A 90-year-old World War II veteran en route to a ceremony marking the 72nd anniversary of the attack at Pearl Harbor was booted from his flight to accommodate the weight of additional jet fuel needed for the trip.
According to Hawaii News Now, Ewalt “Walt” Shatz, a WWII veteran credited with shooting down a Japanese plane during the 1941 attack, was scheduled to take a United Airlines flight direct from Los Angeles to Honolulu on Wednesday, but was re-booked on an American Airlines flight leaving eight hours later that included a layover in Maui.
“I was surprised. I didn’t know which way to go. Here I am at LAX with all these people and it’s all new to me. I was just lost. I didn’t know what to do which is an awful feeling,” Shatz told the paper.
Navy Chief Petty Officer’s Mess ensured there would be a welcome party greeting Mr. Shatz when he finally arrived around midnight. Here they are, with other naval personnel, pictured with him. Thank you all!
Walter E. Williams, a syndicated columnist and economist at George Mason University, says...
President Barack Obama will never able to learn from the late Nelson Mandela about how to properly govern a nation
"He's beyond learning. He has another agenda and, firstly, I don't think Obama is his own man," Williams told "The Steve Malzberg Show" at Newsmax TV.
"He is a puppet of George Soros," he added, referring to the liberal billionaire businessman and philanthropist.
"This is the first time in our history that a person could have been elected to the highest office in the land who had long-time associations with people who hate our country such as Rev. [Jeremiah] Wright, who said, well black people should not sing God Bless America but … Damn America," Williams said.
" He was a long-time associate with Willie Ayers, who bombed the building along with his wife and other shady characters and so this says something about the American people who would elect a person to office like that.
But maybe a whole lot of whites, maybe they had some of their guilt taken care of by saying, well gee, I voted for a black person."
The other night I watched a PBS special on Kristallnacht (Night of Broken Glass), a series of coordinated attacks against Jews throughout Nazi Germany and parts of Austria on November 9-10, 1938. These were carried out by Hitler’s forces and non-Jewish civilians and resulted in the death of hundreds of Jews who were incarcerated and sent to concentration camps. A vast number of Jewish homes, hospitals and schools were destroyed and more than 7,000 Jewish businesses were devastated. Over 1,000 synagogues were burned to the ground. I was able to find a transcript to further review the two infamous Nuremberg Laws that Hitler initiated during his rise to power. From those, more than 2,000 antisemitic laws were ratified at all levels of government, thereby sealing the fate of the Jews of the Third Reich.
To my utter horror, however, I realized that these laws survived the Nazi regime and are now being implemented against Jews and Christians here and throughout the world. In the U.S., our students are coming under state control through the Common Core “standards” adopted in the 45 states that succumbed to multimillions in government Race-to-the-Top dollars. When challenged by parents, teachers and administrators who are clearly trained in the community-organizer mode are refuting, bullying, and intimidating these critics. I’ve selected a handful of the 2,000 laws to cite and compare.
April 1, 1933: A week after Hitler came to power, he ordered all Jewish shops, banks, offices and department store closed. Nazi Propaganda Minister Joseph Goebbels defended this draconian move as a legitimate response to the anti-German "atrocity propaganda" being spread by "international Jewry." Signs were posted – "Germans, defend yourselves, buy only at German shops!" The Arab League, founded in 1944, began boycotting Jewish goods, and later rejected all who conducted business with the state of Israel.
Today we have BDS – boycott-divestment-sanctions – which are advocated by Muslim students on college and university campuses, and supported by school staff and professors. Rallies are held with Islamist videos and guest speakers who target companies that conduct business with Israel. The groups submit Israel boycott resolutions to The National Council of the American Studies Association, in journals and academic associations worldwide. The director of the Center for Peace and Conflict Studies at the University of Sydney is being sued in the Federal Court of Australia because he refused to sponsor a fellowship application from an Israeli academic. France’s Left Party announced its support for BDS. Britain’s plans to issue Islamic Bonds would de facto discriminate against Israel. Ireland’s BDS activists affix yellow boycott stickers on Israeli products in stores. The Methodist Church of Britain consistently targets Israel with criticism while ignoring the sins of her foes. The methods are different; the results are virtually identical.
President Obama uses the same tactics (also described as Chicago-style brass knuckles) to marginalize and demonize his adversaries, such as with the Republican party, Wall Street executives, Fox News, news commentator Rush Limbaugh, and others perceived as obstacles to his radical agenda.
May, 1933: One hundred years after German poet Heinrich Heine said, “Where one burns books, one will soon burn people,” members of the right-wing student organization of Wilhelm-Humboldt University in Berlin tossed tens of thousands of books from their library and other sources into a roaring bonfire at the adjacent Franz Joseph Platz. Denouncing the authors, mostly Jewish – such as Albert Einstein, but also Thomas Mann, Jack London, Ernest Hemingway and others – they purged their country of ideas, philosophies, and advancement.
Members of the House Intelligence Committee learned in a closed-door briefing yesterday that more contractors are corroborating the report that the Obama administration had plenty of time to respond to the attack on the Benghazi diplomatic facility.
Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) called the new information “outstanding testimony.”
“And essentially what they were able to prove today, they basically backed up the other contractors who were on the ground in the two previous hearings. So this is an ongoing investigation,” Nunes said Tuesday evening. “And I think they gave us a lot of good leads today and I feel very comfortable moving forward with where we are at today.”
The congressman confirmed the White House claim that the attack was sparked by protest over a YouTube video “was a completely lie, and we always knew that.”
“But what I think, some important testimony came out today. So these gentlemen found out about this right around dusk. And they knew the ambassador was missing, and they were in Tripoli. So, and then you have this whole time, you’re talking about roughly 9 to 10:00 at night, until 5:00 in the morning,” he said. “And at that point, you know, essentially the attack was still ongoing.”
Two Egyptian Christians living in Libya were killed by Muslims when they refused to convert to Islam in late September.
The Morning Star News reported that Waleed Saad Shaker, 25, and Nash’at Shenouda Ishaq, 27, Coptic Christians from Egypt living in Libya, were surrounded by a group of militant Muslims in northeastern Libya’s Derna District, in what initially seemed like an armed robbery. After taking their belongings and beating them, the group demanded that the two men recite the shahada, the Islamic conversation declaration. When the men refused, the extremists tied them up and shot them.
A shepherd found the men in the desert later that day. They were taken to the hospital, where Shaker was pronounced dead on arrival. Ishaq survived long enough to provide details about the attack to family members. No arrests have been made.
Ishaq was married with two children, while Shaker supported his parents, two sisters, and a disabled brother.
CAIRO (AP) – Egyptian security forces firing tear gas and water cannons on Friday broke up anti-government demonstrations by Islamists defying a draconian new law restricting protests.
“Friday is the Brotherhood’s day,” Mohammed Adel, a leading member of the secular activist group April 6, told the AP. “Even if we had the same cause, we will not protest with them.”
Meanwhile, Muslim residents of a village in southern Minya province attacked Christian homes, burning 10 houses and wounding 15 Christians, including a 15 year-old girl thrown from the third floor of a building, according to Ezzat Ibrahim, an activist who monitors minority rights.
Ibrahim said the attack was instigated by rumors of a love affair between a local Christian man and a Muslim woman – a factor that can often spark sectarian clashes.
BEIRUT – Anti-regime jihadist militia have entered the Saint Tecla Orthodox convent in the Christian village of Maalula, 60 kilometers north of Damascus, SANA state news agency reported Monday.
“Local sources said terrorists broke into the convent, taking Mother Superior Pelagia Sayyaf and other nuns hostage,” SANA reported.
The National Observatory for Human Rights in Syria confirmed rebels have retaken Maalula but made no mention of hostage-taking in the convent.
Nuns at Saint Tecla Orthodox convent were forcibly evacuated, but it is not clear whether they were taken hostage after jihadist rebels seized the village of Maalula north of Damascus on Monday, the Apostolic Nuncio to Damascus, Monsignor Mario Zenari, told ANSA. The Nuncio cited sources in the Greek Orthodox Patriarchate.
Jihadists first seized the Christian village in September, damaging its churches. Expelled by loyalist and Christian militias, they took up positions in nearby hills, keeping the village center under sniper fire.
Jakarta (AsiaNews) – A group of extremists belonging to the Islamic Defenders Front attacked and disrupted the Sunday services of the Tandemn Huria Kristen Batak Protestant ( Hkbp ) community in the city of Binjai , the Indonesian province of North Sumatra. Hundreds of faithful of the local Christian community had to abandon their church – official and recognized – and close traditional weekend services early because of the threats made by the fundamentalists. The faithful returned to their homes, escorted by police in riot gear.
Eyewitnesses reported that the assault yesterday morning against the Protestant Christian community was led by hundreds of FPI members, supported by some local Islamist groups . The assailants shouted loudly that the “church” is not legal , the authorities in the area, according to the extremists , have not take any decision on the legitimacy of any ” activities of worship ” in the building .
The Islamists attack comes in conjunction with the decision by local authorities, who must determine whether the place of Christian worship is or is not valid. The case is still pending and the surprise extremist attack could be aimed at putting pressure on judge.
They floated down from the sky Sunday — 2,000 mice, wafting on tiny cardboard parachutes over Andersen Air Force Base in the U.S. territory of Guam.
But the rodent commandos didn't know they were on a mission: to help eradicate the brown tree snake, an invasive species that has caused millions of dollars in wildlife and commercial losses since it arrived a few decades ago.
That's because they were dead. And pumped full of painkillers.
The unlikely invasion was the fourth and biggest rodent air assault so far, part of an $8 million U.S. program approved in February to eradicate the snakes and save the exotic native birds that are their snack food. [snip]
But brown tree snakes have an Achilles' heel: Tylenol.
For some reason, the snakes are almost uniquely sensitive to acetaminophen, the active ingredient in the ubiquitous over-the-counter painkiller. If you can get a tree snake to eat just 80 milligrams, you can kill it. That's only about one-sixth of a standard pill — pigs, dogs and other similarly sized animals would have to eat about 500 of them to get into any trouble.
Brown tree snakes also love mice. It's easy to bait mice with acetaminophen,... [snip]
Helicopters make low-altitude flights over the base's forested areas, dropping their furry bundles on a timed sequence. Each mouse is laced with the deadly microdose of acetaminophen... (continue reading at USNews)
I don't care for snakes, however there are snakes that serve a useful purpose ... like eating MICE, which I cannot stand.
The headline of the article reads, "Obama would like to visit Tehran, official invitation after details resolved."
"Al-Jarida has learned from a U.S. diplomat that President Barack Obama is seeking to visit Tehran in the middle of next year," the report reads, based on a translation using Google Translate.
"The source said that the desire to visit is shared, and that Tehran and Washington are waiting for the conclusion of the arrangements prior to Iranian President Hassan Rohani issuing an official invitation to his American counterpart to visit Tehran.
"He pointed out that the most important detail that is outstanding regarding the meeting is the question of a meeting with Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei and the possibility of not holding the meeting. (continue reading at the Weekly Standard)
Senior Department of Homeland Security advisor Mohamed Elibiary used to be an official of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), a U.S. Muslim Brotherhood entity and unindicted co-conspirator in the largest terrorism-financing trial in the country’s history.
Elibiary is also a long-time Texas Republican Party official and was a delegate for Senator John McCain in 2008.
On November 16, the Investigative Project on Terrorism tweeted a copy of the 2003 form 990 for CAIR’s Dallas-Fort Worth chapter. It lists Elibiary as a board member.
That same year, the Austin American-Statesmanreported that Elibiary “works on political activities for the council’s Dallas-Fort Worth chapter.”
In 2007, the U.S. government labeled CAIR an unindicted co-conspirator in the trial of the Holy Land Foundation for financing Hamas. The Foundation was a key component of the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood network.
Federal prosecutors said that CAIR is also an “entity” of the U.S. Muslim Brotherhood, specifically its secret Palestine Committee that was established to support Hamas.
In 2007, federal prosecutors said in another court case, “From its founding by Muslim Brotherhood leaders, CAIR conspired with other affiliates of the Muslim Brotherhood to support terrorists … the conspirators agreed to use deception to conceal from the American public their connections to terrorists.”
CAIR’s state chapter for Texas was founded by Ghassan Elashi, who was later convicted for illegal transactions to Syria and Libya and for financing Hamas.
President Barack Obama’s last-minute decision not to carry out an intended punitive strike against Syria’s President Bashar Assad this summer, after Assad killed almost 1,500 of his own people with chemical weapons, was influenced by secret US back-channel discussions with Iran, Israel’s security and intelligence community reportedly believes.
The issue of Assad’s chemical weapons use came up in the secret US-Iran contacts held in recent months in Oman, Israel’s Channel 2 news reported Friday, and it quoted unnamed Israeli intelligence and security sources asserting Obama’s change of heart was affected by those contacts.
The report underlines Israeli concerns, frequently stated by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, that Iran is fooling the US about its ostensibly moderate intentions, and that the US is being duped into unjustifiably warming relations with Iran, while Israel is gradually becoming isolated in its unbending opposition to Iran’s nuclear program. The same TV news broadcast also quoted unnamed Israeli government officials denouncing Obama for mishandling the Geneva nuclear negotiations, with the result that Iran has been granted the “right” to enrich uranium and economic sanctions pressure on Iran is collapsing.
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