Impeach Obama Campaign http://www.impeachobamacampaign.com To Save America Thu, 29 Jan 2015 19:21:21 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.3 Here’s The Surprising News About Missing MH370 That Just Made Passenger Families Break Down http://www.impeachobamacampaign.com/heres-the-surprising-news-about-missing-mh370-that-just-made-passenger-families-break-down/ http://www.impeachobamacampaign.com/heres-the-surprising-news-about-missing-mh370-that-just-made-passenger-families-break-down/#comments Thu, 29 Jan 2015 19:21:21 +0000 http://www.westernjournalism.com/?p=204700

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More than 10 months after Malaysia Airlines Flight MH370 vanished — after an exhaustive search in which 25 countries participated with equipment, supplies and financial support — Malaysian authorities have issued an official statement about the fate of the missing airliner.

The country’s Department of Civil Aviation says the disappearance of the Boeing 777 was an “accident,” all 239 people aboard MH370 are presumed dead, and the search for survivors has been called off.

Families of those aboard the ill-fated flight — many of them Chinese who watched the televised declaration of the “accident” conclusion — broke down in tears as they listened to the Malaysian official who made this morning’s announcement.

The cause of the crash is still unknown. NBC News says the search for wreckage in the Southern Indian Ocean will continue.

By clicking on the video above, you can watch the official announcement that was made on Thursday about MH370 and the process of compensating next of kin for the passengers’ loss of life.

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Senate To Vote On Keystone XL Pipeline Thursday http://www.impeachobamacampaign.com/senate-to-vote-on-keystone-xl-pipeline-thursday/ http://www.impeachobamacampaign.com/senate-to-vote-on-keystone-xl-pipeline-thursday/#comments Thu, 29 Jan 2015 19:20:02 +0000 http://www.westernjournalism.com/?p=204726 The House approved Keystone XL earlier this month...

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The United States Senate will take the final vote on Keystone XL Thursday. Although it is unclear what the final vote tally will be, as many as nine Democrats could join the Republican majority to break the filibuster and send the bill to President Obama’s desk.

The Hill reported Thursday that as many as 63 Senators could vote to approve S.1, the $8 billion TransCanada Keystone Pipeline, including nine Democrats; three short of the number needed to override a veto from President Obama. The president has signaled he would veto the legislation if it were presented to him.

Votes on 35 amendments were held by the Senate for this bill. During the vote on the 15th amendment last week, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., pointed out an interesting milestone:

“We’ve actually reached a milestone here that I think’s noteworthy for the Senate, that we just cast our 15th roll call vote on an amendment on [the Keystone XL] bill which is more votes, more roll call votes on amendments than the entire United States Senate in all of 2014.”

“Constructing Keystone would pump billions into our economy. It would support thousands of good American jobs. And as the President’s own State Department has indicated, it would do this with minimal environmental impact,” McConnell said Thursday in a press release.

The House approved Keystone XL earlier this month, 266 to 153. In the previous Congress last November, the Senate attempted to pass Keystone XL, but fell short by only one vote.

h/t: The Washington Examiner

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Obama’s Plan To Play Nice With Cuba Just Backfired http://www.impeachobamacampaign.com/raul-castro-us-must-return-guantanamo-pay-damages-from-embargo-before-normalizing-relations/ http://www.impeachobamacampaign.com/raul-castro-us-must-return-guantanamo-pay-damages-from-embargo-before-normalizing-relations/#comments Thu, 29 Jan 2015 19:15:28 +0000 http://www.westernjournalism.com/?p=204763 Cuba admits it has no intention of abandoning communism.

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Cuban President Raul Castro recently demanded that the US return its property at Guantanamo Bay, lift the longstanding trade embargo, and pay damages for the embargo’s effects before US-Cuba relations can be normalized.

Cuba estimates that the embargo, which has existed since the Kennedy administration, has cost a whopping $1.1 trillion dollars. Now Castro is demanding not only an end to the embargo, but payment for all the subsequent damages.

Barack Obama has already loosened the trade embargo with the hopes of altering Cuba’s single-party system and centrally-planned economy. Castro and Obama also announced a plan to re-open embassies in Cuba and the United States.

Cuba has said that it welcomes the measures moving toward normalization of relations, but has no intent of changing its communist system.

Castro spoke at a summit of the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States and said that “if these problems [Guantanamo, trade embargo damages] aren’t resolved, this diplomatic rapprochement wouldn’t make any sense.”

He stated: “The reestablishment of diplomatic relations is the start of a process of normalizing bilateral relations, but this will not be possible while the blockade still exists, while they don’t give back the territory illegally occupied by the Guantánamo naval base.”

According to the US Navy, the Guantanamo Bay Naval Base still plays a key role in the region:

Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba is on the front lines for regional security in the Caribbean area. The base supports the ability of U.S. Navy and Coast Guard ships, along with allied nation ships to operate in the Caribbean area by providing contingency and quality logistical support with superior services and facilities.

In the past, Castro has also demanded an end to US support of Cuban dissidents and Cuba’s removal from the list of state sponsors of terrorism.

What do you think? Are these fair or outrageous demands by the leader of Cuba to the United States?

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Red States Pay A Big Price Financially Under Obama http://www.impeachobamacampaign.com/red-states-pay-a-big-price-financially-under-obama/ http://www.impeachobamacampaign.com/red-states-pay-a-big-price-financially-under-obama/#comments Thu, 29 Jan 2015 19:13:47 +0000 http://www.westernjournalism.com/?p=204642 Republican congressman upset with administration over discretionary spending.

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Republican-leaning red states are paying a big price financially under Obama, as the Obama administration has chosen to allocate more money to blue and purple states compared to red states, according to an analysis done by Reuters.

Between 2009 and 2013, funding for a wide number of  discretionary grant programs fell by 40 percent in Republican-leaning states such as Texas. In contrast, blue Democratic-leaning states and purple swing states saw only a drop of 25 percent in such funding.

Republican Representative John Culberson from Texas says that he has been having difficulty getting the administration to pay for border control, harbor dredging, and even aid for a chemical plant explosion in his district. He stated: “The Obama administration approaches the federal government the same way the Chicago machine politicians approach the Chicago public treasury: it’s to be used for their own benefit.”

Congress does direct overall spending, but the administration decides where much of that money is spent. A 2011 bill banning earmarks further reduced Congressional control over grant money and gave more to the administration.

John Hudak of the Brookings Institution, who helped Reuters conduct the study, commented:

In the context of the Obama administration, swing states and blue states are doing better than red states. I would suggest these numbers would tell us there is politicization going on.

The White House Office of Management and Budget said in a statement to Reuters: “The administration supports allocating federal grants based on objecting criteria that will help protect taxpayer dollars and ensure that lawmakers are responsible and accountable to the American people.”

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Grand Canyon Covered By A Sea Of Clouds http://www.impeachobamacampaign.com/grand-canyon-covered-by-a-sea-of-clouds/ http://www.impeachobamacampaign.com/grand-canyon-covered-by-a-sea-of-clouds/#comments Thu, 29 Jan 2015 18:02:00 +0000 http://www.westernjournalism.com/?p=204778

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A temperature inversion at the Grand Canyon National Park Wednesday caused a layer of clouds to settle below the rim, turning the canyon into a sea of clouds. This one minute time-lapse video recorded at Hopi Point on the South Rim represents thirty minutes of cloud movement. The cold air filling the canyon is trapped by warmer air that lies above it, trapping the fog in place.

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Is Pennsylvania AG Kathleen Kane On Her Way To Prison? http://www.impeachobamacampaign.com/is-pennsylvania-ag-kathleen-kane-on-her-way-to-prison/ http://www.impeachobamacampaign.com/is-pennsylvania-ag-kathleen-kane-on-her-way-to-prison/#comments Thu, 29 Jan 2015 17:58:03 +0000 http://www.westernjournalism.com/?p=204776 Like the typical Democrat, Kane is refusing to resign.

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After an exhaustive eight month investigation, Kathleen Kane, Pennsylvania’s Democrat “Girl Wonder” Attorney General, may finally be facing the criminal charges she so richly deserves. A Grand Jury has recommended Kane be indicted for perjury, false swearing, official oppression, and obstruction of justice. While these crimes are serious when lodged against an ordinary public servant, they are bombshell quality when brought against a sitting State Attorney General.

The charges stem from allegations that Kane leaked Grand Jury confidential memos in an effort to embarrass her Republican political enemies. Among those enemies was Tom Corbett, who was the then-State AG and now former Governor of Pennsylvania.

From the beginning of her meteoric rise, Kane was backed and groomed by the Clintons and used as a tool to gain revenge against another Democrat who had angered the vindictive couple for backing Barack Obama in 2008.

A 2013 Pittsburgh Tribune –Review article said, “When Kane, the wife of a wealthy Scranton businessman, ran for attorney general last year, she benefited from a Bill Clinton political score that needed to be settled, for [Murphy] had done the unthinkable in 2008 and endorsed Barack Obama over Hillary Clinton in the state Democrat primary … Clinton repaid that favor by fundraising, endorsing, cutting ads, and bringing out the big guns for Kane over Murphy.”

A quick study, Kane took hold of every odious Democrat position and became a star overnight in the Party of the Rich.

Many thought her next stop would be Washington after she unseated Keystone Republican US Senator Pat Toomey in 2016. That move is so much in doubt that to head off that disaster for them, the Clintons have arranged to have their personal stooge Lanny Davis defend the “Girl Wonder.”

Like the typical Democrat, Kane is refusing to resign and claiming her commitment to serve the people of her state as the reason she is staying on. That’s one thing about Democrats; they are hardwired not to feel the slightest bit of shame or embarrassment when they are caught committing their crimes.

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Trey Gowdy Shames State Department Liaison That Has Time For “Condom Demonstrations” But Not For Congress http://www.impeachobamacampaign.com/trey-gowdy-shames-state-department-liaison-that-has-time-for-condom-demonstrations-but-not-for-congress/ http://www.impeachobamacampaign.com/trey-gowdy-shames-state-department-liaison-that-has-time-for-condom-demonstrations-but-not-for-congress/#comments Thu, 29 Jan 2015 17:53:13 +0000 http://www.westernjournalism.com/?p=204657

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State Department Liaison Joel Rubin was questioned by the bulldog, South Carolina Rep. Trey Gowdy, and demanded an explanation why the Select Committee on Benghazi still had not received access to all the witnesses and the documents they asked for.

Rubin cited security issues and the Justice Department as obstacles for the delivery of the witnesses and documents, to which Gowdy countered by telling him that the Justice Department wasn’t part of the hearing because they “have no issues with them.”

Gowdy concluded his questioning of the department with a subtle jab.

“If you have time for condom demonstrations or culinary diplomacy, I think you have time to comply with a legitimate request for documents from Congress and I’m sure you agree,” Gowdy said before recognizing another committee member.

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WATCH The Gov’t-Produced Super Bowl Warning Video That’s Sparking A Crazy YouTube Frenzy http://www.impeachobamacampaign.com/watch-the-govt-produced-super-bowl-warning-video-thats-sparking-a-crazy-youtube-frenzy/ http://www.impeachobamacampaign.com/watch-the-govt-produced-super-bowl-warning-video-thats-sparking-a-crazy-youtube-frenzy/#comments Thu, 29 Jan 2015 17:31:37 +0000 http://www.westernjournalism.com/?p=204728

Viewers reacted strongly to the FAA's ad

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The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has produced and posted to YouTube a short video warning people that flying a drone over, or even near, the site of this year’s Super Bowl could land them in big trouble.

As Fox News reports, the FAA has issued the 15-second video declaring the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Ariz., to be a “No Drone Zone.”

The FAA’s YouTube channel, which is not all that popular and generates relatively little traffic, has something of a “hit” on its hands with the brief no-drone advisory…but not necessarily the kind of hit the agency might want.

Those giving a “thumbs up” or “thumbs down” to the brief video have reacted negatively to the “No Drone Zone” warning by almost 3-1. And viewers pushing back against the government restriction on flying a drone around the stadium — people apparently angered that their drone-flying rights are being restricted — have posted comments such as these (which contain language some might find offensive):

“What a retarded video how is it spoiling the game what a f-ing moan LOL I’m taking my drone to the Superbowl and I can fly it anyway I want…”

“I’ll leave my quad at home the moment people start leaving noisemakers and bodypaint at home. That or when there’s actually legal incentive to do so.”

“LOL I was waiting for the comic relief but this was an actual commercial. Oh lawd.”

“We live in the dystopian cyberpunk future.”

You can watch the FAA’s “No Drone Zone” Super Bowl warning by clicking on the video above.

h/t: Fox News

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School Superintendent Tells 8-Year-Old To Stop Handing Out Anti-Common Core Paraphernalia http://www.impeachobamacampaign.com/school-superintendent-tells-8-year-old-to-stop-handing-out-anti-common-core-paraphernalia/ http://www.impeachobamacampaign.com/school-superintendent-tells-8-year-old-to-stop-handing-out-anti-common-core-paraphernalia/#comments Thu, 29 Jan 2015 17:25:51 +0000 http://www.westernjournalism.com/?p=204653 “She knows all about Common Core. She hates it.”

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Earlier this month, Kelly Watson received a call from the principal of her daughter’s school asking her to come in. Her daughter, Faith, is 8-years-old and a student at Martin Bluff Elementary School in Gautier, Miss.

Watson had recently attended a rally at the state capitol and had come home with buttons, bookmarks, and stickers that read, “Stop Common Core.” Faith asked if she could take some to school and pass them out to her friends. Watson said the other children were asking Faith questions about Common Core, and that she was able to answer them. “She was an A student,” Watson said, emphasizing that she did not pressure her daughter to pass out the anti-Common Core paraphernalia. “She knows all about Common Core. She hates it.”

School authorities were less than pleased. The principal, Victoria Hoover, told Watson that Faith was not allowed to hand anything out without permission from the superintendent, Wayne Rodolfich. Rodolfich said Faith couldn’t hand out the pins because they were dangerous (though the school’s handbook has no rule about pins on buttons unless the button is vulgar or demeaning, or the pin is being used as a weapon); however, Rodolfich’s no-pin rule “doesn’t explain why you can’t hand out bookmarkers and stickers,” Watson pointed out. “I’m still waiting on that.”

Incidentally, Rodolfich issued a public letter last week opposing an effort in the state legislature to repeal Common Core. He made the point that millions of taxpayer dollars have already gone into implementing Common Core, and millions more would be needed to create new standards.

“While I realize the opinion of licensed degreed professionals is not always valued by some in our state,” he remarked, “I would ask that anyone with any understanding of creating new standards calculate how many millions of dollars and years it will take to complete this process again? This is a classic case of throwing the baby out with the bath water.”

In response, State Senator Michael Watson, who sponsored the bill to repeal Common Core in Mississippi along with State Senator Angela Burks-Hill, wrote a letter in which he stated, “Mr. Rodolfich is a prime example of an educrat who thinks he knows what’s better for your children and my daughters than we do. Over the past 50 years, Washington has gained unprecedented, centralized control over our classrooms and our children. As a result, public education in Mississippi is worse for the wear. Mississippi’s stellar teachers have done the best with what they’ve been given. However, their hands are tied by highstakes testing and a lack of autonomy in their classrooms.” He went on to state some of his specific concerns about Common Core.

If nothing else, this is an issue of free speech. Just because Faith is 8-years-old by no means diminishes the freedom she has to have an opinion and speak her mind as a citizen of this country.

What do you think? Should Faith be allowed to pass out anti-Common Core information and speak her mind at school? And is it worth “throwing the baby out with the bath water,” as Rodolfich wrote, to implement a better educational standard?

h/t: TheBlaze

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King Obama Decrees Laws But Is Furious At Congress For Netanyahu Invite http://www.impeachobamacampaign.com/king-obama-decrees-laws-but-is-furious-at-congress-for-netanyahu-invite/ http://www.impeachobamacampaign.com/king-obama-decrees-laws-but-is-furious-at-congress-for-netanyahu-invite/#comments Thu, 29 Jan 2015 17:19:56 +0000 http://www.westernjournalism.com/?p=204731 His reaction shows that, in his eyes, it’s not about...

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We’ve all suffered from frustration recently, with King Obama issuing decree after decree and altering the nation’s laws to suit his fancy. This behaviour is a direct affront to the Constitution of the United States and is harming the rule of law in America. Obama has disregarded the will of Congress, and therefore the will of the people, time after time, with almost no consequences.

So it’s humorous to watch the reaction of the White House to the news that Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu has accepted an invitation from the Speaker of the House of Representatives, John Boehner, to speak to Congress on the Iranian nuclear issue. The administration is furious.  The New York Times reports today: “The Obama administration, after days of mounting tension, signaled on Wednesday how angry it is with Israel that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu accepted Republican leaders’ invitation to address Congress on Iran without consulting the White House.”

Who else but a King would be furious at a co-equal branch of government exercising their right and freedom to hear from a world leader on a subject that vehemently divides Congress and the country? I have written here before that Obama is allowing Iran to go nuclear on purpose.

The negotiations are a joke. Kerry is a joke.

Congress knows that. The American people, according to the polls, know that. Only a narcissistic king would throw a temper tantrum like the White House is doing.

What about Obama changing immigration law? The Affordable Care Act?  Environmental laws?

All without Congressional approval?

Of course Obama has acted on his own.  I guess his reaction to the Congressional invitation shows that, in his eyes, it’s not about the country; it’s more about him.

It’s more about his legacy. He wants an agreement with Iran sooo bad, it’s killing him.  And these people, worried about the national security of the United States and her allies, are getting in his way.

The New York Times goes on to say: “The outrage the episode has incited within President Obama’s inner circle became clear in unusually sharp criticism by a senior administration official who said that the Israeli ambassador, Ron Dermer, who helped orchestrate the invitation, had repeatedly placed Mr. Netanyahu’s political fortunes above the relationship between Israel and the United States.”  

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Watch: What Defiant Rick Perry Just Said About His Indictment Shows Why He’s Texas Tough http://www.impeachobamacampaign.com/watch-what-defiant-rick-perry-just-said-about-his-indictment-shows-why-hes-texas-tough/ http://www.impeachobamacampaign.com/watch-what-defiant-rick-perry-just-said-about-his-indictment-shows-why-hes-texas-tough/#respond Thu, 29 Jan 2015 17:09:10 +0000 http://www.westernjournalism.com/?p=204719

Perry told the Fox News host that THIS will protect him.

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Rick Perry may no longer be the governor of Texas, but he’s still very much in the legal spotlight in the Lone Star State…and still moving ahead with plans for a possible 2016 presidential run.

That bright legal spotlight following Perry has to do with his felony indictment that a judge has once again refused to dismiss. That indictment, which Perry claims amounts to the “criminalization of politics,” was filed after the then-governor pulled state funding from a county district attorney after her refusal to leave office following a drunk-driving conviction.

In an appearance on “Hannity” Wednesday night, Perry told the Fox News host that he’s not worried about the indictment and wears it as a “badge of honor,” saying the Constitution will ultimately protect him.

You can see why Rick Perry said that — and what else the former governor told Sean Hannity about his legal troubles — by clicking on the video above.

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Greece Undermines Europe On First Day Of New Leftist Government http://www.impeachobamacampaign.com/greece-undermines-europe-on-first-day-of-new-leftist-government/ http://www.impeachobamacampaign.com/greece-undermines-europe-on-first-day-of-new-leftist-government/#respond Thu, 29 Jan 2015 16:58:54 +0000 http://www.westernjournalism.com/?p=204697 Europe should swallow the red pill and allow Greece to go under and live with the consequences of their corruption and bad fiscal and economic decisions.

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During the first few days of the new leftist government in Greece, Europe has been shown a frightening scenario. We are literally witnessing the end of the Eurozone as we know it before our eyes. It is unraveling quickly.

In just the span of forty-eight hours, Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras (pictured above) has stopped the privatization of Greek assets as required under the bailout, reinstated welfare provisions that were to be cut, and cozied up to Russian President Vladimir Putin, who would like nothing more than to split the European Union. Putin may very well get his wish. In short, we are seeing the dissolution of the Euro project and the possible destruction of the western alliance against Russia.

Putin has not just been attempting but has actually been interfering in western European politics and economic policy for months now. Tsipras actually met with Putin prior to the election. Greece has now called for the end of sanctions against Russia and will not, it seems, move to tighten sanctions against the Kremlin for its recent actions in East Ukraine.

The European leaders seem surprised; they are being played for the ineffective leaders that they are.

Now, Europe must make a decision.

Do they allow Greece, after being loaned hundreds of billions of dollars in a bailout, to just rip up those agreements and demand debt relief? Do they allow Greece to unilaterally end EU foreign policy? Do they allow Greece to appease Russia for short-term populist electoral gain?

Europe must show Tsipras that Greece is not too big to fail. The appeasement of this communist thug should not happen. Europe should swallow the red pill and allow Greece to go under and live with the consequences of their corruption and bad fiscal and economic decisions.

The other choice will cost them even more money. Because if Greece is allowed to do this, guess what? Spain and Italy will follow.

Europe and NATO will dissolve, which is exactly what Putin wants.

Then we, here in America, will be left to defend ourselves against a resurgent aggressive Russia, without allies in Europe.  And, with a weak, indecisive, corrupt, anti-American president.

Your children will live to regret that day.

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52 Years Ago Today, Pulitzer Prize Winning Poet Robert Frost Died http://www.impeachobamacampaign.com/52-years-ago-today-pulitzer-prize-winning-poet-robert-frost-died/ http://www.impeachobamacampaign.com/52-years-ago-today-pulitzer-prize-winning-poet-robert-frost-died/#comments Thu, 29 Jan 2015 16:06:31 +0000 http://www.westernjournalism.com/?p=204618 "You've had bad luck and good luck and all you really want in the end is mercy."

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Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;

Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim,
Because it was grassy and wanted wear;
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,

And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I kept the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way,
I doubted if I should ever come back.

I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I—
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.

– Robert Frost, “The Road Not Taken” (1951)

Robert Frost began publishing poems in his high school bulletin.

He graduated co-valedictorian with the woman he was to marry.

Farming in New Hampshire, Frost wrote poetry and taught at several schools.

After a brief time living in England, he taught at Amherst College, the University of Michigan, and Harvard.

Frost won four Pulitzer prizes.

The U.S. Senate honored him with a resolution, Eisenhower invited him to the White House, and he read a poem at Kennedy’s inauguration.

Frost was a consultant to the Library of Congress and received the Congressional Gold Medal in 1960.

In “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening,” Frost wrote,

Whose woods these are I think I know.
His house is in the village though;
He will not see me stopping here
To watch his woods fill up with snow.

My little horse must think it queer
To stop without a farmhouse near
Between the woods and frozen lake
The darkest evening of the year.

He gives his harness bells a shake
To ask if there is some mistake.
The only other sound’s the sweep
Of easy wind and downy flake.

The woods are lovely, dark and deep,
But I have promises to keep,
And miles to go before I sleep,
And miles to go before I sleep.

Frost died JANUARY 29, 1963.

In a 1956 interview on station WQED, Pittsburgh, Frost stated,

“Ultimately, this is what you go before God for:

“You’ve had bad luck and good luck and all you really want in the end is mercy.”

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WATCH: What This NBC News Reporter Just Called ‘Sniper’ Chris Kyle Shocked Even His Colleagues http://www.impeachobamacampaign.com/watch-what-this-nbc-news-reporter-just-called-sniper-chris-kyle-shocked-even-his-colleagues/ http://www.impeachobamacampaign.com/watch-what-this-nbc-news-reporter-just-called-sniper-chris-kyle-shocked-even-his-colleagues/#comments Thu, 29 Jan 2015 15:17:17 +0000 http://www.westernjournalism.com/?p=204706

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“American Sniper” and Chris Kyle continue to draw heavy fire from the leftist media.

People who love the movie as well as those who respect the warrior whose extraordinary service it depicts may find themselves applauding MSNBC show host Joe Scarborough for his reaction to what an NBC reporter said this morning about Chris Kyle, the late Navy SEAL at the center of the blockbuster film.

That reporter — NBC Foreign Correspondent Ayman Mohyeldin — was a guest on “Morning Joe” when he called Kyle a “racist” who went on “killing sprees.”

As writer Mark Finkelstein observes in a newsbsuters.org piece on Mohyeldin’s comments: “With opinions like that, you might imagine Mohyeldin to be some unhinged bloviator from the bowels of the anti-American far left.”

In fact, Ayman Mohyeldin is a long-time employee of NBC News, a foreign affairs correspondent who used to work for Al Jazeera and regularly reports for the peacock network on events in the Middle East.

When challenged by show host Joe Scarborough after calling Kyle’s military missions “killing sprees,” Mohyeldin was clearly taken aback, as you can see by clicking on the video above to watch the tense exchange.

Despite what people like this NBC News reporter may think and say, the movie-going public has spoken loud and clear. As The Washington Times points out, “American Sniper” is a huge hit.

“Despite taking heavy flak from some critics, led by left-wing director Michael Moore, the film earned a jaw-dropping $247 million in its first two weeks, exposing a chasm between the Hollywood and political elite and moviegoing public not seen since the release of “The Passion of the Christ” in 2004.”

 

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Kevin Costner Gives Michael Moore Valuable History Lesson On Snipers http://www.impeachobamacampaign.com/kevin-costner-gives-michael-moore-valuable-history-lesson-on-snipers/ http://www.impeachobamacampaign.com/kevin-costner-gives-michael-moore-valuable-history-lesson-on-snipers/#comments Wed, 28 Jan 2015 19:24:25 +0000 http://www.westernjournalism.com/?p=204357 He went on to insist Moore’s characterization of snipers as “cowards” was unwarranted.

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The backlash over leftist filmmaker Michael Moore’s Twitter post disparaging military snipers had yet to dissipate when he doubled down on the unpopular sentiment and posted additional criticism online this week. Celebrities, soldiers, and civilians alike weighed in on the story, many of whom lambasted Moore for his remarks in light of the new movie based on the life and exploits of deceased Navy SEAL sniper Chris Kyle.

During a recent appearance on Laura Ingraham’s radio program, actor Kevin Costner shared his thoughts, using history as a backdrop for disagreeing with Moore.

“I did take exception to what Michael Moore said,” he affirmed. “We practically invented the sniper in the Revolutionary War when we couldn’t take on, we couldn’t hold back the British. That was the formation if you look back, historically, about snipers.”

He went on to insist Moore’s characterization of snipers as “cowards” was unwarranted, adding the filmmaker “ought to be smart enough to take it back, brave enough to take it back.”

Costner acknowledged that Moore’s opinion was shaped by a family event, though that excuse does not justify such a blanket statement.

“When you’re the victim of something,” he continued, “you can have a perspective; but I think when you get that microphone and you’re a little glib and a little fast, you end up saying stuff like that.”

The actor, who stars in the new film Black or White, predicted Moore “would have trouble saying that to a room of men who went out as young guys and they’re assigned things because of a skill set and they go out and do it the best they can.”

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Bobby Jindal: We’re A Judeo-Christian Nation http://www.impeachobamacampaign.com/bobby-jindal-were-a-judeo-christian-nation/ http://www.impeachobamacampaign.com/bobby-jindal-were-a-judeo-christian-nation/#comments Wed, 28 Jan 2015 19:16:01 +0000 http://www.westernjournalism.com/?p=204407 Potential 2016 GOP contender warns we could face more terrorist attacks.

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In a radio interview Monday, Republican Gov. Bobby Jindal of Louisiana reiterated some familiar lines about America’s need to return to its Judeo-Christian heritage. It is rumored that Jindal will make a run for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination.

“This is a place where you have freedom of self-determination, freedom of religious liberty, freedom of speech,” Jindal said. “This is an amazing place and we’re a majority Christian country. We’re a Judeo-Christian heritage, but we don’t discriminate against those that have no beliefs and or have different beliefs.”

But what is not acceptable and what you’ve seen in Europe and this is a very serious particular threat, you’ve got those that do want to try to impose a form of sharia law. And sharia law is antithetical, mutually exclusive of freedom, in treating women as first class citizens, it is antithetical to the values we hold dear.

And you see third, fourth generation immigrants in the U.K., France, in other places in Europe that don’t consider themselves part of those societies and that’s very dangerous.

Jindal made the remarks on Family Research Council’s Washington Watch.

The Louisiana governor addressed a prayer rally at Louisiana State University last week in which he proclaimed “our God” will be the victor. “We can’t just elect a candidate and fix what ails our country,” he said. “We can’t just pass a law and fix what ails our country. We need a spiritual revival to fix what ails our country.”

It is like God has given us the book of life. He doesn’t let us see the pages for today and tomorrow. He doesn’t promise us everything will go the way you want, but he does let you see the last page in the book of life. And on the last page, our God wins.

Jindal is a convert to Catholicism and called himself an “evangelical Catholic” in a Washington Post interview last May. He doubled down Monday, asserting that not assimilating into the American culture could be construed as “invasion.”

 “But what’s not acceptable is people that want to come and conquer us. That’s not immigration by the way, that’s colonization,” he said.

 If someone wants to come here and change our fundamental culture and our values. If they want to come here and they want to set up their own culture and values, that’s not immigration, that’s really invasion if you’re honest about it.

The potential GOP contender also suggested if America is not “serious” about tackling this issue, we could face more terrorist attacks comparable to the one in Paris earlier this month.

Of course, the politically correct crowd when you say things like they’ll call you racist but this is a particular threat we face. And if we’re not serious about this we’re going to see more lone wolf actors. We’re gonna see more folks come into our country just like you’ve seen in other countries – the horrific shootings in Paris.

 h/t: Pat Dollard

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Police Stop Teens Who Want To Shovel Snow http://www.impeachobamacampaign.com/police-stop-teens-who-want-to-shovel-snow/ http://www.impeachobamacampaign.com/police-stop-teens-who-want-to-shovel-snow/#comments Wed, 28 Jan 2015 18:58:31 +0000 http://www.westernjournalism.com/?p=204447 Teens were in violation of law against "unlicensed" solicitors.

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Police recently stopped a pair of teens in Bound Brook, New Jersey, from making money by shoveling snow.

The teens, Matt Molinari and Eric Schnepf, both 18, were canvassing a neighborhood and handing out fliers when they were told to stop by the police.

One Bound Brook resident saw Schnepf being questioned by police after coming to his door and asked:

Are you kidding me? Our generation does nothing but complain about his generation being lazy and not working for their money. Here’s a couple kids who take the time to print up flyers, walk door to door in the snow, and then shovel snow for some spending money. And someone calls the cops and they’re told to stop?

It turns out Bound Brook has a law against unlicensed solicitors and peddlers.

Police Chief Michael Jannone commented that neither of the teens were arrested or issued a ticket. He also stated that the primary concern of the police was that they were out in dangerous conditions, not that they were unlicensed. He said:

We don’t make the laws but we have to uphold them. This was a state of emergency. Nobody was supposed to be out on the road.

The police told the teens that, although they could not go door to door offering their services, they could shovel walkways if residents called them.

In this particular borough, anyone selling goods and services door to door must apply for a permit that costs as much as $450 and is valid for only 180 days.

Similar laws have prevented kids from operating lemonade stands or selling Girl Scout cookies.

The pair of teens did manage to get five jobs, each paying from $25 to $40 per house.

Should teens be prohibited from going door to door offering to shovel snow? Feel free to share your thoughts.

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Hezbollah Attacks Israel, Uses New Advanced Weaponry http://www.impeachobamacampaign.com/hezbollah-attacks-israel-uses-new-advanced-weaponry/ http://www.impeachobamacampaign.com/hezbollah-attacks-israel-uses-new-advanced-weaponry/#comments Wed, 28 Jan 2015 18:54:29 +0000 http://www.westernjournalism.com/?p=204419 This was the first time Hezbollah used this advanced anti-tank missile.

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At noon today, Hezbollah launched an attack across the Israeli-Lebanese border.

Fourth generation Kornet anti-tank missiles were fired at two IDF vehicles in the Har Dov area that were subsequently destroyed. This was the first time Hezbollah used this advanced anti-tank missile.

The IDF immediately responded with artillery fire on Hezbollah positions in Lebanon. After that, Hezbollah fired mortars on Israeli villages in the area of Mount Hermon, the highest mountain in Israel.

Two Israeli soldiers were killed, and seven others were wounded critically. Several Israeli citizens were also lightly wounded by Hezbollah fire and were evacuated to Ziv Hospital in Safed.

The attacks today came after Hezbollah launched four rockets at the Golan Heights on Tuesday. Overnight, Israel responded with attacks on Hezbollah positions in Syria.

Hezbollah claimed that the attack on Israel was justified, and that it was an act of ‘legal resistance’ since the organization disputes Israeli sovereignty over the Har Dov area. In fact, this has been Hezbollah’s excuse for continuing its hostilities against the Jewish state after Israel withdrew fully from Lebanon in May 2000. The United Nations confirmed later that no Lebanese territory is occupied by Israel anymore.

The current escalation with Hezbollah began on January 15th when the leader of the terrorist organization Hassan Nasrallah gave an interview threatening to invade Israel’s Galilee region that is adjacent to the Golan Heights. During the same interview, Nasrallah said that Israel would be surprised about Hezbollah’s new weaponry in the next confrontation.

That was followed by an outright provocation on Sunday, January 18th, when Hezbollah and the Iranian Revolutionary Guard deployed a convoy from the Hezbollah-controlled territory in Syria towards the Israeli border near Kuneitra. The Israeli Air Force launched an airstrike on the convoy, killing six Hezbollah commandants and six members of the IRGC, including a general.

As Western Journalism reported earlier this week, Iran now controls large swaths of territory in Syria and is involved in a new secret nuclear facility near Qusayr, Syria.

Following the deadly IAF attack on the Hezbollah, both Iran and Hezbollah vowed to take revenge and threatened Israel again with annihilation.

The Israeli army has remained in a state of high alert ever since and expected the Hezbollah attack. Nevertheless, Hezbollah succeeded to execute an operation that had the hallmarks of the attack on two IDF jeeps in July 2006, which led to the Second Lebanon War.

This time, however, both sides seem to have an interest in limiting the conflict. Hezbollah is bogged down in the Syrian civil war and also has financial problems. The Shiite organization also faces domestic problems and has lost a great deal of support amongst the Lebanese population because of its support for Syria’s dictator, el-Assad. The Lebanese news source Naharnet, for example, immediately condemned the attack on Israel and wrote on Twitter that Hezbollah’s role in the Golan does not serve Lebanon or Palestine, but Iran.

Israel went through a war with Hamas last summer and is in the midst of an election campaign. The country faces multiple problems, such as increasing Palestinian terrorism and political warfare by the Palestinian Authority that is meant to erode Israel’s position in the international community.

After the attack this morning, Israeli and Lebanese experts pointed out that the Hezbollah attack was meant to restore its deterrence versus Sunni Islamist groups such as the Islamic State. The IAF attack on the convoy near Kuneitra on January 18th was a humiliation for both Iran and Hezbollah. It could have given the Sunni Islamist groups the impression that Hezbollah is weak and that this would be a good moment to remove the group from power in Lebanon.

Israel has to retain its deterrence versus Hezbollah and Iran in light of the Iranian takeover of Syria and, more recently, Yemen, where last week Iran-backed Houthi rebels took control of the presidential palace in the capital of Sana’a. For this reason, Israel cannot allow Hezbollah to take control of the border area on the Golan Heights.

Sources in Netanyahu’s bureau were quoted as saying, “Iran is behind this heinous terrorist attack. The same Iran that the world powers are forming an agreement with, that would allow it to maintain its ability to acquire nuclear weapons capacity.”

“This is the same Iran that tried to build a terrorist infrastructure in the Golan Heights, similar to what it has in Syria, Lebanon, Gaza, Iraq and Yemen. This is the same Iran that supports terrorism around the globe,” the sources said.

Omri Ceren contributed to this report

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University Bans Use Of ‘Mr., Mrs. Or Ms.’ In The Name Of Political Correctness http://www.impeachobamacampaign.com/university-bans-use-of-mr-mrs-or-ms-in-the-name-of-political-correctness/ http://www.impeachobamacampaign.com/university-bans-use-of-mr-mrs-or-ms-in-the-name-of-political-correctness/#comments Wed, 28 Jan 2015 18:43:52 +0000 http://www.westernjournalism.com/?p=204459 Experts say no such policy is required to comply with federal anti-discrimination laws.

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According to recent reports, the Graduate Center of the City University of New York has handed down a decision that will force its staff to ditch certain honorifics when addressing others. The new policy prohibits the use of “Mr., Mrs. or Ms.” due to their potentially discriminatory characteristics.

CUNY Interim Provost Louise Lennihan distributed a memo touting the “respectful, welcoming and gender-inclusive learning environment” the new policy will help preserve, explaining the absence of these titles serves to “accommodate properly the diverse population of current and prospective students.”

While another university source suggested the policy shift was part of the school’s compliance with federal law, however, at least one expert in anti-discrimination legislation confirmed no such policy is required.

“They are not mandated to do this,” attorney Saundra Schuster said.

Regardless of legal requirements, though, CUNY staff members took the memo as a direct order to curtail the use of certain gender-based titles.

“My interpretation was that I was being asked to adhere to this policy,” said professor Juliette Blevins, “as were the professors who received the letter.”

Another CUNY professor, Joseph Borelli, indicated that he is open to embracing whatever titles his students prefer, though he opposes limiting speech with this restrictive policy.

“If a student asked me to call him Godzilla, I would happily call him Godzilla,” he said, “or whatever anyone asked to be called. But we do not need another ultra-PC policy change.”

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Howard Dean Forced To Apologize For ‘American Sniper’ Comments http://www.impeachobamacampaign.com/howard-dean-forced-to-apologize-for-american-sniper-comments/ http://www.impeachobamacampaign.com/howard-dean-forced-to-apologize-for-american-sniper-comments/#comments Wed, 28 Jan 2015 18:37:45 +0000 http://www.westernjournalism.com/?p=204408

Won't apologize for 'right-wing nut job chickenhawk' comments, however.

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Former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean speculated last Friday on Real Time with Bill Maher that most of the moviegoers who went to see American Sniper were angry and from the Tea Party.

His comments have generated a lot of buzz, so much so that he says he’s been receiving countless tweets from “right-wing nut jobs” calling him out for making them.

Actor Gary Sinise joined the cause and called out Dean for his comments, forcing Dean on MSNBC’s Hardball with Chris Matthews to make a public apology for his comments.

“This is something in which I’ve almost never done in politics, I’ll apologize to the veterans,” Dean said. “I haven’t seen the movie, and I think it was wrong. I talked to a lot of people about it.”

But before his actual apology, he first had to take a jab at the Right.

“I make no apology to the thousands of right-wing nut jobs who’ve been Twittering me with nasty language, but I do apologize to the veterans; we owe them a lot and I think this movie was much more nuanced than I thought,” he added. “I have a lot of respect for the people who served this country and I apologize.”

Twitter responded to Dean’s apology and his presumptive criticism before watching the movie:

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TSA Plan To Outsource PreCheck Would Let Companies Access Credit Card Data, Social Media Posts http://www.impeachobamacampaign.com/tsa-plan-to-outsource-precheck-would-let-companies-access-credit-card-data-social-media-posts/ http://www.impeachobamacampaign.com/tsa-plan-to-outsource-precheck-would-let-companies-access-credit-card-data-social-media-posts/#respond Wed, 28 Jan 2015 18:32:09 +0000 http://www.westernjournalism.com/?p=204412 Program allows consumers to skip security lines at airports.

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The Transportation Security Administration has proposed the outsourcing of PreCheck to private companies, a proposal that would allow companies to access the credit card data and social media posts of those applying for the program.

PreCheck allows selected passengers to skip security lines at airports.

However, privacy advocates are alarmed that the TSA is turning over what should be a government responsibility to the private sector, which has less checks on it than the public sector.

Some, though, say that TSA does not have the necessary budget or personnel to continue to do the PreCheck program without help from outside companies.

Chris Calabrese, senior policy director at the Center for Democracy & Technology, a Washington-based think tank, is not sure how the companies would use the information they collect about travelers.

He stated to the Washington Times:

If PreCheck says for whatever reason I am a higher-danger traveler, what is DHS or TSA supposed to do with that information? Should I be watch-listed? Should I be given a chance to contest? These are very hard questions with real consequences. If I’m a traveler who thinks I’m signing up for the fast lane and it turns out I’m really signing up for the ‘you get searched every single time you go through’ lane, it’s less customer service.

Advocates of the program think that private companies would help market PreCheck to more people and provide better customer service.

Patricia Rojas, vice president of government relations at the U.S. Travel Association, stated: “It’s a win-win proposition because it allows the U.S. government to take a more focused approach to our homeland security as opposed to the system that we originally developed where we basically just had a blanket review of everyone.”

What do you think? Should TSA place PreCheck in private hands or not?

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Healing The Racial Divide http://www.impeachobamacampaign.com/healing-the-racial-divide/ http://www.impeachobamacampaign.com/healing-the-racial-divide/#comments Wed, 28 Jan 2015 18:19:49 +0000 http://www.westernjournalism.com/?p=204448 Our time is now.

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The recent national crisis and racial tension have underscored that America seems more divided than ever. On the one hand, President Obama believes that our differences are just being exposed. On the other hand, a few of us feel that the president and Attorney General Holder exacerbated the race problem. In some ways, both views are right. How could that be? America has come a long way since the lynchings of the 50s and days of Selma. However, we have a ways to go in terms of race, poverty, and class.

We could not have expected the President, alone, to work miracles with an issue that has plagued our nation from its beginning. Our political leaders can only do so much. All the institutions in society must work together to move forward, but the Church has always had a special role to play. While segments of the American Church have historically been blind to the sin of racism—and even justified slavery by distorting Scripture—other parts of the Church have led the way in ending racial injustice.

So how can the Church take the lead as we look for ways to draw Americans closer together and build greater understanding among the growing variety of ethnic groups that make up our great “melting pot”? On Thursday, January 15th, I helped convene a meeting of over 150 ministers who met at the Potter’s House in Dallas for a powerful closed door conclave called “The Reconciled Church: Healing The Racial Divide.” Collectively, we represented a diverse group of significant leaders from across denominations and ideological backgrounds. These leaders represented over 40 million American Christians.

The purpose of that meeting was to reach consensus on how we can promote peaceful reconciliation and to collaborate on how bridges can be established for a brighter economic future in our communities as social entrepreneurs and influencers who are building tremendous ministries that address underlying cures for race, class, and poverty problems. Our nation deserves better models of spiritual leadership. We have the opportunity to change the course of history within the American church and affect the globe. Our time is now.

The group believes that “Healing the Racial Divide” in our nation is achievable in the next 15 to 20 years by using what we dubbed “seven bridges to peace.” These bridges of peace serve as a framework for a lasting model of unity that is built on our concern for the well-being of all people. All of us agreed that the American church has been divided along class and racial lines. Therefore, we signed a covenant of reconciliation and committed to the process of healing the racial rifts within the church. Essentially, we agreed to multiply our good works and make them more multi-ethnic.

What became apparent during our time is that America’s clergy—those who remain devoted to the Word of God—are deeply invested in healing the divisions in our society. If we take unified action in moments of tension, we can do a much better job exhorting people to productive action than the mainstream media, which remains addicted to confrontation, scandal, and shining the spotlight on the worst in human behavior.

We can take a cue from some of the most successfully reconciled organizations in our nation today; professional and college sports, which though not perfect, remain far more integrated than most churches and neighborhoods. Such organizations share a clear, common mission: to win, and each player is recruited for his or her ability to contribute to that goal. I believe if America’s clergy can continue to gain understanding from one another, we can build a sense of common purpose and solidarity across racial and ethnic lines among our churches and in our communities.

At the end of the day, the people in America’s urban centers are not so different from those in the nation’s suburbs and gated communities. We all carry the image of God and desire respect, the benefit of the doubt, and opportunity to advance in life. And I believe America’s pastors hold the key to cultivating this kind of understanding. We have the opportunity to change the course of history within the American church and affect the globe. Our time is now.

Bishop Harry Jackson is chairman of the High Impact Leadership Coalition and senior pastor of Hope Christian Church in Beltsville, MD.

This commentary appeared at Black Community News.

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Krauthammer: The Biggest Error We Could Make Is To Lose The Damn War http://www.impeachobamacampaign.com/krauthammer-the-biggest-error-we-could-make-is-to-lose-the-damn-war/ http://www.impeachobamacampaign.com/krauthammer-the-biggest-error-we-could-make-is-to-lose-the-damn-war/#comments Wed, 28 Jan 2015 18:17:12 +0000 http://www.westernjournalism.com/?p=204411

These are the fruits of withdrawal

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Fox News contributor Charles Krauthammer denounced Secretary of State John Kerry on Special Report with Bret Baier Tuesday night for his comments that the United States’ biggest error is to blame all “Muslims collectively for crimes not committed by Muslims alone.” Krauthammer told the Fox News host that, instead, the biggest error would be “to lose the damn war” because this administration refuses “to recognize who the enemy is and what it requires.”

“The biggest error that we can make, while it would be an error if we blamed all the Muslims in the world for the crimes that are occurring, including the latest one today in Libya, for example. It would be an error, but I’m not sure how many people in this country actually say that. That’s just a straw man. I mean, everyone who is critical of radical Islam prefaces in saying of course it’s a minority of Islam. It’s not a way to attack all Muslims. So this is a non-argument that he is making. And it wouldn’t be the biggest error that we make.

“The biggest error that we make is to lose the damn war because we refuse to recognize who the enemy is and what it requires. That would be a larger error because it would consign people to, for example, the hell that is Syria today, approaching a quarter of a million dead.”

Krauthammer went on to criticize President Obama’s strategy of leaving the region while supposedly arming and training the Syrian rebels.

“And the original sin here is not that Obama sort of is confused — I think he is in a way — but that he has a strategy. He came into office with a strategy: America leaves. This is not something that we should be involved in. We will leave and he didn’t quite understand (which is sort of an axiom of geopolitics) if America leaves, the vacuum does not remain a vacuum.

“There’s a story on the front page of the Wall Street Journal today about the comedy of errors of our supposedly equipping, arming, and training the Syrian rebels. They started almost two years ago. They have gotten nowhere. There was no impetus, there was no urgency. There was no logic behind what the president was doing. Everybody understood that he himself said and thought it was a fantasy. So he says it’s a fantasy and then he says he is going to arm them. This is a president who believes in withdrawal and these are the fruits of withdrawal.”

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Say ‘No’ to PARCC/SBAC Testing http://www.impeachobamacampaign.com/say-no-to-parccsbac-testing/ http://www.impeachobamacampaign.com/say-no-to-parccsbac-testing/#respond Wed, 28 Jan 2015 17:58:44 +0000 http://www.westernjournalism.com/?p=204348 Always remember: You are your kids' primary educational providers.

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This is National School Choice Week, but I want to talk about parents’ school testing choice. Moms and dads, you have the inherent right and responsibility to protect your children. You can choose to refuse the top-down Common Core racket of costly standardized tests of dubious academic value, reliability, and validity.

Don’t let anyone tell you otherwise.

I’m reminding you of your right to choose because the spring season of testing tyranny is about to hit the fan. Do you object to the time being taken away from your kids’ classroom learning? Are you alarmed by the intrusive data-sharing and data-mining enabled by assessment-driven special interests? Are you opposed to the usurpation of local control by corporate testing giants and federal lobbyists?

You are not alone, although the testing racketeers are doing everything they can to marginalize you. In Maryland, a mom of a 9-year-old special needs student is suing her Frederick County school district to assert her parental prerogative. Cindy Rose writes that her school district “says the law requires our children be tested, but could not point to a specific law or regulation” forcing her child to take Common Core-tied tests. Rose’s pre-trial conference is scheduled for Feb. 4.

The vigilant mom warns parents nationwide: “While we are being treated like serfs of the State, Pearson publishing is raking in billions off our children.” And she is not just going to lie down and surrender because some bloviating suits told her “it’s the law.”

Pearson, as I’ve reported extensively, is the multibillion-dollar educational publishing and testing conglomerate — not to mention a chief corporate sponsor of Jeb Bush’s Fed Ed ventures — that snagged $23 million in contracts to design the first wave of so-called “PARCC” tests.

The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers raked in $186 million through the federal Race to the Top program to develop the nationalized tests “aligned” to the Common Core standards developed in Beltway backrooms.

As more families, administrators, and teachers realized the classroom and cost burdens the guinea-pig field-testing scheme would impose, they pressured their states to withdraw. Between 2011 and 2014, the number of states actively signed up for PARCC dropped from 24 (plus the District of Columbia) to 10 (plus D.C.). Education researcher Mercedes Schneider reports that the remaining 10 are Arkansas, Colorado, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, Mississippi, New Jersey, New Mexico, Ohio, and Rhode Island.

State legislators and state education boards in Utah, Kansas, Alaska, Iowa, South Carolina, and Alabama have withdrawn from the other federally funded testing consortium, the $180-million tax-subsidized Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium, which administered field tests last spring to three million students in 23 states. In New Jersey, the parental opt-out movement is “exploding,” according to activist Jean McTavish. Many superintendents have conceded that “they can’t force a student to take a test,” NJ.com reports.

Last week, Missouri withdrew from PARCC, while parents, administrators, and the school board of the Chicago Public Schools spurned PARCC in the majority of their 600 schools.

In California, the Pacific Justice Institute offers a privacy protection opt-out form for parents to submit to school districts at pacificjustice.org. PJI head Brad Dacus advises families to send the notices as certified letters if they get ignored. Then, be prepared to go to court. PJI will help. The Thomas More Law Center in Michigan also offers a student privacy opt-out form at thomasmore.org.

Don’t let the bureaucratic smokescreens fool you. A federal No Child Left Behind mandate on states to administer assessments is not a mandate on you and your kids to submit to the testing diktats. And the absence of an opt-out law or regulation is not a prohibition on your choice to refuse.

Here in Colorado, the State Board of Education voted this month to allow districts to opt out of PARCC testing. Parents and activists continue to pressure a state task force — packed with Gates Foundation and edu-tech special interest-conflicted members — to reduce the testing burden statewide. For those who don’t live in PARCC-waivered districts, it’s important to know your rights and know the spin.

In Colorado Springs, where I have a high-schooler whose district will sacrifice a total of six full academic days for PARCC testing this spring, parents are calling the testing drones’ bluff about losing their accreditation and funding.

“The Colorado Department of Education is threatening schools to ensure that 95 percent of students take these tests,” an El Paso County parent watch group reports. “Be assured that MANY parents across Colorado — FAR ABOVE 5 percent in many schools — are refusing the tests, and not one school yet is facing the loss of accreditation, funding, etc. As long as schools can show that they gave a ‘good faith attempt to get 95 percent to test, they can appeal a loss of accreditation’ due to parental refusals to test.”

You also have the power to exercise a parental nuclear option: If edu-bullies play hardball and oppose your right to refuse, tell them you’ll have your kid take the test and intentionally answer every question wrong — and that you’ll advise every parent you know to tell their kids to do the same. How’s that for accountability?
Be prepared to push back against threats and ostracism. Find strength in numbers. And always remember: You are your kids’ primary educational providers.

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Education Is Too Important Not To Leave To The Marketplace http://www.impeachobamacampaign.com/education-is-too-important-not-to-leave-to-the-marketplace/ http://www.impeachobamacampaign.com/education-is-too-important-not-to-leave-to-the-marketplace/#comments Wed, 28 Jan 2015 17:54:40 +0000 http://www.westernjournalism.com/?p=204414 The only way to improve education is to shut down the Department of Education.

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This week, events around the country will highlight the importance of parental control of education as part of National School Choice Week. This year’s events should attract more attention than prior years because of the growing rebellion against centralized education sparked by the federal Common Core curriculum.

The movement against Common Core has the potential to change American education. However, anti-Common Core activists must not be misled by politicians promoting “reforms” of the federal education bureaucracy, or legislation ending Common Core while leaving all other federal education programs intact. The only way to protect American children from future Common Core-like programs is to permanently padlock the Department of Education.

Federal programs providing taxpayer funds to public schools give politicians and bureaucrats leverage to impose federal mandates on schools. So as long as federal education programs exist, schoolchildren will be used as guinea pigs for federal bureaucrats who think they are capable of creating a curriculum suitable for every child in the country.

Supporters of federal education mandates say they are necessary to hold schools “accountable.” Of course schools should be accountable, but accountable to whom?

Several studies, as well as common sense, show that greater parental control of education improves education quality. In contrast, bureaucratic control of education lowers education quality. Therefore, the key to improving education is to make schools accountable to parents, not bureaucrats.

The key to restoring parental control is giving parents control of the education dollar. If parents control the education dollar, school officials will strive to meet the parents’ demand that their children receive a quality education. If the federal government controls the education dollar, schools will bow to the demands of Congress and the Department of Education.

So if Congress was serious about improving education, it would shut down the Department of Education. It would also shut down all other unconstitutional bureaucracies, end our interventionist foreign policy, and reform monetary policy so parents would have the resources to provide their children with an education that fits their children’s unique needs. Federal and state lawmakers must also repeal any laws that limit the education alternatives parents can choose for their children. The greater the options parents have and the greater the amount of control they exercise over education, the stronger the education system.

These reforms would allow more parents access to education options such as private or religious schools, and also homeschooling. It would also expand the already growing market in homeschooling curriculums. I know a great deal about the homeschooling curriculum market, as I have my own homeschooling curriculum. The Ron Paul Curriculum provides students with a rigorous program of study in history, economics, mathematics, and the physical and natural sciences. It also provides intensive writing instruction and an opportunity for students to operate their own Internet businesses. Of course, my curriculum provides students with an introduction to the ideas of liberty, including Austrian economics. However, we do not sacrifice education quality for ideological indoctrination.

It is no coincidence that as the federal role in education has increased, the quality of our education system has declined. Any “reforms” to federal education programs will not fix the fundamental flaw in the centralized model of education. The only way to improve education is to shut down the Department of Education and restore control of education to those with the greatest ability and incentive to choose the type of education that best meets the needs of American children — American parents.

For information about the Ron Paul Curriculum go to ronpaulcurriculum.com.

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Barack Bombs Boehner And Bibi http://www.impeachobamacampaign.com/barack-bombs-boehner-and-bibi/ http://www.impeachobamacampaign.com/barack-bombs-boehner-and-bibi/#comments Wed, 28 Jan 2015 17:37:57 +0000 http://www.westernjournalism.com/?p=203788 Is he planning to allow Iran nuclear weapons, given his affection for Islam and his hatred for America and Israel?

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Reportedly, Mr. Obama has his panties in a twist about the upcoming Bibi Netanyahu visit. House Speaker Boehner invited Bibi to speak to Congress. Bibi accepted. Barry’s feeling left out, whining about protocol. The protocol complaint is a smokescreen. Boehner is not obligated to get Barry’s permission. But, you see, Barry thinks he is king and demands homage. For these sins, the WH says Bibi “will pay a price.”

Barry is actually terrified Bibi will persuade the Congress that Obama’s approach to Iran is fantasy and that to prevent Tehran from getting The Bomb, tougher deterrents are required.  Barry wants endless talks (he calls them negotiations) and extended deadlines culminating in a friendly gathering around the campfire to sing folk songs and gobble s’mores.

Bibi, Boehner, and a whole truckload of Democrats and Republicans think Barry is a useless appeaser, a marshmellow negotiator, a delusional head of state. So to save Israel, Europe, and the U.S., like grown men serious about their duty, they are taking matters into their own hands. They realize it is time to put the feral adolescent in his place.

Barry is very angry with Boehner and Bibi for humiliating him on the world stage. One does not humiliate The Barry! He has promised “there will be a price to pay.” First installment: the Veruca in Chief refuses to meet with Bibi when he comes to speak to Congress in early March. Obama says he won’t meet with Netanyahu because he does not wish to interfere with his upcoming re-election bid. This is rich given the report Obama sent a team of campaign operatives to Israel recently to work for Bibi’s defeat.  Isn’t it a felony to use U.S. public funds to attempt subversion in a foreign country?

Obama went even further. He floated a story that the head of Israeli intelligence services (Mossad) stands opposed to Netanyahu and more sanctions against Iran, a falsehood condemned by Israeli officials here.

Imagine that: a president who has snubbed the Israeli head of state many times, even calling him ‘chicken s***,’ keeping him waiting for meetings that were scheduled; this is the man Barry continues to abuse, our closest ally in the region. Think of it again. A U.S. President slandering an Israeli head of state, sending a team of operatives to his home country to defeat him as well as floating false stories in an attempt to embarrass him and discredit him.

The only logical conclusions: Barry believes Israel is the root cause of conflict in the Middle East, plus he hates Netanyahu’s guts.  Well, isn’t that special. No wonder Barry hates Bibi. Bibi is a real man. None in this administration dare say ‘Islamic terrorism’–or more accurately, ‘Muslim fascism.’  But they are glad to insult, abuse, and embarrass our best friend, a real leader, a man of integrity.

In another curious development . . . Democrat Senator Bob Menendez was recently the leader of the opposition, confronting Obama on the Iranian sanctions issue. In recent hearings, Mendendez basically said Obama was speaking the language of Tehran when it comes to sanctions. Imagine that: the Senator said the President is essentially a propaganda organ for the Iranians!

Menendez sponsored legislation to insist on the resumption of sanctions. Just days ago, he did a complete turnabout.  It would appear some of Obama’s errand boys may have left a cat skull on Menendez’s door step; or they may have reminded him about allegations the Senator was involved with underage girls in the Dominican Republic, threatening a reopening of the file. Ah, the Chicago way . . . or is it the Kenyan Way?

Let’s hope Congress takes Netanyahu seriously, voting for sanctions with real teeth against Iran; and when Barry vetoes the bill, let’s hope they override it and humiliate him further. He has earned all the humiliation he receives from here on out.  Now that Menendez has wimped out, an override is unlikely.

The fear is that Iran already has The Bomb and only needs to perfect delivery systems, and that Obama knows this and is setting up this drama so that he can blame Congress and Israel when the negotiations fail. Obama has proven he is capable of anything, openly funding and arming the Muslim Brotherhood and Al Qaeda, treasonous acts on their face.

Is he planning to allow Iran nuclear weapons, given his affection for Islam and his hatred for America and Israel?

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America’s State Of The Union http://www.impeachobamacampaign.com/americas-state-of-the-union/ http://www.impeachobamacampaign.com/americas-state-of-the-union/#respond Wed, 28 Jan 2015 17:31:43 +0000 http://www.westernjournalism.com/?p=203778 The state of our union is strong because the American People are strong, informed, and fed up.

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According to President Obama, the state of the union is strong. If the union is strong, why the long laundry list of new entitlements and the proposed increases in federal taxes? The state of our union is strong. However, the reasons seem to escape the White House.

The union is strong because we remain free. We had elections last fall that demonstrate the power of a revitalized conservative movement that continues to grow everyday.

It’s far from time to celebrate, however; our nation is on a precipice, being pulled ever closer to the edge. Each of the 3 branches have failed in their responsibilities to the American People.

As a function of time and human nature, government has lost its way. Since before the Constitution, we’ve known that the effects of time would erode our freedoms; and government would grow a little more each year.

Thomas Jefferson told us, “Our country is now taking so steady a course as to show by what road it will pass to destruction to wit; by consolidation of power first, and then corruption, it’s necessary consequence.”

For over 100 years, our government has played a shell game with new gimmicks to take more of our money, and to consolidate political power.

Each new game was sold to the public by politicians who should have been barkers in front of a carnival tent. Perhaps the boldest efforts were the first.

We were sold on the idea of an income tax that would only tax the wealthiest among us; and to eliminate corruption and be more “democratic,” we denied the states a seat at the table by changing the way we elect senators.

Public schools and the Department of Education, Social Security, Medicare, and a host of other failed programs followed. Each promised to solve our social and economic woes, only to create scores of new problems.

More recently, reports of abuses, scandals, and corruption seem to saturate government agencies and the leadership in all three branches.

Without going too far back, start with the financial crisis in 2008. Millions of tax dollars were handed out to companies that had become “too big to fail,” followed by the auto industry bailout.

We have an executive branch illegally writing laws and ignoring the ones they don’t like. We have a legislative branch that refuses to listen to their constituents, preferring to pander to big money donors.

The list goes on, enough to fill volumes. So, why is the state of our union strong?

Our union remains strong because of something the politicians don’t understand. The American people are strong, and they are fed up with the shell game.

The Tea Party was born in late 2008. It has grown in numbers to millions in all 50 states. This grassroots movement has made such an impact that the media and both parties now must include these people in their poling and reporting.

Last year, a rancher in Nevada was about to have his cattle forced off of public lands his family had cared for over generations. It had been an acceptable arrangement: the rancher maintained the water supplies and the land; in return, his cattle grazed on that land.

Friends, neighbors, and Americans from at least as far away as Iowa showed up to meet the Bureau of Land Management as they tried to seize the cattle. These volunteers stayed until the government backed off.

Last year also saw the beginnings of the Convention of States project. Right now, several states are scheduling time to consider amending the Constitution of the United States using Article 5. The second part of the article allows the states to propose and then ratify amendments that can restore our government and the voice of the states and people.

This is but one event. Every week, events are planned and organized. Classes and seminars, voter education, and shared information on legislation and current issues are spread across the multitude of networks ensuring an informed citizenry.

Over the last two weeks, two major events occurred: the South Carolina Grassroots Coalition Convention and, this past weekend, the Freedom Summit in Des Moines, Iowa.

Each event had nationwide coverage and was just as important as the Iowa Straw Poll. More events are coming, including meetings of state leadership in the grassroots movement.

The grassroots movement in America is America. These are individuals and family members; many are church-going Christians, others are something different. Most of all, these are the volunteers, the minutemen if you would of America as we begin this new century.

As it has been throughout our history, American men and women will fight for their freedom wherever it is challenged.

Yes, Mr. President. The state of our union is strong because the American People are strong, informed, and fed up.

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Will Iowa Put Walker On Path To Presidency? http://www.impeachobamacampaign.com/will-iowa-put-walker-on-path-to-presidency/ http://www.impeachobamacampaign.com/will-iowa-put-walker-on-path-to-presidency/#respond Wed, 28 Jan 2015 17:01:27 +0000 http://www.westernjournalism.com/?p=204381 A very unlikely governor sets to make a name for himself. That is, President of the United States... But is Iowa the key?

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“Energetic” is the only word to describe Governor Scott Walker as he paced the stage in Iowa during his speech at Rep. Steve King’s Iowa Freedom Summit.

And though he was one of many speakers at the confab, he certainly gained the most politically – having received numerous standing ovations from the 1,200 assembled activists.

Governor Scott Walker isn’t the first name that rolls off your tongue when you talk about the 2016 U.S. presidential race, but he’s looking to change that completely…

Underdog Marks His Territory…

While bigger names such as Governor Jeb Bush and Governor Mitt Romney occupy the first tier of candidates, Walker hopes to change those dynamics in the Iowa caucuses.

Walker believes he (almost) has a hometown advantage. While he may be the Governor of Wisconsin, he did spend his early years in Iowa. His father, a preacher by trade, moved the family to Wisconsin to take a leadership position at a church when Walker was in the third grade.

Being Governor of a nearby state provides him with several advantages as he tries to knock off the favorites. He doesn’t have to travel far, and he can spend evenings in Iowa after working his day job as Governor of Wisconsin.

Make no mistake: Walker’s speech was targeted to the audience. It was intended to make the assembled Iowa activists feel they have an ally. Walker told the pro-lifers in the audience he wanted to defund Planned Parenthood.

He told economic and business activists about his desire for tax cuts: “There’s a reason we take a day off to celebrate the 4th of July and not the 15th of April… because in America, we value our independence from the government, not our dependence on it.”

Pushing his agenda even more, Walker gave reform-minded activists details about his battle with government worker unions in Wisconsin. You see, Walker is a hero to many because of his battles with these unions in Wisconsin. He made the most of the conflict in his speech, thanking the crowd for praying for him when the death threats came as a result of his courageous stand.

He also talked about the need for voter ID laws, a constant favorite of voters worried about voter fraud and ballot integrity.

To put it mildly, he knew just the bait to use to reel these activists in.

A Young, Spry Contender

Walker’s energy is likely the result of his youthfulness. After all, he is more than a decade younger than the GOP’s front-running competitors. Walker is only 47… while Jeb Bush is 61… and Mitt Romney is 67.

Some pundits have in the past called Walker boring and lacking charisma. But at the Iowa Freedom Summit, he nearly yelled as his passion bubbled forth. He made it crystal clear that he’s the candidate of smaller government.

Sure, the entire weekend was a festival of presidential contenders… Governor Chris Christie of New Jersey, Donald Trump… former Governors Sarah Palin, Rick Perry, and Mike Huckabee… Senator Ted Cruz, former Senator Rick Santorum, and Neurosurgeon Ben Carson… you name it.

But as the Iowa caucuses approach a year from now, Governor Scott Walker made it well-known: He is determined to be a contender. And just to seal the deal, he promised to visit Iowa many times in the next 12 months.

Iowa, meet your newest ally.

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Meet The Beloved 88-Year-Old Country Doctor Whose Caring Ways Could Cost Him His License http://www.impeachobamacampaign.com/meet-the-beloved-88-year-old-country-doctor-whose-caring-ways-could-cost-him-his-license/ http://www.impeachobamacampaign.com/meet-the-beloved-88-year-old-country-doctor-whose-caring-ways-could-cost-him-his-license/#comments Wed, 28 Jan 2015 16:57:40 +0000 http://www.westernjournalism.com/?p=204369

The old-fashoned doctor is a respected fixture in this poor community...

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Despite his advancing years, Dr. Carrol Landrum still makes house calls. That’s extraordinary enough in these days of Obamacare, doc-in-a-box, and production-line medicine.

But this 88-year-old medical doctor who is known, respected, and widely relied upon in the tiny Mississippi town of Edwards also works out of his car — a hard-driven 2007 Toyota from which he often writes prescriptions for the residents who have looked to him for their health care since 1959.

And that unusual practice of working from his unconventional office on wheels could reportedly cost Dr. Landrum his medical license.

Fox News reports that Landrum, a Navy veteran who saw action in World War II, still maintains a fighting spirit that’s helping him push back against the Mississippi State Medical Board and its investigator, Andrew Pitts.

“He said the director had told him to ask me to surrender my license right then and there or I would come before the board,” said Landrum.

“And he said, basically, ‘If you surrender it here, nobody would know about it. But if it goes to the board, it’ll be public knowledge and it might affect your reputation.’”

By clicking on the video above, you can watch the Fox News report on Dr. Carrol Landrum, the people who love him, and his fight to stay in business as an old-fashioned, country doctor.

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This Day In History — Francis Drake, Ferdinand Magellan, And The Space Shuttle Challenger http://www.impeachobamacampaign.com/this-day-in-history-francis-drake-ferdinand-magellan-and-the-space-shuttle-challenger/ http://www.impeachobamacampaign.com/this-day-in-history-francis-drake-ferdinand-magellan-and-the-space-shuttle-challenger/#respond Wed, 28 Jan 2015 16:06:10 +0000 http://www.westernjournalism.com/?p=204324 "Today we can say of the Challenger crew: Their dedication was, like Drake's, complete."

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Seventy-three seconds after liftoff, on JANUARY 28, 1986, the Space Shuttle Challenger exploded, killing its entire seven member crew, which included a high school teacher — the first private citizen to fly aboard the craft.

In his address to the nation, President Ronald Reagan stated:

“Today is a day for mourning…a national loss…

“The members of the Challenger crew were pioneers…

“The future doesn’t belong to the fainthearted; it belongs to the brave.

“The Challenger crew was pulling us into the future.”

Reagan continued:

“The crew of the Space Shuttle Challenger honored us by the manner in which they lived their lives.

“We will never forget them, nor the last time we saw them, this morning, as they prepared for their journey and waved good-bye and ‘slipped the surly bonds of earth’ to ‘touch the face of God.’”

President Reagan added:

“There’s a coincidence today.

“On this day 390 years ago, the great explorer Sir Francis Drake died aboard ship off the coast of Panama.

“In his lifetime the great frontiers were the oceans, and a historian later said, ‘He lived by the sea, died on it, and was buried in it.’

“Well, today we can say of the Challenger crew: Their dedication was, like Drake’s, complete.”

Sir Francis Drake died aboard the ship Defiance on JANUARY 28, 1596, after a failed attempt to capture San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Drake was born around 1540 amidst religious upheaval in England.

During the Prayer Book Rebellion, 1549, his poor farmer father, Edward Drake, fled with his family to the coast where they lived on an old, laid-up ship.

Edward Drake was ordained as a Protestant minister and preached to sailors in the King’s Navy, afterwards becoming a vicar of Upchurch on the Medway.

Profoundly influenced, Francis would later have religious services on his ship twice a day.

Around the age of 12, Francis was apprenticed to a ship transporting merchandise from France. The ship’s master, having no children, eventually bequeathed the ship to Francis, which began his prosperous sailing career.

During the reign of Queen Elizabeth I, Francis sailed numerous times to the Caribbean for trade.

He also raided Spanish ships and settlements, resulting in King Philip II of Spain calling him a pirate — El Draque — and offering the equivalent of six million dollars for his life.

In 1577, almost 60 years after Spain’s Ferdinand Magellan, Drake began a voyage to circumnavigate the world.

He sailed down the coast of South America, past Tierra del Fuego, and through the Strait of Magellan.

Through violent storms, he sailed and raided the Pacific Spanish coast of America as far north as California.

Turning west, Drake sailed to the Spice Islands of Indonesia, almost sinking on a reef.

He made it across the Indian Ocean, around Cape Horn, and up the coast of Africa back to England in 1580, where he was knighted by Queen Elizabeth I.

In 1588, Drake helped repel the Spanish Armada from invading England.

Nearly 60 years earlier, in 1519, the Portuguese explorer Ferdinand Magellan set out on the first voyage to circumnavigate the world.

Sailing for Spain, Magellan began his search for a route to the East Indies by traveling down the coast of South America.

His fleet reached Cape Virgenes and concluded they had found passage because the waters were brine and deep.

Four ships went through the 373-mile long passage, which Magellan called “Estrecho de Todos los Santos,” or “Canal of All Saints,” as the date was November 1st, “All Saints’ Day.”

It came to be called the Strait of Magellan.

On the other side, Magellan saw the sea very still and peaceful, so he named it “Mar Pacifico” or “Pacific Ocean.”

Sailing for weeks without sighting land, food supplies dwindled and rotted, and men began to perish from scurvy, malnourishment, and dehydration.

They sighted a small uninhabited island, restocked supplies, and set sail again on JANUARY 28, 1521.

They reached the Marianas, Guam, and then the Philippine Islands.

Magellan communicated with native tribes through his Malay interpreter, Enrique.

They traded gifts with Rajah (King) Siaiu of Mazaua, who guided them to the Island of Cebu.

The story was that on the Island of Cebu, Magellan met Rajah Humabon, who had an ill grandson.

Magellan (or one of his men) was able to cure or help this young boy, and in gratitude, Chief Humabon and his queen, Hara Amihan, were baptized as Christians, along with 800 of their followers.

Afterwards, Rajah Humabon and his ally, Datu Zula, entangled Magellan in a conflict with a neighboring chieftain, Datu Lapu-Lapu of the Island of Mactan.

Magellan had wished to convert Datu Lapu-Lapu to Christianity, but he was dismissive.

On the morning of April 27, 1521, Datu Lapu-Lapu, with around 1,500 of his troops, confronted the Spaniards on the beach.

Magellan was hit by a bamboo spear, surrounded, and then killed.

His ship, Victoria, finally made it back to Spain in September of 1522.

The Philippine Islands went on to become the most Christian nation in Asia, with 93% of it population of 93.3 million being Christian.

The number of Christians by country are:

United States = 246.8 million
Brazil = 175.8 million
Mexico = 107.8 million
Russia = 105.2 million
Philippines = 86.8 million
Nigeria = 80.5 million
China = 67 million
Democratic Republic of Congo = 63.2 million
Germany = 58.2 million
Ethiopia = 52.6 million.

Christianity is the largest religion in the world, comprising 33 percent of the global population, and is the fastest growing religion, growing by nearly 70,000 a day.

The Pew Foundation reported:

“The number of Christians around the world has nearly quadrupled in the last 100 years, from 600 million in 1910.”

Christians experience persecution in more than 130 of the 197 countries in the world, especially in North Korea, China, and in Muslim areas of Syria, Eritrea, Nigeria, Pakistan, Malaysia, Sudan, Democratic Republic of Congo, Pakistan, Somalia, Afghanistan, Iraq, and Egypt.

Christianity is the most persecuted religion in the world, with the British House of Commons being informed, December 2013, that a Christian is killed every 11 minutes.

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WAR! Fox News Vs. The Pentagon In A High-Stakes Showdown Over Bergdahl And Obama’s Cred http://www.impeachobamacampaign.com/war-fox-news-vs-the-pentagon-in-a-high-stakes-showdown-over-bergdahl-and-obamas-cred/ http://www.impeachobamacampaign.com/war-fox-news-vs-the-pentagon-in-a-high-stakes-showdown-over-bergdahl-and-obamas-cred/#respond Wed, 28 Jan 2015 15:28:42 +0000 http://www.westernjournalism.com/?p=204364

Intelligence expert charges the White House is stalling and stonewalling...

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Fox News stands resolutely by its report. The Pentagon labels it “patently false.” In essence, as Bill O’Reilly concludes, the Defense Department is calling the Fox News source “a liar.”

So, what’s the truth? Is the Army about to charge Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl with desertion? Will Bergdahl soon face the music for willfully abandoning his post in Afghanistan?

As Politico reports: “The Pentagon vigorously denied reports on Tuesday that the Army is preparing to charge Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl with desertion, stressing the top commander reviewing the case has made no decisions.”

But Fox News, along with other organizations, says a decision has been made and that Bergdahl’s lawyer has been given official papers on the matter. The Army acknowledges that its investigation into the Bergdahl controversy concluded months ago, but inexplicably the Defense Department has still not announced any findings or charges.

“Such charges, especially if they led to a court-martial, would kick up a political hornet’s nest following the intense criticism of the deal that led to Bergdahl’s release,” the Politico post says.

In a highly unusual move, the former military intelligence officer who claimed on Monday that Bergdahl would be charged with desertion was back on The O’Reilly Factor Tuesday night to double down on his bold assertion.

Despite the Pentagon’s adamant push-back, retired Lt. Col. Tony Shaffer told Bill O’Reilly that not only would Bergdahl be charged, but also that the White House was stalling and stonewalling to try to mitigate a potential political disaster.

“Shaffer, who believes the White House’s alleged decision to delay its announcement is politically motivated, added that he stands by ‘all of those facts,’ referring to his report on Monday that Bergdahl’s lawyer has been given a statement of charges.”

Bergdahl was held by the Taliban for five years before, in a highly controversial deal, the Obama administration swapped five Gitmo detainees for the sergeant’s freedom from captivity.

You can watch O’Reilly’s interview with Tony Shaffer by clicking on the video above.

 

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WATCH How Top Defense Analysts Just Devastated Obama’s Failed Policies In An Unforgettable Way http://www.impeachobamacampaign.com/watch-how-top-defense-analysts-just-devastated-obamas-failed-policies-in-an-unforgettable-way/ http://www.impeachobamacampaign.com/watch-how-top-defense-analysts-just-devastated-obamas-failed-policies-in-an-unforgettable-way/#respond Wed, 28 Jan 2015 14:48:22 +0000 http://www.westernjournalism.com/?p=204359

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Barack Obama is coming under withering and sustained fire from U.S. military experts who say in no uncertain terms that the president’s defense policies are a failure.

Before Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn retired in the summer of 2014, he was the top guy at the Defense Intelligence Agency. So Flynn’s stinging criticism of the Obama administration’s sputtering terror-fighting efforts carries significant weight.

The Daily Beast says that Gen. Flynn leveled his harsh charge against the administration’s anti-terrorism policies at a Washington industry conference. He reportedly told the gathering of special operators and intelligence officers that, under Obama’s leadership, U.S. efforts to combat al Qaeda and the Islamic State have been paralyzed by the complexity of the fight.

Flynn further blasted the Obama administration, saying, “You cannot defeat an enemy you do not admit exists.”

He said the administration is unwilling to admit the scope of the problem, naively clinging to the hope that limited counterterrorist intervention will head off the ideological juggernaut of religious militancy.

He also slammed the administration for refusing to use the term “Islamic militants” in its description of ISIS and al Qaeda.

And on Fox News Tuesday night, another highly decorated U.S. military veteran and defense analyst lit into the Obama administration with a similar charge of incompetence in the war on terror.

Retired four-state general and former Vice Chief of Staff of the Army, Gen. Jack Keane, told Megyn Kelly that Obama lacks a comprehensive strategy to protect America from the very real threat of radical Islam.

Earlier in the day, Keane had testified about terrorism before the Senate Armed Services Committee. In his appearance on “The Kelly File,” Gen. Keane said, “This administration has been paralyzed by the fear of adverse consequences in the Middle East driven by the realities of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.”

You can watch Megyn Kelly’s summary of Gen. Michael Flynn’s harsh criticism as well as the eye-opening interview with Gen. Jack Keane by clicking on the video above.

 

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If You Kill Free Speech, You Kill Justice: A Closer Look At The Kurt Cobain Case http://www.impeachobamacampaign.com/if-you-kill-free-speech-you-kill-justice-a-closer-look-at-the-kurt-cobain-case/ http://www.impeachobamacampaign.com/if-you-kill-free-speech-you-kill-justice-a-closer-look-at-the-kurt-cobain-case/#comments Tue, 27 Jan 2015 18:52:11 +0000 http://www.westernjournalism.com/?p=203646 Did he really die the way the police and media say he did?

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Back in 1994, the news was all over the media. Kurt Cobain, the man who single-handedly altered the musical landscape when he and Nirvana arrived on the scene just three years prior, was found dead in his Seattle home.

The case was open and shut. The death was quickly ruled a suicide. After all, Cobain grew up in a broken home and eventually turned to heroin, hoping to find relief from a mysterious stomach ailment.

After the initial shock, the whole idea of Kurt Cobain, king of the aggressively dark and brooding Seattle grunge movement, killing himself was not too difficult to comprehend. Based on his image and public persona, it seemed like a foregone conclusion.

It had been determined by the police department (and widely reported throughout the world) that Kurt Cobain, under the influence of heroin, had shot himself in the head with his own shotgun. Case closed.

And so it would have remained if not for the efforts of one man (as depicted in the highly anticipated film, Soaked in Bleach). I became acquainted with Tom Grant a few years back. Grant is a private investigator and former LASD detective who was hired back in April of 1994 to locate Cobain. Grant was also hired by Paula Jones to assist with the pretrial investigation of then-president Bill Clinton and more recently by the attorney of Mrs. Katherine Jackson, mother of the King of Pop.

Throughout his musical career, right up to the time of his disappearance, Cobain was mired in all of the worst cultural, behavioral, and ideological elements. However, if we take a closer look at the interviews and some firsthand accounts, we get a picture of a young man who, prior to his disappearance, was finally getting his act together. (Most notable was the fact that Cobain was discovered in the summer of 1993 to be suffering from a pinched nerve, which had contributed to his stomach ailment. After treatment, he no longer relied on heavy doses of heroin to kill the pain.)

“Kurt became a new person after that. He stopped retreating into the dark side that everybody came to associate with him and actually seemed cheerful. … [T]he stomach thing was the most important.”– close friend Dylan Carson.

We start to get a glimpse of a man who became serious about leaving a dark and depraved corporate music scene. We also get a clear indication that Cobain wanted to do better – not only to set a better example to his fans, but to serve as a responsible and loving father figure to his young daughter.

“I’m not in any way afraid of death… I’m afraid of dying now, I don’t want to leave behind my wife and child, so I don’t do things that would jeopardize my life. I try to do as little things as I can to jeopardize it. I don’t want to die.”– Kurt Cobain, Sept. 1993.

This was a guy who was looking in the mirror, and at those around him whom he couldn’t push away, and realizing that if he didn’t make a change, he was finished.

Cobain was finished…but did he truly want to be? Enter Tom Grant.

It’s easy for those unfamiliar with the case to assume that Cobain’s death was exactly what it was reported to be–and how it’s been depicted by those in the mainstream without question ever since. However, it is worth taking a moment to check out, without preconceptions, some of the information that has been exposed by the man personally hired by Cobain’s widow to locate the then-missing Kurt Cobain, who was eventually “found with … a suicide note discovered nearby.”

Mr. Grant has soundly concluded the suicide ruling an utter impossibility:

Toxicology tests revealed the level of heroin in Cobain’s bloodstream to be 1.52 milligrams per liter (three times the legal dose, and a daunting amount even for a hardcore heroin addict), which rendered him completely incapacitated. Mr. Grant explains the significance of these test results:

“Don’t get confused by that 1.52 mgs per liter figure. That’s simply the amount of morphine (heroin becomes morphine as it passes through the brain) that was found during the autopsy. It means Cobain would have had to have been injected with approximately 225 mgs of heroin to reach that 1.52 Heroin (Morphine) blood level during the autopsy.”

Grant also reveals that Cobain was planning a divorce and that there was a prenuptial agreement in place.

In the over 20 years since Mr. Grant went public with his findings, he has been much maligned and ultimately written off as an opportunist. However, his story is a fascinating, sobering, and highly disturbing true tale that reveals the evils and trappings of corporate fame and the drug culture.

Cobain was reduced to a mere commodity – a golden ticket for the record label, the industry, and, most of all, his wife. It has been theorized that at the height of success – when he declared he was going to leave it all – he became expendable, while the powers-that-be protected the prime suspect, who would use her various connections to make it all go away.

The whole tragic episode is just another sobering reminder of a prevailing perversion of justice and truth, and how, all too often, evil acts are simply tolerated and overlooked when big money is involved.

Regardless of our increasingly divided secular culture, all lives matter – even the lives of recovering drug addicts. When one becomes disposable, we all do!

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Random thoughts on the passing scene:

Who says President Obama doesn’t promote bipartisanship? His complicity in Iran’s moving toward nuclear bombs has alarmed some top Senate Democrats enough to get them to join Republicans in opposition to the Obama administration’s potentially suicidal foreign policy.

Before the current measles outbreak, measles was once almost wiped out in the United States. But an article in a medical journal more than a decade ago had many parents afraid to have their children vaccinated, for fear that the vaccine causes autism. After scientific studies refuted that claim, the medical journal repudiated the article, and the doctor who wrote it had his license revoked.

If not a single policeman killed a single black individual anywhere in the United States for this entire year, that would not reduce the number of black homicide victims by one percent. When the mobs of protesters declare “Black lives matter,” does that mean ALL black lives matter — or only the less than one percent of black lives lost in conflicts with police?

In politics, never assume that because something is insane, it will not be done. The Holocaust was as insane as it was a moral horror. But it was done. Even after the tide of war turned against Germany and it faced invasion and devastation, Hitler continued to pour scarce resources into the mass killing of people who were no threat.

When someone tries to lay a guilt trip on you for being successful, remember that your guilt is some politician’s license to take what you worked for and give it to someone else who is more likely to vote for the politician who plays Santa Claus with your money.

So long as public schools are treated as places that exist to provide guaranteed jobs to members of the teachers’ unions, do not be surprised to see American students continuing to score lower on international tests than students in countries that spend a lot less per pupil than we do.

Would you go to a funeral if you knew that your presence would be unwelcome and would just add to the pain of the mourners? Probably not. But New York’s mayor Bill de Blasio went to both funerals for the two New York City policemen recently murdered — and gave speeches. That epitomized what a truly despicable human being he is, even by the low standards of politicians.

Demographic “diversity” is a notion often defended with fervor but seldom with facts.

Few things are more irritating, or more phony, than statements from various organizations about their “privacy policy.” What that really means is their invasion of privacy policies — how much information about you that your bank, hospital, or Internet service is going to pass on to other people without your permission.

Somewhere Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes says that the purpose of an education should be to produce a mind that cannot be humbugged. But today our educational system, from kindergarten to the universities, is engaged in the mass production of fashionable humbug — propaganda rather than education.

Some people see discrimination when schools punish black students more often than white students. But schools punish white students more often than Asian students. Lenders turn down black applicants for loans more often than white applicants — but they turn down whites more often than Asians. Most statistics on such things omit Asians, rather than spoil a politically correct story.

President Obama may have gained something politically or ideologically by recognizing Cuba, but just what did the United States gain? Like so much that has been done by this administration, the diplomatic recognition of Cuba demonstrates how safe it is to be our enemy, while our policies toward Ukraine and Israel demonstrate how risky it is to be our ally.

Despite radical feminist organizations’ frequent bursts of outrage, these same radical feminists’ response to the mass capture of school girls by Islamic terrorists in Nigeria, and turning those girls into sex slaves, has been strangely muted. Is this because there is no political mileage or lawsuit settlements to be achieved by expressing outrage at such unconscionable raw savagery in Nigeria?

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America’s Media Just Writes What Obama Tells Them To http://www.impeachobamacampaign.com/obamas-sterno-pool-always-writes-what-its-boss-tells-them-to/ http://www.impeachobamacampaign.com/obamas-sterno-pool-always-writes-what-its-boss-tells-them-to/#comments Tue, 27 Jan 2015 18:32:33 +0000 http://www.westernjournalism.com/?p=204152 Instead of calling Benjamin Netanyahu shameless because he is doing everything he can to protect his people, an honest media would be demanding that Barack Obama be so “shameless.”

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The self-important Boston Globe ran an editorial that is a microcosm of how the Left manages to be so consistently wrong on so many substantive issues. The piece had to do with the supposed wrongheadedness of Republican House Speaker John Boehner. It seems that according to the Globe, Boehner has committed some kind of treasonous act by inviting Benjamin Netanyahu, Israel’s Prime Minister, to address a joint session of Congress without asking permission from their boss, President Barack Obama.

The writer moans that such an undercutting of Obama’s authority will damage the delicate negotiations Obama is in with the Iranians, negotiations aimed at curtailing Tehran’s nuclear weapons development program.

According to the Globe’s faulty logic, Boehner’s invitation will make the sworn enemies of our only ally in the Middle East less likely to discontinue their nuclear weapons development plans.

If this stance was taken by a legitimately neutral third party, as the media ought to be, this initially counterintuitive position might be worth listening to. Honest public discourse on such vital matters as nuclear weapons in the hands of fanatical lunatics would be helpful if it actually existed, which of course it does not.

The Obama Cheerleaders in Boston and elsewhere see themselves as above “common sense” because it is, well, “common”; and they see themselves as smarter than everyone else. The media believe that Republican conservatives are evil, but dedicated Islamists are not. They believe Israel should roll over and die so that THEY can beat their breasts and piously proclaim how open-minded they are.

They don’t accept the fact that given the chance, the same people who run Iran would eagerly chop off their head and make them physically open minded.

These self-hating “Americans” don’t want Obama to be exposed as the fraud he is. They don’t want to remind the few people who still read daily newspapers that it was they who pushed Obama on us to make themselves feel good. They constantly lie by omission and commission to prop up their boss.

The media will never acknowledge there is no progress to be made in dissuading Islamist lunatics from building weapons they intend to use to destroy Israel’s Jews–and eventually America’s Jews as well.

They won’t allow the truth to be spoken. That truth is that Obama is merely helping the Iranians appear to be “negotiating” in what even those with only a slight understanding of Islam recognize is a kind of “Hudna,” or fake “truce” designed to allow them to regroup for their next attack.

Instead of calling Benjamin Netanyahu shameless because he is doing everything he can to protect his people, an honest media would be demanding that Barack Obama be so “shameless.” But alas this swipe at Israel and Republicans reminds us that America’s media are merely Obama’s steno pool ready to write or say whatever the boss tells them.          

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