Watch: Obama Just Called For Cops To Do Something ‘Unbelievable’ To Their Uniforms

The Obama administration announced a ban on the sale of some military-style equipment to local law enforcement agencies earlier this week. Additionally, the administration is looking to implement “softer uniforms” for police.

Local police departments are now prohibited from purchasing tracked armored vehicles, bayonets, grenade launchers, and large caliber weapons and ammunition. They will also face limits on other federal equipment, including explosives, riot equipment, and wheeled armored or tactical vehicles.

The Fraternal Order of Police (FOP), the largest law enforcement union in the United States, lambasted the administration for the move.

“The FOP was very disappointed that the ‘controlled’ equipment list identified protective gear like anti-ballistic shields and helmets as well as armored vehicles, as this will make these defensive purchases much more difficult to obtain,” an FOP statement said. “Similarly, some less than lethal technologies have also been put on the ‘controlled’ equipment list.”

All of us know that this issue is not really about equipment. We ought not to be distracted by thinking the problem is with the types of equipment or how the equipment is procured.

Instead, we need to focus on better command decision-making at the local and State level with respect to how and when the equipment is deployed in the field. This, and of course appropriate training for the officers who are directed to use the equipment, is critical.

Speaking on The Kelly File Thursday, Fox and Friends co-host Brian Kilmeade pointed out the administration also wants “softer uniforms” for police officers.

“They’re concerned about the helmet. They’re concerned about the shield. It’s sending the wrong message,” Kilmeade said. “I used to think from the civilian point of view that that would be a reason not to riot, because the police were ready and ready to act.”

Kilmeade also told Kelly that if he were a police officer today, he would not show up to the next riot.

h/t: Fox News

What do you think about Obama’s actions regarding the police? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.

This post originally appeared on Western Journalism – Equipping You With The Truth

John McCain Reveals ISIS’s True Target, And It’s Scary

In an interview with CNN, Senator John McCain, R-Ariz., called the U.S. administration’s ISIS strategy “an abject failure” and President Barack Obama’s declaration that the U.S. isn’t losing the fight against ISIS “mind-boggling.”

“It’s mind-boggling that the President could keep saying, and (administration officials) could keep saying what they’re saying while thousands of people are being butchered, burning bodies in the streets, executions, beheadings,” he said. “This is a disaster. It was predicted by me and Sen. Lindsey Graham, and it’s going to go on until we develop a strategy.”

Such a strategy, McCain has said, would require the deployment of 10,000 U.S. troops to help Iraqis fight back the terrorist group, which has made significant advances over the past week.

During the interview, McCain also said that Islamic State’s objective is not Syria or Iraq, but The United States.

“Their objective isn’t Iraq and Syria, their objective is us. They are a cancer and that cancer will spread unless it is checked,” he said.

A few hours after CNN interviewed McCain, Israeli news site Ynet reported that Assad’s forces in Syria lost more ground on Friday and Islamic State seized another town in Iraq and drove Assad’s army from its last held border control post on the Syrian-Iraqi border:

The regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad seemed to be further losing its grip in Syria on Friday, as his army was driven out of a key stronghold near the coast, hours after losing its last outpost on the Iraq border to Islamic State, on the other side of the country.

This new strategic loss for Assad, along with his recent losses to IS at the ancient city of Palmyra, and the last Syria-Iraqi border crossing, is another sign of his regime’s disintegration.

In Idlib in the northwest of the country, jihadis from the al-Nusra Front, affiliated with Al-Qaeda, succeeded in increasing their control of province after two weeks of fighting, breaking the siege of a major government hospital in Jisr ash-Shugur, from which Syrian soldiers were seen fleeing. Jisr ash-Shugur is considered one of the Syrian regime’s strategic strongholds due to its proximity to the Mediterranean Sea, where most of the Alawite community, of which Assad is a member, live.

An opposition website claimed that the rebels managed to take a great number of soldiers and officers prisoner during their escape from the hospital.

In Iraq, Sheikh Rafie al-Fahdawi said the small Iraqi town of Husseiba fell to Islamic State overnight when police and tribal Sunni fighters withdrew after running out of ammunition.

“We have not received any assistance from the government. Our men fought to the last bullet and several of them were killed,” he told The Associated Press in a telephone interview.

Husseiba is about 4 miles east of Ramadi, where Islamic State routed Iraqi forces last weekend in their most significant advance in nearly a year.

Al-Fahdawi said that with the fall of Husseiba, the militants have come closer to the strategic Habbaniyah military base, which is still held by government forces.

“The situation is very critical. The militants are about 5 kilometers from Habbaniyah base, which is now in great danger,” he said.

This post originally appeared on Western Journalism – Equipping You With The Truth

ISIS Is Gaining Ground Like Crazy, And Obama Just Responded With 6 Crazy Words

Despite the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) capturing two major cities this week, President Obama dismissed the notion that the United States is losing the war against the insurgent group.

“No, I don’t think we’re losing,” Obama told Jeffrey Goldberg of The Atlantic in an interview Tuesday.

ISIS took control of the Iraqi city of Ramadi on Monday and Palmyra in Syria on Thursday.

Upon seizing Ramadi, ISIS militants destroyed several sites which predate Islam in Iraq. Ramadi is located in Anbar province, the largest in the country.

Known as Tadmor in the Bible, Palmyra was first established by the Israelite King Solomon over 3,000 years ago. The city is home to many artifacts and gas fields, advancing the terror group’s influence in the region.

Obama told Goldberg that despite the fall of Ramadi, he would not overhaul his approach to fighting ISIS.

“There’s no doubt there was a tactical setback, although Ramadi had been vulnerable for a very long time, primarily because these are not Iraqi security forces that we have trained or reinforced,” Obama said. “The training of Iraqi security forces, the fortifications, the command-and-control systems are not happening fast enough in Anbar, in the Sunni parts of the country.”

These victories by ISIS overshadow a successful mission by U.S. forces that killed Abu Sayyaf, who was in charge of financial operations for ISIS. Reports of the mission by the Delta Force team surfaced earlier this week.

When Jonathan Karl of ABC News asked White House press secretary Josh Earnest Monday if the U.S. strategy to combat ISIS “has been a success,” Earnest responded in the affirmative.

“Well, Jon, yeah. Overall, yes,” Earnest said. “That doesn’t mean there haven’t been areas of setback, as we saw in Ramadi.”

h/t: The Hill

How do you think America is faring in the war against ISIS? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.

This post originally appeared on Western Journalism – Equipping You With The Truth

How Obama Radically Transformed America’s Patent System

Patent law is not something most Americans are passionate about or have ever contemplated — which is exactly why the Obama White House and Congress got away with making radical changes to our time-tested traditions of protecting the fruits of entrepreneurial inventors’ labor.

It’s yet another progressive horror story of abandoning what works in the name of what’s politically trendy. For left-wing saboteurs and their Big Business GOP enablers, this means throwing our unique patent system and its constitutional underpinnings under an 18-wheeler. So-called “patent reform” proposals continue to plague Capitol Hill. But like health care “reform” and education “reform,” these government cures are worse than any purported disease.

As part of his ongoing bid to “fundamentally transform” America, President Obama signed the Orwellian-titled America Invents Act (AIA) in 2011. If truth-in-advertising laws applied to politicians who front massively complex bills that do the opposite of what they proclaim to do, these hucksters would be jailed for their patently fraudulent “reform” legislation. Co-sponsored by Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., and Rep. Lamar Smith, R-Texas, the law was marketed as a job-creation vehicle that would relieve a backlog of an estimated 700,000 patent applications and crack down on patent “trolls” supposedly abusing the system through frivolous litigation against alleged infringers.

In truth, the AIA and its legislative successors are special interest boondoggles that enrich corporate lawyers, Big Business, and federal bureaucrats at the expense of the independent inventors and fledgling innovators the American patent system was created to protect and encourage.

The AIA’s primary agenda? “Harmonizing” our patent laws with the rest of the world to reward paper-pushers who are “first to file” at the patent office, instead of those who are “first to invent.” These and other measures enacted by Obama threaten to drive garage tinkerers and small inventors — the designers, engineers, and builders of American prosperity — out of the marketplace. Longtime venture capitalist Gary Lauder noted that the first-to-file system has suppressed solo and small-business innovation in Europe and Japan. “The U.S. gets 10 times the angel and venture capital of Western Europe — which recently declared an ‘innovation emergency,’” Lauder observed. “So why are we harmonizing with them? They should be harmonizing with us.”

Amen! Our founders knew that progress would come not merely at the hands of “great” inventors pioneering extraordinary breakthroughs, but also by the widespread invention and improvement of ordinary and “small” contrivances and advancements. In 1790, they created and refined a decentralized, market-based patent system that added the “fuel of interest” to the “fire of genius,” in the words of America’s only president to hold a patent, Abraham Lincoln.

Rather than denigrate the profit motive, the patent and copyright clause of the Constitution celebrates and encourages “individual effort by personal gain (as) the best way to advance public welfare through the talents of authors and inventors.”

But the European-style “first to file” now in place in America is a “forced to file” regime that incentivizes a hasty stampede to the federal patent office. In the name of global harmony, we now reward paper-pushing attorneys — whether or not they’re representing true first inventors. Instead of “streamlining” the application process and reducing paperwork backlogs, the AIA induces corporations to inundate patent examiners with incomplete placeholder applications that will inevitably need to be amended, refined, and reconsidered. This is not patent “reform.” It’s a Big Business Patent Lawyers’ Full Employment Act.

Like Obamacare, the sheer size and complexity of the AIA nullify the dubious benefits the White House and its statist lobbying pals claim it will bring. University of Virginia law professor John Duffy points out that the law is 140 pages long, “more than twice the length of the entire federal patent statute” since its last recodification in 1952. Stuffed with earmarks and bribes for the banking industry, Michigan Democrats who lobbied for a new satellite patent office in Detroit, and other well-connected cronies, the AIA’s 37 sections are intentionally complex. Its sloppy drafting will result in “cases interpreting the law going to the courts for 20 years before lawyers really know how to advise clients,” patent lawyer David Boundy predicted.

This week, yet another similar patent “reform” package that supposedly takes aim at a tiny minority of patent “trolls” (again) is being rammed through Congress. But in practice, the “Innovation Act” legislation (H.R. 9) “makes it harder for garage inventors and small businesses to protect themselves from having their inventions and ideas stolen,” inventor Louis Foreman warns, by further obstructing their ability to enforce their intellectual property rights and bring legitimate patent infringement cases to court.

Global competitors certainly pose serious external threats to America’s role as an innovation leader. But we face grave existential threats within our own borders: homegrown ignorance, apathy, and downright hostility toward the independent entrepreneurs who make America great. Real “reform” begins with the repeal of the innovation-stifling “America Invents Act” and a return to first constitutional principles that maintain a level playing field among makers and builders of all shapes and sizes.

COPYRIGHT 2015 CREATORS.COM

The views expressed in this opinion article are solely those of their author and are not necessarily either shared or endorsed by WesternJournalism.com.

This post originally appeared on Western Journalism – Equipping You With The Truth

Ouch: Obama Just Joined Twitter And It Did NOT Go As He Planned…

President Obama received some backlash after setting up his Twitter account Monday, which has over 2.3 million followers as of Thursday.

Obama sent his first tweet from the @POTUS account Monday while sitting in the Oval Office.

05212015_President Obama Tweet_Twitter

Facebook/The White House

Facebook/The White House

The account’s name is derived from the acronym “President of the United States.” USA Today pointed out that @POTUS became the fastest account ever to reach one million followers, hitting the mark in under five hours. Obama has tweeted a total of four times as of Thursday afternoon.

Naturally, there were some pleased to see Obama with his own account. The account @BarackObama is maintained by Organizing for America, the president’s political arm:

05212015_yay_twitter 05212015_welcome mr president_twitter 05212015_freedom obama_Twitter 05212015_welcome party obama_twitter Some were not sure what a “POTUS” was…

05212015_what is that_twitter 05212015_whats it stand for_twitter…while others slammed Obama on his newly minted Twitter handle:
05212015_telepromptor_twitter 05212015_respect is earned_twitter 05212015_kill us all now_Twitter

05212015_little late_twitterh/t: The New York Times

What do you think of the @POTUS account? Share your thoughts in the comments section.

This post originally appeared on Western Journalism – Equipping You With The Truth