During Sunday’s session of the criminal trial of deposed Egyptian President Mohammed Morsi, who remains ranking member of the Muslim Brotherhood, the prosecution alleged he frequently provided Iran’s Revolutionary Guards intelligence division with military and government secrets, according to the Middle Eastern news media.
Prosecutors accused Morsi of joining dozens of other Islamists in a conspiracy to weaken Egypt and create unrest within the fledgling government, according to an Examiner news story.
Morsi, who had been hailed as a “moderate” by President Barack Obama and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, is expected to be tried at least three times on separate criminal charges, according to Lawrence Feldman, a former police intelligence officer with expertise in Muslim radicalism.
Meanwhile, Morsi’s vocal supporters are complaining to the news media that the ousted president and top Muslim Brotherhood members are being subjected to malicious prosecution because of their religious and political beliefs, said Feldman.
Morsi’s trial for espionage began on February 16 in Cairo and but it wasn’t until February 23 that the prosecuting attorneys announced the allegations against the legally-elected Morsi and the others accused to espionage.
Morsi also allegedly collaborated with the radical terrorist groups, Palestinians’ Hamas and the Lebanon-based terror group Hezbollah, which is also armed and funded by the Iranians, as well as elements of al-Qaeda,according to the Examiner.
During Morsi court appearance on Saturday, he called on his fellow Islamists to continue their protests and civil disobedience.
The Egyptian government is seeking Morsi’s execution if he is found guilty of the charges.
“My biggest, you know, regret is what happened in Benghazi. It was a terrible tragedy…” — Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Jan. 27
“The lady doth protest too much, methinks.” — “Hamlet”
Just a year before she made an apology of sorts, then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was protesting with every fiber of her being about assuming any blame regarding the massacre in Benghazi, Libya.
Clinton was somewhere between screaming and pleading with Congress a year ago. “It wasn’t my fault” was central to her message, and there was ire in her words — especially those directed at Senator Ron Johnson (R-Wis.).
“With all due respect, the fact is we had four dead Americans,” Clinton scolded. “Was it because of a protest or was it because of guys out for a walk one night decided to go kill some Americans? What difference at this point does it make?”
It happens to make a very big difference why those Americans died, because their blood may be on your hands, Mrs. Clinton. And if you can’t admit that or accept any blame, it suggests you are incapable of a leadership position, that you are incapable of being the President of The United States of America.
One more question, Madam Secretary, how can you regret something that wasn’t your fault?
The answer that is probably true is that Hillary knew damn well that those murders were her fault. Or, well, at least she is sorry now.
Thus begins the litmus test of whether Hillary Clinton has the Teflon skin that so deflected blame from her husband, President Bill Clinton, who was blameless when he seduced a 21-year-old intern, blameless when he lied about it under oath and blameless throughout a multitude of lies he told about his potentially criminal financial dealings.
To both Clintons, the ends justify the means, which is the greater good — their greater good. That means more lying through their teeth and both buying off or intimidating political or personal enemies.
In fact, the Clintons’ zeal to retake the Presidency has become a hot topic in Washington circles. In his 2012 book about the Obamas, The Amateur: Barack Obama in the White House, Edward Klein describes it in breathtaking manner from a firsthand source:
CHAPPAQUA, NEW YORK, AUGUST 2011
Bill and Hillary were going at it again, fighting tooth and nail over their favorite subject: themselves.
It was a warm summer Sunday–a full year away from the 2012 Democratic National Convention–and Bill Clinton was urging Hillary to think the unthinkable. He wanted her to challenge Barack Obama for their party’s presidential nomination. No American politician had attempted to usurp a sitting president of his own party since Ted Kennedy failed to unseat Jimmy Carter more than thirty years before.
“Why risk everything now?” Hillary demanded to know.
“Because,” Bill replied, “the country needs you!”
“The country needs us!” he shouted, banging a fist on his desk to drive home his point.
“The timing’s not right,” Hillary shot back.
“I want my term [at the State Department] to be an important one… Anyway, I’m young enough to wait my turn and run [for the White House] in the next cycle.”
“I know you’re young enough!” Bill said, raising his voice yet another notch. “That’s not what I’m worried about.
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BOYCOTT ISRAEL, NOT IRAN
If the left’s foreign policy these days had a slogan, it would be, “Boycott Israel, not Iran.” The double standard, dishonest as it is ugly, is also the motto of Obama’s foreign policy, which benevolently blesses Iran’s nuclear program with one outstretched hand in the name of peace and chokes concessions out of Israel to the terrorists with the other also in the name of peace.
Both peace plans are going disastrously according to plan.
In the midst of the news media’s adulation of Hillary Rodham Clinton, their heir apparent for President of the United States, the House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee’s GOP staff issued a detailed report on Friday regarding former Secretary of State Clinton’s and her underlings’ alleged fecklessness and lack of accountability following the Sept. 11, 2012 terrorist attack against the United States’ diplomatic facility in Benghazi, Libya.
The report, entitled, “Benghazi: Where is the State Department Accountability,” follows the House majority party’s extensive 16-month oversight, during which investigative staff examined the State Department’s conduct before, during, and after the terrorist attacks that left four Americans dead including the U.S. Ambassador to Libya Chris Stevens.
“The report — while maintaining a non-partisan, non-political tone — is an indictment of Clinton’s leadership at the State Department and it projects the image of a take-no-prisoners political animal,” said former police and military officer now a political strategist, Mike Baker.
The Benghazi report reveals that well before the Sept. 11, 2012, terrorist attack, the Central Intelligence Agency and other intelligence agencies submitted extensive warnings about the deterioration of security in eastern Libya, including al-Qaeda’s expanding operations and the mounting risk to U.S. personnel and facilities.
The warnings regarding the threats that existed in Benghazi and other locations in Libya “were well-understood by even the most senior officials in Washington; then-Secretary Clinton “was certainly aware” of this reporting, as well as the fact that extremists claiming to be affiliated with al-Qaeda were active in the area,” according to the report.
However, despite the increase in the dangers posed by Islamist elements, Department of State officials in Washington, D.C., turned down several requests for additional security from Department personnel on the ground in Libya, and in fact insisted on an aggressive timeline for drawing down support.
“The report reveals that while Clinton and her minions were reducing security measures in an obviously risky environment, the leaders at the CIA had the forethought to increase security at CIA facilities in Benghazi,” said Mike Baker.
The Accountability Review Board created by Secretary Clinton after the Benghazi attack was allegedly lacking in credibility, most notably in its failure to review or comment on the actions of the Department’s most senior officials, including Secretary Clinton herself.
The report also pointed out that Secretary Clinton and Secretary Kerry failed to hold anyone accountable for the flawed decisions about security in Benghazi. In fact, the four employees cited by the ARB were temporarily suspended with pay and ultimately reassigned to new positions within the Department. Two of these officials subsequently retired voluntarily, and not as the result of disciplinary action.
And the now famous “talking points” controversy involving the now national security adviser, Susan Rice, “revealed a Department leadership more interested in its reputation than establishing the facts and accountability.”
The Committee’s report also revealed that during Secretary Clinton’s tenure, the State Department “went for a historically long period without a permanent Inspector General, a position central to ensuring a culture of accountability within the Department [of State],” the report states.
“What they do expect and deserve is a Department in which everyone is held accountable for his or her performance,” the report points out.
PETE SEEGER FULFILLS LIFELONG DREAM OF MEETING STALIN – Unfortunately Stalin hates the banjo
HAIL THE CONQUERING HERO
Strip away the year and it’s hard for the listener to tell whether he’s listening to a cut from the 2008, 2011 or 2014 SOTU album. Clip all the static about competing with China by building bridges so that babies with Asthma can attend free pre-K with Google and you catch snippets of the new stuff.
The Justin Bieber of politics cannot change and before long he’s back to threatening a unilateral campaign against the Second Amendment of the Bill of Rights and invoking Marx’s hoary old specter of class warfare sleeping under a bench in Zuccotti Park after a long day of wandering ominously around Wall Street.
Michelle Obama’s starvation lunches for schools and jazzercise tour have lowered obesity levels, according to her husband, and ObamaCare is a huge success, according to the guy it’s named after.
Afghanistan is a success. The economy is a success. Unemployment is a success. Democrats loyally clap sweaty palms at how wonderful everything is, but for some reason much of the country is out of work.
The film depicts an FDR look-alike president who, after a coma-inducing car accident, is transformed from a passive Warren Harding type into a hands-on dictator. The reborn commander-in-chief suspends the Constitution, violently wipes out corruption, and revives the economy through a national socialist agenda. When Congress tries to impeach him, he dissolves Congress.
The Library of Congress summarizes the film nicely. “The good news: He reduces unemployment, lifts the country out of the Depression, battles gangsters and Congress, and brings about world peace. The bad news: He’s Mussolini.”
The “The Port Hills Groper” who cannot speak English put the offending down to a “cultural” misunderstanding, saying he was trying to be “friendly” around Christmas time.
On one occasion he called out to a woman jogging on the Rapaki Track and, when she slowed down to listen, grabbed her buttocks and said “lovely lovely”.
The Middle Eastern refugee who grabbed, groped and licked female joggers on a popular running route in Christchurch has today avoided jail and been granted permanent name suppression. The family of the man accused of being fears he’ll be ostracised by their Muslim community if his identity is revealed.
The United States has been taking in a million immigrants a year since 2004. Are a million immigrants a year really inadequate for the needs of businesses in a country with less than one hundred million private sector employees and over ninety million people out of the workforce?
Black and Latino unemployment rates are already far higher than white unemployment rates. The Mexican-American unemployment rate is between 10 and 12 percent.
An autopsy report found that he had been starved and had suffered multiple lethal injuries that could have caused his death. The skin on his face had been partially removed along with his tongue and he had also been castrated.
Fred Hof, a diplomat who had been a friend of the murdered man, said, “I am one of a small handful of Americans who knows the exact manner of Rich’s death. If I were to describe it to you now – which I will not – I can guarantee that a significant number of people in this room would become physically ill.”
“The State Department, not the Defense Department, had the lead. That meant diplomacy, not military might. It meant no retribution, no retaliation, no rescue,” Robin L. Higgins, his wife, wrote.
Obama began his first term with an approval rating of 68 percent; a figure unmatched since JFK. No Republican had enjoyed a starting approval rating above 60 percent in 60 years, indicating how much more willing Republicans were to give the other guy a fair shot than their Democratic counterparts. At 12 percent, his disapproval ratings were also much lower than those of Bill Clinton or George W. Bush.
If his current approval rating of 40 percent pro and 51 percent con can be put down to anything, it isn’t race. When Obama began his first term in office, he had the approval of 41 percent of Republicans. By the time the year was out, that number had fallen to 16 percent.
At the beginning of Obama’s first term, 69 percent of blacks said that Martin Luther King Jr’s vision had been fulfilled. Two years later, only 54 percent of blacks agreed and 45 percent disagreed. By 2013, only 32 percent of blacks would even agree that a lot of progress had been made in fulfilling the dream.
Kerry never truly sees the world that he traverses at taxpayer expense, only the awards and plaudits waiting for him once he resolves all of its problems. All his life, he has been a player on his own stage, posturing in a small variety of roles, from Vietnam veteran, to peace crusader, back to Vietnam veteran and then back to peace crusader, from medal hurler to Nobel winner in the theater of his own mind.
Diplomacy for Kerry, like statesmanship and legislating, is a performance. Not only doesn’t he know how to do it, but he doesn’t even know that he doesn’t know how to do it. The same misplaced confidence that got him from telling the Senate Foreign Relations Committee that the United States military was as bad as the armies of Genghis Khan to sitting on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, is moving him around the world with a furrowed brow full of Botox and nothing inside it but a Tom Collins and visions of an elderly Norwegian handing him the Peace Prize that he believes has been rightfully his since 1971.
The media have discovered a scandal they can eagerly embrace, and they are off to the races. Having already found him guilty, they are now trying to determine if New Jersey Republican Governor Chris Christie knew about or ordered his underlings to create traffic jams entering the George Washington Bridge, from Ft. Lee, New Jersey into New York City; or to threaten to withhold Superstorm Sandy funds from Hoboken, NJ unless the mayor agreed to play ball with a developer with ties to the governor; or if he created a culture whereby all that could happen. Yet few are asking the parallel questions of Hillary Clinton. While those are all valid questions for Christie, the fact remains that Mrs. Clinton was in charge of the State Department during the September 11, 2012 terrorist attacks in Benghazi, which the recent SSCI report determined “were likely preventable.” Did she create a culture at the State Department that would allow these attacks to occur? Or is the answer, “What difference at this point does it make?”
One person who is getting blamed in the media is Chris Stevens, the ambassador to Libya at the time, who was murdered by the terrorists when they attacked the Temporary Mission Facility in Benghazi. Sean Smith was another casualty there. Liberals like Piers Morgan and MSNBC’s Katty Kay are among a number of journalists who have basically blamed Stevens for his own death, as did The New York Times, and third-rate comedian Bill Maher, who wouldn’t be worth mentioning, except that Time Warner sees fit to give him a weekly one-hour show on HBO to spew his venomous ignorance on a range of topics.
How was it Ambassador Stevens’ fault that he and the others died? According to the SSCI report, “General Ham called Ambassador Stevens and asked if the Embassy needed the SST [Site Security Team] from the U.S. military, but Stevens told Ham it did not.” And, again, “Shortly thereafter, Stevens traveled to Germany for a previously scheduled meeting with Ham at AFRICOM headquarters. Ham again offered to sustain the SST at the meeting, and Stevens again declined.”
How does this evidence stack up against reports that he had pleaded, repeatedly, for additional security?
Here is what the record shows: The U.S. Mission had been attacked twice earlier in the year. The British and Red Cross had pulled out before the attacks. On July 9, 2012, Stevens sent a cable requesting additional security support, so that the Tripoli Embassy would have 13 security support personnel. The cable mentions Department of Defense SST as a possibility.
On August 16, another cable was sent, to the attention of Hillary Clinton, who claims she never saw it. The cable reportedly said that al Qaeda had training camps in Benghazi, and that the senior security officer at the U.S. Mission in Benghazi didn’t believe the mission could be protected or defended against a “coordinated attack.” The State Department had signed a contract with the Blue Mountain Group out of Wales, which provided security of sorts. Unarmed security. The only armed security was supplied by the February 17th Martyrs Brigade, a Libyan militia group of which Greg Hicks, the State Department’s deputy chief of mission in Libya at the time of the attacks, said, “Certainly elements of that militia were complicit in the attacks.”
“We’re going to take things from you on behalf of the common good”
“It’s time for a new beginning, for an end to government of the few, by the few, and for the few…and to replace it with shared responsibility, for shared prosperity”
“(We) …can just let business as usual go on and that means something has to be taken away from some people.”
“We have to build a political consensus and that requires people to give up a little bit of their own…in order to create this common ground.”
“I think it’s time to send a clear message to what has become the most profitable sector in the entire economy that they are being watched.”
“I certainly think the free market has failed.”
Was it Joseph Stalin? Lenin? Hugo Chavez? Kim Jong II? All reveal a communist philosophy.
It was Hillary Clinton. Over the years, Hillary has made it clear that the redistribution of wealth—communism—is central to her beliefs and that her regard for capitalism and the free market economy of America is nil.
The election of Hillary Clinton would be an extension of the two terms of Barack Obama and, if possible, worse.
There are moments when a politician’s opportunity to win elections passes—often unnoticed at the time. I think that time was 2008 when Hillary lost the Democratic nomination to an unknown Senator from Illinois who offered “hope and change.”
Eight years later, having served as his Secretary of State, she will share his growing disapproval as Obamacare unfolds as the perfect namesake of the worst President the U.S. has ever known. And then, of course, there is their shared Benghazi scandal.
For these reasons, I believe Hillary will decide her time has passed and elect to avoid the ordeal of a presidential campaign even if the Democrats gave her the opportunity.
Her long career in the public eye has been filled with scandals and failures, not the least of which was her early advocacy of “HillaryCare.” When her husband was President, she was put in charge of developing a plan to take over the healthcare sector despite the fact that she was not an elected official, but merely his wife. It was overwhelmingly rejected.
The most astonishing thing about the 2016 elections is that the Party still regards her as the sole candidate to run for the presidency even as 2014 Democrats seeking reelection are fleeing the disastrous failure of Obamacare and the huge debt that Obama imposed on the nation. In addition, elements of the Party’s base, Millennials—younger voters—and Hispanics are among those deserting it while some are beginning to call for Obama’s resignation.
There is something so disconnected from the facts, from reality, about the Democratic Party that it suggests that those who remain within its numbers are deranged.
Some political pundits will be inclined to dismiss Hillary as too old to run, that her agenda would not stand up to examination, that she would be in effect Obama’s third term, or that her record as Secretary of State is littered with lies and failures.
The good Republican who has the bad taste to stay alive will only enjoy a temporary vacation in the good graces of the media. It does not matter how often he pays fealty to global warming, gun control, gay marriage and amnesty for illegal aliens, or his willingness to appear on morning shows to bemoan the extremism of the Tea Party; the time will come when he will be dragged out of the Saturday Night Live studio and the CNN green room, hung from a tree and beaten with a stick for the enlightenment of the people.
The good Republican imagines that if he is decently centrist enough, he will be allowed to drive on the luxurious wide lane to the left where all traffic violations are forgiven and there is no speed limit, but unfortunately for him, he is still stuck in the same right lane as Michele Bachmann, Allen West and all the other enemies of the state where driving at any speed is considered an unsafe traffic violation.
In a country where the center is defined by the institutions of the left, the center ceases to exist. That center which the good Republican strives for is a mirage made of moonbeams and shifting goal posts.
Detroit has the highest property taxes of the 50 largest cities in the country. Its property taxes are twice as high as the national average and barely half of property owners even bother paying property taxes. Five of the wealthier neighborhoods paid 15 percent of the city’s property taxes. Another 19 percent came from a handful of companies, including casinos and Motor City’s shaky automobile industry.
The population fled, the tax base shrank and the city raised property taxes which drove away more property owners leaving a shrinking tax base that had to be compensated for with higher taxes. The cycle left a bankrupt ghost town filled with abandoned properties and outlaw property owners.
To make up the difference, Detroit began borrowing more money. Under Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick, who was convicted of everything from racketeering to extortion, debt hit $9 billion while revenues plunged to nearly $1 billion. Income taxes fell from $378 million in 2000 to $245 million in 2010. At the same time, Detroit lost nearly 200,000 people; the worst implosion of an American city in the last decade.
It was late evening, the mullah was calling for prayers and my brother took me outside and told me to put on this vest. He showed me how to operate it, and I said: “I can’t – what if it doesn’t work?” And he said: ‘It will, don’t worry.’
I was scared and he took the vest back from me and he hit me hard, and I felt scared. Then [he gave me back the vest and] left me near the checkpoint where he said I had to operate it.
I realised it was a suicide vest because it was heavier than a normal one.
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