By John F. Di Leo -
Reflections on Barack Obama's legacy...
While there is nothing particularly “happy” about warfare, some aspects are even more distasteful than others. There must be shooting in battles; there must be conquest of land; this is what warfare is made of. But some tactics go too far… such as mines.
In the 1990s, for example, the Ottawa Convention sought to put a global end to the use of mines – both land and sea varieties – an aspect of warfare that still costs several thousand lives per year worldwide, even long after the wars in which they were used have ended.
In warfare, the value of a mine is, of course, the fact that it can be left behind, without an army or navy contingent remaining in place to operate it. You just sow mines in a bay or harbor, or plant landmines on a valuable territory or along a border, and nobody dares return there without quickly becoming a casualty. Often horrific, but tactically advantageous. Sometimes justifiable if you're the one on the right side in the war in question. Particularly horrible if you’re not.
But the biggest problem with mines is what happens after the war is over. Since mines have no expiration date, they remain a danger forever, decades after peace treaties are signed. There are still mines, dating back to WWII and other conflicts of half a century to a century ago, long-forgotten, awaiting the day when an innocent fishing trawler or pleasure boat, construction crew or vacationing family on a hike, will stumble into them with fatal consequences.
By John F. Di Leo -
On December 28, 2016, the outgoing Secretary of State of the outgoing Obama administration held a press conference. He spoke to the cameras for almost an hour and a half, hoping to wear down his opposition on one of the great political miscalculations of modern times.
The prior week, the Obama administration’s representative at the United Nations – Ambassador Samantha Power – engineered the passage of a remarkably anti-Israel resolution at the UN. The resolution condemns Israel for building housing units on its own land, and grants legal status (to the extent that the United Nations has such power, which of course is dubious) to the Palestinian Authority, a terrorist organization guilty of a decades-long crime wave on that very soil.
After several days of a constant barrage from all sides in the United States – including attacks from fellow Democrats, though these were primarily just for show – failed to show signs of letting up, Secretary John Kerry (D-Cervelo) took to the airwaves to justify the administration’s actions.
By John F. Di Leo -
On Monday, December 19, the last shopping week before Christmas, an islamofascist terrorist (most likely a recently-arrived “refugee,” as over a million such have arrived in Germany from the middle east this year alone) hijacked a truck and charged through a Berlin Christmas market, killing at least a dozen innocent shoppers, injuring some fifty more… in exactly the way that ISIS has been ordering its pretend “lone wolves” to attack innocents.
As Europeans have watched their birthrate plummet, leaving the tax base for their generous pensions in doubt, they have opened their doors to unfettered immigration. First, we saw England’s open doors welcome in Pakistanis and Indians, and Germany’s open doors welcome Turks… then the procession became a flood, as Angela Merkel and her like have opened the floodgates to all so-called “refugees” from all over the middle east in recent years. Europe was a Christian continent; it is difficult indeed to honestly say that today.
This rush of third-worlders – not just third-worlders, but subscribers to the most barbaric subsets of islam - has brought a horrific crime wave to Europe. Rape, murder, honor killings, every other imaginable abuse, as well as terrorism. Obviously there are good people among these crowds too – statistics being what they are, there certainly must be. But the percentage of dangerous criminals is inordinately high, by design, as so many so-called refugees are young men of military age, directed by their clerics to function as a silent invasion force.
By Howard Foster -
If the Trump campaign were focused on the real issues instead of survival, that statement would be front and center in the upcoming debate and might disqualify her for the presidency. No nominee of a major party has declared support for “open borders,” which means no restriction on immigration in our history.
Even during the decades of defacto open borders between the end of the Civil War and 1921, when severe restrictions were imposed for the first time, presidents always qualified their support for immigration by saying newcomers had to assimilate and could not be criminals, dangerous to public safety or likely to become a “public charge.” The Democratic platform does not support open borders. It supports our immigration laws (at least in theory) which limit the number of newcomers overall and by region of origin.
On September 28, 2016, Robert Buchar – associate professor of cinematography at Columbia College in Chicago – spoke at The Heartland Institute about his film, The Collapse of Communism: The Untold Story. The film makes a compelling case that the dissolution of the Soviet Union did not bring about the end of global communism.
A political refugee and defector from Czechoslovakia in 1980, Buchar is also the producer of the documentary, Velvet Hangover, which is about Czech New Wave filmmakers, how they survived the period of “normalization” and their reflections on the so-called Velvet Revolution of 1989. He is also the author of Czech New Wave Filmmakers in Interviews, as well as And Reality be Damned… Undoing America: What The Media Didn’t Tell You About the End of the Cold War and Fall of Communism in Europe., which was available for purchase at the event. I highly recommend that book.
Prior to Buchar’s comments, an eight-minute excerpt was shown from his 2012 documentary, which took him eight years to finish. The film unearths the uncomfortable truths that explain the dark forces on the horizon for this nation. View the trailer here.
By Nancy Thorner -
John Bolton, who served as the United States permanent representative to the United Nations from August 2005 to December 2006 and Faith Whittlesey, a two-term U.S. Ambassador to Switzerland in the Reagan Administration talked about America's security future Saturday afternoon, September 17, at Eagle Forum Council XLV held at the St. Louis Airport Marriott.
Ambassador Bolton described the upcoming November election as "one of the most consequential elections we have ever faced. Very few things in life are perfect, but this election has come down to a choice between Hillary and Trump."
Hillary was described as having been a radical in law school and as one who will do anything to be elected president. Hillary's political philosophy is already akin to many of Bernie's ideas, and she didn't have to strain much to get there.
By Nancy Thorner and Bonnie O'Neil -
A much anticipated media announcement let the American people know that Donald Trump would not formally announce his vice presidential choice at a scheduled 11 a.m. news conference on Friday, July 15, but that it was postponed to Saturday, July 16, in light of the deadly attack in Nice, France on Thursday, July 13.
Meanwhile, for two days the media advanced the idea that Mohamed Lahouaiej Bouhlel, a 31-year old Tunisian Muslim, was a "lone wolf" despite his shouts of "Allahu Akahu Akbar: (God is great in Arabic), before being killed in a clear suicide mission. The lone wolf theory was discounted on Saturday, July 16, when the The New York Times reported:
Not one to bow to political correctness, Trump promptly tweeted: "Another horrific attack, this time in Nice, France. Many dead and injured. When will we learn? It is only getting worse." Trump understands that radical Islam is the cause of the frequent terror happenings world-wide and of the urgency to defeat ISIS before they find their way to America.
NEW YORK - Democrat primary rival Bernie Sanders is expected to endorse Hillary Clinton Tuesday, and just in time - days before the Republican Convention and a couple of weeks before the Democrat Convention.
Despite the public lovefest expected between Sanders and Clinton Tuesday, Donald J. Trump's campaign released a list of five reasons the movement marriage won't be blissful and satisfying for neither the Clinton side nor the Sanders' side of the Democrat Family:
Independent Journal's Ian Mullane has put together a list of five lies Hillary Clinton told the public about her emails, as exposed by FBI Director James Comey at Tuesday's announcement that the Bureau would not recommend she be charged for security breaches as Secretary of State.
LIE #1: “I did not email any classified material to anyone on my email.”
TRUTH: As FBI Director James Comey revealed in the press conference today, 108 of the emails in more than 52 chains she sent were, in fact, considered classified. And 8 of those chains contained a “Top Secret” classification.
LIE #2: “First, when I got to work as Secretary of State, I opted for convenience to use my personal email account, which was allowed by the State Department, because I thought it would be easier to carry just one device for my work and for my personal emails instead of two.”
TRUTH: The Director pointed out that Hillary Clinton used “numerous mobile devices to view and send email on that personal domain.”
By Tom Giovanetti -
Yesterday, after Donald Trump’s remarkable screed against global trade, I went out to get a sandwich.
I gave the shop what they wanted, my money, and I got what I wanted, a sandwich.
We were both equally well-off, because it was a voluntary exchange of equal value. If I didn’t like the deal, I didn’t have to buy the sandwich. If they didn’t like the deal, they didn’t have to sell me the sandwich.
Moreover, because they are specialists at what they do, they make a far better sandwich than I do. It would cost me far more in time and trouble to try to make an equivalent sandwich for myself. It’s cheaper and more efficient for me to buy from a specialist than to try to do everything myself.
By Frank J Biga III -
Really? Despite all the angst regarding the Brexit vote and the calamitous effects that a "Leave" vote would have on the world, the worst that happened was a two-day selloff of equities? More to the point, the transformation of our cultures and societies was worth only a lousy 1000 points on the Dow?
I know. I know. The consequences haven’t been fully felt yet. George Soros is predicting serious consequences and maybe even a Depression. Maybe it will happen. The last Depression produced the Greatest Generation though. If a Depression is what is needed to chasten the globalist ruling class, so be it.
By John F. Di Leo -
“You don’t need an AR-15.” After every shooting, we hear the presidents and governors and mayors repeat their call for “assault weapons bans”… because, as they say, “you don’t need an AR-15.”
Or a Sig-Sauer, or an AK-47, or whatever weapon was used in whatever shooting was in the news.
And maybe they’re right. You DON’T need an AR-15.
You could use a different weapon. There are many. Some are heavier, some are lighter. Some more or less expensive, some better at longer or shorter distances. Some fire less expensive ammunition so they’re more affordable for target practice; some fire more expensive ammunition to ensure a quick, clean kill when hunting deer, moose, or elk. Some are more comfortable for tall shooters or for short ones; some are more suited to women, some to men.
There are so many brands and models; you don’t necessarily “need” the one that you “want.” They are right about that, I suppose.
Know what else you don’t need?
By Mark Rhoads -
Back in 1959 when Fidel Castro took power in Cuba, moronic left-leaning newspapers in America praised him as the George Washington or the Simon Bolivar of Cuba. Sen. Barry Goldwater called him a Communist and was ridiculed for doing so by the same stupid press. Fast forward to 2016 and the same press praised President Obama for his "historic" visit to Cuba.
Void apparent leadership from the White House, which tends to take radical Islamist attacks like those on children and women at an Easter event Sunday afternoon in Pakistan and at the Brussels airport and metra system in stride, Kinzinger is pushing for a United States-led response.
"We need to be organizing indigenous forces where it be, whether it's Sunni tribesmen, whether it's Iraqi military," said Kinzinger. "They're finally getting in a position where they can fight again. Embedding our special ops with them, continuing the air strikes, and ultimately doing what's necessary to win."
Kinzinger also calls for the U.S. to recruit moderate Muslims to help in the fight against ISIS.
Reflections on Obama-era foreign treaties and scandals, on the anniversary of Federalist #75
By John F. Di Leo -
The United States of America declared our independence in 1776, and finally concluded our revolutionary war at the negotiating table in 1783, but that didn’t solve our problems. The wartime alliance under the Articles of Confederation was a failure, uniting all the colonies under a loose and toothless Confederation Congress that could neither enforce the law nor pay its troops.
So the best and brightest of the Founding generation met at Philadelphia one more time, in 1787, and hammered out the Constitution of the United States, a brilliantly designed framework for government… which immediately so shocked and worried many of their countrymen that Alexander Hamilton gathered his allies James Madison and John Jay together to begin a ratification campaign on the Op/Ed pages. Jay was injured during his heroism in the Doctors Riot and had to pull out after just five essays, and Madison wasn’t as prolific as Hamilton, so Hamilton wound up writing about 2/3 of the marvelous essays now known to the world as The Federalist Papers.
Some have been famous from the beginning, others are rarely commented on. It’s always interesting, though, to pick up a long unnoticed article from 1788 and realize that Colonel Hamilton was so prescient, he foresaw the kind of people and problems that we have today, two and a quarter centuries out.
By John F. Di Leo -
Watching footage of Barack H. Obama’s trip to Cuba, which the sycophant press never fails to call “historic,” one cannot help but ask some questions.
There are many answers, but to find them, we must travel back in time a bit, and consider the history of that little island, and of the world, in days long gone by.
By Hank Beckman -
WHEATON - When Israeli Consul General to the Midwest Roey Gilad spoke last Wednesday at Wheaton College about current challenges for his country in the Middle East, the 50 people in attendance were respectful and well-behaved, with no sign of the open anti-Semitism that dominates discussion of the only democracy in the Middle East on so many campuses throughout the country.
No slanders about Israel being an apartheid state, no calls for boycott divestment and sanctions (BDS) and none of the hateful rhetoric that led the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights to conclude a decade ago that anti-Semitism had become a "serious problem" at many universities.
That was the good news.
By Teri O'Brien -
As regular listeners to The Teri O'Brien Show know, recently I was thunderstruck to learn that one of my smart friends thought that I had endorsed Donald Trump. I'm not sure what I did to create that impression.
The truth is that I have issues with all three leading contenders.
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By John F. Di Leo -
Hillary Clinton, along with her allies in the mainstream media, have taken great delight in attacking Republicans lately, on the subject of Presidential candidate Donald Trump’s (and others’) calls for restrictions on muslim immigration … especially in light of the Obama Administration’s current efforts to import tens of thousands of un-vettable alleged Syrian “refugees” in the midst of a war.
Never mind that no country EVER allows unchecked immigration from a country with which it is at war. It doesn’t happen, for reasons that are obvious to any conscious individual. The Obama Administration counts on the American people’s willingness to disregard the parade of six thousand years of human civilization, and just accept the parade of “refugees” that could easily include an invasion force and numerous other risks.
By John F. Di Leo -
Nobody can predict the future. Not Nostradamus, not Karl Rove, not the Oracle at Delphi.
But as primary voters, we must try. Not because we’re going to Las Vegas to bet on the election, but because every primary race is dependent on some judgment about the likely result.
In November, voters only need to ask one question:
But in the primaries and caucuses, we have several questions to ask:
By John F. Di Leo -
For over a year, the press has been minimizing its coverage of the Hillary Clinton email server issue, as Congress and the conservative media have been trying to get to the truth of the matter.
The facts, as shared, are simple enough: As Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton chose to violate the law and route all of her email traffic, both personal and work-related, through a private email server in her home in Chappaqua, New York. This kept the emails out of the security and record retention protocols of the federal government, and potentially added an additionally severe crime if any of those emails were classified.
As the Clinton gang has parsed, and dissembled, and – oh, the heck with it – outright lied, they have tried to give the impression that there was no classified material on the email traffic that the Secretary of State had for four years. When some emails were finally found that were marked, in the subject line, as classified, the Clinton gang spun it to say that shouldn’t count because those were incoming emails, not outgoing, and therefore not her fault (as if anyone on earth shouldn’t be able to assume that the email address of a Secretary of State would obviously be a secure line).
But even so, they all miss the point. On both sides of the debate, in fact, people are missing the point, perhaps because many don’t fully realize what the role of the Secretary of State is.
By John F. Di Leo-
There has always been a rule – an overriding rule in the common law, in the criminal justice system and in the insurance industry – that society must not allow you to profit from a crime you committed.
For example, if you file an insurance claim on your house, and it’s proven that you burned it down yourself, you get imprisoned for arson and the insurance company gets all the money back.
Or if you file for the life insurance on your parent or spouse, and it’s proven that you murdered him or her for the insurance money, you get imprisoned for murder and the insurance company gets all the money back.
This system is designed this way so that a societal positive (insurance) doesn’t get perverted into a societal negative by rewarding villainy. The rule is also in place for the very obvious reason that if it weren’t, the system would be literally inviting criminality. “Do I think a year in prison is worth a million dollar insurance payment? If so, I may as well do it.” We have to remove this incentive – an incentive that may warp the judgment of a person of weak conscience or desperate straits.
Since the NSA stopped collecting metadata about telephone calls on Sunday, May 31, 2015 (or was ordered to stop, anyway… with this government, you never really know), many have declared that we are a less safe nation today.
And this is true; we ARE a less safe nation today. But as usual, both the answer and the foundation for it are largely misunderstood, in a nation in which a biased press refuses to tell the whole story, and a disinterested public refuses to study the issues until the third presidential debate rolls around every four years.
To answer the question – whether or not we have indeed taken a step backward in safety – requires a two part answer. There is a short-term view, but there is also a long-term view, because safety isn’t about one single tool in the toolkit of our military; it’s about the big picture, a combination of foreign policy, immigration policy, and almost everything else a government does.
By John F. Di Leo -
Reflections on isolationism and foreign policy, on Decoration Day...
When the field is crowded, candidates find a way to differentiate themselves. No surprise there.
One way that some candidates have chosen in recent years is to set themselves apart from the “war hawks” of the other party, or even of their own party, by preaching isolationism, and by declaring that isolationism is the true heritage of our Founding Fathers.
They will quote Presidents Washington and Jefferson, who warned, on occasion, of the need to “avoid entangling alliances” like those of the Old World. And they will imply that isolationism – and avoiding military action at all costs – is and must be what the Founders meant by their warnings.
But did they?
By John F. Di Leo -
The following transcript could not be authenticated. It was broadcast from a wiretap accidentally placed in a conference room in Havana, but with the generally low quality of the antiquated electronics available in Cuba, some of the audio was muffled… and there’s always the little matter of questionable translations from the Spanish… but here is what we have, submitted for your consideration without any warranty whatsoever...
Lead Voice #1: Let’s get to work, men. I meet with the Great Satan tomorrow.
Underling Voice A: You’re dying, boss?
Lead Voice #1: No, you idiot, I mean the president of the United States! (Who took this fool off my prisoner list and let him back in the politburo, anyway?)… We need to work out our final list of demands to allow them to reopen an embassy here.
Underling Voice B: We should probably start with reparations, sir.
Lead Voice #1: REPARATIONS??? I’m not paying reparations! We confiscated those billions of dollars worth of land and businesses and accounts over fifty years ago! The statute of limitations is long past!
Underling Voice B: Sorry, sir, I didn’t mean that… although technically, umm… there isn’t really any statute of limitations on nationalization of another country’s property… anyway… the thing is, maybe we could get the USA to pay us reparations.
Lead Voice #1: Interesting… keep talking…
By Teri O'Brien -
No doubt when he got on Germanwings Flight 9295 on Monday, March 22, 2015, soon-to-be mass murderer, co-pilot and former flight attendant Andreas Lubitz appeared perfectly normal. He was probably friendly and polite, greeting his co-workers and passengers, never letting on that within an hour of takeoff, everyone on that flight would be dead, after the plane slammed into the side of a mountain.
Mr. Lubitz boarded that flight with what prosecutors say with an "intent to destroy," something that he concealed from his victims until it was too late. In a similar fashion, Barack Obama deceived an unsuspecting public about his long-held plans for payback for the country that he had learned from childhood was irredeemably racist, imperialistic and fatally flawed since its founding, the United States of America.
By John F. Di Leo -
I cannot tell a lie: I am an extremist.
As an amateur actor, I have certain beliefs that I hold dear. I detest drama and tragedy; I really only like comedy, both musical and non-musical. I believe the stage is for laughter and song, for tap dances and pratfalls. I won’t spend my money buying tickets to see a sad show, and I certainly don’t like to waste eight weeks of my life rehearsing to perform in one. Many would call these views extreme.
As a trade compliance manager, I have spent my career – my “day job,” if you will – trying my best to help importers and exporters obey the often complex laws of domestic and international trade. From Country of Origin marking regulations to Free Trade Agreement qualification tests, I have been accused of worrying too much, of being too cautious, of insisting on accuracy in Customs documentation with too much rigidity. But I stand with Founding Fathers George Washington and Alexander Hamilton in advocating ever-stronger international commerce, proudly championing both imports and exports in line with Jack Kennedy’s adage, “A rising tide lifts all boats.” But an errant shipment must be stopped and fixed rather than be allowed to cross an ocean mis-marked, undeclared, or undervalued. Some would call this rigidity in support of the law "extreme."
Reflections on the War on Terror, a century into it.
By John F. Di Leo -
There are as many truisms in war as there are in peace. Favorites include “The generals are always fighting the last war,” “There is nothing new under the sun,” “An army marches on its stomach.”
All are true, to an extent, and can be applied to the study of any war, including the current one.
But it’s also worth considering one of the great lies of all time, always cited, rarely true: “But This Time Is Different!”
We say it to our parents when we hope for an exception at home; we say it to our bosses when we miss a deadline at work. And politicians certainly say it every time a policy fails. But is this time really, truly different? Or are we just focusing on the slightest bit of variance and stretching it, in hope of making essentially the very same thing look different enough to evade blame for indecision or error?
By John F. Di Leo -
Since The Resident’s unexpected and unethical decision to unilaterally discard a half-century of history and reopen diplomatic relations with the Castro brothers’ prison colony known as Cuba, a particularly destructive claim has resurfaced, one that merits careful analysis and rejection.
For decades now, the Left has spouted a peculiar claim – that Cuba is poor because of our 54-year-long embargo against the communist country. If the reader has compassion for the suffering denizens of that miserable island, this has to be a strong argument, but it’s wrong – utterly without merit, in fact – for several critical reasons.
The claim can be dismissed easily with the first and most obvious comparison: Haiti and the Dominican Republic are also on a nearby island with the same weather, the same shoreline, the same convenience or inconvenience to other nations, the same potential for agricultural, tourist, industrial and commercial growth; the U.S. has no embargo against them.
By Teri O'Brien -
If anything captures the state of a hobbled, declining America under President Payback, it is this headline from Friday's Wall Street Journal story about the cyber-terrorist attack by the North Koreans on Sony Pictures: "U.S. Struggles for Response to Hack." The story goes on to quote another hack, Obama spokes imbecile, the inappropriately named Josh Earnest, saying that the Regime is seeking a "proportional" response.
History has shown that the Obama administration has a very twisted and skewed view of proportionality. Five Islamofascist terrorists for 1 deserter. Three citizens of a brutally repressive regime that harbors American fugitives who killed Americans, one of the three convicted of attempted murder, in exchange for an American hostage whose crime was trying to help the Cuban people get on the internet. A junk-science based "climate change" agreement with China, in which the U.S. agrees to strangle its economy by reducing its carbon emissions by at least 26% from 2005 levels, and the Chinese agree to a "target" of getting 20% of its energy from renewable sources by around 2030, maybe, if they feel like it. China builds one coal burning power plant a month, while Obama's war on coal has destroyed jobs and economic growth in some of the poorest regions of America. Just one month after this "historic" agreement, we learn about the North Korea cyber attack, an event that could not have been accomplished without the assistance of the Chinese.
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By John F. Di Leo -
A long time ago, on an island not too far away, a pair of brothers was ejected from a good Jesuit school. The one was reportedly a better student, the other less impressive, but together, they preferred other things – politics, rabblerousing, war.
When the brothers grew up, they fell in with a bad crowd – the worst of crowds, in fact. Far across the oceans, Chinese communists were consolidating their power, Soviet communists were drawing an iron curtain down the center of Europe, Korean communists were settling in for the long haul in Pyongyang, Vietnamese communists were revolting against the French in Hanoi.
And of all the things to do in the world of the 1950s – from music to manufacturing, from Wall Street to Madison Avenue, from acting to travel – the Western economies were booming; it was a great time to be alive – of all the choices they had in the Western world, these two brothers looked instead all the way to those distant communist hellholes, and said, yes, that’s the life they wanted for themselves.
Will the GOP take the Senate? Polls strongly suggest that on Tuesday, Election Day 2014 (and by "Election Day," I mean our current mess of a system consisting of early voting, voting by mail, and casting a ballot when you stream a movie from Netflix or buy the "Bagel of the Day" at Dunkin' Doughnuts) will bring a bloodbath for the democrats, brought on by the collective realization by millions that they have been played for suckers by the most successful race hustling con artist in American's history, Barack Hussein Obama? Desperate members of the Jackass Party are resorting to ridiculous measures, including attempting to shame their base into voting by threatening to tell their neighbors that they didn't vote, a tactic that seems to be working about as well as everything else they've tried.
So, get the popcorn ready, and look forward to jubilation on Tuesday, but be under no illusions. Even if the GOP does take the Senate, which is essential, what will change? Are we forgetting that Sen. Mitch McConnell has had three or four different positions on whether the GOP will push for a repeal of Obamacare? Don't get me wrong: the evil reanimated cadaver currently serving as Senate Majority Leader, Harry Reid, must go, and if we have to elect some RINO's to make that happen—and make no mistake, establishment Republicans like McConnell are no conservatives—so be it. What say you? Will the GOP win big? Does it matter? Do you care, or are you suffering from end-stage politics fatigue, preferring to ponder whether Mama June will survive the current scandal involving her TV show? Let me know in the comments.
Prediction: Post-election Barry will be even more lawless and radical than he has been this year. The new focus of his "remaking" of America will be amnesty, to dramatically alter the demographics of this country for decades to come.
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By Irene Starkehaus -
Kaci Hickox is a nurse with degrees from the University of Texas at Arlington and the Johns Hopkins University. She spent time in West Africa helping and caring for Ebola patients while working with Doctors Without Borders in Sierra Leone. When she returned to the U.S. last Friday, she was forced into quarantine at a New Jersey hospital. She has tested negative for Ebola and has exhibited no symptoms, but she was placed in confinement anyway because Ebola has a 21 day incubation period.
Hickox is now examining possible litigation against the State of New Jersey for having infringed upon her civil liberties because she was detained against her will. Her lawyer…let me rephrase that…one of her multiple lawyers summed up Hickox's position in this way:
"She's a very good person who did very good work and deserves to be honored, not detained, for it."
Doctors Without Borders…for a little background on Médecins Sans Frontières, fifty years ago, a group of French physicians were employed by what is now known as the International Committee of the Red Cross and Crescent Societies and broke away to form an independent movement with its mission to provide timely emergency medical relief free of the administrative and legal restrictions imposed upon the ICRC .
Photo Credit: European Commission DG ECHO.
By Teri O'Brien -
Here's what we know about Barack Obama:
The appointment of notorious Democrat bagman and operative Ron Klain as the "Ebola coordinator" when there is already a federal employee, Dr. Nicole Lurie, with actual credentials employed by the government and in office, makes one thing crystal clear: that is, the Obama administration views this Ebola outbreak as the mother of all exploitable crises. Mr. Klain is there to make sure that oodles of taxpayer dollars are shoveled into the pockets of cronies, that that the border is left wide open, and that the Regime's actual plans and actions are covered up.
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By John F. Di Leo -
As we reflect on the historic vote in Scotland this week (all votes seem to be “historic” these days, don’t they? Might have more to do with news network ratings than actual history), we Americans find ourselves rather conflicted.
On the one hand, we cheer for the idea of independence, a race memory of sorts that dates back to our own War for Independence over 230 years ago. We feel a special affinity for all members of the British Empire; we speak the same language, share the same customs, even enjoy many of the same television shows. Their heroes are our heroes, from James Bond in the Cold War to The Doctor in the Time War.
Even if our bloodline doesn’t reach to England itself – I’m more Irish, Italian, German and Austrian, myself, than the meager drops of Scottish and English blood I have, generations back – this shared history causes us all to watch the Scottish independence debate with a fraternal feeling. We like both sides, and root for both sides, as Anglophiles and as one-time members of that great Empire ourselves.
By Teri O'Brien -
Thursday is September 11, the two-year anniversary of the attack on the Benghazi compound, and the 13th anniversary of the murder of nearly 3000 people on American soil by our determined Islamofascist enemy, so it seems like a good time to revisit the effects of Barack Obama's "lead from behind" strategy.
Are you aware that there was another ISIS beheading yesterday? Do you know what's going on in Libya, Obama's template for "how the international community is supposed to work?"
Under Obama's brilliant leadership, we intervened to dispatch wacko dictator Mohamar Gaddafi. How's that working out? Don't worry about the threat of our determined, vicious, murderous enemy. Focus on the "war on women," and racism in local police departments like the one in Ferguson, MO, the current hobby horse of the worst attorney general in America history, Eric Holder.
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By Irene F. Starkehaus -
Another American missionary doctor working in Liberia has tested positive for Ebola. In Sierra Leone, infected bodies of Ebola victims are reportedly piling up in the streets making it difficult for local health workers to contain the spread of this disease. The World Health Organization has just confirmed that the newly-identified cases of Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) in the Democratic Republic of Congo are not the same genetic strain currently circulating in Liberia, Guinea, Sierra Leone, and Nigeria and warns that the world is losing the battle against the fledgling Ebola epidemic. As you know, it's a virus and viruses adapt… better than the WHO does as a matter of fact.
Depending on the news source, there have been either 200 deaths from Ebola annually since the early '70s or this number has been grossly underreported and could reach over 12,000 this year. So it follows that the WHO not only struggles to contain this deadly pathogen, it also struggles with basic reporting best practices.
With all this in mind, the World Health Organization finds itself in the middle of its annual pandemic hysteria drive, and like good little lambs, we react to the mania because we have no real information and a whole lot of fear mongering in the media to fuel the great fund-raising appeal for the greater good of world health. The growing prominence of the WHO in the battle against everything from Ebola to HIV to the flu to polio coupled with slapdash results should have Americans asking ourselves, "Who exactly is the WHO and how did this agency become so central to our perception of illness and disease?"
By Teri O'Brien -
In any rational universe, with an informed citizenry, Barack Hussein Obama would never have been elected to any important public office, and certainly not re-elected. His relentless and aggressive lawlessness, since that re-election, which was all too predictable, certainly rises to the level of "high crimes and misdemeanors," and there is not doubt that that same informed citizenry, would have demanded that he be impeached and removed from office.
Should the G.O.P. impeach him? Why don't they? The truth is that the democrats are lying about impeachment to raise campaign cash, very successfully. Forty years ago, another U.S. president faced an actual threat of impeachment.
What was the Watergate scandal really all about? What does it have to do with another event, which occurred 50 years ago, and prolonged our involvement in what the Lame Stream Media dubbed with the cliché "quagmire," the Vietnam War? As stunning as this assertion may be, I am here to tell you that the current media narrative about Watergate is a fairy tale. Find out what really happened.
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By Irene F. Starkehaus -
Round and round we go. Day after day conservatives ask: what exactly is the right thing to do with regard to the multiple thousands of minors and not-so-minors who are crossing our southern border illegally on the promise of a better life or at very least a better clientele. Circular arguments that pound against the resolve of a historically charitable people shred consciences to a pulp as waves of undocumented, unvaccinated, unaccompanied children cross over illegally to be contained…detained in a macabre limbo of wistful hope that their parents will soon rendezvous and make things whole again. What is the best thing to do – for them and for our own children?
There's so much noise coming from all directions about this humanitarian crisis – most of that clatter includes a stern remonstration to Americans against enforcing our much maligned immigration laws…it's for the children after all.
And we expect such criticism to come from the Democrats who are so hell-bent on turning Texas blue that they are willing to disregard anything even remotely resembling law for achievement of their long-term electoral objectives. Like their European brethren, any means to the goal of socialist supremacy shall be regarded as justified and necessary. Clearly, there are no rules in love, war or socialism. To the Left, our border crisis is just another form of guerrilla warfare in name of fundamental transformation.
On July 7, 1798, the Federalist administration of John Adams rescinded our treaties with France, sparking the Quasi-War with France, which began two days later, on July 9... and the Jeffersonians went ballistic. How DARE we break our treaties with the French, that great ally who helped us win our independence from England?
Viewed on its own, without context, it does indeed sound outrageous, doesn’t it? What ingrates we would be, if we break our treaties with our greatest ally, so soon after they helped us so much. The Jeffersonians – known then as the Republicans, then later, the Democratic-Republicans, until they finally settled on the name Democrats, decades later – were generally unrepentant Francophiles, while the Federalists were generally Anglophiles. Normally, such generalizing, over two centuries later, could be dismissed as “historians going overboard to make it easy for us,” but in this case, the distinction is accurate, and helps explain the events of the day.
Once we review the context, we find that the tale of the Quasi-War with France is an excellent illustration of a common foreign policy mistake, and it holds important lessons for today. The tale begins long before 1798; in fact, we could argue it begins in the 1750s with the Seven Years War, known more commonly on this side of The Pond as the French and Indian War, or even earlier…
By Irene F. Starkehaus -
The Heritage Foundation held a panel discussion on the Benghazi massacre that occurred in September of 2012. The purpose for the event was to ascertain how the U.S. government failed to protect U.S. citizens in its U.S. Embassy during a period of unrest. Saba Ahmed attended the conference and posed a question that was off topic regarding so-called Islamophobia and the panelists went about answering her question.
Particularly brilliant was Brigitte Gabriel who laid down some of the most simple and concise arguments regarding the accusations of bigotry that are occassionally thrown down by peaceful Muslims.
The MSM is doing their best to portray Ms. Gabriel's response as an over-the-top personal attack on Ms. Ahmed which it was not. Additionally, and I am quoting heavily from a good friend who took the time to dig into this matter further -
Another day, another lawless act by the Obama regime, this time the release of five Gitmo detainees in exchange for Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, who has been held in Afghanistan since June 30, 2009. Was Sgt. Bergdahl actually captured, or, as some strong evidence suggests, did he willingly walk away from duty? Does that matter?
Does it matter that, once again, Barack Obama violated a duly-enacted Congressional statute, which requires that he give 30 days notice to Congress prior to transferring prisoners from Gitmo. The One acknowledges that he broke the law, but says it doesn't matter because he issued a signing statement when he signed the law last year, declaring the notification unconstitutional. And he should know, of course, as a "former Constitutional law professor," right?
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By John F. Di Leo -
The Administration disapproves of the House Select Committee, chaired by Congressman Trey Gowdy, chartered to investigate the events surrounding the September 11, 2012 attacks on the United States mission (essentially a branch office, a sub-embassy) at Benghazi, Libya, in which the complex was attacked, robbed, and largely destroyed, and four US government employees were killed by Al Qaeda-connected militia.
Now, it is understandable that the Administration disapproves of such an investigation. They haven’t responded to the dozens of church bombings all over Africa in recent years… they haven’t responded to the thousands of Christians killed in the ongoing islamofascist attacks from West Africa to Sudan… they haven’t raised a murmur about the return of crucifixion as a Syrian terrorist technique. They don’t mind a millions abortions a year in their own country; why should we expect them to be concerned about four deaths abroad? Perhaps our expectations of humanity from the current Administration really are too high.
But that doesn’t mean that we should disregard the issue. If the Administration – even the entire Democratic Party – doesn’t think the Benghazi attacks worth studying, perhaps we need to remind them what the events surrounding the attacks really were all about. Because, while those four lives were indeed important, and worthy of better treatment than this Administration gave them, under any measure, the fact is that Benghazi is also about many, many other things besides these four tragic deaths.
The recent exposure of "smoking gun" Benghazi emails remind me of what Mad Men's Elizabeth Moss said about her divorce from SNL alum Fred Armisen.
These sorts of seemingly disjointed thoughts aren't unusual for someone who reads not only the Wall Street Journal, Forbes, National Review and of course, Illinois Review, but also the National Enquirer, The Smoking Gun and Gawker. I have said it for years, and I'll repeat it here. Conservatives cannot hide from the popular culture.
If the recent episode, this week's Lame Stream Media shiny object, involving a clown/reprobate NBA owner's mental detritus recorded by his semi-deformed "girlfriend," didn't serve as a reminder, it should have. ("Girlfriend" apparently is the currently preferred euphemism for a woman who has sex with a man 50 years her senior in exchange for luxury cars and real estate. I can think of another word …)
The Obamas, the most successful race hustlers in the history of this country, continue to play their skin game and exploit their black skin privilege, while the lap dog media continues to dangle shiny objects like the missing Malaysian aircraft, "March Madness," and bootleg butt injections (and you thought it was just Michelle's arms that people envied!) before the American people.
The use of huge posteriors to distract us from Moochelle's latest junket is not the only irony at play here. Yesterday, the First Klingon took a break from her opulent getaway to speak out in favor of free speech and religious freedom. Perhaps her husband's regime, who has unleashed the IRS on his political opposition and is currently in court trying to force religious institutions into violating their beliefs, could consider applying those fine noble principles here in the United States. Is there also a bit of irony in the fact that Michelle, who, along with the rest of this phony bunch, portrays herself as a champion of the "little guy" has a mother who apparently is terrorizing the staff at their Chinese luxury hotel?
Tags: 2012 Election, Abortion, Barack Obama, Black Skin Privilege, China, conservatism, Jimmy Carter, Malia Obama, marriage, Media, Melowese Richardson, Michelle Obama, Mother Robinson, Obamacare, Ohio, Prof. Paul Kengor, Race Card, radio, Reagan conservatism, Reparations, Rev. Al Sharpton, Ronald Reagan, Rush Limbaugh, Russia, Sasha Obama, Television, The Myth of Perpetual Black Victimhood, The Teri O'Brien Show, useful idiots, Vladimir Putin, vote fraud, WLS
Join us as we watch our friendly neighborhood campaign volunteer educate his classmates about vote fraud – in the context of the Crimean Referendum
It was primary election day back home in Chicago, and Pavel was glad he had switched his registration to his college address. The guys back at the 51st Ward Party Headquarters sure wouldn’t be happy with the ballots he was casting these days, and the excuse that “I’m just doing a little mischief in the other party” probably sounds a bit lame the second or third time it’s tried.
Pavel walked into his Comparative Political Science 202 class – he was always on time, but some of the other kids made it a point to get there early – and there was already quite a rowdy battle brewing.
Professor Hume-Strauss was at the board, writing a list of bullet points – Ukraine, Russia, Crimea, Sevastopol, Europe, USA, China – and she smiled broadly as the bell rang and the last stragglers took their seats.
“We’ll take a break from the syllabus today, folks,” she began. “The world’s all up in arms (some of it literally!) over what’s happening in Crimea, so let’s talk about that today. Some of us have already started…”
Crimea votes in overwhelming favor of returning to the loving embrace of Russian tyrants. Let us not be deceived; we are today in the midst of a cold war revisited, and the sequel is not being brought to us through Vladimir Putin's sheer force of personality as the mainstream media would have you believe. The reason that Ukraine has been torn apart through Russia's intolerable aggression is because the only response that President Barack Obama can concoct to counter said aggression is a pronouncement of more sanctions against Russian officials as he busily disarms America so that the world will like us better.
Are you feeling the love yet?
The Obama regime's M.O. is clear, and right out of the Chicago playbook,specifically, as Barack himself has said "punish your enemies," as in anyone who opposes the policies that our enlightened Dear Reader is trying to bestow on us.
Average citizens who dared to get involved with politics by forming and joining Tea Party groups, wealthy contributors to Mitt Romney, filmmaker, author and two-time Teri O'Brien Show guest Dinesh D'Souza all found them on the receiving end of harassment and intimidation from Obama's alphabet soup of tyranny. OSHA, the FEC, and most famously, the IRS have all been used by Obama and his lieutenants in their persecution campaign.
Tags: 2nd amendment, ACLU, Anita Hill, Armstrong Williams, autism, Bill Clinton, Chicago Bears, Clarence Thomas, Crimea, Dinesh D'Souza, EEOC, Election 2014, Election 2016, EPA, FCC, IRS, Jay Cutler, Kristin Cavallari, Lame Stream Media, LeBron James, Malaysian Flight 370, NRA, Obamacare, radio, Rush Limbaugh, Sec. of State John Kerry Barack Obama, sexual harassment, Syria, Tea Party, The Teri O'Brien Show, Ukraine, vaccination, Vladimir Putin, WLS
Don't you hate it when you're really enjoying yourself, doing something you really really like, when, out of blue, you're jolted back to the reality that you've got some unpleasant tasks to deal with? That's what happened to our Dear Reader last week.
Just when Barack was indulging his favorite pass times, reminding us that there is, and will never be, forgiveness for America's sins against black people and using himself as a shining example, reality smacked him up the side of the head in the person of Vladimir Putin. Only hours after being warned by Obama to keep his mitts off Ukraine, he sent in the tanks. What a difference a day makes! Just the day before, Obama announced his "My Brother's Keeper" initiative at a White House event, featuring the human wallpaper backdrop of youthful faces that he clearly adores.
Tags: 2nd amendment, American Doctors 4 Truth, Barack Obama, black skin privilege, Crimea, Dr. Kris Held, foreign policy, gay gestapo, Jason Collins, Lame Stream Media, Matthew Shepard, Michelle Obama, militant homosexuals, My Brother's Keeper, Obamacare, race card, radio, reparations, Rush Limbaugh, Sen. Harry Reid, so-called same sex marriage, Syria, The Teri O'Brien Show, Trayvon Martin, Ukraine, Vladimir Putin, WLS