Almost two years of "negotiations," the final "deal" appears as a total surrender of the Obama government to all the demands of the Ayatollahs who boasted that all their red lines have been met . The deal will put them on the path to become a nuclear power, not as a pariah but legitimized by the US and Europe; they will continue to enrich uranium and to develop their ICBM program ; the lifting of the sanctions will give them 150 billion dollars to improve their economy and their military capabilities which include, of course, strengthening Hizbollah, Hamas, and other purveyors of terror in the troubled Middle-East.
The bazaar merchants have trounced the feeble and naïve negotiators led by the team Obama-Kerry. You would think they have defeated America militarily and are now dictating their terms, as the allies in Versailles with Germany or McArthur in Japan. Years ago, Obama asked the Iranian mullahs to "unclench their fists " and normalize relations with America. They didn't but he did; he opened his hands, he raised his hands and said "Don't shoot ! We give you what you want."
The flaws in the preliminaries:
Some observers think that the original sin was not to limit the negotiators to US vs Iran but to include what is called P5+1 with Russia and China a sort of fifth column siding with Iran. This was, indeed, a flaw, but a deliberate one, not a mistake. I think the Obama team knew in advance that they wanted a deal at any price, and intentionally enlarged the forum so that they could use the "other partners" as excuses for the multiple concessions they knew they had to make . How many times we heard Kerry say, apologetically, that "we are not alone;we had no choice if we wanted to keep our partners..."
Another flaw was pointed out by James Jeffrey , former ambassador to Iraq, who said after the "Interim agreement:" Those who studied the art of negotiating found two big mistakes that should be avoided :never show that you are desperate to obtain a deal and never take off the table a credible threat of use of military force if the talks collapse." The shrewd Iranians knew that Obama was desperate for a deal and swore off the use of force, and they ratched up their demands.
America has sixty days to prevent Iran from crossing the nuclear threshold. We cannot count on Congress unless they are forced to act by the people through a popular our cry.To stop Obama”s veto we must overwhelm congress with our demand, this is the only way forward
They did it with Presidents Clinton and Bush when millions of citizens called their Congressional representatives and it resulted in changing their positions.
While promoting his 9-9-9 tax policy, Cain was asked, "Do you think there is a will in Washington that these politicians will put their careers on the line to do the right thing?" And he replied, "Not without the will of the people, without a massive activist grassroots movement from the bottom up. They are not going to do it from the inside. When they feel the heat, they will see the light. We the people must be the heat. We have to take on the Goliath."
Let us remember that when you boil it all down ... we are celebrating FREEDOM. All the freedoms given to us by God. In light of the recent decisions by the Supreme Court of the United States of America, Christians need to go back to God's Word.
Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked or stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of mockers, but whose delight is in the law of the Lord, and who meditates on his law day and night. --Psalm 1:1-2
What do I as a Christian and Southern Baptist believe about Religious Liberty? As is stated in the Baptist Faith and Message, and taken from the Holy Bible:
God alone is Lord of the conscience, and He has left it free from the doctrines and commandments of men which are contrary to His Word or not contained in it. Church and state should be separate. The state owes to every church protection and full freedom in the pursuit of its spiritual ends. In providing for such freedom no ecclesiastical group or denomination should be favored by the state more than others. Civil government being ordained of God, it is the duty of Christians to render loyal obedience thereto in all things not contrary to the revealed will of God. The church should not resort to the civil power to carry on its work. The gospel of Christ contemplates spiritual means alone for the pursuit of its ends. The state has no right to impose penalties for religious opinions of any kind. The state has no right to impose taxes for the support of any form of religion. A free church in a free state is the Christian ideal, and this implies the right of free and unhindered access to God on the part of all men, and the right to form and propagate opinions in the sphere of religion without interference by the civil power.
I love Bigelow Tea because it tastes delicious. I have three cups each morning. Now I have another reason to love the company. With all the craziness going on in the US now and in the world, it is so nice to see a company stand up for our military.
Fairfield, Conn. (June 30, 2015) – Family-owned Bigelow Tea Company, a proud and longstanding supporter of the United Service Organizations (USO), has become an official sponsor of this non-profit organization that supports the U.S. military community worldwide by committing to donate a minimum of 350,000 tea bags annually. The tea bags will be used to support the USO’s ongoing mission of lifting the spirits of America’s troops and their families.
This commitment ensures the continuation of Bigelow’s already existing Tea for the Troops program, launched by third generation President and CEO Cindi Bigelow in 2009, that to date has donated more than 4 million tea bags to U.S. service personnel.
The company first partnered with the USO when Cindi Bigelow reached out to high school friend Jeff Hill, now the USO’s Regional Vice President for the U.S., to develop a path for distributing 100% American grown tea, grown at the company’s Charleston Tea Plantation in South Carolina, to troops as a heartfelt way of saying “thank you” for the huge sacrifices they make.
Wanting to do more, Bigelow Tea became a financial sponsor of the USO’s 2015 Warrior Week that recently took place, in Virginia Beach, Virginia, in association with the USO of Hampton Roads and Central Virginia Inc.
This invaluable program brings together physical, therapeutic and recreational organizations that empower wounded, ill and injured troops with a renewed sense of adventure by providing opportunities to participate in activities from adaptive water skiing and kayaking, to deep sea fishing, horseback riding, surfing, racquetball and tennis.
In an additional show of support, Cindi Bigelow and Bigelow Tea Project Manager Tim Richmond, an Iraq war veteran, cycled alongside service men and women in Warrior Week’s Ride 2 Recovery Memorial Challenge that culminated in Virginia Beach. Cindi and Tim participated in similar rides twice before and were so moved by the experience, they had to do it again.
“It is such a moving experience, and an honor, to ride along with our soldiers. We read about them, we see them on TV and in the airports. Of course we appreciate what they do but to be surrounded by them gives me such an immensely greater appreciation for their sacrifices,” said Cindi Bigelow. “Not a single soldier had one word of complaint. Just listening to them makes you truly realize the magnitude of what these heroes selflessly do to protect our country. It is why it is so important to give back.
“I must have cried a dozen times when I walked away from these conversations. Not with pity but with tremendous admiration for them,” she continued.
And, she adds, “At Bigelow Tea, whose company mission it is to enrich life’s everyday moments by infusing passion into all we do, we are grateful to our service men and women, to Jeff Hill and the USO for allowing us to be even a small piece of everything they do to improve the lives of our beautiful troops.”
Caption: Bigelow Tea Company is an official sponsor of the USO and has committed to donating a minimum of 350,000 tea bags annually to support the USO’s ongoing mission of lifting the spirits of America’s troops and their families. Bigelow has already donated more than 4 million tea bags to U.S. service personnel.
About Bigelow Tea Company
Based in Fairfield, CT, and 100% family-owned, the Bigelow Tea Company pioneered the specialty tea category 70 years ago with its first creation, “Constant Comment”® Tea. Bigelow takes pride in its heritage and successful growth from a one-product, entrepreneurial venture into America’s leading specialty tea company that produces 1.7 billion tea bags annually in more than 130 flavors.
About the USO
The USO lifts the spirits of America's troops and their families millions of times each year at hundreds of places worldwide, providing a touch of home through centers at airports and military bases in the U.S. and abroad, top quality entertainment and innovative programs and services. The USO also provides critical support to those who need it most, including forward-deployed troops, military families, wounded warriors, troops in transition and families of the fallen. USO programs and services are made possible by the American people, support of our corporate partners and the dedication of our volunteers and staff.
Now go out there and buy some Bigalow tea and thank a soldier for his/her service.
“O people, know that you have committed great sins, and that the great ones among you have committed these sins. If you ask me what proof I have for these words, I say it is because I am the punishment of God. If you had not committed great sins, God would not have sent a punishment like me upon you.” Genghis Khan to the Muslims of Bukhara, 1220 A.D.*
On the day that a heroic pastor is laid to rest in Charleston, SC. – the victim of senseless hatred and disregard for human life – the Supreme Court of the United States upheld the sodomistic practice of ‘same-sex’ marriage as an alleged Constitutional right. Justice Kennedy going as far as to state that, basically, marriage remains the strongest of all human unions before casting his judgment with those who seek to dismantle the dignity of the human person. Kennedy declared openly his ignorance regarding both the concept of marriage as an institution and the concept of union itself. In this regard, he joined four other members of the liberal wing of the Court to commit wanton treason against both the Constitution and human society itself.
Marriage remains neither a right nor a privilege, but a “grave duty” towards the survival of the human population. Its purpose rests with procreation and the continuation of the human race as, for instance, a human mating with a gorilla cannot ever produce either an ape or a man. For centuries known to those of the Judeo-Christian persuasion, the commandment of God has acknowledged, “That is why a man leaves his father and mother and clings to his wife, and the two of them become one body” (Genesis 2:24, New American Bible). Any other interpretation violates both adherence to God and recognition of the human condition, leaving individuals to be little less than Homo sapiens – slaves to their earthly bodies.
Never once in the course of Western society has “marriage” ever been imagined as a means to whet sexual appetites or ensure that benefits could transfer to a lover. On the contrary, marriage represents a millennial-long institution whose soul purpose was to bring two dissimilar ‘halves’ together in one easily recognizable “whole”. In other words, the maternal instincts of the female shared with the protective instincts of the male to form that rarest of all species, “parents”. Even when the child was born of others and ushered into the family via adoption – whether formal or informal – that child knew that mothers were there to offer role models to daughters and fathers to sons. That is, even a mere child could tell the difference between “mommy” and “daddy” or between sister and brother.
When families descend into single-parent status, the result is a preponderance of crime and a deficiency of social harmony, regardless of whether “exceptions to the rule” are taunted by academics and journalists alike. To succeed outside the nuclear family remains as difficult as escaping from a black hole. Both violate the laws of physics, whether human or subatomic. To define marriage as anything less than a sacred bond between God and the male/husband-female/wife pair rests as a travesty of unimaginable proportions.
A few days after Pope Francis recognized the "State of Palestine," he honored the "Chairman of the Palestinian Authority" Mahmoud Abbas, in a ceremony at the Vatican, and called him "the Angel of Peace," thus adding insult to injury. He also insulted History twice:
First, because First there is no "State of Palestine" to recognize, and may never will be ,due to the perennial refusal of the Palestinian leaders to accept a Jewish state in their midst and to agree to the necessary compromises. The fallacy that Israel is solely responsible for achieving peace in the Mid-East has been debunked by the successive peace offers made by the Israeli Prime Ministers Rabin, Barak , and Olmert, each one "improving" on his predecessor by taking more risks, and all strongly endorsed by an American president. It took the Vatican more than forty years to recognize the State of Israel after its birth in 1948. So what's the rush to recognize a non-existent state of "Palestine"and add more confusion to the mix?
Second, Abbas is certainly not a man of peace, let alone an "angel of peace," with its strange theological connotations.Maybe the Pope doesn't know, but he is surrounded by a host of experts and advisers who should know, or can research, the biography of a man the Pope intended to praise and glorify. I am sure the Pontiff does not want to disregard the injunction of the greatest of the biblical prophets, Isaiah, who denounced those " who call evil good and call good evil..." A little effort at learning the truth would have uncovered many non-angelic and non-peace-generating actions .
Suffice it to cite here two of them: Abbas wrote an academic thesis, a Ph.D. no less, in Soviet Moscow Lumumba University, denying the Holocaust ,accusing the "Zionists" of collaborating with the Nazis, and at the same time "deciding" that the number of Jewish victims of the Holocaust was "only" 300,000 ,not six millions. He also planned and funded the Munich massacre of 1972 and the murder of eleven Israeli athletes. Abbas earned the moniker of "moderate" only in comparison with Hamas, the more radical terrorist organization that has defeated him electorally and militarily, chased him away from Gaza, and is now a partner in his "government," leaving him with practically no power , except in the imagination of the Western leaders and now...of the Pope.
The Oscar-winning actress Natalie Portman said that she would not use her platform of fame or share her strong leftist opinions inappropriately; therefore, she granted an interview to Steven Galloway, The Hollywood Reporter. Thus begins a peek into a leftist’s psychology. (No sunspecs required.)
Portman identified herself as being “quite leftist,” meaning that she is yet another person of Jewish heritage who has withdrawn from her birthright, and follows a distinct set of assumptions held by others – also described as “groupthink.” When asked if she feels uncomfortable about her Jewishness while in France, she offered a brief “Yes,” before deflecting to comment about “the danger of being a Muslim in many places.” The identity of whom the Muslims fear was conveniently not broached - it is their own rage and violence, products of their perception of Muslim supremacism.
France is considered the most dangerous country for Jews today and the Muslims the “main instigators of global anti-Semitism.” France’s Jews, 0.75 percent of the population, live in constant peril. Anti-Semitism hasincreased by 400 percent since the summer of 2014; 40 percent of violent crimes are committed by Muslims against Jews. Although French officials have deployed about 20,000 soldiers to guard the Jewish businesses and schools, crimes persist, such as:
the boy who, returning home for Sabbath dinner, was accosted and pummeled by four men with iron pipes – his eye socket damaged, shoes stolen, cell phone intentionally trampled so he could not call for help.
the 17 year-old girl who was pepper-sprayed and told, “Dirty Jewess, inshallah (Allah willing) you will die”;
the Jewish mother who, while seated on a park bench, was attacked and beaten by three men;
the young couple who was robbed in their apartment, the woman raped, her boyfriend restrained;
the firebombs thrown at a Jewish community center in Toulouse, another at a synagogue;
the three solders standing guard outside Nice’s Jewish center who were attacked and injured by a man wielding a knife;
the anti-Semitic riots in Sarcelles (Paris suburb, “Little Jerusalem”), with slogans of death and slaughter.
These and others were carried out against Jews by Muslims, but Portman’s leftism precludes her identifying the criminals and their behavior.
As noted in The Religion of Peace online, close to 26,000 terrorist attacks were committed in the name of Islam since 9/11, and a recent article by Giulio Meotti cites 100,000 Christians per year. All other religions combined do not equal the terrorwrought by Islam and no other religion requires the suffix “phobia” to bully others into silence lest they be accused of harboring “irrational fear” when the fear is perfectly rational.
No other religion demands respect while committing the most abhorrent crimes – and this is because Islam is a political, militaristic ideology couched in religion. Their mandate is to conquer and govern all others: immigrate (to a non-Muslim country), populate (increase and demand accommodation), and eliminate (city becomes Muslim), according to the Muslim Brotherhood’s 100-year plan of 1982. About 62 percent of the Quran curses unbelievers or calls for violence, yet, when once sharia is established as law, their own are also controlled harshly. In fact, Iran has been systematically purging (genocide) its own Arab population.
Surely, Portman should have noticed the preponderance of armed French soldiers on Paris streets, where once there were accordionists, flower sellers and romance. France’s oldest and second-largest city, Marseille, founded in 600 BC by Greek sailors, was once considered the European Capital of Culture, but is now ranked as Europe’s most dangerous city, having a 30 to 40 percent Muslim population. Portman and the Left will deny the cause of the violence and the climate of fear that turned the once-charming, coastal city into ano-go zone, where French law is irrelevant. In fact, the Left denies the existence of no-go zones.
Since the Left adheres to a mantra of multiculturalism and equality of people and religions, Portman calls “endangered Muslims” those who amass weapons, invade, and destroy. While one faction continues to attack Israelis and Jews at every opportunity, another faction is slaughtering Christians, beheading, burning, kidnapping, raping, and selling women and children into slavery. Islam is the only group that continues the slave trade. While Hitler and Nazism were responsible for about 60 million deaths, and Stalin and Communism about 80 million, Islam’s legacy over 1400 years approaches 400 million. The Left and mainstream media remain silent, and Portman proves that she is indeed on the Left by denying Islam’s gory history.
The Quran contains at least 109 verses that call all Muslims to war with nonbelievers for the sake of Islamic rule, some quite graphic. Aloof from historical context, they proudly regard themselves as part of the eternal and unchanging word of Allah.
Portman has generously, but presumptuously, forgiven Dior fashion designer John Galliano for his several public anti-Semitic rants, yet denounces Prime Minister Netanyahu as racist for noting the growing Arab vote – that could credibly destroy the Jewish people’s only homeland. Blindly loyal to her destructive liberal doctrine, she prefers Palestinians have a home that was never theirs at the peril of Jews in the home that had been theirs for centuries. The Left prefers that Israel again cede land to those who already have a land mass one thousand times Israel’s size, and may be mobilized to slaughter Jews at the mere sound of a bugle. The Left is silent when Israelis are attacked from air, earth, and beneath the earth, but speak out for the rights of those who have Natalie Portman in their sight.
The pretty and talented Natalie Portman knows little about her own heritage and displays a shocking amount of ignorance of the facts, and her arrogance for defending the leftist fiction is indefensible. The irony is that her personal life is unacceptable to those she defends. Under Palestinian rule, Sharia, she would be stoned or beheaded for being of Jewish descent, a woman, outspoken, supporting same-sex marriage, believing in educating females, wearing “immodest” clothing, and having a child out of wedlock. She and her family are at risk now in France, in Israel, and in the United States, and the source is Islam. Sadly, our Leftist academia are no longer teaching their students to think and reason, and Natalie Portman is of that generation. If we add together the Islamists in our midst, the remorseless willfully blind, and the ignorant by indoctrination, I fear for what’s left.
This admission should come as no surprise to anyone even tangentially familiar with the voluminous amount of essays and articles that Dr. Chesler has written on the subject over the last 13 years, donning an impressive variety of hats. As an astute political analyst, researcher and investigative journalist, she has honed these skills in her quest to offer her reader a meticulous examination of a panoply of hot button geo-political issues pertaining to Israel and the Jewish people.
In this anthology-style compendium that contains the corpus of her work in non-redacted form, Chesler prodigiously confronts the seemingly eternal scourge of global anti-Semitism/anti-Zionism, the pernicious nature of radical Islam, the proliferation of visceral Jew hatred and incessant Israel bashing on university campuses, the exposure of the most egregious forms of propaganda in films and books, the truth about the nefarious agenda of multicultural relativism and critiques the role of the left-liberal media in creating the "perfect storm."
Chesler throws down the gauntlet and debunks the "Big Lies" in a brutally honest manner. Crafting cogent arguments with the trademark depth and aplomb that has come to define her writing since 1972, she takes no hostages.
As she takes us on a sojourn that unravels the "slow motion holocaust" that is being perpetrated against the Jew but nary acknowledged or even discussed in "polite circles," Chesler explains that this cognitive war against the Jewish nation is predicated on a corruption of the truth. Fueled by unsavory alliances between the denizens of the leftist/progressive camp and radical Jihadists of all stripes, anti-Zionism (which is tantamount to anti-Semitism, says Chesler) is no longer considered an odious worldview but one that smacks of a perverse sense of moral rectitude; straight out of an Orwellian-style groupthink salon..
WAR came to Texas in a big way the other day. Garland, Texas, specifically the Curtis Culwell Center (a school district-owned building), was the scene of an unprovoked attack when two armed jihadists stormed the building and shot an unarmed school guard at a free speech event. The two armed jihadists were “taken out” by a couple of Texas police who were armed with handguns (seriously, against bigger weapons). While the facility was under lock down, Tea Party leader and former congressional candidate Katrina Pierson led the attendees who in lockdown in the singing of the God Bless America followed by prayers. The only person injured was the one guard.
A little background is in order perhaps at this point, going back only to January of this year:
• January 7, 2015. The headquarters of Charlie Hebdo, a secular, atheistic, far-left, anti-racist political cartoon magazine located in Paris was attacked by two jihadists shouting Allahu akhbar. Charlie Hebdo is an equal opportunity offender (i.e. it insults everyone). The result of this attack was twelve killed and eleven wounded. Of course only the jihadists were armed.
• Two days later in Paris, a Hyper Cacher (Super Kosher) store was attacked by other Islamic jihadist who killing four people. Again only the jihadists were armed.
• January 17, 2015 A conference “Stand with the Prophet in Honor and Respect” was held at the Curtis Culwell Center in Garland. The keynote speaker at the event, an unindicted co-conspirator in the 1993 World Trade Center bomb, Imam Siraj Wahhaj was the keynote speaker. The American Freedom Defense Initiative (AFDI), lead by Pamela Geller the founder, organized a protest of this event, drawng at least 1,000 picketers. No one was shot at, but then again the protestors were on the right.
The poisonous snake must bedefanged. What are we waiting for the nuking of Tel Aviv or are own backyard? Inexcusably, we Americans have stuck our heads in the sand permitting an apocalyptic and implacable foe to run amok. We seem “oblivious” that nuclear weapons even exist. Such behavior has greatly alarmed our foremost security expert Admiral Ace Lyons who exhorts our feckless leadership to "Strike Iran".
FRATERNIZING WITH THE ENEMY
It’s a waste of time to sanction Iran. The entire world has known this for many years. Let’s call it our sanction insanity syndrome. Everyone knows sanctions are a farce except for our useless, good for nothing and corrupt leadership. Their efforts to sanction and negotiate must be exposed for what they really are – fraternizing with the enemy. Here is the reason why sanctions are worthless against Iran.
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