March 24, 2015 by Alan Berkelhammer
Filed under Constitution, Educational, Executive Branch, Global Warming, Healthcare, Hot Topics, Immigration, Legislative Branch, National Info, News Articles, Press Releases, Tea Party
March 23rd, 2015: In a speech on the campus of Liberty University in Lynchburg, VA, Sen. Ted Cruz became the first major candidate to announce a presidential bid for 2016. It is fitting that Cruz picked this campus to announce, as he has clearly championed Liberty throughout his lifetime. And it is no accident, in my opinion, that he chose today to announce, as it is the fifth anniversary of the signing of Obamacare into law.
Trevor Loudon, a New Zealand author, speaker and political activist, spoke at an event hosted by the Greater Orlando Tea Party on September 26th, 2014. In this short excerpt of his presentation, Mr. Loudon gives some poignant advice to a future 2016 Republican presidential hopeful (Ted Cruz).
by Ben Shapiro – March 20, 2015
For the last several days, the entire Western media has run with a false story: the story that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he no longer would, under any circumstances, endorse the possibility of a Palestinian state.
Ha’aretz, a left-wing Israeli newspaper opposing Netanyahu, reported Netanyahu’s supposed comment with this headline: “Netanyahu: If I’m Elected, There Will Be No Palestinian State.” The rest of the media quickly followed. Days later, when Netanyahu said that he had never disavowed his prior support for the possibility of a Palestinian state – support he expressed in a speech at Bar Ilan University in 2009 – the media accused Netanyahu of flip-flopping.
There is only one problem: Netanyahu never said that a Palestinian state was out of the question.
The interview in which Netanyahu expressed the much-misinterpreted remark took place with the conservative Israeli publication NRG. It also took place in Hebrew, a language virtually none of the members of the Western press read or speak; most simply took the Ha’aretz report and ran with it. Netanyahu was asked directly about whether his Bar-Ilan speech was “irrelevant.” Here is what Netanyahu actually said:
NETANYAHU: I think anyone who is going to build a Palestinian state today will be freeing up space to give an attack area to radical Islam against Israel. This is the reality created here in recent years. Anyone who ignores this sticks his head in the sand. The left does this, burying its head in the sand again and again. We are realistic and understand…
NRG: If you are elected head of state, no Palestinian state will come to fruition?
NRG: Construction in Jerusalem and the West Bank will renew?
NETANYAHU: We are continuing all the time, but that’s not a question about additional building. There is a real threat that the government of the left will join the international community and do their bidding….
Netanyahu continued by arguing that the left would buy into the “international initiatives to return to the 1967 borders and divide Jerusalem.”
In other words, Netanyahu did not discount the possibility of a Palestinian state forever. He said that anyone who tries to build a Palestinian state “hayom” – “today” – would be giving territory to radical Islam. He even added that this was a reality created in recent years. Continue reading at breitbart.com.
Fury after school recites pledge in Arabic
Students at Pine Bush High School in Pine Bush, New York, knew right away there was something not quite right about the Pledge of Allegiance. That’s because the pledge was being recited in Arabic.
“One nation under Allah,” the student body president announced over the intercom system on Wednesday.
Reaction in the upstate New York high school was swift, and so was the backlash, The Times Herald-Record reports. Furious students tried to shout down the recitation in their classrooms. Other students sat down in protest.
School Superintendent Joan Carbone told the newspaper that the Arabic pledge “divided the school in half” – noting that many complaints came from Jewish parents and those who had lost family members fighting the war on terror.
The outrage among students was so significant that the school issued an apology. Read more at foxnews.com.
Hat tip: Peter Boddie
Despite the Obama Regime’s trying to influence the Israeli elections, Netanyahu stands on principle… and wins!
Five Lessons US Conservatives Should Learn From Netanyahu
by Ben Shapiro17 Mar 2015
On Tuesday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu won re-election according to the latest vote counts, defeating not just his domestic leftist opposition, but the President of the United States in a public stand-off that had the President sending emissaries to Israel to try and oust Netanyahu. The victory represented a stunning turnaround for Netanyahu, whose Likud Party trailed significantly in the polls in the days leading up to the election.
How Netanyahu shifted the narrative in Israel makes for a compelling political case study in principle over prevarication. Netanyahu overcame a highly-publicized domestic scandal involving allegedly ordering some $2,700 worth of ice cream to the official residence, and exceeding his household budget by approximately a million shekel. He overcame inflation against the dollar that jacked up prices of goods in the weeks leading up to the election, and inflated real estate prices over the course of the last six years. He overcame foreign money injected into the campaign.
How? He employed five key tactics — tactics from which American conservatives could learn:
Build Around a Personality. Netanyahu’s speech before Congress was the latest indicator that he was a world leader ready to face down the most powerful people in the world, including Iran and its new friends in the Obama administration. While many Israelis said they didn’t want Netanyahu as prime minister, they preferred him over his rivals in every poll for months before the election by a wide margin. In the late days of the campaign, Netanyahu campaigned openly on the idea that conservatives ought to vote for his party in order to elevate him personally. By positioning himself as a major international presence, Netanyahu placed himself in admirable political position. There is danger to this strategy: it allows the opposition to focus on you personally. But voters vote for people, not for ideas. Continue reading at breitbart.com.
To grassroots everywhere this article harbors no surprises. House Speaker John Boehner is by far one of the most dangerous political elements facing patriots wishing to return to the Constitution. Under his direction establishment leadership Republicans have exponentially expanded government on all levels creating a nightmarish regulatory and tax environment never before seen in our country. The Republican landslide victory last November showed the citizens’ desperation and cry for change. And what did all but twenty five Congressman do but yet again vote to keep this potentate in power. That is outright betrayal and portrays the grave dangers we face from both the Democratic and Republican parties.
“A headline in The Hill, said it all: “Dems vow to protect Boehner from conservative coup.” This headline and the accompanying Mike Lillis story validate and vindicate articles recently published here, here and here. Democrats now consider Boehner to be their puppet in a one-party leftist dictatorship ruling against a conservative country (italics mine). So it was no surprise that, when conservatives protested this latest Boehner betrayal, Democrats rallied to reciprocate the vast aid and comfort he had given them.”
It doesn’t get any more transparent than this!
WASHINGTON — The White House is removing a federal regulation that subjects its Office of Administration to the Freedom of Information Act, making official a policy under Presidents Bush and Obama to reject requests for records to that office.
The White House said the cleanup of FOIA regulations is consistent with court rulings that hold that the office is not subject to the transparency law. The office handles, among other things, White House record-keeping duties like the archiving of e-mails.
But the timing of the move raised eyebrows among transparency advocates, coming on National Freedom of Information Day and during a national debate over the preservation of Obama administration records. It’s also Sunshine Week, an effort by news organizations and watchdog groups to highlight issues of government transparency.
“The irony of this being Sunshine Week is not lost on me,” said Anne Weismann of the liberal Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, or CREW.
“It is completely out of step with the president’s supposed commitment to transparency,” she said. “That is a critical office, especially if you want to know, for example, how the White House is dealing with e-mail.” [bold type: Mine]
Read more at USAtoday.com.
Fingerprint Scanners Appear In Stores
This article was written by Chris Carrington and originally published at Ready Nutrition
News reports indicate that Venezuela is starting to install fingerprint scanners in supermarkets as a way of preventing ‘food hoarding’. Venezuela is experiencing widespread shortages of most foodstuffs including the most basic such as bread, flour and grains as well as an acute shortage of medicines.
Unable to buy imported food due to a plummeting currency and falling oil prices resulting in a lack of revenue, Venezuelans are becoming increasingly desperate.
President Maduro has accused Colombian food smugglers of buying up massive amounts of staples to sell back to people at vastly marked up prices.
The scanners that are being installed in stores are to prevent people buying more than their allotted quota as the implementation of rationing begins. Read more at alt-market.com.
At the end of Bill and Hillary Clinton’s Chappaqua street sits a for-sale sign for a used e-mail server with a clean hard drive. It includes the Clintons’ home address and instructs interested buyers to, “See Bill.”
Gary Murphy — channeling his inner Jon Stewart, he says — was irked by former secretary of state Hillary Clinton’s reason for using a private server set up in her New York home to do all her e-mailing, both for personal conversations and State Department business.
So, Murphy, 44, who lives in Chappaqua, about two miles away from the Clintons’ home, was driving around Wednesday and decided to make his annoyance known. Read more at washingtonpost.com.
By Edward Klein | March 14, 2015 | 9:33pm
For years our federal government has ignored immigration policy that historically was tied to the labor market. Although not perfect by any means our policies were rooted in a free market of labor with immigrants allowed into the country if they could demonstrate sponsorship by a prospective employer or an established family member. Abandoning that premise is what has led to our current plight of allowing non-productive immigrants to establish themselves in our country as persons who qualify for all the burgeoning entitlements. Additionally we are embracing policy that would allow only the most politically influential to bolster their workforces with foreign workers. The question arises as to what this means for the 2016 Presidential election. Republican leadership has pointed to Jeb Bush as the most likely Republican candidate. The following article is a great analysis of Jeb Bush’s perspective on immigration. At best he’s ignorant, at worst he’s malignant.
“Jeb Bush’s enthusiasm for immigration, even when the immigrants are unskilled, even if they break the law, goes so deep that he even sometimes ventures to suggest that the personal characteristics of immigrants are to be preferred over those of the native-born. Here for example is an informal Jeb Bush speaking to a friendly interviewer, National Review’s Jay Nordlinger, early in 2014. “If we’re going to grow at 4% a year, we have to have young, aspiring people be able to create dynamic activity. And we can’t do that with our existing demographics.”
“The GOP may have found its own candidate for the age of fluidity represented—and accelerated—by the presidency of Barack Obama.”
By: Kevin Derby – March 9, 2015
Over the last five years, as Sunshine State News covered Florida politics, among the biggest stories was the emergence of U.S. Rep. Ted Yoho, R-Fla. Yoho has become one of the leaders of the tea party across the nation.
While he is best known nationally for making waves in Washington, standing up to U.S. House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, Yoho pulled off one of the biggest upsets in Florida political history in August 2012 when he ousted U.S. Rep. Cliff Stearns in the Republican primary. Read more at: sunshinestatenews.com.