Helena’s News Roundup 2/26/15: Yellen’s Overreach, Walker’s Courage, Obama’s Power Grabs, Islamic States Ambitions

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Thanks to Helena Nunn, Secretary of the North Pinellas Republican Party for compiling these stories. 

Compiled by Helena Nunn

Yellen: Unemployment Rate ‘Less Rosy’ When You Count Part-Time, Discouraged Workers

“Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said Tuesday at a Senate Banking Committee hearing that the U-6 unemployment rate–which includes people who are working part-time for economic reasons and those who are marginally attached to the labor force–“definitely shows a less rosy picture” of employment in the country.People “marginally attached” to the labor force “are those who currently are neither working nor looking for work but indicate that they want and are available for a job and have looked for one work sometime in the past 12 months.” Glad to see Yellen provide a frank assessment rather than obfuscate the unemployment data.

Walker’s anti-union law has labor reeling in Wisconsin

“Walker’s administration has said forcing public employees to contribute more to retirement plans and health insurance helped local governments save $3 billion. The governor also has credited the 2011 law with saving homeowners money on property taxes while giving school districts the ability to make reforms that increased third-grade reading levels and high school graduation rates. And the law has emboldened Republican state lawmakers to further challenge Wisconsin’s labor movement this year by pushing right-to-work legislation that would allow private-sector workers to opt out of paying union dues — a measure Walker has said he would sign.”

Obama is on a rampage
“Speaking of his remaining time in office, Obama said: “Two years is a long time.” He can say that again — and did, attaching a scary promise about his plans for the twilight of his ­tenure.“Two years is also the time in which we’re going to be setting the stage for the next presidential election and the next 10 years of American policy,” he told wealthy ­donors in San Francisco. “So I intend to run through the tape and work really hard, and squeeze every last little bit of change.” There you have it. Instead of cleaning up the messes he’s created, Obama is hell-bent on making more of them. The word that comes to mind is “rogue.” As in, the president is going rogue. Like an elephant on a rampage, he’s breaking free of all constraints.”

Italy Prepares for Potential ISIS Air Attack – Breitbart

Italy’s official for Secret Services, “Marco Minniti, said that ISIS has what he called both “symmetric and asymmetric” capabilities, in that it can execute “both military and terrorist campaigns.” According to Minniti, this means that the ISIS threat holds the “maximum unpredictability,” that is unprecedented …”Meanwhile, an Egyptian journalist has released details on the Egyptian special forces strike on Derna yesterday. According to Bakri, Egyptian forces “killed 155 terrorists and captured 55 others before returning safely to Egypt. ”Bakri also reports that the Egyptian army was able to destroy several bases of the jihadist group..” Why are Americans being kept in the dark about ISIS terrorist capabilities? Obama needs to tell us what the real threats are! Then do something about it!

Islamist terror groups target Minnesota Somali refugees drawn by state’s welfare programs

“More than 30,000 Somalis live in MN comprising the nation’s largest number of Somali immigrants. Many of the refugees settle near the Twin Cities, with Minneapolis being dubbed “Little Mogadishu” after the capital of Somalia. This population is being targeted by Islamist terror organizations like the Islamic State and al-Shabab,..Minnesota was selected among the nation’s states for relocation primarily because of its robust entitlement offerings and the number of charitable organizations operating within the state with which the State Department contracts…The report found Minnesota outspent its average peer state in welfare subsidies by nearly $4,000.Since 2008, as many as 40 men from Minneapolis have joined Islamist groups after being pulled in by jihadists through social media, federal officials say.”

U.S. Military No Longer Able to Fight Two Wars at Same Time

The Heritage Foundation’s concludes that the armed forces “would be ill-equipped to handle two, near-simultaneous major regional contingencies…That strategy enables the U.S. military to defeat one adversary in a conflict while preventing another aggressor—seeking to take advantage of the United States’ preoccupation with the first conflict—from defeating it in a separate theater.But this strategy is no longer feasible, according to the report.“The consistent decline in funding and the consequent shrinking of the force are putting it under significant pressure,” the report said. “Essential maintenance is being deferred; fewer units are being cycled through operational deployments more often and for longer periods; and old equipment is being extended while programmed replacements are problematic.”

Border Surge Signals Obama Must Get Serious About Security

“Abbott reported that 20,000 illegals have entered the U.S. from Central America since just Jan. 1, while the president has reneged on his own promise to first deport last summer’s arrivals. Not only have deportation hearings been pushed into the future, long after he has left office, the president will have also:• Showered new arrivals with Social Security cards.• Handed out $3,000 ObamaCare hiring incentives for illegals over legal Americans (employers don’t have to pay that for illegals as they do for citizens).• Granted a $10,000 “amnesty bonus” through the Earned Income Tax Credit.• Made available free medical care through Medicaid,etc.”

President Obama and EPA’s Keystone folly

“The bottom line: denying the Keystone permit application and over-regulating hydraulic fracturing drilling techniques in the U.S. would make our nation more reliant on imports of oil from sources less reliable than Canada. In the process, there would be no discernable benefit to the environment. So instead of trying to kill Keystone and impose new and restricting regulations on hydraulic fracturing, the Obama administration should be praising both as part of a more secure future for energy and the environment.”

Does Obama hate America? Let’s examine the evidence

Sowell is superb in stating the facts of the case. ” Anyone who simply looks at the factual evidence as to whether Obama loves America will find remarkably little to suggest love and a large amount of evidence showing his constant close association with people fiercely hostile to this country. Jeremiah Wright was just one in a long series..Barack Obama’s campaign promise to “fundamentally change the United States of America” hardly suggests love. Nor did his international speaking tour in 2009, telling foreign audiences that America was to blame for problems on the world stage…We need to keep that in mind for the next president, and for all future presidents. We might have been better off if the question of Obama’s patriotism had been raised before he was first elected. Never should we ignore so many red flag warnings again.”

VA Chief Told A Homeless Vet He Served In Special Forces Even Though He Didn’t [VIDEO]

The Washington Post already gave the VA chief, McDonald 4 Pinocchios for numerous misstatements (lies?) at his last Congressional hearing on how many people he has fired and what he has done to improve VA services for vets. Now this whopper of a lie!! Past behavior predicts future behavior. He should be immediately replaced with someone who tells the truth and has shown honor if that is at all possible for this WH.

Jordan training camp for Islamic State fight leaked by Pentagon in latest gaffe

Outrageous!! “Security analysts are befuddled by the high-level operational “screw-up.”“Either the official made a mistake or is deliberately leaking information to put the administration’s plans for Syria in a better light in an attempt to defuse criticism that the administration has bungled efforts to aid Syrian rebels…The latest information leak comes as the Obama administration is under fire from lawmakers on both sides of the aisle for revealing too much information at the Pentagon’s briefing last week of an upcoming military plan to retake Mosul.. It was at that briefing where the U.S. military revealed the information about Jordan, which fears retaliation, analysts say, if it’s seen as being too close to the U.S. or getting too involved in neighboring Syria.” A Mistake or Treason?

From Internet to Obamanet

“Both ObamaCare and “Obamanet” submit huge industries to complex regulations. Their supporters say the new rules had to be passed before anyone could read them. But at least ObamaCare claimed it would solve long-standing problems. Obamanet promises to fix an Internet that isn’t broken….This week Mr. Obama’s bureaucrats will give him the regulated Internet he demands. Unless Congress or the courts block Obamanet, it will be the end of the Internet as we know it.” Hello Big Brother!!! Government ruins almost anything that it sticks its nose into.

GOP’s support for Israel soars
“Seventy percent of Americans now view [Israel] favorably, and 62% say they sympathize more with the Israelis than the Palestinians in the Mideast conflict. By contrast, 17% currently view the Palestinian Authority favorably, and 16% sympathize more with the Palestinians… “A key reason Americans’ sympathy for Israel has solidified at a sizable majority level is that Republicans’ support for the Jewish state has increased considerably, rising from 53% in 2000 to more than 80% since 2014 — with just 7% choosing the Palestinian Authority. A particularly large jump in GOP sympathy for Israel occurred in the first few years after 9/11 and at the start of the 2003 Iraq War.” Democrats’ support is now at 48 percent.” Does that mean that 50% of Democrats sympathize with the Palestinians????

Phased US-Iran nuclear deal taking shape

“Edging toward a historic compromise, the U.S. and Iran reported progress Monday on a deal that would clamp down on Tehran’s nuclear activities for at least 10 years but then slowly ease restrictions on programs that could be used to make atomic arms.Officials said there were still obstacles to overcome before a March 31 deadline, and any deal will face harsh opposition in both countries. It also would be sure to further strain already-tense U.S. relations with Israel, whose leaders oppose any agreement that doesn’t end Iran’s nuclear ambitions.” Great deal –for IRAN!!

Muslim Immigration Poses Serious National Security Threat

America, beware the terrorism threat that our feckless immigration policy has wrought and continues to exacerbate!! “Between 2010 and 2013, the Obama administration imported almost 300,000 new immigrants from Muslim nations — more immigrants than the U.S. let in from Central America and Mexico combined over that period.This is a sea change in immigration flows, and it threatens national security.Many of the recent Muslim immigrants are from terrorist hot spots like Iraq, where the Islamic State operates. From 2010-2013, Obama ushered in 41,094 Iraqi nationals from there.Now the State Department says it will quadruple the number of refugees brought here from Syria, where IS is headquartered.”

Obama Is the Scaremonger-in-Chief

“For their part, the Pretorian Guard, otherwise known as the mainstream media, are failing to inform Americans that nearly 90 percent of Homeland Security employees will remain on the job protecting us from a variety of harms. Sadly, there is something more at play here, something that has made the American people increasingly pessimistic about Obama’s commitment to work with congressional majorities in the Congress to govern the country. Obama is remarkably defiant in ignoring voters who sent overwhelming majorities in Congress to put the brakes on his efforts to fundamentally transform the country. This standoff isn’t about funding for the Department of Homeland Security but Republican language to prohibit Obama from providing funds to his executive actions that would allow some illegal immigrants to remain ”

President Franklin Delano Obama Addresses the Threat of 1930s Violent Extremism

“Imagine Obama as an American president in 1939.“The United States has made significant gains in our struggle against violent extremism in Europe. We are watching carefully aggressions in Czechoslovakia, Austria, and in Eastern Europe. My diplomatic team has made it very clear that aggression against neighbors is inappropriate and unacceptable. We live in the 20th century, where the 19th century practice of changing borders by the use of force has no place in the present era.” All I can say is thank goodness Obama was not our President in 1939!!

Terrorism & ignorance: Naïve and blind hope is true threat to world safety
“First, we need to understand exactly what we’re dealing with.. On the one hand, we’re dealing with a very severe case of domestic pathological denial: Islam is not a religion of peace and it is frozen in time, somewhere around the 12th century. It is the only major world religion that has not undergone a reformation. Secondly, Arab cultures without exception, have failed their people…Given a potentially endless supply of recruits, we need to understand that ISIS is fundamentally a cult…We also know, from studying cults, that the removal of the core leadership group, results in a disintegration of the cult. This requires a commitment to a mission, or campaign; a kind of super-surge, involving all military resources, with the goal of killing every single leader, as well as everyone supporting them.”

Iran forming ‘third front’ against Israel on Golan: Netanyahu

“Iran is seeking to open a “third front” against Israel using Hezbollah fighters on the Syrian Golan Heights, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Sunday. Netanyahu said Tehran’s attempts to entrench itself along Israel’s borders was one of the biggest emerging security threats facing the Jewish state.” And Obama thinks we can negotiate with Iran on nuclear weapons? How naïve and dangerous.

Rudy Giuliani: My Bluntness Overshadowed My Message

“Irrespective of what a president may think or feel, his inability or disinclination to emphasize what is right with America can hamstring our success as a nation. This is particularly true when a president is seen, as President Obama is, as criticizing his country more than other presidents have done Furthermore, this president seems to have a difficult time in expressing adequate support for important allies, particularly Israel, Ukraine and Jordan. We can all agree that the Islamic State militants and other radical Islamists threaten our safety and security. Any reluctance to hold up America and its ideals in contrast to the nation’s enemies weakens our message. Any reluctance to define accurately the beliefs of our enemies helps them camouflage themselves and confuses our military and intelligence efforts.”

Islamic State’s Global Ambitions

Must Read to understand the ISIS strategy world-wide!! “Once focused on recruiting radical Islamists in Europe and elsewhere to join the fight in Iraq and Syria, ISIS now also encourages them to remain at home to recruit others and launch local attacks, such as those in France and Denmark. These attacks are intended to polarize Western societies and deter strikes on the ISIS core ruling stronghold in Iraq and Syria. ISIS believes this polarization will lay the groundwork for an all-out war with the West when the time comes. In short, ISIS has adapted to the U.S.-led coalition campaign in Iraq and Syria by rapidly building a regional and global network that it can use to recruit and attack.”

Obama kept reform Muslims out of summit on extremism | WashingtonExaminer.com

“Muslim reformers say the administration is ignoring them because they disagree with Obama’s refusal to acknowledge the Islamic roots of the extremists’ ideology.Some of the most prominent reformers have argued for years that the ideological and theological roots of Islamist extremism must be addressed, but administration officials carefully avoided exactly that subject during Obama’s three-day summit.The White House is also undermining its own efforts by working with people who sympathize with the goals of violent extremist groups, if not their methods, the reformers say.”  More evidence that Obama cannot listen to anyone with opposing views.  Therefore,it can only be concluded that Obama always thinks he is right and never wrong.  Scary!!

UK nuclear sites warned over drone terror attack

The potential for terrorists to use drones to strike nuclear sites in the UK is discussed, but this potential threat is a worldwide one. “Such an attack could kill tens of thousands of people..But authorities are “burying their heads in the sand,” according to John Large.His call for an urgent security overhaul comes as figures showed nuclear power plants suffered 37 security breaches last year..Islamic State terrorists have already recruited chemical weapons specialists and counterterrorism experts say they are intent on building a “dirty bomb..”Mr Large, who has advised the French government after a growing number of mysterious unmanned flights over that country’s nuclear plants, said drones also pose a risk to the UK’s 16 operational reactors.

It Doesn’t Matter One Bit What Obama Thinks ‘True Islam’ Is, by Andrew C. McCarthy, National Review

Must Read!  “In reality, the summit had so little to do with confronting terrorism. The summit was really about advancing the “social justice” agenda of “progressive” politics. The president…reasons that the answer to the barbarity of ISIS and al-Qaeda is to “empower local communities” here and abroad…if community organizers rouse the rabble to demand government address Muslim “grievances,” the alienation that purportedly drives young Muslims into the jihadists’ arms will abate. This is the strategic political aspect of the Left’s denial of terrorism’s ideological roots: If terrorism is not caused by Islamic supremacism, then it must be caused by something else.. and that always manages to be a government policy opposed by the Left: insufficient income redistribution, running Gitmo, our alliance with Israel, surveillance of radical mosques, etc.

Pakistan terror wave sparks rare criticism of Saudi Arabia

Theory that Saudi Arabia (and others like Quatar, UAE and Kuwait) is funding extremist seminaries in Pakistan and elsewhere! “The two countries, both with majority Sunni Muslim populations, are bound together by shared Islamic religious ties, financial aid from oil-rich Saudi and Pakistani military assistance to the kingdom.But a Taliban massacre at a school that killed more than 150 people in December, mostly children, has led the government to crack down on militants and talk of bringing religious seminaries under tighter control.Now the country’s media and even government ministers have begun to question whether support from Saudi Arabia for seminaries, known as madrassas, is fuelling violent extremism — bringing tension to the relationship for the first time.”

Clinton Foundation Rethinking Foreign Donations

The Clinton’s are clueless when it comes to the ethics of raising money. Remember the Whitewater real estate scandal and the cattle futures scandal?? Even some Democrats are aghast at accepting huge donations from foreign countries!!! ” Veterans of past Democratic races say Mrs. Clinton would be wise to order a blanket ban on future foreign contributions. Joe Trippi, a longtime Democratic consultant, said: “If I were advising her, the advice would be that she should be the one who directs the foundation not to” accept money from foreign governments. He said she should take that step “yesterday.”

Russian tensions could escalate into all-out war, says Nato general – Telegraph

“Gen Sir Adrian Bradshaw, deputy commander of Nato forces in Europe, said there was a danger Vladimir Putin could try to use his armies to invade and seize Nato territory, after calculating the alliance would be too afraid of escalating violence to respond…But Sir Adrian, one of the most senior generals in the British Army and a former director of special forces, went further and said there was also danger that Russia could use conventional forces and Soviet-era brinkmanship to seize Nato territory..He went on to say that “the threat from Russia, together with the risk it brings of a miscalculation resulting in a strategic conflict, however unlikely we see it as being right now, represents an existential threat to our whole being.”

Exclusive: Pentagon Doubts Its Own ISIS War Plan

The largely Shiite troops of the Iraqi army are unlikely to risk their lives to win back a Sunni dominated city, several U.S. military officers told The Daily Beast Friday. Indeed, when ISIS stormed the city last June, Iraqi forces walked away, leading the U.S. and 60 other nations to form a coalition against the terror group. Even if the Iraqi troops do stand up and fight the self-proclaimed Islamic State, having a Shiite force move in and potentially ravage a major Sunni city in a bid to save it could have adverse affects on the Sunnis in Iraq and broader Sunni Arab world. Sectarian tensions, particularly in Iraq, run that deep.

Black Group Blasts Eric Holder’s Strong-Arm Tactic For ‘Pound Of Flesh’

“Several members of a black conservative organization are decrying the upcoming lawsuit the U.S. Department of Justice is bringing against the police department in Ferguson, Mo…The DOJ is slated to bring a lawsuit against the Ferguson Police Department and a neighboring police department for alleged profiling…When the grand jury came back with no indictment, and Attorney General Eric Holder’s Justice Department let it leak that they probably would not be able to pursue civil rights charges against former Ferguson officer Darren Wilson, it was clear they were still going to try to get their pound of flesh from somewhere. The obvious place to get it is going to be the Ferguson Police Department.”  Despicable!!

West on a ‘razor’s edge’ over response to Russian expansionism

Russia is becoming as much of a threat to Europe as ISIS according to British Defence Secretary, Michael Fallon. Where is Obama? and why isn’t he talking to the American people about the Russian threat in Europe and in South America? “In London, Rory Stewart, the chairman of the Commons Defence Committee, said the West was on a “political razor-edge” over how to balance its response to Mr Putin, weighing the risk of allowing Russian expansionism to go unchecked and triggering further conflicts.He said: “There’s no doubt at all that probably the most vulnerable part of the Nato alliance at the moment is the Baltic states.”

Russia Boosts Arms, Training for Leftist Latin Militaries

“Russia agreed to provide military training for three leftist regimes in Latin America, Cuba, Nicaragua and Venezuela, and increase military visits and exercises following a visit last week to the region by Moscow’s Defense Minister Sergei Shoygu, Pentagon officials said.Defense officials said the Russian leader is seeking bases in the region for strategic bomber flights that Shoygu recently promised would include flights over the Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean. U.S. intelligence agencies closely monitored the visit but a Pentagon spokeswoman played down the Russian military encroachment.“Just as we have bilateral and multilateral relationships around the world, so do other nations,” I would argue this is a major concern to the security of America. Remember when Russia tried to put nuclear missiles on Cuban bases? WAKE UP AMERICA!!

Obama: Americans Are Inviting Jihad By Criticizing Islam

“The elite support for immigration of Muslims comes as polls show rising American and European opposition to immigrant Muslims’ mixture of religion and culture, which endorses polygamy, hostility to free speech, anti-Semitism, and which doesn’t value free enterprise, equality for non-Muslims, personal freedom or sexual equality.” I must admit that I am critical of Muslim culture and religion for the same reason. Did anyone mention Shariah law?

Hillary’s boring: Worse for her, the 2016 Republicans aren’t

“Most striking, Hillary has never said something really interesting that wasn’t an unintentional gaffe (“dead broke,” “politics of meaning,” “baking cookies,” “Tammy Wynette”)…..What we could see, in other words, is an intellectually febrile and dynamic series of debates and arguments over the course of the next year from Republicans who have a lot to say and are good at saying it. And on the other hand, we will have Hillary Clinton, who really does best for herself when she’s all but inanimate.”

No, the VA has not fired 60 people for manipulating wait-time data

“The public expects accuracy as the agency works to restore credibility. It is especially important for McDonald to be precise about his terminology–and to provide truthful information to the public. He earns Four Pinocchios for wildly inflating his “firing” statistics.”  In other words, McDonald lied!!

Bibi: Why I’m speaking to Congress

“Why am I going to Washington? Because, as prime minister of Israel, it’s my obligation to do everything in my power to prevent the conclusion of a bad deal that could threaten the survival of the State of Israel.The current proposal to Iran would endanger Israel. It would enable Iran to build its first nuclear device within an unacceptably short time. And it would allow Iran to build an industrial capability to enrich uranium that could provide the fuel for many bombs in the coming years.A regime that openly calls for Israel’s destruction would thus have finally the means to realize its genocidal aims.Now mind you, I’m not opposed to any deal with Iran. I’m opposed to a bad deal with Iran. And I believe this is a very bad deal”

A Muslim Terrorist Enclave Grows in Mahmoudberg, Texas | FrontPage Magazine

“A Clarion Project investigation has discovered a jihadist enclave in Texas where a deadly shooting took place in 2002… The enclave belongs to the network of Muslims of the Americas, a radical group linked to a Pakistani militant group called Jamaat ul-Fuqra. Its members are devoted followers of Sheikh Mubarak Ali Gilani, an extremist cleric in Pakistan.The organization says it has a network of 22 “villages” around the U.S., with Islamberg as its main headquarters in New York. The Clarion Project obtained secret MOA footage showing female members receiving paramilitary training at Islamberg… Are there no laws against this? Only if our gov’t declares this group to be a terror org.

Barack Obama’s ‘reckless disregard’ of the law

The Constitution authorizes Congress to pass laws and requires the president to faithfully execute them. Obama seems to take that as not so much a requirement as a suggestion, one he sees fit to ignore when he wants to “change the law.”The Constitution’s framers wrote the faithful execution clause because they remembered that King James II claimed and exercised the power to suspend laws passed by Parliament whenever he liked. James was forced to flee England in the Glorious Revolution of 1688, and in 1689 Parliament passed a Bill of Rights declaring “that the pretended power of suspending the laws or the execution of laws by regal authority without consent of Parliament is illegal.” There is a continuum between lawful exercise of discretion and unlawful suspension of the law. Time and again, Obama has lurched toward the wrong end of it.