: los Estados Unidos como el enemigo externo, David contra Goliat? ¿Será que ahora Venezuela pasará a ser la nueva Cuba de América Latina, un quijote que lucha contra los molinos de viento gringos? ¿Un quijote utilizado por Cuba, que jugaría en dos tableros? ¿O será que la bandera que se izará ahora será solamente la del enemigo interno, la de la ultraderecha apátrida y terrorista? Lo clave es qué pasará ahora que a Venezuela le han quitado su piso ideológico.

El beso que se han dado Washington y La Habana ha ejercido un impacto psicológico tremendo de cara al destino del chavismo. Y ese impacto aumenta cuando se revisa la trayectoria de los hermanos Castro, movidos siempre por el vil pragmatismo. ¿O no traicionaron a Carlos Andrés Pérez después de que Fidel Castro le rendía pleitesía y hasta vino a su coronación, en febrero de 1989? Y lo peor del caso es que este matrimonio por conveniencia de Cuba con los Estados Unidos le viene al chavismo justo cuando Venezuela experimenta una aguda crisis económica, que tendrá graves repercusiones sociales y políticas. ¿Qué hará entonces el Gobierno, ya de por sí con un problemón encima? ¿Aprovechará la conversión al libre mercado que poco a poco van experimentando los cubanos para adelantar reformas en Venezuela? ¿Podrán soportar, en ese caso, el costo político que implican esas reformas? ¿Están en condiciones de poner en práctica esas reformas? ¿Las quieren hacer? ¿Las tendrán que hacer? ¿Le conviene a Cuba impulsar reformas en Venezuela a riesgo de que el chavismo caiga por el costo que ello supone?

Hay más preguntas que respuestas. Lo que está claro es que ya Cuba no puede constituir un paradigma para los chavistas porque Cuba está a punto de ingresar al Consenso de Washington. Y esto cambia radicalmente las cosas. ¿No suena como extemporáneo ahora hablar desde el chavismo de expropiaciones y de estado comunal y de bloqueo financiero internacional cuando Raúl Castro se ha convertido en partner de Barack Obama y está a punto de serlo de la Unión Europea? Si antes del armisticio ya el discurso del chavismo lucía desfasado, autárquico, anclado en el pleistoceno, fuera de foco (dada la imponente presencia de la globalización), ¿qué quedará ahora que Cuba se ha abierto al imperio y ha puesto sus ojos en Europa?.

Por supuesto que los chavistas siempre encontrarán argumentos que justifiquen la vocación que tienen por la economía rupestre. Podrían decir, por ejemplo, que en Cuba ya se consolidó el socialismo y que lo de Raúl Castro no es una claudicación sino una victoria porque le levantarán el embargo a la isla después de medio siglo. Y podrían agregar que en Venezuela, en cambio, se está construyendo el socialismo y que, por su carácter de país energético, a Estados Unidos eso no le conviene y quiere ponerle las garras. Cualquier excusa puede ser fabricada. Pero no será tan creíble, tan verosímil, ahora que Cuba ha pactado con Washington. Si Venezuela adopta esa postura, la de convertirse en la nueva Cuba que enfrentará al gigante del Norte, lucirá cada vez más sola. Ya nadie da un centavo por el socialismo radical. El mundo es cada vez más la aldea global que se imaginó Marshall McLuhan. Una aldea en la que el comercio está primero que la ideología.

Definitivamente, el olfato de Raúl Castro es como el de Jean Baptiste Grenouille. Que Cuba haya capitulado ante el imperio (atención: ya había aprobado una Ley de Inversión Extranjera muy importante este año) implica una sentencia de muerte para el chavismo. Lo que ocurre es que a veces las sentencias tardan en ejecutarse.

¿Quién fue el que dijo que siempre se puede estar peor?

No olvide dejar sus comentarios.

Por Gloria M. Bastidas / Reportero24

 

Jorge Alberto Villalón Y.

 

 

SEAL Vet Lawmaker: Obama’s Foreign Policy Incites Terrorists

by Cowboy Byte

Pretty bold for a freshman, gotta love it….
Check it out:

Freshman Rep. Ryan Zinke (R-MT), a former Navy commander and Congress’ only SEAL veteran, said Obama’s foreign policy fueled the terrorist attack on the Paris offices of French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo that left 12 people dead on Wednesday. “When America doesn’t lead–and this administration is not leading–then it fuels and it gives hope to Islamic fundamentalists,” Former Navy Commander Rep. Zinke told Breitbart News.

“Yes, it is appropriate to say Islamic fundamentalist, Islamic radicals because that’s what they are,” he continued, adding that by denying to characterize Islamic terrorists for what they are, Obama is further fueling the jihadist movement.
Read more at http://cowboybyte.com/35999/seal-vet-lawmaker-obamas-foreign-policy-incites-terrorists/

 

 

 

Republican Traitors Already Ready to Tax Us More

 by Mark Horne   We get one bit of relief in this fake “recovery” and Republican traitors want to punish us for it.

Senate Republicans are signaling that they want to reward us for giving them the Senate by raising our taxes. No good deed goes unpunished!

According to The Hill: “Momentum builds in Congress for raising the federal gas tax.”

Record-low gas prices across the U.S. have given rise to fresh talk in Washington of raising the federal gas tax for the first time in over 20 years, with leading Republicans now saying a hike must not be ruled out.

The GOP has long resisted calls from business leaders and others to boost the 18.4 cent-per-gallon tax as a way to pay for upgrades to the nation’s crumbling roads and bridges.

Yet in recent days, senior Senate Republicans have said they want to keep options open and that “nothing is off the table” when weighing the best mechanisms to pay to finance infrastructure projects.

“I just think that option is there, it’s clearly one of the options,” said Sen. Inhofe (R-Okla.), new chairman of the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works.

Senate Finance Chairman Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) and Sen. John Thune (R-S.D.), the third-ranking Senate Republican, also said they were open to the possibility of raising the tax.

Democratic leaders in both chambers of Congress, meanwhile, declared this week that “now is the time” for an increase.

While major obstacles stand in the way — namely the House of Representatives —business groups believe there is a real chance to raise the tax in the final two years of the Obama administration.

So amid all the hardships of this fake “recovery,” we get one bit of relief no thanks to politicians but due to the power of markets and the hand of providence… and politicians want to punish us for it.

Why do you think business leaders are lobbying for a tax increase on gasoline? Obviously, they will have to pay the tax, but they already pass off the cost of transportation to the consumer. As consumers, business leaders will be hurt by a tax increase on gasoline. But if their business thrives because of the tax, they will personally benefit more than the tax will cost them. So, ultimately, they are lobbying to have every Joe and Jane Taxpayer subsidize a business expense. Yes, you and I use the highways, but we don’t wear them down nearly as fast as people using the roads to haul goods.

“Comments this week from Sens. Inhofe, Hatch and Thune signal a growing recognition that the gas tax is a fair and consistent way to fund our infrastructure needs,” Association of Equipment Manufacturers spokesman Michael O’Brien said in an interview on Thursday.

Doubtful. How does this organization calculate what is fair and consistent about a gas tax?

Remember, we are talking about a permanent tax hike. Do you think these Senators or anyone else will be beating the drums to lower the gas tax if the price goes up again?

“I remind my conservative friends, and people who ask the question about maybe as a part of a package having to increase the user fees, that this is what we are supposed to be doing,” Inhofe told The Hill in a brief interview.

“The user fee is very, very popular. The evidence of that is a lot of states are doing that on their own because ‘well if the federal government won’t do it we’ve got to do something about the roads,’” Inhofe said.

How is it a user’s fee when I have to pay a tax for the highways when I mow my lawn?

And since when do we assume that the Federal government should be doing something that the states are perfectly capable of taking care of? Why not simply eliminate the Federal gas tax and give the responsibilities to the states? Then they can decide how much they need to tax gas in their state, but we won’t have to be double taxed.

“People who use the highways ought to pay for them,”[Senator Orrin] Hatch added. “That’s a small price to pay to have the best highway system in the world. And that may be where we’re going to have to go.”

But how is such a price accurately set? Why do we even need the best highway system in the world? Could we get our gas taxes cut if we settled for second best? Why should poor people have to pay more for gas just because business leaders want them to do so?

Don’t fall for the claim that we are going to get a tax cut to “make up” for the tax increase. These people are totally untrustworthy. If they give us the tax relief first then they can talk about a higher gas tax.

If the highways need to be funded (probably because the money was wasted on cronies), let the Senate reduce the weapons being given to terrorist overseas or close a military base somewhere on the planet.


Read more at http://politicaloutcast.com/2015/01/republican-traitors-already-ready-tax-us/#lkMmJbOSyAPQD5cJ.99

 

 

Obama’s Keystone amnesia: President ignores GOP pipeline push

How embarrassed will Obama be when his veto is overridden?
Check it out:

President Obama on Saturday talked about higher education, affordable housing, the resurgence of the auto industry, health-care reform, growth in the manufacturing sector and a variety of other issues — virtually everything except the Keystone XL oil pipeline, which is at the top of Republicans’ agenda now that they have full control of Congress.

In his weekly address, Mr. Obama touted positive economic trends and his recent plan to offer two years of free community college to all Americans. He also said that the U.S. economy now is in “calmer waters” following the recession of 2008 and is poised to take off, thanks in large part to the work of his administration.

“It has been six years since the crisis. Those years have demanded hard work and sacrifice on everybody’s part. So as a country, we have every right to be proud of what we’ve got to show for it. America’s resurgence is real. And now that we’ve got some calmer waters, if we all do our part, if we all pitch in, we can make sure that tide starts lifting all boats again,” the president said, casting his comments as a preview of his looming State of the Union Address. “We can make sure that the middle class is the engine that powers America’s prosperity for decades to come.”

Continue Reading on www.washingtontimes.com ..


Read more at http://conservativebyte.com/2015/01/obamas-keystone-amnesia-president-ignores-gop-pipeline-push/

 

 

 

Obama Once Scolded Charlie Hebdo for Mocking the Prophet Muhammad

In this May 30, 2014, file photo, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney listens to a question during the White House daily briefing. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Friday, 09 Jan 2015 09:50 AM

By Nick Sanchez

The Obama administration once condemned French magazine Charlie Hebdo after it published cartoons satirizing Islam in 2012.

“Well, we are aware that a French magazine published cartoons featuring a figure resembling the Prophet Muhammad, and obviously, we have questions about the judgment of publishing something like this. We know that these images will be deeply offensive to many and have the potential to be inflammatory,” then-White House Press Secretary Jay Carney told the press pool.
After denouncing Charlie Hebdo, Carney hedged, noting the importance of free speech.


“But we’ve spoken repeatedly about the importance of upholding the freedom of expression that is enshrined in our Constitution. In other words, we don’t question the right of something like this to be published; we just question the judgment behind the decision to publish it.” 

A year prior to Carney’s comments, Charlie Hebdo’s offices had been firebombed in the fall of 2011, “after it published a spoof issue ‘guest edited’ by the Prophet Muhammad,” The New York Times reported. The magazine and its editors had long been under the gun of jihadists, having earned the ire of al-Qaida in 2006 for re-printing political cartoons by Danish artist Kurt Westergaard that satirized Islam.
After the bombing — which destroyed property but did not result in any deaths — the publication got back to business, publishing its regular style of cartoons, which lampooned many major religions, politicians, the military, and more.
That eventually led to the 2012 controversy, which earned the denunciation by the White House and prompted the French government to temporarily close their embassies and schools in several Muslim countries.


This week, more than three years after the firebombing, jihadists, resulting in 12 deaths, including the death of a police officer assigned to protect the threatened editors, attacked Charlie Hebdo’s offices again.
In its initial statement in response to the terrorist attack, the White House condemned the attacks, but did not make any judgment calls on the content of the magazine, as it had done in the past. 
As Reason.com pointed out, it also did not mention free speech.
“I strongly condemn the horrific shooting at the offices of Charlie Hebdo magazine in Paris that has reportedly killed 12 people,” 
President Barack Obama said in a prepared statement.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims of this terrorist attack and the people of France at this difficult time. France is America’s oldest ally, and has stood shoulder to shoulder with the United States in the fight against terrorists who threaten our shared security and the world. Time and again, the French people have stood up for the universal values that generations of our people have defended. France, and the great city of Paris where this outrageous attack took place, offer the world a timeless example that will endure well beyond the hateful vision of these killers. We are in touch with French officials and I have directed my Administration to provide any assistance needed to help bring these terrorists to justice.”


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With the Paris Attack the European Civil War Just Began

John Zmirak

John Zmirak received his B.A. from Yale University in 1986, then his M.F.A. in screenwriting and fiction and his Ph.D. in English in 1996 from Louisiana State University. John Zmirak is author, most recently, of the upcoming book The Race to Save Our Century (with Jason Jones). His columns are archived at http://www.badcatholics.com.

The colonization of Europe by tens of millions of Muslims is on a scale unmatched in human history—except by the colonization of North America by Europeans.

Most countries in Western Europe today face a large, angry, separatist population in their midstcommitted to outfacing, outbreeding, and finally outvoting their foolishly generous hosts.

Will Europe in 100 years be like New England, a place fully inhabited by a radically new population, with places that bear trace names of vanished tribes like the Abenakis, the Pequots, the English, the French?

Will young residents of the Islamic Republic based in Paris read romance novels about the exotic aborigines who first built those gothic mosques for use as churches? Will they visit them on reservations?

France’s Kenza Drider wears a niqab , as she reads a magazine in a shop, in Avignon, southern France, Monday, Sept. 13, 2010. (AP Photo/Claude Paris)

We will soon find out. The blatant attack in broad daylight on a major magazine by masked men carrying Kalashnikovs in the middle of Paris is not an act of terrorism.

It is an act of civil war. If France does not respond to this attack by ultranationalist, Jew-hating militarists with all the fervor of its heroic Resistance fighters in 1944, it will lose its freedom instantly. There will be de facto Sharia censorship over the press all through France—and all through Europe.

The game will be over—Europeans might as well go ahead and convert to Islam already, and save themselves the pain.

Will the French see that ugly fact for what it is? I cannot blame them for wanting to wish it away. Civil wars are hideous, cruel, and unrelenting struggles that claim countless innocent lives.

But Europeans have stopped listening to the masochists.

Nor will this war be as “tidy” as the American Civil War, with uniformed armies blasting away at each other on broad, open battlefields.

Crushing the Islamic insurgency across Europe will entail mass infiltration of mosques and madrasas, mass arrests of clerics who incite hatred of Jews and Christians, and finally the mass removal of millions of Muslims from the continent.

People gather near candles lit to commemorate the victims of a deadly attack at the Paris offices of French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo, in Lyon, central France, Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2015. Masked gunmen stormed the Paris offices of a weekly newspaper that caricatured the Prophet Muhammad, killing at least 12 people, including the editor, before escaping in a car. It was France’s deadliest postwar terrorist attack. (AP Photo/Laurent Cipriani)

Ideally, that would be accomplished by first expelling all illegal residents, then offering financial incentives to the rest to move back to Muslim countries. I pray God that this will be enough to diminish the threat. It might not be. The whole of Europe might soon resemble Bosnia in the 1990s—as the sole, stark alternative to a totalitarian Eurabia.

My hope is that, as usual, Muslims have overplayed their hand. Just as they launched attacks on Israel full of hubris that ended in disaster, I suspect that the chest-thumping bearded radical clerics of Europe have overestimated their own strength, and Europe’s weakness. When the French vote for their next president, they will remember Charlie Hebdo, and elect the National Front.

Had the Islamists waited 30 years—or if we give them another 30 years—when the native population of Europe had shrunk still further, and the last survivors of Nazi occupation had all passed away, I think that the Islamic takeover of Europe would have proved unstoppable.

The young, confident, and fanatical would have overwhelmed the middle-aged, tentative, and guilt-ridden remnants of Christian Europe—with the help of collaborationists, of course: themulticulturalist professors still obsessed with the threat of intolerant Christianity (circa 1648), the self-aggrandizing bishops and moralists who preen about their cosmopolitan sympathies, while digging their church’s and their culture’s grave.

But Europeans have stopped listening to the masochists. They are marching in Germany’sstreets, in rank defiance of their government.

Thousands of people gather for a moment of silence to pay their respects to the victims of the deadly attack at the Paris offices of French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo, in Lyon, central France, Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2015. Masked gunmen stormed the Paris offices of a weekly newspaper that caricatured the Prophet Muhammad, killing at least 12 people, including the editor, before escaping in a car. It was France’s deadliest postwar terrorist attack. (AP Photo/Laurent Cipriani)

They are planning to vote for genuinely patriotic parties—flawed parties, to be sure, with some ugly baggage from Europe’s intolerant past. But nothing proposed by the most radical anti-immigrant party in Europe, however heated, remotely approaches the program that jihadists openly promote in thousands of mosques, and are moving rapidly to implement across Europe: an intolerant, misogynist, anti-Semitic and anti-Christian theocracy.

That is not some recondite ideology: It is the political program of orthodox Islam, as fundamental to that religion as the Ten Commandments are to Jews and the Resurrection is to Christians.

Islam is an intrinsically political religion, as nationalist and expansionist as Japanese Shinto, circa 1941. The hope that if we accept a few more million of their immigrants and put them on generous Western welfare benefits, a kind of Unitarian Islam will emerge which renounces political power and blandly accepts Western pluralism is a cowardly fantasy.

And now, in time of civil war, the option of cowardice falls from the table. There is only resistance, or treason.

Anti-Islamic Feeling in Europe is Rationality, not Racism!

 by Mark Horne  

So one of the interesting features of the Islamic killings in Paris, is the reaction of German Prime Minister Angela Merkel.

She was in Britain recently, and the Daily Mail reported on her public response to the Charlie Hebdo attacks:

Chancellor Merkel said: ‘What has happened in Paris today is indeed a barbarous attack against all of the values we share. 

‘All of us that live in Europe strongly condemn these attacks and our thoughts go out to the French people and particularly to those who have lost loved one in this horrendous attack. 

‘This is an attack against the values we all hold dear, values by which we stand, values of freedom of the press, freedom in general and the dignity of man. 

‘And again our thoughts are with the French people with all of those who have lost loved one in this horrific attack and everything we can do to help the French we will certainly do.’

Of course, it was only a few days ago that Angela Merkel was sermonizing to her fellow German citizens that all anti-Islamic feeling in Germany was due to ugliness on the part of the leadership of the anti-Islamization protests. They all have “prejudice, coldness, even hatred in their hearts,” according to Merkel’s preaching on German TV.

Well, I’m not sure how bad it is in Germany yet. But, even if it is not as bad as France, it would be easy to see why the Germans would want to do something now before it gets that bad.

How has Islamization affected France? The Washington Times recently addressed the situation under the headline, “Muslims segregated from French society in growing Islamist mini-states.”

“The situation is out of control, and it is not reversible,” said Soeren Kern, an analyst at the Gatestone Institute and author of annual reports on the “Islamization of France.”

“Islam is a permanent part of France now. It is not going away,” Mr. Kern said. “I think the future looks very bleak. The problem is a lot of these younger-generation Muslims are not integrating into French society. Although they are French citizens, they don’t really have a future in French society. They feel very alienated from France. This is why radical Islam is so attractive because it gives them a sense of meaning in their life.”

While not a complete safe-haven for al Qaeda-type operatives, Paris and other French cities have become more fertile places for Muslim extremists in the past decade. City leaders have allowed virtual Islamic mini-states to thrive as Muslims gain power to govern in their own way.

“There are no-go areas not just in Paris, but all over France, where they are effectively in control,” said Robert Spencer, who directs JihadWatch.org, a nonprofit that monitors Muslim extremists.

“They’re operating with impunity, apparently secure in the knowledge that authorities cannot or will not act decisively to stop them,” he said. “And with the universal denial and obfuscation of the clear motive for the Charlie Hebdo attack, they have good reason to think that.” So anyone who opposes such things must be “cold,” Angela? Such people must have “hatred in their hearts”? Some might disagree. They might think that anyone who would allow such an outcome must have hatred in their hearts for Europe, for France, and for Germany. One might even wonder if you don’t hate those values you claim we all “hold dear.” You certainly don’t like anyone who wants to preserve those values from the threats you have brought into the country.
Read more at http://politicaloutcast.com/2015/01/anti-islamic-feeling-europe-rationality-not-racism/#Avr0DSiqghrYQo75.99
January 9, 2015: This Week’s Headlines·         DC Government Admits Obamacare for Congress Scheme is Unlawful 

·         Attkisson and Judicial Watch Challenge Obama Administration’s Assault on Freedom of Press

·         Republican Political Corruption in Congress and the State House

DC Government Admits Obamacare for Congress Scheme is UnlawfulThey didn’t fess up willingly. But after we applied the appropriate pressure, government officials responsible for operating the Washington D.C. Obamacare “Small Business Exchange” have finally admitted that Congress is taking advantage of health benefits its members and staff are not entitled to claim.

 

Our lawsuit cites applications filed by the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate with the D.C. Exchange Authority.  The applications, which were obtained through a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request, show that the House and Senate claimed to have only 45 employees each. They also show that the House and Senate attested to having “50 or fewer full-time equivalent employees.”  Congress employs upwards of 20,000 people.  D.C. law limits participation in the exchange to small businesses having fewer than 50 full-time employees.  The applications also falsely state that the House and Senate are “local/state governments.”  The “electronic signature” section of the application includes the following language:I’ve provided true and correct information to all the questions on this form to the best of my knowledge.  I know that if I’m not truthful, there may be a penalty.

The actual names of the signatories were blacked out by the D.C. Exchange in the documents Judicial Watch obtained. If nothing else, the political class knows how to cover its tracks. But on November 7, 2014, the Exchange Authority filed a Motion to Dismiss in which it clearly admits that the law does not allow Congress to participate in its Small Business Exchange. Here’s the key paragraph:

The Health Benefit Exchange Authority was created by the District of Columbia Council under the ACA, and authorized to operate a SHOP Exchange [“Small Business Health Options Program”] in the District through which qualified small businesses could access health coverage for employees. By limiting the SHOP Exchange to “small employers” with an “average of not more than 50 employees during the preceding calendar year,” D.C. Code 31-3171.01 prevents Congressional enrollment in the D.C. Shop Exchange because Congress does not fall within the definition of “small employer.” [Emphasis added]

But just because the D.C. government now admits it knows what’s right doesn’t mean it intends to do what’s right. Remarkably, District officials now argue that federal bureaucrats in the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) could override the District’s laws (and, implicitly the Affordable Care Act).  As our attorneys point out in the JW response, Congress plainly knows how to block or reverse D.C. laws. The D.C. law that created the Small Business Exchange is completely consistent with, not preempted by, federal law. And if it is “preempted,” it can’t be undone by a bureaucrat ignoring the Affordable Care Act at the Office of Personnel Management. This Obama power grab is not constitutional and cannot be used to change federal law or “force” a local government to ignore the rule of law.  Unfortunately, from the D.C. government’s point of view, this case is not about logic, reason and honesty.

We are asking the court, on behalf of Mr. Vining, to:

(a) declare the House and the Senate’s participation in the Small Business Exchange to be unlawful; (b) enjoin Defendants from continuing to allow the House and the Senate to participate in the Small Business Exchange, or at a minimum, from expending further taxpayer funds on the House and Senate’s participation in the Small Business Exchange; (c) issue a writ of mandamus ordering [District officials] to deny the House and the Senate further participation in the Small Business Exchange . . .”

We are pushing ahead even as the opposing side pushes back.  On December 12, 2014, we filed an Opposition to the Motion to Dismiss on behalf of Vining.  The D.C. Exchange then filed a Reply to the Opposition on December 22, 2014. So, the legal battle continues to rage. And you can rest assured that your JW will continue to go to toe-to-toe with the D.C. government that is undermining the rule of law.  In the meantime, you might want to check with your local congressman and senators about what they think about the possible fraud now being committed to provide illegal health insurance to Congress.  You can point them to our documents and demand accountability.  

 

Attkisson and Judicial Watch Challenge Obama Administration’s Assault on Freedom of Press

What happens when an intrepid, investigative journalist exposes policy missteps and outright corruption at the highest levels of government in 21st Century America? Apparently, the widely cherished First Amendment rights to “Freedom of Speech,” “Freedom of the Press,” and “Due Process” become subjugated beneath Team Obama’s political agenda. Just ask Sharyl Attkisson, the award-winning former CBS news reporter. She discovered that her computers were hacked between 2011 and 2013 when she was probing into the growing scandals surrounding the Benghazi terrorist attack and the Operation Fast and Furious gunrunning operation. News is starting to break on the tactics that have been employed by top government officials to silence Attkisson. It is as foreboding as it is revealing, and Judicial Watch is at the forefront of the fight to expose the truth and vindicate the rule of law.

In November, we were honored to once again team up with Attkisson to file a Freedom of Information (FOIA) lawsuit against the Department of Justice (DOJ) seeking “any and all records” of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) relating to the award-winning correspondent. We learned from documents obtained in a separate lawsuit last fall both the DOJ and the White House targeted the former CBS correspondent as a result of her investigations into the growing Fast and Furious scandal.  In an October 4, 2011, email to White House Deputy Press Secretary Eric Schultz, Attorney General Eric Holder’s top press aide Tracy Schmaler described Attkisson as “out of control.”  Schmaler added ominously, “I’m also calling Sharryl’s [sic] editor and reaching out to Scheiffer” (an apparent reference to CBS’ Chief Washington Correspondent and Face the Nation moderator Bob Scheiffer).  Schultz responded, “Good.  Her piece was really bad for the AG.”

As we have previously reported, Fast and Furious was a Justice Department/Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) “gunrunning” operation in which the Obama administration allowed guns to go to Mexican drug cartels. Fast and Furious weapons have been implicated in the murder of Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry and hundreds of other innocents in Mexico. Attorney General Eric Holder has already admitted that guns from the Fast and Furious scandal are expected to be used in criminal activity on both sides of the U.S.-Mexico border for years to come.

Attkisson, who in 2012 won both the Emmy and the Edward R. Murrow awards for investigative reporting, first began reporting on Fast and Furious in February 2011, when she broke the story: “Gunrunning Scandal Uncovered at the ATF.” Since then, she has filed more than 100 stories relating to the gunrunning debacle, many of which were exclusive reports. In her new book “Stonewalled,” Attkisson reported that she had received inside information that government-related sources had hacked into both her personal and work computers over a lengthy period of time.

Attkisson is now suing the Obama administration, specifically Attorney General Eric Holder and Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe, for $35 million in damages after computer forensic exams show hackers monitoring her work exposing the Obama administration for its corrupt actions. (Judicial Watch is not representing Attkisson in this new lawsuit.)

The DOJ denies being behind this activity, but Attkisson and our own attorneys have evidence showing the DOJ had it in for Attkisson over her straight-forward reporting on Fast and Furious. So just how far is the DOJ willing to go? That’s what our FOIA lawsuit is all about. Leaving no stone unturned we are asking for:

“Any and all records concerned, regarding or relating to Sharyl Attkisson. Such records include, but are not limited to, records of background checks of Sharyl Attkisson, records of communications, contacts, or correspondence between Sharyl Attkisson and employees, officials or agents of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and records of investigations concerning or regarding Sharyl Attkisson as a victim…”

As regular readers of the Weekly Update are aware, our November FOIA lawsuit is not the first collaborative effort between Judicial Watch and Attkisson. In August 2014, Judicial Watch teamed with Attkisson to file a FOIA lawsuit against the Department of Health and Human Services to obtain records pertaining to the failed rollout of President Obama’s health care law.

Attkisson has said of Judicial Watch, “For years, I’ve watched Judicial Watch’s dogged tenacity produce success in using FOIA lawsuits to obtain documents from a secretive government, whether under President George W. Bush or President Barack Obama, that often had utter contempt for me or other investigative journalists. Journalists and Americans interested in the truth about Washington under any administration can look to Judicial Watch and its work.”

 

Republican Political Corruption in Congress and the State House

Former Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell was at the top of his game when he delivered the Republican response to President Obama’s State of the Union address back in January 2010. And now, just five years later, McDonnell is on his way to jail. On January 6, he was sentenced to two years in federal prison after being convicted on public corruption charges. Once again, your Judicial Watch was ahead of the curve. In December 2013, we gave McDonnell a “Dishonorable Mention” in JW’s “Ten Most Wanted Corrupt Politicians for 2013.”  As someone who exchanged expensive gifts for political favors, McDonnell rightly deserved at least a “mention.”

Among the gifts McDonnell took were luxury vacations, a $10,000 suede coat, a lavish shopping spree at swanky New York City stores, and a $15,000 wedding gift to Governor McDonnell’s daughter. The governor and his wife also billed Virginia taxpayers for things like dog vitamins, body wash, sunscreen, deodorant and their adult children’s dry cleaning, and used state workers to run personal errands for their adult daughters.

In September, a federal jury in Richmond convicted McDonnell and his wife Maureen of multiple counts of corruption. After deliberating for 17 hours, the jury found the former governor guilty on 11 corruption and fraud counts and his wife guilty on eight corruption counts and one count of obstruction of justice. This includes six counts of obtaining property, worth $138,804, under color of official right. The amount includes a $15,000 check for the McDonnell daughter’s wedding. Maureen McDonnell will be sentenced on February 20. Prosecutors had asked for a longer prison sentence more along the lines of 10 years. But Judge James Spencer said federal officials misinterpreted the guidelines and decided the appropriate range was more like 78 to 97 months or 61/2 to a little more than eight years.

Jonnie Williams, the former CEO of Star Scientific, received immunity in exchange for testifying against the McDonnells. Williams, who was seeking state support for his company’s nutrition supplements, enticed Virginia’s first family with expensive gifts and monetary favors. This included the $6,500 Rolex that Maureen McDonnell presented to her husband. There were also loans Williams provided to the McDonnells to help cover costs for not one, but two beach houses.

Last May, we filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) to obtain records of communications regarding the McDonnell investigation. And with good reason. In their Motion for Discovery in response to the indictment, McDonnell’s lawyers noted that there was “a steady stream of negative leaks of confidential information” made public during last year’s gubernatorial contest. They characterized the leaks as “salacious and damaging.”

As I said at the time we filed our FOIA lawsuit, “Whether ex-Governor McDonnell and his wife are guilty or not, the Obama Justice Department can’t break the rules by leaking information for political and other improper reasons.”  Under our system of justice, a jury found beyond a reasonable doubt that the former governor was guilty. And he must pay the penalty. But, that still does not excuse the Holder Department of Justice for attempting to prejudice the case in the press.  (And it raises the question about the Justice Department’s criminal lack of interest in seriously investigating the Obama gang’s abuse of the IRS and myriad other Obama scandals that ought to have this president visiting a grand jury on a regular basis.)

At the same time McDonnell was being convicted for his crimes, another Republican on a JW list of “Ten Most Corrupt Politicians” was conceding his guilt in federal court. Michael Grimm, a United States Congressman from Staten Island, New York, was a decorated Marine and an FBI agent before getting elected. These are all very impressive credentials, indeed.

But he was awarded a “Dishonorable Mention” on our 2012 list of “Ten Most Wanted Corrupt Politicians for allegations that “his 2010 congressional campaign had accepted contributions over the legal limit and from noncitizen donors via Ofer Biton, a former aide to a prominent Israeli rabbi, in exchange for helping Biton obtain a green card.” Grimm now has pleaded guilty to tax evasion and other crimes and he has just resigned from Congress. Grimm thought that he might hang on, despite admitting to federal crimes.  Thankfully, the House leadership wasn’t so out of touch as to let that happen.  I understand that Speaker Boehner, who is no angel, pushed him out.

In addition to his 2012 campaign problems, just last April, we reported that Grimm was hit with a 20-count federal indictment for hiding more than $1 million in profits from a restaurant that employed a large number of illegal immigrants. Grimm, who is both a lawyer and an accountant, knew exactly what he was doing.  During the time period ranging from 2007 to 2010, Grimm oversaw the restaurant’s day-to-day operations and he filed false state and federal tax returns to conceal over $1 million in sales and wages, according to federal investigators. He also paid cooks, cashiers and delivery persons, many of them in the U.S. illegally, hundreds of thousands of dollars off the books.  (We will leave aside, for now, the scandal of the Obama Justice Department’s selective enforcement of laws regarding illegal immigration!)

Recall that it was Grimm who was caught on tape telling a questioning reporter “I’ll break you in half.” The video is available here. Now we can see why he was reticent to speak with the press and answer straight questions.

These two politicians show that political corruption is a bipartisan problem.  Republicans and Democrats may not share ideologies or policies but they are all human and subject to hubris.  Judicial Watch’s motto is: “No one is above the law!”  Every elected official in the land would do well to have that phrase prominently displayed in their offices to remind them of their duties to the public.

Until next week …


Tom Fitton
President

 

 

Lazaro R, the 25 Republicans that voted against John Boehner for Speaker took a huge risk.

They voted against Boehner knowing full well that the Speaker might punish them. Already, John Boehner is taking their names off key legislation and kicking them out of committees.

That’s not right.

The 25 Republicans that voted against Boehner stood on principle. They listened to their constituents and voted for new leadership to lead the GOP-controlled Congress. This was the first time in over 100 years that a Speaker of the House faced such large opposition.

The Republicans that stood up to Boehner deserve your thanks and support for defending your conservative principles.

Make sure you visit their Facebook pages and thank them for their important vote.

Rep. Justin Amash

Rep. Brian Babin

Rep. Rod Blum

Rep. Dave Brat

Rep. Jim Bridenstine

Rep. Curt Clawson

Rep. Scott DesJarlais

Rep. Jeff Duncan

Rep. Scott Garrett

Rep. Chris Gibson

Rep. Louie Gohmert

Rep. Paul Gosar

Rep. Tim Huelskamp

Rep. Walter Jones

Rep. Steve King

Rep. Thomas Massie

Rep. Mark Meadows

Rep. Richard Nugent

Rep. Gary Palmer

Rep. Bill Posey

Rep. Scott Rigell

Rep. Marlin Stutzman

Rep. Randy Weber

Rep. Daniel Webster

Rep. Ted Yoho

Because of their courage and your hard work we almost beat John Boehner. We made sure the Washington Establishment knows that we won’t back down when it comes to preserving our liberty.

The Republicans who stood up to John Boehner need to know that you have their back.

Make sure you thank them today.

In Liberty,

Matt Kibbe
President & CEO, FreedomWorks

En mi opinión”

No 845  Enero 10, 2015

“IN GOD WE TRUST” Lázaro R González Miño   EDITOR

“FREEDOM IS NOT FREE”

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