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US says it will no longer appease leftist leaders in Latin America

John Bolton tells it like it is

 

The White House will no longer appease “dictators and despots” in Latin America, national security adviser John Bolton said in a Miami speech that welcomed new right-leaning leaders and put three leftist governments on notice.

Referring to Cuba, Venezuela and Nicaragua as the “troika of tyranny,” Bolton blamed them for causing “immense” human suffering and regional instability in the countries, and fostering communism in the region.

He called the leaders of those countries “clowns” and said the United States “looks forward to watching” their governments fall.

“These tyrants fancy themselves strongmen and revolutionaries, icons and luminaries,” Bolton said, according to remarks prepared for delivery. “In reality they are clownish, pitiful figures more akin to Larry, Curly and Moe. The ‘Three Stooges’ of socialism are true believers, but they worship a false God.”

Bolton delivered the aggressive speech to Cuban and Venezuelan expats at the Freedom Tower in Miami, while announcing that President Donald Trump had signed a new executive order that will allow sanctions against Venezuela’s gold industry, which Bolton said the Venezuelan government has used to finance criminal operations.

Bolton paid particular attention to Cuba’s role in Venezuela, stating that many in the audience have personally suffered “unspeakable horrors” by their homeland governments. They fought back and now their descendants can live the American Dream, he said.

Harkening back to President George W. Bush’s “axis of evil,” Bolton’s attacks on the three nations reflect an increasing aggression toward leftist autocrats that President Trump has touched on during international speeches to the United Nations and other international forums.

Trump’s supporters, who have long argued for a stronger position against Latin America, will likely praise the aggressive tone, but it may also heighten existing concerns that the United States is reviving a narrative promoted by leftist governments that the U.S. is the imperialist bully bent on punishing Latin American governments that don’t do its bidding.

“There is no glamor in gulags and labor camps, in death squads and propaganda machines, in mass executions and in the sound of terrorizing screams from the depths of the world’s most notorious prisons,” Bolton said.

The U.S. government has already sanctioned 70 officials, including Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, and restricted U.S. investment and financial transactions, including those involving Venezuela’s new digital currency.

A senior administration official said the U.S. will tighten sanctions against Cuban military and intelligence services, including expanding the list of Cuban companies that can be sanctioned.

In an interview with the Miami Herald and el Nuevo Herald, Bolton confirmed that the White House is considering allowing thousands of Cuban Americans to sue in U.S. courts foreign companies and others who now control real estate on the island that was seized from them by the Cuban government.

As first reported by McClatchy, the White House has discussed the proposal with Sen. Marco Rubio and other South Florida lawmakers who have been pushing the administration to take more concrete steps against Cuba.

Venezuela sits on the world’s largest oil reserves, but the once powerful nation has plummeted into a deepening economic crisis amid rising inflation.

Bolton has long advocated for stronger restrictions against Cuba. In 2002, as undersecretary of state in the Bush administration, he accused Havana of trying to develop biological weapons, and added Cuba to a list of “axis of evil” countries.”

“The United States believes that Cuba has at least a limited offensive biological warfare research and development effort,” Bolton said at the time.

Bolton also signaled that the United States was pleased by the elections of “like minded leaders” such as newly elected right-wing leaders Ivan Duque in Colombia and Jair Bolsonaro in Brazil while failing to acknowledge the more liberal Mexican President-elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador.

For those farther to the left such as Nicolas Maduro, Daniel Ortega and Miguel Diaz-Canel: “Their day of reckoning awaits.”

 

[From an article published by PERSONAL LIBERTY.com]

 

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Obama finally tells the truth by admitting he’s always been a liar…

In a mass e-mail sent out to supporters by the Democrat Party, Obama admits for the first time that he lied to voters repeatedly about his views on marriage. In fact, if his latest claims are to be believed, Obama has actually been lying to voters for decades, going all the way back to when he launched his political career in the home of Castro-backed communist terrorist Bill Ayers. Despite proudly lying to voters all those years when he claimed to believe in the sacredness of what is today called “traditional” marriage, Obama admitted that one of the reasons he got into politics was to radically change the definition and meaning of the institution underpinning human civilization for millennia.

“To me, creating a more perfect union means doing everything we can possibly do as leaders to make our kids’ lives a little better than our own,” Obama said in the e-mail. “To decide that, in this country, health care is a right, not a privilege. To secure the right of marriage equality under the law for every American, no matter who they love. To help make sure our grandkids inherit a healthy planet. All of these things, and so, so many more, are why I got into politics in the first place.”

 

NORM ‘n’ AL Note:  “We’re going to make our kids’ lives better by lying to them and everybody else every chance we get.”  Sounds like a nifty plan to build a life you can be proud of while you ruin the lives around you.  Obama is not just dangerous, he’s also sick.

 

Leaving aside the dangerous misunderstanding of what a right actually is, the admission, if true, means Obama lied his way into every elected office he has ever held. The first time Obama admitted to believing homosexuals could be “married” was in May of 2012, in the fourth year of his presidency. “I’ve been going through an evolution on this issue,” he declared in an “historic” interview with a fawning ABC interviewer. “At a certain point, I’ve just concluded that, for me personally, it is important for me to go ahead and affirm that I think same-sex couples should be able to get married.”

Contrast that with his earlier statements. “I believe marriage is between a man and a woman,” he said in 2008 on MTV. “I am not in favor of gay marriage.” Also in 2008, during a presidential debate moderated by megachurch pastor Rick Warren, Obama went even further. “I believe that marriage is the union between a man and a woman,” he said. “Now, for me as a Christian, it is also a sacred union. God’s in the mix.” In 2010, he told liberal bloggers that he still believed in traditional marriage. He said he was opposed to homosexual “marriage” in 2004, too. In 2011, when a 1996 questionnaire Obama filled out admitting support for destroying marriage was uncovered, White House Director of Communications Dan Pfeiffer said it had been completed by somebody else and that Obama “has never favored same-sex marriage.”

But according to Obama’s e-mail today, all of that was actually a lie — he was just deceiving “stupid” voters, as ObamaCare architect John Gruber called Americans, to get elected and advance his extremist agenda that could never advance without lies, deception, dishonesty, and sleazy machinations of all kinds.

Of course, it is not the first time Obama has been exposed lying about his views on marriage. According to Obama campaign operative David Axelrod’s book Believer: My Forty Years in Politics, Obama lied to voters about his position on marriage because it would have been political suicide to tell the truth. “Opposition to gay marriage was particularly strong in the black church, and as he ran for higher office, he grudgingly accepted the counsel of more pragmatic folks like me, and modified his position to support civil unions rather than marriage, which he would term a ‘sacred union,’” Axelrod boasted, admitting that he encouraged Obama to lie.

Obama also lied about the process he said should be used to redefine and undermine marriage across America. “What you’re seeing is, I think, states working through this issue, in fits and starts, all across the country. Different communities are arriving at different conclusions, at different times,” he said in the 2012 ABC interview in which he spoke of the “evolution” in his public position (i.e. lies). “And I think that’s a healthy process and a healthy debate. And I continue to believe that this is an issue that is gonna be worked out at the local level, because historically, this has not been a federal issue, what’s recognized as a marriage.” Just a few years later, his administration was urging the Supreme Court to ignore the Constitution and the American people in order to falsely and ridiculously declare homosexual “marriage” to be a “constitutional right.”

As the late Justice Scalia explained in his dissent in Obergefell v. Hodges, though, the decision may well backfire, with Americans realizing that the court has radically overstepped its bounds. If and when that happens, the American people, through their representatives in Congress or at the state level, could work to put the lawless court in its place, nullifying its illegal edicts, reining in its usurped jurisdiction, and working to constitutionally put it in its constitutional place. With “each decision … unabashedly based not on law,” Scalia warned, the Court moves “one step closer to being reminded of [its] impotence.”

Beyond the marriage issue, Obama has been caught lying repeatedly. Perhaps most infamously, he told Americans that they could keep their doctors and their health insurance plans if they liked them, knowing this was a lie. “We will keep this promise to the American people,” Obama declared in the summer of 2009 as he was trying to sell the radical overhaul of the U.S. healthcare system to a skeptical public. “If you like your doctor, you will be able to keep your doctor. Period. If you like your healthcare plan, you will be able to keep your healthcare plan. Period.” He knew, even while saying that, that it was not true, as official documents later revealed and the White House admitted.

Of course, the Obama lies outlined in this article only scratch the surface of the problem. Lying appears to be a way of life for Obama and the corrupt cabal that surrounds him. From climate alarms and abortion to the war on gun rights and beyond, Obama has shown that he will lie with ease if he believes it will advance his radical agenda to “fundamentally transform” America. In short, to Obama, the ends justify the means — even if those means involve lies. For a Christian, as Obama claims to be, that is absurd.

 

NORM ‘n’ AL Note:  Of course that is absurd. For the Oval Office Occupant to admit to lying, continually lying, to further his radical agenda, and at the same time to try to tell Americans he’s a Christian, is absurd in the highest degree. Obama does not know how to tell the truth. Hillary Clinton is also a deceiver for the same reason. A Christian would not lie deliberately to further his own goals and deceive others as part of the process. Obama is no more a Christian than ISIS fighters are. “A brighter America” for Obama and the Democrats means more liars elected to office.

 

While constant lying is common among the political class of both parties, that Obama brags about lying to Americans in a public e-mail says a great deal about the man who claims to see virtually no limits on his usurped power. In short, he lacks morals, and cannot be trusted under any circumstances. In fact, his brazen lies throw into question the legitimacy of everything his administration has done while in office.

In his e-mail boasting of his lies on homosexual “marriage,” Obama said he believed the “progress” that has been forced on Americans via lies and lawlessness could be protected from the American people’s growing outrage. “I believe we can go further, and make America even brighter for generations to come,” he said. “But if we’re going to do that, we’ve got to elect Democrats to the White House, to Congress, and to statehouses all across the country.”

 

[by Alex Newman, writing for THE NEW AMERICAN]

 

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White House vs. Economic Reality: Obama still “living the dream”

The statements quoted below are taken directly from the WhiteHouse.gov website:

“The Obama Administration is committed to saving you money. We are hunting down misspent tax dollars through the Campaign to Cut Waste.”

Note to Mr. O:  Why not start your “hunt for misspent tax dollars” with the tens of millions of tax dollars you have spent on two terms of lavish vacations? Or, why not just reimburse the government and give the money back to US taxpayers…y’know, those people who were still working hard while you were racking up your huge vacation bills?

“Getting back to pre-recession status is not enough; we’ve got to fully restore America’s middle class.” Also, America’s small businesses are essential to strengthening our national economy and good ol’ Mr. O “is committed to helping them grow and prosper.”

Note to Mr. O:  Restoring America’s middle class and the country’s small businesses sounds great; unfortunately, it’s going to be next to impossible to do that if you keep adding trillions of dollars to the public debt at the same time you come up with idiot ideas like your $10 per barrel tax on oil. American consumers (and millions of small businesses) are finally getting a little relief at the gas pump, and you want to artificially increase the price of fuel again? Brilliant. If you really want to help the American economy, why not start work on the Keystone XL oil pipeline? Lots of construction jobs, ending with a way to get US oil to refineries quickly and cheaply and safely.

 

The Obama administration is obviously not even close to living in the same reality that the vast majority of Americans is living in.  Here’s what our present reality REALLY looks like:

 

As bad as the month of January was for the global economy, the truth is that the rest of 2016 promises to be much worse.  Layoffs are increasing at a pace that we haven’t seen since the last recession, major retailers are shutting down hundreds of locations, corporate profit margins are plunging, global trade is slowing down dramatically, and several major European banks are in the process of completely imploding.  I am about to share some numbers with you that are truly eye-popping.  Each one by itself would be reason for concern, but when you put all of the pieces together it creates a picture that is hard to deny.  The global economy is in crisis, and this is going to have very serious implications for the financial markets moving forward.  U.S. stocks just had their worst January in seven years, and if I am right much worse is still yet to come this year.  The following are 22 signs that the global economic turmoil that we have seen so far in 2016 is just the beginning…

1. The number of job cuts in the United States skyrocketed 218 percent during the month of January according to Challenger, Gray & Christmas.

2. The Baltic Dry Index just hit yet another brand new all-time record low.  As I write this article, it is sitting at 303.

3. U.S. factory orders have now dropped for 14 months in a row.

4. In the U.S., the Restaurant Performance Index just fell to the lowest level that we have seen since 2008.

5. In January, orders for class 8 trucks (the big trucks that you see shipping stuff around the country on our highways) declined a whopping 48 percent from a year ago.

6. Rail traffic is also slowing down substantially.  In Colorado, there are hundreds of train engines that are just sitting on the tracks with nothing to do.

7. Corporate profit margins peaked during the third quarter of 2014 and have been declining steadily since then.  This usually happens when we are heading into a recession.

8. A series of extremely disappointing corporate quarterly reports is sending stock after stock plummeting.  Here is a summary from Zero Hedge of a few examples that we have just witnessed…

  • SHARES OF LIONS GATE ENTERTAINMENT FALL 5 PCT IN EXTENDED TRADE AFTER QUARTERLY RESULTS – RTRS
  • TABLEAU SOFTWARE SHARES TUMBLE 40 PCT IN AFTER HOURS TRADING – RTRS
  • YRC WORLDWIDE SHARES DOWN 16.4 PCT AFTER THE BALL FOLLOWING RESULTS – RTRS
  • SPLUNK INC SHARES DOWN 7.6 PCT IN AFTER HOURS TRADING – RTRS
  • LINKEDIN SHARES EXTEND DECLINE, DOWN 24 PCT AFTER RESULTS, GUIDANCE – RTRS
  • HANESBRANDS SHARES FURTHER ADD TO LOSSES IN EXTENDED TRADE, LAST DOWN 14.9 PCT – RTRS
  • OUTERWALL SHARES FALL 11 PCT IN EXTENDED TRADING AFTER QUARTERLY RESULTS – RTRS
  • GENWORTH SHARES DOWN 16.5 PCT AFTER THE BELL FOLLOWING RESULTS, RESTRUCTURING PLAN

9. Junk bonds continue to crash on Wall Street.  On Monday, JNK was down to 32.60 and HYG was down to 77.99.

10. On Thursday, a major British news source publicly named five large European banks that are considered to be in very serious danger…

Deutsche Bank, Credit Suisse, Santander, Barclays and RBS are among the stocks that are falling sharply sending shockwaves through the financial world, according to former hedge fund manager and ex Goldman Sachs employee Raoul Pal.

11. Deutsche Bank is the biggest bank in Germany and it has more exposure to derivatives than any other bank in the world.  Unfortunately, Deutsche Bank credit default swaps are now telling us that there is deep turmoil at the bank and that a complete implosion may be imminent.

12. Last week, we learned that Deutsche Bank had lost a staggering 6.8 billion euros in 2015.  If you will recall, I warned about massive problems at Deutsche Bank all the way back in September.  The most important bank in Germany is exceedingly troubled, and it could end up being for the EU what Lehman Brothers was for the United States.

13. Credit Suisse just announced that it will be eliminating 4,000 jobs.

14. Royal Dutch Shell has announced that it is going to be eliminating 10,000 jobs.

15. Caterpillar has announced that it will be closing 5 plants and getting rid of 670 workers.

16. Yahoo has announced that it is going to be getting rid of 15 percent of its total workforce.

17. Johnson & Johnson has announced that it is slashing its workforce by 3,000 jobs.

18. Sprint just laid off 8 percent of its workforce and GoPro is letting go 7 percent of its workers.

19. All over America, retail stores are shutting down at a staggering pace.  The following list comes from one of my previous articles

-Wal-Mart is closing 269 stores, including 154 inside the United States.

-K-Mart is closing down more than two dozen stores over the next several months.

-J.C. Penney will be permanently shutting down 47 more stores after closing a total of 40 stores in 2015.

-Macy’s has decided that it needs to shutter 36 stores and lay off approximately 2,500 employees.

-The Gap is in the process of closing 175 stores in North America.

-Aeropostale is in the process of closing 84 stores all across America.

-Finish Line has announced that 150 stores will be shutting down over the next few years.

-Sears has shut down about 600 stores over the past year or so, but sales at the stores that remain open continue to fall precipitously.

20. According to the New York Times, the Chinese economy is facing a mountain of bad loans that “could exceed $5 trillion“.

21. Japan has implemented a negative interest rate program in a desperate attempt to try to get banks to make more loans.

22. The global economy desperately needs the price of oil to go back up, but Morgan Stanley says that we will not see $80 oil again until 2018.

It is not difficult to see where the numbers are trending.  And when you look at the global economic numbers, they tell us that 2016 is going to be a year that is going to get progressively worse as it goes along.  Many of the exact same things that we saw happen in 2008 are happening again right now, and you would have to be blind not to see them.

The greater problem is that the majority of Americans are not prepared for what is coming, and do not have the means to get prepared.

 

[by Michael Snyder, writing for The Economic Collapse Blog]

 

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Americans seem to agree on at least one thing: They REALLY dislike the US government!

If there is one thing that Americans can agree on these days, it is the fact that most of us don’t like the government.

 

CBS News has just released an article entitled “Americans hate the U.S. government more than ever“, and an average of recent surveys calculated by Real Clear Politics found that 63 percent of all Americans believe the country is heading in the wrong direction and only 28 percent of all Americans believe that the country is heading in the right direction.  In just a few days the first real ballots of the 2016 election will be cast in Iowa, and up to this point the big story of this cycle has been the rise of “outsider” candidates that many of the pundits had assumed would never have a legitimate chance.  Donald Trump, Ted Cruz and Bernie Sanders have all been beneficiaries of the overwhelming disgust that the American people feel regarding what has been going on in Washington.

And it isn’t just Barack Obama or members of Congress that Americans are disgusted with.  According to the CBS News article that I referenced above, our satisfaction with various federal agencies has fallen to an eight year low…

A handful of industries are those “love to hate” types of businesses, such as cable-television companies and Internet service providers.

The federal government has joined the ranks of the bottom-of-the-barrel industries, according to a new survey from the American Customer Satisfaction Index. Americans’ satisfaction level in dealing with federal agencies –everything from Treasury to Homeland Security — has fallen for a third consecutive year, reaching an eight-year low.

So if we are all so fed up with the way that things are running, it should be easy to fix right?

Unfortunately, things are not so simple.

In America today, we are more divided as a nation than ever.  If you ask 100 different people how we should fix this country, you are going to get 100 very different answers.  We no longer have a single shared set of values or principles that unites us, and therefore it is going to be nearly impossible for us to come together on specific solutions.

You would think that the principles enshrined in the U.S. Constitution should be able to unite us, but sadly those days are long gone.  In fact, the word “constitutionalist” has become almost synonymous with “terrorist” in our nation.  If you go around calling yourself a “constitutionalist” in America today, there is a good chance that you will be dismissed as a radical right-wing wacko who probably needs to be locked up.

The increasing division in our nation can be seen very clearly during this election season.  On the left, an admitted socialist is generating the most enthusiasm of any of the candidates.  Among many Democrats today, Hillary Clinton is simply “not liberal enough” and no longer represents their values.

On the other end of the spectrum, a lot of Republican voters are gravitating toward either Donald Trump or Ted Cruz.  Both of those candidates represent a complete break from how establishment Republicans have been doing things in recent years.

Now don’t get me wrong – I am certainly not suggesting that we need to meet in the middle.  My point is that there is absolutely no national consensus about what we should do.  On the far left, they want to take us into full-blown socialism.  Those that support Donald Trump or Ted Cruz want to take us in a more conservative direction.  But even among Republicans there are vast disagreements about how to fix this country.  Establishment Republicans greatly dislike both Trump and Cruz, and they are quite determined to do whatever it takes to keep either of them from getting the nomination.  The elite have grown very accustomed to anointing the nominee from each party every four years, and so the popularity of Trump and Cruz is making them quite uneasy this time around.  The following comes from the New York Times

The members of the party establishment are growing impatient as they watch Mr. Trump and Mr. Cruz dominate the field heading into the Iowa caucuses next Monday and the New Hampshire primary about a week later.

The party elders had hoped that one of their preferred candidates, such as Senator Marco Rubio of Florida, would be rising above the others by now and becoming a contender to rally around.

The global elite gathered in Davos, Switzerland are also greatly displeased with Trump.  Just check out some of the words that they are using to describe him

Unbelievable“, “embarrassing” even “dangerous” are some of the words the financial elite gathered at the World Economic Forum conference in the Swiss resort of Davos have been using to describe U.S. Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump.

Although some said they still expected his campaign to founder before his party picks its nominee for the November election many said it was no longer unthinkable that he could be the Republican candidate.

The truth is that the Republican Party represents somewhere less than half the population in the United States, and today it is at war with itself.  Supporters of Trump have a significantly different vision of the future than supporters of Cruz, and the establishment wing wants nothing to do with either candidate.

A lot of people seem to assume that since Trump is leading in the polls that he will almost certainly get the nomination.

That is not exactly a safe bet.

It is my contention that the establishment will pull out every trick in the book to keep either him or Cruz from getting the nomination.  And in order to lock up the nomination before the Republican convention, a candidate will need to have secured slightly more than 60 percent of all of the delegates during the caucuses and the primaries.

The following is an excerpt from one of my previous articles in which I discussed the difficult delegate math that the Republican candidates are facing this time around…

It is going to be much more difficult for Donald Trump to win the Republican nomination than most people think.  In order to win the nomination, a candidate must secure at least 1,237 of the 2,472 delegates that are up for grabs.  But not all of them will be won during the state-by-state series of caucuses and primaries that will take place during the first half of 2016.  Of the total of 2,472 Republican delegates, 437 of them are unpledged delegates – and 168 of those are members of the Republican National Committee.  And unless you have been hiding under a rock somewhere, you already know that the Republican National Committee is not a fan of Donald Trump.  In order to win the Republican nomination without any of the unpledged delegates, Trump would need to win 60.78 percent of the delegates that are up for grabs during the caucuses and primaries.  And considering that his poll support is hovering around 30 percent right now, that is a very tall order.

In the past, it was easier for a front-runner to pile up delegates in “winner take all” states, but for this election cycle the Republicans have changed quite a few things.  In 2016, all states that hold caucuses or primaries before March 15th must award their delegates proportionally.  So when Trump wins any of those early states, he won’t receive all of the delegates.  Instead, he will just get a portion of them based on the percentage of the vote that he received.

In 2016, more delegates will be allocated on a proportional basis by the Republicans than ever before, and with such a crowded field that makes it quite likely that no candidate will have secured enough delegates for the nomination by the time the Republican convention rolls around.

If no candidate has more than 60 percent of the delegates by the end of the process, then it is quite likely that we will see the first true “brokered convention” in decades.

If we do see a “brokered convention”, that would almost surely result in an establishment candidate coming away with the nomination.  That list of names would include Bush, Rubio, Christie and Kasich.

And if by some incredible miracle either Trump or Cruz does get the nomination, the elite will move heaven and earth to make sure that Hillary Clinton ends up in the White House.

For decades, it has seemed like nothing ever really changes no matter which political party is in power, and that is exactly how the elite like it.  Our two major political parties are really just two sides of the same coin, and they are both leading this nation right down the drain.

 

[by Michael Snyder, writing for The Economic Collapse Blog]

 

NORM ‘n’ AL Note:  If it seems like the good ol’ USA is foundering like a ship in a storm, that’s because the USA very definitely IS foundering. Just like the Titanic, which although proclaimed unsinkable, hit an iceberg and took thousands of its passengers to a cold and watery grave, the USA, once the brightest light among countries anywhere on the planet, is very close to taking many millions of its own citizens to their graves. The demise of the Titanic was preventable by those at the helm. The demise of the USA is also preventable, but those at the helm are too busy re-arranging deck chairs while the ship they are supposed to be steering is heading straight for the rocks.

Americans used to have respect for life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Now we have no respect for life: We murder little human beings with hardly a thought, and since Roe v. Wade became law, we have murdered nearly 60 million of them. We obviously have no respect for liberty, because we continue to do our best to enslave those in coming generations who have not a prayer of being able to repay the monstrous level of debt we continue to heap upon them. As for happiness, just ask yourself this very simple question: Am I happy? Do I like the fact that the US government is more restrictive than ever before? Does it make me happy to see our economy prevent millions of us from getting a job? Does it make me happy to see our Oval Office Occupant favor Muslims over Christians? Am I happy with a government that is now so big and clumsy and oppressive that it simply cannot get out of its own way and protect its citizens, which is its most basic obligation? If you want to experience first-hand just how big and clumsy and inept the US government really is, just get sick and try to get good, effective, first-rate health care. You stand a better chance of getting well in 36 other countries, because the US is now ranked 37th in quality of healthcare. (That ranking comes from the World Health Organization, WHO, which has been ranking the world’s quality of healthcare for decades. WHO knows what good healthcare is.)

Are you not yet sick and tired of politicians who seek office for their OWN benefit, and not that of the USA? You SHOULD be fighting mad by now, unless it makes you happy to live like a doormat. Do you think God is going to look with favor on a country that continues to kill its unborn by the millions? That has removed prayer from its schools in an all-out effort to remove God from its children? That has spared no expense to remove all references to the Creator from the everyday lives of its citizens? That has absolutely no respect for the truth of the Bible? Think again. You are now living in a country which is showing you very clearly what ONE NATION UNDER NO GOD looks like, feels like, and will be like, next week and next year.

 

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Something which needs to be said to Mr. OOOObama…

Mr. OOOObamaAmerica has now endured seven years of a president who seems to do everything possible to show us he was totally unprepared for the job he sought; that he really has no idea how to adequately perform his job even at this late time in office; that he has never had any intent to perform his job to the best of his ability (or, if he is performing at his best, that the voters who elected him are a lot dumber than we thought they were); that he has absolutely no respect for the citizens of America, inasmuch as he has always lied to us without hesitation and continues to do so; and that he has none of the strength of character or moral conviction that any holder of his office ought to have.

He is, therefore, unqualified to hold his office…never mind the birth certificate controversy which refuses to go away.

For that reason, we will refer to him henceforth only as the Oval Office Occupant.

He does not deserve the title of president, nor does he deserve our respect. The office does, but not the occupant.

Mr. OOOObama obviously has no working knowledge of the Bible in spite of his repeatedly proclaiming he is a believer in Jesus Christ. We will point out, then, that apparently God had OOOObama in mind when the prophet Isaiah was moved to write these words:

Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil; who substitute darkness for light and light for darkness; who substitute bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter! Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes, and clever in their own sight! (Isaiah 5:20-21)

As Jesus was fond of saying, “He who has ears to hear, let him hear.”

 

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Obama administration continues to push to import hundreds of thousands of Muslim refugees from Syria, even though our defense and security agencies continue to report that we cannot possibly weed out all security risks

Obama continues to offer platitudes and rhetoric that directly contradict his actions when it comes to protecting our nation. In comments he made on Wednesday the President tried to offer some comfort to the American people about the state of national security in relation to events happening abroad.

“Right now, we know of no specific and credible intelligence indicating a plot on the homeland,” Obama said on Wednesday afternoon, also adding that U.S. intelligence officials “are constantly working overtime to protect all of us.”

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But for many of us, the events in Paris have touched a deep chord. We continue to do everything possible to prevent attacks at home and abroad and to prevent foreign terrorist fighters from entering the United States or other nations. In the event of a specific credible threat, the public will be informed.  If you see something, say something,” the President added. “That’s always helpful.”

The problem with all this silly rhetoric is that it is running smack into the reality that the Obama administration continues to push to import hundreds of thousands of Muslim refugees from Syria, even though our defense and security agencies continue to report that we cannot possibly vet all of the refugees in an effort to weed out the security risks.

“There are a lot of holes — gaping holes,” Rep. Michael McCaul (R-Texas) said on NBC’s “Meet the Press.”

In addition, McCaul has warned that an influx of Syrian refugees fleeing the ongoing chaos provides a perfect opportunity for Islamic extremists to slip into the U.S. or another country undetected.

“This causes a great concern on the part of policymakers, because we don’t want to be complicit with a program that could bring potential terrorists into the United States,” McCaul said.

FBI Director James Comey voiced very similar concerns a month earlier:

During a Senate Homeland Security Committee hearing on Thursday, FBI Director James Comey sounded a cautious note that is likely to be picked up by critics of the White House’s plan to welcome more refugees into the U.S.

“My concern there is there are certain gaps … in the data available to us,” Comey said.  “There is risk associated in bringing anybody in from the outside, but specifically from a conflict zone like that,” he added.  “There is no such thing as a no-risk enterprise and there are deficits that we face.”

In particular, the lack of solid on-the-ground intelligence assets in Syria has clouded the U.S.’s ability to crosscheck the backgrounds of every refugee hoping to come to the U.S., according to  Comey and other national security officials.

 

[by Onan Coca, writing for GODFATHER POLITICS]

 

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On the other hand, not everyone thinks like OHNObama, fortunately:

 

Ohio bakery tells it like it is...

 

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The only things Obama is really good at? Arrogance and conceit.

Mr. ZerobamaHis latest conceit? “I’m a pretty good president, and if I ran for a third term, I could win.”

Obama told the African Union Tuesday that he felt he had been a “pretty good” president and if he were allowed to run for a third term, he’d probably be victorious.

Obama made the remarks while criticizing leaders on the continent who wouldn’t step aside at the conclusion of their terms.

“Now, let me be honest with you,” Obama said. “I do not understand this. I am in my second term. It has been an extraordinary privilege for me to serve as the President of the United States. I cannot imagine a greater honor or a more interesting job. I love my work. But under our Constitution, I cannot run again.”

The crowd cheered appreciatively. NORM ‘n’ AL Note: We can certainly understand cheering as an appropriate response to that remark.

“I actually think I’m a pretty good president,” he said. “I think if I ran, I could win. But I can’t. So there’s a lot that I’d like to do to keep America moving, but the law is the law.”

[by David Rutz, writing for The Washington Free Beacon]

NORM ‘n’ AL Note:  Your comment, Mr. Z, shows just how far out of touch with reality you are. (It also moves your Arrogance Meter up to the top of the scale. Congratulations.) Here’s how most of America sees it: We think you have been the worst president ever to occupy the White House. Bar none. The worst. Most divisive. Most unprepared for the job. Most willing to flout, ignore, and trample the law. Most uncaring about the people you were put there to serve. Most eager to use politics and the office for your own gain. Most willing to NOT do what’s best for the country. Most willing to open your mouth when you ought to shut up. (The item above is a more-than-perfect example.) Most willing to lie whenever that seems to be the expedient path. We could go on, but why bother? You already think you deserve another term in office. You already say “the law is the law” when you have proven beyond any doubt that you do not believe a word of that statement. You already think you are best at “keeping America moving,” but any movement attributable to you is movement away from all that has ever made this country great. You are not honest or trustworthy, and you have no integrity. You even have the gall to say you’re a Christian, yet you have demonstrated again and again that you have no idea what that means. To put Israel in danger by promoting a nuclear deal with a country which continues to advocate for both “death to Israel” as well as “death to America” is, for most of us in this country, the last straw. You are steering the world right into the Bible’s “last days,” and you’re too preoccupied with yourself and too ignorant to even realize that step. (You did admit in your comment quoted above that “I do not understand this,” which presumably means you think America should change its laws to permit you a third term, God forbid.)  Great job, Mr. Z.  Most of us are extremely thankful that you do NOT have another term coming…and lots of Americans, meaning probably the largest crowd that Washington, DC has EVER SEEN, will likely show up at the White House to celebrate when you leave it for the last time. Great legacy, Mr. Z, just great. Congratulations again.

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