Friday, December 19, 2014

Joe Biden To Ayaan Hirsi Ali: “Let me tell you one or two things about Islam.”



Author and speaker Ayaan Hirsi Ali is an outspoken advocate for freedom, a champion of women's rights in Islam, and a perceptive critic of Islamism and Salafist Islam.

You might recall that she was supposed to receive an honorary degree from Brandeis University earlier this year but was 'disinvited' when Muslim Brotherhood fronts like CAIR and the Muslim Student's Association pressured the university to caving in, a fairly hypocritical decision in view of some of the other people they've awarded these degrees to.

In a recent interview with the Washington Examiner, she explained that many westerners have no clue what goes on in many Islamic countries, and why she thought the Left was so protective of Islamist extremists:

“They feel all religions are the same, and they’re not,” she observed. “I think if I adopt the position in good faith to multiculturalists and leftists, I would say [they take the position they do] because they see them [Muslims] as victims. They see them as victims of the white man and so they think: ‘Let’s protect them from the white man. Let’s protect them from capitalism.’… That is misguided at best and malicious at worst.”

“Wherever [Islamists] gain power, you see exactly what they do: The first thing they do is they chase women out of the public space, force them to cover up, beat them up, rape them, sell them into slavery,” Hirsi Ali said.


She also revealed an amusing encounter with the man who's just a heartbeat away from the White House, our current vice president Joe Biden: Hirsi Ali recalled meeting Vice President Joe Biden at a Washington event. He informed her that “ISIS had nothing to do with Islam.” When she disagreed with him, Biden actually responded: “Let me tell you one or two things about Islam.”

“I politely left the conversation at that,” Hirsi Ali said. “I wasn’t used to arguing with vice presidents.”

Our vice president has attempting to school someone on Islam who was raised a devout Muslim,lived in 3 Islamic countries,endured female genital mutilation when she was only 5, was a member of the female auxiliary of the Muslim Brotherhood and fled to the West to avoid a forced arranged marriage.

Anyone think she might know just a tiny bit more about Islam and radical Islam than Joe Biden?

This one's even funnier than his remark during the '08 vice presidential debates insisting that the U.S. had kicked Hezbollah out of Lebanon.

This would be even funnier except for the fact that Joe Biden,who spent his life on the Senate foreign affairs committee actually thinks he's an authority on these matters...

Jews Celebrate Hanukkah Around The World

Celebrating Hanukkah 2014
In America's heartland, St. Louis Missouri


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Myanmar's tiny Jewish community kindles the Hanukkah lights in the 118-year-old Musmeah Yeshua Synagogue. Yangon, (formerly known as Rangoon) Myanmar's largest city. The ceremony was led by the patriarch of the community, Moses Samuels.


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Jews in Uganda kindle the Hanukkah lights


 

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Lighting the Menorah at the foot of the Eiffel Tower in Paris.


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Menorah lighting in Moscow.


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Kindling the lights in Kingston,Jamaica


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Some IDF soldiers chow down on sufganiyot, traditional Hanukkah jelly doughnuts!


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 Jews In Buenos Aires gather for the Menorah lighting...Feliz Janukkah!

Crowds watch as a giant menorah is lit for the Jewish festival of Hanukkah in Trafalgar Square in London

 Crowd members join in for the Jewish festival of Hanukkah in Trafalgar Square in London

Jews gather in London's Trafalgar Square for the Menorah Lighting


Rabbi Yehuda Teichtal lights a giant menorah during a ceremony in front of the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin

Berlin's Brandenburg Gate; Rabbi Yehuda Teichtal lights the Menorah


 

A familiar face lights a Menorah in Jerusalem


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At Jerusalem's Jaffa Gate...


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Celebrating in Mumbai, India

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In Crown Heights, New York City

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In Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

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And of course, at the White House, Washington DC

The Council Has Spoken! Watcher's Council Results

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The Council has spoken, the votes have been cast, and the results are in for this week's Watcher's Council match up.

"I don’t believe it is possible to transcend race in this country. Race is a factor in this society. The legacy of Jim Crow and slavery has not gone away. It is not an accident that African-Americans experience high crime rates, are poor, and have less wealth. It is a direct result of our racial history." - Barack Obama,

""Barack Obama is like the old joke about boats. The two best days of owning a boat are the day you buy it and the day you sell it."- Howie Carr


"None of what Barack Obama is doing or wants to do to this country is anything the rest of the world hasn't seen before and already failed at."
- Rush Limbaugh

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This week's winning essay,Nice Deb's -Sheriff Clark: After Obama, We’re Going To Need A “Period Of Reconstruction To Put The Country Back Together” Is her astute take on an interview with Sheriff David Clark of Milwaukee concerning race relations under President Obama. Here's a slice:

Milwaukee Sheriff David Clark joined Megyn Kelly, Thursday night to discuss a new Fox poll that shows that 62% of voters believe race relations have gotten worse since Barack Obama became president.

Kelly asked the the clear-eyed, straight talking sheriff, “are they right?”

“Of course they’re right,” Clark answered without hesitation. “He built that…..remember that statement, ‘you didn’t build that’? Well, he built this racial divide, it was a wound that had been healing for a number of years – number of decades – and he reopened it with his divisive politics.”

He continued, “Obama has benefited from the divide and conquer strategy – it secured two successive electoral victories for the White House but it’s been very destructive for America.” He went on to ask a devastating question, “Who would have thought that after the election of first black president in the history of United States, that we would need a period of reconstruction to try to put this country back together?”

Clark claimed that instead of taking a neutral tone, Obama has habitually fanned the flames.

Megyn gave Clark an opportunity to give Obama a pass and put most of the blame on people with whom he surrounds himself, but Clark was having none of it.

“It’s a cabal of people,” he acknowledged. “But he’s at the top. When the president speaks, people listen and he has to choose his words carefully.”

Megyn, playing devils advocate, noted that Obama often acknowledges the sacrifices made by police.

Clark countered by saying that Obama likes to “throw a few bones out there” for law enforcement with “a wink and a nod” to the racial agitators. “People know what he’s doing,” the Sheriff declared.



More at the link.

In our non-Council category, the winner was Kurt Schlichter Townhall with Nothing Succeeds Like Liberal Secession submitted by The Razor . It's a fascinating look at what things would be like in Blue America and Red America decided on a mutual peaceful parting of the ways, with a nice side order of Schlichter's wry sense of humor.

Here are this week’s full results:

Council Winners

Non-Council Winners


See you next week!

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And remember, every Wednesday, the Council has its weekly contest with the members nominating two posts each, one written by themselves and one written by someone from outside the group for consideration by the whole Council. The votes are cast by the Council, and the results are posted on Friday morning.

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Thursday, December 18, 2014

Our Weasel Of The Week!!



Once again, It's time to present this week's statuette of shame, The Golden Weasel!!

Every Tuesday, the Council nominates some of the slimiest, most despicable characters in public life for some deed of evil, cowardice or corruption they’ve performed. Then we vote to single out one particular Weasel for special mention, to whom we award the statuette of shame, our special, 100% plastic Golden Weasel. This week's nominees were all disgusting,but the votes are in and we have our winner...the envelope please...

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Squeaker of the House, Obama Doormat and RINO extraordinaire John Boehner!!

 The Noisy Room : John Boehner for betraying his conservative base and aligning himself with Obama and the Progressives on the Left. In the CRominbus bill, he gave everything and more to Obama on every Progressive issue addressed. It was a breathtaking act of treason against conservatives and the Tea Party.

I agree wholeheartedly with Sean Hannity:


"John 'Gruber' Boehner, two days after the midterm elections, talking tough on the issue of amnesty, but unfortunately, that's all it was. Because today it's conservatives who feel like they've been burned as the Speaker aligned himself with the president, with Harry Reid, Steny Hoyer and Joe Biden to pass a spending bill a short time ago," Hannity said.
"John Boehner 'Grubered' conservatives tonight and by that, I mean, the conservative base in particular, and Michele Bachmann hit the nail on the head," he continued. "He never would have done this before the election. He has no inspiring vision and to me, he is everything that is wrong with Washington. He is a Democratic Party-lite. He doesn't have those bold colored differences that Reagan talked about. And he should, in my view, he should not be the Speaker and should be replaced."

Boehner would not even speak, much less negotiate with conservatives on this and he implemented a provision that would effectively raise the amount that high net-worth donors can contribute to political party committees from $97,250 to $777,600, was an egregious slap in the face to the Tea Party and conservatives. It basically ensures that fat cats are the only ones who can afford to run and it is a blatant attempt to shut out Tea Party candidates.

Time to go RINO hunting as Sarah Palin put it. Lock and load.

 The Independent Sentinel :John Boehner is unquestionably my choice for weasel of the week, perhaps for the month, no the year. He said he would stand up to Barack Obama before the election, but the only ones he has stood up to are conservative Republicans. When it looked as if the budget wouldn't pass, he pressured conservatives and when that didn't work, he went to the far-left Steny Hoyer and Barack Obama to get the bill passed.


Boehner tweeted this on December 11th: "By the House’s action, we are setting up a direct challenge to the president’s unilateral actions on immigration next month... 3/4"

Horsefeathers!!!


Boehner pushed through a budget that funds amnesty. The Republicans have nothing to fight with next year. We can't defund the DHS.

They won't fight anyway.


Any fight is always pushed off into the future with this phony.

He betrayed the people who put Republicans in control of the House and the Senate. My second runner up for weasel is Karl Rove who is pleased that we are on our way towards having a budget as if that were the end all and be all. We passed an exorbitant spending bill that funds all of Obama's lawless actions and neither Karl Rove or John Boehner appear to care about the Constitution in all of this.


VA Right: I'm going to go with John Boehner and his lead from behind deal with Barack Obama on the Omnibus bill.

The voters made this a wave election, not to get the Republicans to work with the Democrats, but to get them to push back. Boehner gave up an entire year of leverage and opportunity. He managed to prove that Republicans are not the answer either.


Yes, John Boehner came out ahead in a crowded and despicable field to walk off with the honors.Like some of other winners, this is something of a life time achievement award for excellence in Weaseldom rather than simply a recognition of his extraordinary performance during the current lame duck session. Remember when he first took over as Speaker back in 2011 and had us all convinced he was a fine, conservative choice?

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Woo yeah, Mr. Speaker, boy did we fall for that one! And I bet you and your friends had a big laugh over it too!

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Well, at any rate, I at least want to commend you for being a good sport and showing up in person to get your well-earned Weasel..please come to the stage Speaker Boehner!

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Speaker Boehner...umm Speaker Boehner, I realize...I know it's an emotional moment for you sir, but could you please stop...no I don't want a hug sir...yecch, you're getting it all over me! Please, someone get me a towel...!

Well, there it is.

Check back next Tuesday to see who next week's nominees for Weasel of the Week are!

Make sure to tune in every Monday for the Watcher’s Forum, and  remember, every Wednesday, the Council has its weekly contest with the members nominating two posts each, one written by themselves and one written by someone from outside the group for consideration by the whole Council. The votes are cast by the Council, and the results are posted on Friday morning.

It’s a weekly magazine of some of the best stuff written in the blogosphere, and you won’t want to miss it...or any of the other fantabulous Watcher's Council content.

And don’t forget to like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter..’cause we’re cool like that, y'know?


Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Watcher's Council Nominations - Cuba Betrayed Edition



With today's announcement by President Obama that the U.S. will be normalizing relations with Cuba, American foreign policy took a very dark turn. Just at the point when this hideous regime was on the verge of collapse, our president took action that will not promote freedom for the Cuban people, but will throw an economic lifeline to a brutal dictatorship to enable it to stay in power. Disgraceful and shameful beyond words.

Welcome to the Watcher's Council, a blogging group consisting of some of the most incisive blogs in the 'sphere, and the longest running group of its kind in existence. Every week, the members nominate two posts each, one written by themselves and one written by someone from outside the group for consideration by the whole Council.Then we vote on the best two posts, with the results appearing on Friday morning.

Council News:


The Council In Action!!

  • Greg at Rhymes With Right was quoted in Breitbart.

  • My latest, Fear And Loathing - Labor And Livni's Hatnua Join Forces is up at the Times of Israel.

  • This week, The Political Commentator, IOwnTheWorldReport.Com and Blazing Cat Fur earned honorable mention status with some great articles.

    You can, too! Want to see your work appear on the Watcher’s Council homepage in our weekly contest listing? Didn’t get nominated by a Council member? No worries.

    To bring something to my attention, simply head over to Joshuapundit and post the title and a link to the piece you want considered along with an e-mail address (mandatory, but of course it won't be published) in the comments section no later than Monday 6PM PST in order to be considered for our honorable mention category. Then return the favor by creating a post on your site linking to the Watcher’s Council contest for the week when it comes out on Wednesday morning

    Simple, no?

    It's a great way of exposing your best work to Watcher’s Council readers and Council members while grabbing the increased traffic and notoriety. And how good is that, eh?

    So, let's see what we have for you this week....


    Council Submissions

    Honorable Mentions

    Non-Council Submissions

    Enjoy! And don't forget to like us on Facebook and follow us Twitter..'cause we're cool like that!And don't forget to tune in Friday for the results!
  • Tuesday, December 16, 2014

    Hanukkah, The Festival Of Lights And Freedom


    Tonight marks the first night of Hanukkah, the Festival of Lights .

    While many of you may be familiar with the story of the Miracle of the Oil, the truth is that Hanukkah really celebrates another miracle - the miracle of a group of untrained farmers and tradesman with hardly any arms or experience in war utterly defeating the professional armies of the Seleucid Empire, a victory for freedom that belongs to all of us alike, Jew and Gentile.

    Hanukkah celebrates not only one of the important events in Jewish history but is a celebration of the triumph of faith,of light over darkness. It takes place every year,usually in mid to late December, but while its date varies if you go by the western calendar, in the Hebrew calendar Hanukkah always falls on the eve of the 24th day of the Hebrew month of Kislev.

    This war for Jewish independence took place in the second century B.C.E. The story is told in the First Book of Maccabees, and retold in the Second Book of Maccabees. An excellent contemporary military history of the war can be found in Battles of the Bible, coauthored by Chaim Herzog and Mordechai Gichon.

    After his death, Alexander the Great's empire broke into several parts, and Israel was under the control of the Seleucid Greek empire, based in Syria. Israel had lived peacefully under the Persian Empire and under the Ptolemic empire (of Egypt), both which tolerated Judaism but the Seleucid Emperor Antiochus Epiphanes was an arrogant, bigoted ruler who attempted to force the Jews to abandon their religion and to adopt the Seleucid Greek customs and worship,which included idolatry.

    There were those Jews back then whom considered themselves `modern' and `assimilated' who were willing to go along with this, even to the extent of having surgical operations to reverse circumcision.

    Others did not, and they were persecuted vigorously and brutalized by the Seleucid Greeks. Even the teaching of Torah,the Jewish Scriptures was forbidden.

    Tyrants always overreach and the start of the Maccabee Revolt sprang from a single spontaneous act of resistance. In the foothills village of Modi'in in 167BCE, a Greek army unit set up an altar, and ordered the local Jewish rabbi, Mattathias, to sacrifice a pig and eat it. He refused, as did his five sons. When a Jewish collaborator came forward to offer to perform the sacrifice, a furious Mattathias "ran and killed him on the spot, killed the king's officer who was forcing them to sacrifice, and tore down the altar" (1 Mac. 2:15-25).

    Mattathias, his sons and their followers then headed for the Judean hills, to launch a guerrilla war along with a handful of followers. They were farmers who had no military training, facing a war with a well armed professional military. There hadn't been a Jewish army since Babylon had destroyed the Judean kingdom four centuries before. The only weapons they had were farming tools and whatever simple weapons they could construct, such as bows, maces and slings. During this first year, Mattathias died, and his middle son Judah took over command as his successor.

    Nicknamed "the hammer" ("Maccabee," in Hebrew), Judah put together a guerrilla army that staged daring nighttime raids on the Greek outposts, then melted back into the countryside. His successes attracted more supporters, and the revolt spread.

    The war went on for 25 years, one of the most singular wars for independence in history. It's amazing that it was fought at all, let alone won.

    The Seleucids and their King Antiochus were determined to crush the revolt. They sent huge, well equipped armies into Israel to subdue the Jews. They were all defeated, at odds that seem miraculous even today. Judah Maccabee turned out to be a military genius, using unheard of tactics, leading the Greek phalanxes into the hills where they could not maneuver and destroying them in ambushes.

    To give you an idea of how essential the Jewish heartland of Judea and Samaria was and is to Israel's survival then and now, the map below shows where the major battles of the war took place.(hat tip, Carl) Click on it to enlarge it:



    Judea and Samaria were a natural fortress that completely defied all attempts of the Seleucid armies to take it, a lesson well worth remembering even today. Even their famous war elephants, the heavy tanks of the day were of no use in that terrain.

    One thing that is seldom mentioned about the war is the fact that a significant part of it took place against the Hellenized, `modern',`assimilated' Jewish traitors I mentioned earlier, who were more than willing to abandon the Jewish way of life and supported their Seleucid masters against their fellow Jews.

    As Ecclesiastes famously said in the Megillot, there's nothing new under the sun.

    In 164 BCE, the Jews utterly routed a large force commanded by the Seluecid Viceroy Lysias that had outnumbered them two to one. That battle took place six miles north of Hebron, near the Jewish fortress of Beth-zur. The victory allowed Judah and his army to retake Jerusalem.

    When they entered Jerusalem, Judah and his followers entered the Holy Temple on the Temple Mount. The Temple had been wrecked and horribly desecrated, with profanities scrawled on the walls and the Ark by the Seleucids.

    So the Maccabees built a new altar. When the time came to light the N'er Tamid, the Eternal Light of the Temple, the Jews could find only one sanctified jar of oil marked with the seal of the High Priest. It was enough to last one evening. On the 25th of Kislev, in the year 164 BCE,the lamp was lit with this small jar of oil and, miraculously, stayed lit for eight days, until more oil suitable for the temple was made. The eight days of Hanukkah celebrate that miracle, as well as the divine intervention that had led the Jews to amazing victories over well-equipped enemies far superior in numbers. "Therefore, carrying ivy-wreathed wands and beautiful branches and also fronds of palm, they offered hymns of thanksgiving to him who had given success to the purifying of his own holy place" (2 Mac. 10:7).

    The war itself continued. In 160 BCE, near modern-day Ramallah, Judah was killed, but Judah's brother Jonathan, and then his brother Simon took command of the Jewish army, finally winning complete independence in 142 BCE. At last, "All the people sat under their own vines and fig trees, and there was none to make them afraid" (1 Mac. 14:12).

    Towards the end of the war, Antiochus and the Seleucids became so obsessed with defeating the Israelites that they sacked their own cities and sold their own citizens into slavery to get money to pursue the war against the Jews.

    That verse from the first Book Of Maccabee, by the way, was quoted by America's first president George Washington in his famous letter to the Jewish community in Providence, Rhode Island in 1790, telling them they were welcome in America. Being obviously familiar with the story of the Maccabees,General Washington may well have taken comfort in the dark days of our own struggle for independence and freedom from tyranny from it.

    The War of the Maccabees was the first war ever fought for religious freedom. Somehow, a group of farmers who refused to bow to their oppressors defeated a mighty empire and its immense standing armies. There seems to be no plausible explanation for the victory of the Jews except that it was a miracle.

    Hanukkah reminds us that with G-d's help, victory over evil is assured, that light triumphs over darkness and no miracle is impossible. Modern Israel and the survival of the Jewish people against all odds are proof of that.


    Symbols in Hanukkah

    Aside from the Hanukkiah (candlesticks), the other great symbol of Hanukkah are those small spinning tops known as dreidels.













    The four letters which appear on the four corners of a dreidel allude to the miracle of Hanukkah. They spell out: Nes (N-miracle), Gadol (G-great), Haya (H-happened) and Sham (S-there, meaning in Israel). Or, `a great miracle happened there.'

    Indeed it did.

    And this is also a time for Jews to light the menorah, to 'make public the miracle and shed light on the world, and to celebrate and to sing this ancient hymn, 'Maoz Tzur', (Rock of Ages). This version, fittingly, was cooked up by students at the Technion, one of the most advanced scientific seats of learning in the entire world and a symbol of Israel's rebirth:



    חנוכה - בפקולטה לכימיה בטכניון יצרו גירסה מיוחדת באמצעות כלי מעבדה
    ר מעוז צו

    Chag Hanukkah Sameach! Happy Hanukkah!

    Hamas Is Working Very Hard To Rebuild Gaza


    Yes, they certainly are.

    Weasel Of The Week Nominees!!

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    It's time again for the Watcher's Council's 'Weasel Of The Week' nominations, where we pick our choices to compete for Award the famed Golden Weasel to a public figure who particularly deserves to be slimed and mocked for his or her dastardly deeds during the week. Every Tuesday morning, tune in for the Weasel of the Week nominations and check back Thursday to see which Weasel gets the votes and walks off with the statuette of shame!

    Here are this weeks' nominees:

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    Squeaker of the House, Obama Doormat and RINO extraordinaire John Boehner!! 

     The Noisy Room : John Boehner for betraying his conservative base and aligning himself with Obama and the Progressives on the Left. In the CRominbus bill, he gave everything and more to Obama on every Progressive issue addressed. It was a breathtaking act of treason against conservatives and the Tea Party.

    I agree wholeheartedly with Sean Hannity:

    "John 'Gruber' Boehner, two days after the midterm elections, talking tough on the issue of amnesty, but unfortunately, that's all it was. Because today it's conservatives who feel like they've been burned as the Speaker aligned himself with the president, with Harry Reid, Steny Hoyer and Joe Biden to pass a spending bill a short time ago," Hannity said.

    "John Boehner 'Grubered' conservatives tonight and by that, I mean, the conservative base in particular, and Michele Bachmann hit the nail on the head," he continued. "He never would have done this before the election. He has no inspiring vision and to me, he is everything that is wrong with Washington. He is a Democratic Party-lite. He doesn't have those bold colored differences that Reagan talked about. And he should, in my view, he should not be the Speaker and should be replaced."

    Boehner would not even speak, much less negotiate with conservatives on this and he implemented a provision that would effectively raise the amount that high net-worth donors can contribute to political party committees from $97,250 to $777,600, was an egregious slap in the face to the Tea Party and conservatives. It basically ensures that fat cats are the only ones who can afford to run and it is a blatant attempt to shut out Tea Party candidates.

    Time to go RINO hunting as Sarah Palin put it. Lock and load.

     The Independent Sentinel :John Boehner is unquestionably my choice for weasel of the week, perhaps for the month, no the year. He said he would stand up to Barack Obama before the election, but the only ones he has stood up to are conservative Republicans. When it looked as if the budget wouldn't pass, he pressured conservatives and when that didn't work, he went to the far-left Steny Hoyer and Barack Obama to get the bill passed.

    Boehner tweeted this on December 11th: "By the House’s action, we are setting up a direct challenge to the president’s unilateral actions on immigration next month... 3/4"

    Horsefeathers!!!

    Boehner pushed through a budget that funds amnesty. The Republicans have nothing to fight with next year. We can't defund the DHS.

    They won't fight anyway.

    Any fight is always pushed off into the future with this phony.

    He betrayed the people who put Republicans in control of the House and the Senate. My second runner up for weasel is Karl Rove who is pleased that we are on our way towards having a budget as if that were the end all and be all. We passed an exorbitant spending bill that funds all of Obama's lawless actions and neither Karl Rove or John Boehner appear to care about the Constitution in all of this.

    VA Right: I'm going to go with John Boehner and his lead from behind deal with Barack Obama on the Omnibus bill.

    The voters made this a wave election, not to get the Republicans to work with the Democrats, but to get them to push back. Boehner gave up an entire year of leverage and opportunity. He managed to prove that Republicans are not the answer either.

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    Senator Dianne Feinstein!

    GrEaT sAtAn"S gIrLfRiEnD : For unleashing a partisan report that only spoke to terrorist pro bono attorneys with serious Nat'l Security repercussions. Allies and fence sitters will be less likely to work with America since anything they help with could be blown by a spiteful old lady. Enemies may use it a rallying point to continue their mad jihad to kill innocents and innocent Americans.

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    Hamas Shill And British Labour Party Nutjob Sir Gerald Kaufman!!

    Bookworm Room : Gerald Kaufman, a Jewish-born, British member of Parliament (Labour, of course), for coming up with one of the most foully antisemitic statements ever:

    "You cannot appeal to the Israelis’ better nature, because they do not have one."

    The video and transcript can be found here.


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    Sen. Elizabeth “Stands With Fistfuls of Corporate Cash” Warren!

    The Razor : My pick of the litter this week is Sen. Elizabeth “Stands With Fistfuls of Corporate Cash” Warren. As Kevin Williamson writes in this week’s National Review, Sen. Warren has become a darling of the progressive community for her attacks on Wall Street yet at the same time has taken its cash. The New York Times has supported the narrative of Warren’s opposition to the federal bailouts, writing ““The liberal base of the Democratic Party, led by Ms. Warren, also found itself in an unlikely alliance with the Tea Party wing of the Republican Party. Both opposed the Wall Street bailout of 2008 and feared that the spending measure would not only provide a bounty for big banks but would also help cause another economic crisis.” Williamson writes, “Senator Warren is an energetic proponent of corporate welfare for Boeing, General Electric Bechtel, Caterpillar, and other such poor, defenseless little mom-and-pop operations.” Williamson also references the funniest movie ever, Blazing Saddles, referring to Warren’s claim of Cherokee ancestry (she’s 3.1%) “Senator Warren is as much an authentic champion of ordinary working people as she is an authentic Cherokee princess — and Mel Brooks and those Yiddish-speaking Indians from Blazing Saddles were more convincing in that role.”

    Sen. Warren is the new face of progressives in the Democratic party, meaning she’s extremely wealthy, white and old – having turned 65 last June. She’s being considered as the youthful alternative to Hillary Clinton (who turned 67 in October). But being eligible for full Social Security benefits doesn’t deter her nomination for weasel of the week, especially for one as weaselly as Warren. Weasel Warren: it has a certain ring to it..


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    Monday, December 15, 2014

    Germany To Build Israeli Warships

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    Israel and the German government have finalized a deal for the German firm Thyssen Krupp to build four new corvettes for the Israeli Navy at the Kiel shipyards.

    The exact details of what model the Israelis settled on is classified, but based on previous talks the ships will probably be either MEKO A100 class (pictured above) or the MEKO CSL's, something more along the lines of a littoral combat ship. The new frigates will be configured with Israeli electronics like IAI’s Elta’s EL/M-2248 MF-STAR radar systems and Israeli weaponry like the new Barak-8 medium range air defense missile. There's also a rear pad for an attack or recon helicopter. The cost of the deal is a billion euros, of which Germany will subsidize 115 million euros. This is a similar type of deal to the one Israel did with Germany to get its six Dolphin-class nuclear capable subs, also built at Kiel.

    Israel's strategic mission for the corvettes is the protection of Israel's off shore drilling installations, so they needed a fast ship that can provide decent defense against any attacking enemies as well as surface attack punch. Israel's SOTA Heron UAVs are already operating in maritime patrols and the new ships will augment that.

    The work is expected to start in a matter of weeks, as soon as the German parliament’s budget committee gives final approval, which is expected to be forthcoming.

    The Siege Ends In Sydney - Updated

     A female hostage is carried out and away from the cafe - clearly in distress with blood pouring down the legs

    There was a dramatic end to the hostage situation in Sydney, Australia early this morning at around 2 AM local time as police stormed the Lindt Cafe with stun guns and automatic weapons fire.

    There are reportedly two dead, and at least one of whom was the gunman who was holding the staff and the early morning customers of the popular cafe hostage.

     Siege over: Police raided the cafe in central Sydney early Tuesday, bringing a dramatic end to a 17-hour siefe. The raid came moments after some hostages fled the Lindt cafe after more than 16

    The terrorist was identified as Haron Monis, AKA 'Sheik Haron' and he definitely was someone with an interesting history, which we'll get to shortly.

    Early this morning, the hostages started emerging from the cafe. Initially one man was seen coming out with his hands up who laid down on the ground in front of the police. Seconds later, a group of of five hostages appeared suddenly after they appeared to have escaped from the cafe.

    The police likely decided that there was a possibility that Sheik Haron had started brutalizing or killing a hostage, so they moved in within seconds, and it says a lot about their training and preparedness that they were fully prepared to move at a moment's notice. They blasted open the cafe door opened fire with automatic weapons and hurled stun grenades as they stormed the cafe.

      REUTERS/David Gray (AUSTRALIA - Tags: CIVIL UNREST POLITICS)


    More hostages came out of the cafe afterwards, 11 of whom have been accounted for. I have heard reports that a policeman was also shot, but I haven't been able to confirm that yet.

    UPDATE: I have been able to confirm that 3 people died, including the hostage taker. Two hostages, a 34-year-old man and a 38-year-old woman were also killed. The police confirm hearing shots before they stormed the building, and it's likely that the Sheik had decided to start killing some or all of the hostages off. A policeman was shot in the face, but is said to be in good condition.

    A bomb disposal robot was sent into the cafe, so the police aren't taking any chances.
    Sheik Haron had previously said he had a bomb in the cafe, as well as two others in other parts of Sydney.

     Man Haron Monis - also known as Sheik Haron - has been named as the gunman holding up to 15 people hostage in a Sydney café

    So, who was 'Sheik' Haron Monis? He was an Iranian who came to Australia in 1996 as a refugee. He was a self proclaimed expert in astrology, magic and meditation who ran a 'spiritual healing' clinic in West Sydney.

    Among his other hobbies, one of them was sending hate mail to the families of Australian soldiers who were killed in action between 2007 and 2009. Instead of being booted out of Australia, he received 300 community service hours and a two year suspended sentence on probation, called a 'good behaviour bond' in Australia.

    In November 2013 he was charged as an accessory to the murder of his ex-wife, who was stabbed and set on fire on a flight of stairs in her Sydney apartment building.The man's current girlfriend,Amirah Droudis was charged with murder but they both received bail. His wife's name, by the way, was Noleen Hayson Pal. Since that is not a Persian or Islamic name, I think the chances are good that Sheik married a native Australian as a way or working his ticket to get asylum. That also might be something the Australian government might want to keep a closer watch on in the future.

    He was also arrested in April this year for the sexual assault of a 27-year-old woman in 2002 at a 'clinic' he ran. Since those charges were filed, a number of other victims have come forth.

    You have to wonder what someone like this was doing running around loose in Australia. Even worse, the Sydney police have admitted that Sheik Haron was well known to them.

    Another thing to consider is that Sheik Haron had no problem obtaining a weapon at all. That's always how it is..people intent on criminal activity can always get a gun when they need one, no matter how strict the laws are..because laws are not their concern in the least. Australia's strict gun laws have pretty much disarmed most law abiding Ozzies. Had some of the innocent people inside the Lindt Cafe been able to own firearms to protect themselves, this whole situation would likely have turned out much differently.

    Most interesting to me was that Sheik, being from Iran was likely (but not conclusively) a Shi'ite. There are Iranian Sunnis, but they are only 9% of the population, mostly Arabs whom live in mountainous Larestan, Kurds in the northwest, and Arabs and Balochs in the southwest and southeast. Assuming Sheik Haron Monis was a Shi'ite, why he would want an Islamic State flag? Did he convert to Sunni Islam? I suppose we'll find out.

    UPDATE According to his Facebook page, Sheik Haron had indeed converted to Sunni Islam.

    The one thing we can all be glad of is that Sheik Haron is no longer Australia's problem, the siege is over and that the injury and loss of life were less than they could have been.



    Sydney's Turn...

     

    The Lindt Cafe in Sydney's Martin Place downtown is normally by all reports a pleasant, friendly place to grab a snack to go with your morning coffee.

    Today it's a chamber of horrors.

    At 9:45 AM today an armed Muslim terrorist man wearing a headband covered in Arabic walked into the cafe took out a shotgun from a blue bag and took the entire staff and the customers hostage. He also reportedly has an explosive device which he set up later.

    Unfortunately,  Australians have essentially been disarmed legally, so no one was able to stop him.

    There's no telling how many hostages there are, but the estimates range between 13 and as many as 30. Most of them appear to have been ordered to press up against the windows so the impede police snipers. Some of the terrified female hostages have been ordered to hold up an Islamic banner.

    Dozens of people are being held hostage by a terrorist who stormed into a central Sydney cafe with a gun and forced crying women to hold a black Islamic flag up to the window


     Terrified customers and employees were among those standing with their hands against the window at the Lindt cafe in Sydney

    Contrary to earlier reports, this is not an Islamic State flag, but a common Muslim jihad banner engraved with the shehada, the Islamic principles of faith.It's frequently used by Jahbat al-Nusrah and other Islamist and salafi groups,.

    The gunman and some of the hostages have been in touch with local media. They haven't released too many details for obvious reasons, but the gunman has reportedly requested an Islamic State flag and a conversation with Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott to be broadcast live over the radio..in other words, maximum publicity. That doesn't bode well.

    The gunman also claimed he had 'two bombs inside the cafe' and that there are two elsewhere in the city.

      Worth noting, by the way
    ... Sydney's Muslims went public quickly condemning this barbarity utterly in a joint statement signed by over 50 groups. And a number of interfaith prayer vigils are being held in mosques, synagogues and churches throughout Australia.

     

    It's possible this atrocity was a jihadi operation related to the one foiled in September that was to be part of a fairly intensive terrorist strike throughout Sydney. Among other things, it involved setting off several car bombs, including one near the Israeli embassy according to one of my sources.Also reportedly targeted was Sydney's world famous Opera House.

    Omarjan Azari, a 22-year-old Sydney man arrested in a large anti-terrorism raid in September, was allegedly planning the attacks, which included the kidnapping of a random Australian, and a filmed beheading to be aired on social media as propaganda for the Islamic State cause.

    According to the charges filed, the attacks were mentioned in a conversation between an Australian terrorism recruiter in Syria, Mohammad Ali Barylei and Azari.

    About six hours into the siege, some of the hostages, 3 men and two women managed to escape.

    One of the young female employees was visibly upset as she grabbed hold of armed police

    The Australian police now have the cafe surrounded and the entire area, a very busy part of downtown Sydney has been evacuated.

    Martin Place is one of Sydney's busiest streets and is at the centre of the CBD

    It's evening right now in Sydney, and reportedly there are no lights on in the cafe.So far, as far as we know none of the hostages have been hurt. We can only pray at this point that it stays that way, and that this evil is defeated. Needless to say, Australia has already received an offer of any help they require from a very good friend with a great deal of experience and expertise in these matters.

    Forum:How Do You feel About The 'Cromnibus' Spending Bill? What Does it Signify Politically?



    Every week on Monday morning , the Council and our invited guests weigh in at the Watcher's Forum, short takes on a major issue of the day, the culture, or daily living. This week's question:How Do You feel About The 'Cromnibus' Spending Bill? What Does it Signify Politically?

     The Independent Sentinel : I will take the last part of the question first. It signifies that the Republicans aren't willing to accept the results of the last election. It's a Boehner sell-out.

    I don't want to say too much until I see what the new congress does. If they do nothing, it's time for a third party. They're trying to shove Jeb Bush on us and have decided that he, Romney and Christie are our only presidential choices for 2016.

    The bill funds the unconstitutional amnesty, Obamacare, EPA regulations, abortions, et cetera. The bargaining chip is the DHS. What are they going to do? Tell Barack Obama no amnesty or they will stop funding the Border Patrol?

    The Noisy Room : Richard A. Viguerie is absolutely right when he calls most of the Republican leadership 'boneless wonders.' And as Senator Rand Paul correctly labeled the Cromnibus, it is an 'abomination of a bill,' and it passed narrowly thanks to the betrayal of John Boehner.

    Boehner lied himself silly as he did exactly what I predicted he would do; he claimed that the Republicans didn't dare shut down the government and had to pass the Cromnibus to find out what was in it, a la Pelosi. He also claimed the good in the bill outweighed the bad. So many lies in such a short time. He went all the way with Obama, knowing that the President would kick him out of bed in the morning. Conservatives were Grubered by Boehner and the other Progressive RINOs who wanted everythingpassed; they also gave Obama *ALL* he asked for and oh, so much more.

    Every Republican who voted for the Cromnibus must be targeted in primaries and gotten rid of. They are cancerous to the Republic; they are Progressives on the Right side of the aisle and are every bit as much a danger to our country as the Progressive Liberals are. Every one of these Republicans
    owns this. They weren't 'forced' into anything. They chose this because of money and power. It's as simple as that.

    The implications basically include that unless there is a thunderous turn around, the Republican Party is done. A third party will rise over this betrayal. Conservatives have had enough of the lying RINOs and
    being manipulated. My hope is that Sarah Palin will run in 2016 with Ted Cruz at her side, or Ted Cruz and Mike Lee or Alan West. It is the only chance left for the Republican Party as it now stands.

    One last minute rider in particular, a provision that would effectively raise the amount that high net-worth donors can contribute to political party committees from $97,250 to $777,600, was an egregious slap in the
    face to the Tea Party and conservatives. It basically ensures that fat cats are the only ones who can afford to run and it is a blatant attempt to shut out Tea Party candidates.

    The rider would give the Republican and Democrat Party establishments huge advantages in battles with primary challengers to incumbents.

    The bill will obviously pass and it is the exact antithesis of what America wants. But this is not a new political alignment. Warren is a die-hard socialist - the bill wasn't Progressive enough for her. Conservatives want the polar opposite on this.

    Are the Republicans so deaf, dumb and clueless that they can't battle corrupt Democrats even when they control the House and the Senate? Or are they just as corrupt as the Progressive Liberals? Both is the answer.

    Just more arrogant elitist bull crap, slapping each other on the back, wallowing in their greed for power and money. they feel as though the party will never end. But walking on the wild side always has a price
    and Americans won't take this much longer. The RINOs are going to find themselves on the wrong dance card after waking with a major hangover and the realization that the tab has come due and Obama doesn't love them in the morning. Suckers. All the back room deals, lies and manipulations just simply delay the demise of the Republican Party. But an accounting is coming and soon.

    Boehner's dirty deals with Obama have increased spending by $3.8 Trillion in 3.8 years. It's just flat out criminal what they are doing to this nation. It is suicide and they know it and just can't seem to care evidently. The arrogance of Boehner and his cronies is stunning. He wouldn't work with conservatives at all on the Cromnibus.

    As Sarah Palin says, this bill stinks to high heaven. RINO season is now officially open. Lock and load. More on this in my article, 'Boehner Betrays His Conservative Base by Passing the Cromnibus and It Stinks to High Heaven.'

    This is what it has come to, one party, the Progressive Party. Where Boehner and the RINOs identify more with Obama and the Liberals than conservatives, the Tea Party and America in general. Let America eat cake. Never mind the smell.

     JoshuaPundit : There are several things I take away from this.

    First off,this has all the appearance of a political coup d'etat.The chief leverage congress always has against a president is the power of the purse. That leverage has now essentially been lost for the incoming Republican congress until September of 2015.

    It would have been quite easy to simply pass a basic continuing resolution  (which is all cromnibus is) which funded everything and made no major changes that lasted until, say January 30th, when the new congress would have been seated. That would have made political and tactical sense,and Majority Leader Reid could not have held it up nor could the president  have vetoed it without sustaining major political damage as the cause of a government shut down for no reason.

    So why wasn't it done that way? Instead,the Republican leadership stuck in changes that could almost have been made to order for the upcoming Democrat class warfare campaign (even though they actually benefit Democrats far more, which is why Harry Reid let them go through) and essentially neutered themselves and the incoming Republican dominated congress. Not only that,but the confab in the senate gave Elizabeth Warren a major boost in her public profile, especially among the Professional Left.

    The way this was done made no sense politically or tactically, but it was so important that Speaker Boehner and his whip Rep. McCarthy were actually willing to blatantly lie to a number of House members to get them to vote in favor of a procedural rule without which cromnibus could not have come to a vote,something that is going to further split the GOP caucus, weaken the whip and do serious damage to Boehner'as credibility, whatever was left of it.

    The only possible side benefit for Boehner and the Republican leadership was to damage the conservative branch of the Republican caucus, but that also makes no real sense because it weakens them to no purpose and divides the caucus.Many of the new electees are not necessarily associated with the Tea Party, but they're also not stupid. They will look at this and realize that Boehner, McCarthy and new senate majority Leader Mitch McConnell are not to be trusted.

    That Boehner was willing to go to these lengths convinces me of something I’ve suspected for a long time…that President substantial Obama has something on John Boehner (and likely others).

    Boehner wasn't paid off, he’s paying off. And by the way, this also explains this president's aggressive and combative stance after the debacle of the midterms, something unique in modern history. He obviously knew something.

    Remember, we’re dealing with the sort of Chicago pol who got elected to the Senate by judge shopping to get his opponent Jack Ryan’s sealed divorce records made public so Ryan was forced to quit his campaign to protect his child.

    You might also remember how the White House found out about General Petraeus’s affair months before it came out and got him to lie about Benghazi – before they released the info publicly anyway to discredit him and get him to resign. He changed his story on Benghazi afterwards but no one took him seriously after that.

    With the resources Barack Obama commands as president, there’s no limit to what he might have tucked away on various people. And I think we also have ample evidece of his lack of scruples and what some might think of as simple decency.

    The Republicans may dominate congress, but with compromised leadership, nothing much is going to get done. That is something that is going to have to change, and quickly.

     GrEaT sAtAn"S gIrLfRiEnD: Here's what Rush Limbaugh had to say about the latest developments:

    Where do we stand on this thing now? It's a legitimate question because the way this has been reported is that it's a done deal. It's a done deal because the House voted for the rule and then voted for the whole thing and it's done and it's considered a rubber stamp in the Senate and so it's done. But it isn't yet, is the thing. The media's reporting that it's done, but it's really not, and all eyes are focused on Elizabeth Warren. And the question is, can she stop it?

    Now, everything I mentioned in the previous hour's true. Obama and Steny Hoyer and Biden, these guys are all helping Boehner, all the Democrats are doing everything they can to help Boehner, or did do everything they could to help Boehner get the votes that he needed in the House. It was the strangest thing. So now, the attention shifts focus to the Senate, and the question there is, "Can Democrats in the Senate still scuttle this thing?" And the answer is yes. They could still scuttle the deal, but they can't do it alone. And there's the rub.

    They're going to need some help from Republicans if the Senate is to stop this from happening. Now, what we're talking about is the $1.1 trillion, it's called the omnibus spending or cromnibus, and some people have even given to calling it the crimenibus because they think it's an outrage the way it's happening. It really is a piece of legislation that is in stark, in-your-face opposition to the people who voted this past November.

    The American people want no part of this, or very little of it. The Washington establishment doesn't care, and a lot of people are fuming, and rightfully feeling that, well, what, did the election not matter? And I'll tell you, the answer to that question is a question a lot of people don't want to hear the answer to.

    So here's where we are. A little help from Fox News. They've had some analysts looking at this trying to figure out where it goes from here. Now, last night, both the House and the Senate passed a two-day continuing resolution to keep the government running and avoid a partial shutdown. The House also passed the omnibus, this $1.1 trillion spending bill that funds the remaining nine and a half months of the government's fiscal year through September 30th.

    Now, stop there for a moment. A lot of people think that's asinine. The Republicans just won a landslide election. Why do a bill that funds the government for the rest of this fiscal year, which basically takes a year away from Republicans and the power they have over the budget next year and the year after the Republicans won the show and run the budget if they want to, albeit with Obama. So why punt one of those two years, which is what's happened by going for the omnibus to fund it all the way through.

    The Republican establishment's answer to that, "Well, you know, we need to fund the government and then take care of that because the president will present his budget in February for 2016 and that's where we'll fight." And a bunch of us frankly are getting real tired of the Republicans saying let's go ahead and let this happen now and in a couple of months that's when we'll kick butt. They never kick butt, is the problem.
    So what happened is, the House passes the omnibus bill that funds the remaining nine and a half months of the federal fiscal year, but funding immigration programs for just three months, which will allow Republicans to try to roll back Obama's executive amnesty after the Senate is in Republicans' hands.

    Now, the House's move punted the ball over to the Senate for final passage and then Obama's signature. But that's not as easy as it seems with Elizabeth Warren lurking in the weeds. The Senate convened at ten o'clock this morning but had to first finish the National Defense Authorization Act, and time will run out on that bill sometime this afternoon. Until the must-pass military measure is finished, Harry Reid cannot file cloture to move to the vote on the spending package, and he needs 60 votes for it. They can't get to it 'til this afternoon, 'til they finish this military funding thing, which is a mass requirement.

    If Elizabeth Warren, Fauxcahontas, and liberal senators get enough help from conservative Republicans opposed to the bill for other reasons, they could prevent it from advancing.

    They have to find 41 votes to stop it. And finding 41 votes for what would essentially be a government shutdown is what the media think is impossible to do, because nobody wants to shut down the government.

    Nobody wants to get blamed for shutting down the government. So if the bill is stopped, the end result's a government shutdown, and that is the big obstacle that's in the way, the abject fear of that. Now, it is reported that both conservatives and liberals have some additional options even after the thing passes, if it does. For example, a single senator, or a small group, could insist on using all 30 hours of debate time, which would pass the two-day emergency funding plan that was approved last night. Remember, it's only just two days that they gave them.

    Finding 41 votes is a tough thing because that's a government shut down. But even at that, there's still some other things they could do, like insist on full-fledged 30 hours of debate, which would then cause the current two-day spending measure to expire. That would force leaders to go back to the House for yet another emergency patch, if you will, say of another 48 hours to fund the government. You see how ridiculous this is getting? And another vote in the House would give conservatives, who they say they were lied to by House leaders into backing the emergency bill, a chance to redo their vote.

    This takes us back to the Santa impersonator and Marlin Stutzman, who openly claims he was lied to about this. Just to refresh your memory, Stutzman was promised if he voted for the continuing resolution, the rule, not the ACR, but for the procedural vote, if he voted for the rule, that they would pull the omnibus and enact a 30-day continuing resolution to get the Republicans in power in both the House and the Senate and then start working on the omnibus, and they lied to him. They didn't pull the omnibus.

    So, again, if they get back to the House, if they have to go back to the House for another 48-hour emergency funding patch, that would give these conservatives who say they were lied to by House leaders into backing the emergency bill on the grounds that the bill was dead and buried, and with the shutdown threat revived, liberals and conservatives alike could make some additional demands, or at least use the time to try to find 51 Senators to vote against the final package.

    Now, it must be said that while on paper this sounds like it could all shake out, the odds of it happening are said to be very unlikely. But the procedure provides some sticking points to bedevil the establishment, also some unhappy votes for ideological purists. The Senate could avoid this whole mess by invoking unanimous consent to vote on the big spending bill this afternoon. But if one Senator objects, then the whole decision is rejected, and that would mean that the Elizabeth Warren wing and the Republican rebels alike would all have to cave to some degree.

    So this is an outline of what would have to happen to once again scuttle it or put some roadblocks up, and everybody involved thinks that all of this is really, really unlikely to happen. But it could still. A lot depends on Elizabeth Warren and just how big a flag she wants to plant on this. So we'll just sit back and casually observe and see what happens. But the smart money is that it's going to happen with no controversy whatsoever, that it's practically already a fait accompli. "Is there still a way of stopping it?" But, again, the smart money says it's not very likely.

    Laura Rambeau Lee, Right Reason:Unfortunately, the bill will pass. Another voluminous spending bill no one has read. It appears we still have a ways to go to convince our “trusted servants” we will not stand for this continued confiscatory theft of our hard earned tax dollars. The efforts of conservatives delivered the Senate to the Republicans and increased their numbers in the House this past November, but apparently it is business as usual. There has been no effort whatsoever to shrink the size of government. Regulations continue to take more money out of our pockets and into the hands of the government. The GOP has essentially given away nearly a year of control over the purse strings, half of the time they will have control of both houses of Congress.

    Hopefully during the next two years many more Americans will wake up and realize their earnings and personal wealth are not growing as they continue to pay more for essentials such as food, energy, and gas and have less left over for discretionary spending. We cannot continue on this path. The debt has surpassed $18 Trillion dollars with no attempt being made to cut spending.

    2016 will be a major turning point for America. It will be up to We the People to decide whether we continue along this path towards a progressive America, or take our country back from the political and elite class and restore our country to government of the people, by the people and for the people.

     The Glittering Eye :The continuing resolution omnibus spending bill, waggishly nicknamed "CRomnibus", is about what you'd expect from one of its kind. Neither party is happy with it and the more ideological you are the less happy you're likely to be. That's the way things get done in a representative democracy, particularly one as large as ours.

    The question boils down to whether you think we're better off with a crummy budget than none at all. I think that on balance we are. Isn't this the first budget that the Senate has actually voted into law? That's something of an accomplishment in its own right. I guess elections do have consequences.

    I would prefer that these huge, opaque omnibus spending bills be abolished in favor of bills that were about a single matter and a single appropriation. That won't happen without a constitutional amendment forcing it. It's just too hard to get graft into a simple, short bill on a single subject.

    Relevant-it's often attributed to Bismark but it was apparently first said by John Godfrey Saxe: if you like law or sausages you should never watch either one being made.

     Well, there you have it.

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