Your Sunday Hymn: Love Divine, All Loves Excelling

A combined performance of “Love Divine, All Loves Excelling” by the Sanctuary Choir, the Cathedral Choir of Young Men and Boys, the Cecilian Carolers, organ and orchestra  at the First Presbyterian Church, Davenport, Iowa.

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Jeanine Pirro: ‘Mr. President – You Need To Get Your Act Together’ (Video)

Another Saturday night, another tongue-lashing administered to Obama by the inimitable Judge Jeanine.

“Americans don’t want a spectator,” Pirro noted before listing off a number of global crises that demand the president’s attention. She rattled off five of the world’s biggest crises, at play in Iraq, Syria, Ukraine, Israel and Hamas, and the US Southern border.

“Actually we’re in quite a hell of a mess,” she declared. “And Mr. President – you need to get your act together. Put on your big boy pants and get in the game with a coherent foreign policy.”

Ronald Coburn,  former Border Patrol Deputy Chief, was Pirro’s guest to discuss the crisis on the border.

Coburn claimed that in his capacity as a border security expert, he’s been watching the social, electronic networks and is seeing the cartels boasting about their gains and laughing at the way the US government is handling the situation.

“Tatooed up killers are coming across the border not to contribute to society but to prey on society”, he said.

 

Saturday Movie Matinee: “The Most Narcissistic, Self-Absorbed President We’ve Ever Had”

Sean Hannity had Lt. Col. Ralph Peters on to talk about Obama’s weird detachment in the face of  alarming world events  - something even people left-of-center have been noticing,  and commenting on.

“Sean, as you know – I share your anger, but we all should be feeling a great deal of sorrow because of the missed opportunity,”  Peters began. “One of the many tragedies here is, had our first mixed race president been merely competent – been less arrogant, a bit more capable – if  he had just been an average president – a Taft or Coolidge – it would have been so great for this country. He could have brought people together – it would have been great for our image in the world.”

That is the most tragic thing about Obama, I’ve always thought. The first black president purposefully divided a country that so wanted to like him. But he never wanted to be the president of the whole United States.  He only wanted to be the president of  the left-wing of his party. He is fundamentally transforming the country not because he loves it but because he thinks it’s inadequate and unfair and he’s the man to improve it. People who love their country and don’t want it changed, he has no use for and he’s made that abundantly clear time and time again.

Peters continued with this devastating indictment: “he doesn’t really connect with people. He doesn’t care about other human beings. I think he’s the most narcissistic, self-absorbed president we’ve ever had.”

He added, “Sean, I don’t think we could have picked a worse man in these times to be our…president – I can’t say leader because he’s not a leader – but to be our president.”

“He just doesn’t like America very much. He’s not grateful to it. He doesn’t like our system of government – the separation of powers – clearly he doesn’t like that. He’d much rather have the Hugo Chavez or Juan Peron model. He’s a man who doesn’t like our military, who believes America is the problem – as we heard as far back as the Cairo speech – I mean, we have a man – he’s  not a cipher exactly in the oval office, but he’s a man who’s been elected president of a country he doesn’t really like, and whose population he distrusts and whose military he despises.”

Mediaite: Bill O’Reilly Mock MSNBC Krystal Ball Over Malaysia Airline MH17 Prank Call:

Bill O’Reilly and Bernard Goldberg could barely contain how unbelievably ridiculous they found it that MSNBC embarrassed itself today with an “exclusive” interview on MH17 that turned out to be a prank call. Both men mocked Krystal Ball in particular, calling her “inexperienced,” and Goldberg saying she’s a “moron” that makes Ron Burgundy look good.

O’Reilly surmised that Ball must not have heard the comment about Howard Stern’s ass, because “nobody in their right mind would continue a phone call with somebody who uttered that crudity… even somebody as inexperienced as that woman.”

Krauthammer On Obama, Israel, Civilians And Moral Clarity:

Truth Revolt: BILL WHITTLE: IT TAKES A SUPERHERO:

PJTV: Afterburner w/Bill Whittle– Apogee: America Needs Another Great Challenge:

Its been 45 years since man walked on the moon for the first time. Have we been challenged since? Or are we a windless sail, full of potentital without a direct challenge? We tamed a continent, we conquered the skies, and we did fly to the moon–don’t let us, as a people, only have political discussion as our challenge.

Bill Whittle delivers a masterful mix of intellect and passion in every episode of “Afterburner.” Now you can enjoy all of his videos — from 2008 to now.

Sheriff Paul Babeu addresses protesters:

Is this Arizona sheriff Paul Babeu behind immigration protests? – Lonewolf Sager:

PJTV – The Last American Generation: How Did Millennials Get So Mixed Up?

Socially left but fiscally right, have Millennials achieved the harmonic convergence? Or have Democrats won the hearts and minds of 18-to-29 year olds for good?

PJTV – The Crux of the ISIS Crisis: Radical Islamists Crucifying Infidels:

President Obama Improves German Relations, Thor Is Now a Woman — Monologue:

There’s No Place Like Utopia:

The Council Has Spoken!! This Weeks’ 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.

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This week’s winning entry, Joshuapundit’s Israel’s New Challenge: Defeating The Third Intifada is a slightly different take on the current war between Israel and Hamas, and especially that it is no accident. Here’s a slice:

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Israel once again finds itself fighting in Gaza.

The reason’s fairly simple. The lust for Jewish blood among a substantial number of the Arabs who identify themselves as Palestinians is simply their strongest impulse, their raison d’être. There is no peace, because one side simply wants the other dead.

There is not a single Israeli civilian or soldier in Gaza today, not since Israel removed the 8,000 Jewish residents who had lived there over 30 years from their homes and gave it to the Arabs who call themselves Palestinians as a sacrifice ‘for peace.’

The Palestinians could have built whatever kind of society they wanted in Gaza. But even before Hamas took over, Gaza’s main export to Israel was terrorism. Israel, with Egypt’s assistance, maintained a blockade on Gaza to curtail the import of heavy weapons, usually emanating from Iran that saved Israeli lives, but cost Israel deeply when it came to the ‘international community’, who always seem to have special rules when it comes to Israel defending itself. The carnage emanating from Gaza has slowed at times, but literally thousands of rockets, mortar shells and terrorist strikes have emanated from Gaza, and they’ve never ended. Israelis became used to running for shelter, especially in the south:

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This latest onslaught saw over 100 rockets in 24 hours rained down on Israel, and with Hamas rejecting offers from Israel of ‘quiet for quiet’, that’s where we stand now. The Israelis have carried out a number of decisive strikes and have called up 42,000 reserves, while Hamas has launched missiles at central Israel, at Jerusalem, and at Tel Aviv, a step they had to know was going to provoke an Israeli ground response.

So what’s the story behind the story? Why is Hamas going for broke now, and what does it mean? Whether Israel realizes it or not, they are facing the Third Intifada, although how it unfolds is still developing. Of course, it doesn’t look like previous intifadas because circumstances and tactics have changed. But the end goal is the same. And the chief strategist isn’t Hamas, but Mahmoud Abbas.

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Hamas has been isolated by Israel and the new Egyptian government of al-Sisi, who has declared Hamas’ parent movement the Muslim Brotherhood an illegal terrorist organization. Weapons coming in from Iran have slowed considerably, and money is tight. A sign of this was the attempt by Hamas ally Robert Serry, the supposedly neutral UN Mideast envoy to illegally funnel $20 million to Hamas in Gaza from Qatar.

The current Hamas and Fatah unity government agreement came about, mostly on Abbas’ terms, because of Hamas’ sharply reduced fortunes, while Abbas has the UN, the Obama Administration and the EU funding and backing him, even with Hamas now on his team. According to my sources, part of the negotiations also involved joint efforts towards the goal both Hamas and Fatah agree on, the destruction of Israel.

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The Israelis, already outraged at the unity agreement and the West’s apparent willingness to fund a murderous terrorist group like Hamas were further energized by the kidnapping and murder of three Israeli teens by Hamas operatives, whose mutilated bodies were found shoved into a hole near Hebron. In response, the Israelis began to obliterate the Hamas infrastructure in Judea and Samaria.

But then, the subsequent murder of Arab teen Mohammed Abu Kheidr by what appear to be a trio of Jewish football hooligans suddenly presented Hamas and Fatah with a golden opportunity. It was used as a signal to launch what had already been planned. Vast riots, violence and destruction took place throughout Israel egged on by Fatah while Hamas stepped up its rocket and mortar attacks.

Hamas also had plans to join Fatah in the ground attack on Israel itself. They had a huge tunnel dug from Rafah under Israel’s border fence for a massive planned assault on Israeli communities in the south, and tried an amphibious attack on Israel’s coast. Both attacks were repulsed with heavy losses. Meanwhile, Israel’s Iron Dome missile defense system and the IDF’s air strikes on Hamas’ infrastructure were even more effective than Hamas had planned on and that Israel had hoped.

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Israel’s ‘peace partner’ Mahmoud Abbas has also been doing his part. Fatah has several hundred militiamen in Gaza, including members of the Palestinian Authority security forces who have their salaries paid by Western governments. They have eagerly joined in firing rockets at Israel’s civilians. Abbas has done nothing to stop them.

Abbas has several huge assets his old boss Yasser Arafat could only have dreamed about, and they’re key to understanding what’s being planned. First and foremost, in Barack Hussein Obama, Abbas has a president in the White House who loathes Israel and who sees himself as Palestine’s community organizer.

More at the link about Abbas’ strategy and how Israel can defeat it.

In our non-Council category, the winner was long tome Council favorite Daniel Greenfield, AKA Sultan Knish with A Game Changer In Gaza submitted by The Independent Sentinel. Knish writes with his usual clarity and common sense about the choices Israel faces in dealing with Palestinian terrorism.

Here are this week’s full results:

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Non-Council Winners

See you next week! Don’t forget to tune in on Monday AM for this week’s Watcher’s Forum, as the Council and their invited guests take apart one of the provocative issues of the day and weigh in…don’t you dare miss it. And don’t forget to like us on Facebook and follow us Twitter..’cause we’re cool like that!

 

Krauthammer: America’s Decline Is A Choice (Video)

America is in decline -but not as a result of  events, Charles Krauthammer explained on the O’Reilly Factor, Thursday night. “What we have with Obama is a president choosing decline.”

“We are in a position to dominate again, he continued, “but we have a president who doesn’t believe in American exceptionalism, American greatness and he has chosen for American to retreat from the Middle East, to not lift a finger in the Ukraine – basically to make us one nation among others and that is a choice. It can be reversed, but that’s the challenge America faces.”

Without mentioning any names, O’Reilly brought up certain conservative radio personalities who were saying what Krauthammer said right from the beginning.

“They said, ‘this guy…he wants America to decline in power, he is not going to promote our best interests. This was on right-wing talk radio, and many people – including me – were skeptical of that approach. (We know, Bill.)

Of course, O’Reilly is referring to people like Mark Levin and Rush Limbaugh, who famously declared, “I hope he fails.”

Krauthammer said, “this is a man who believes America ought to retreat as a matter of ideology and in part because he wants to see all of our efforts on domestic affairs to become the Social Democracy like Europe.”

“It is very clear that he believes that America in some way perhaps doesn’t have a moral right to be the leader of the world. And I think that he feels that the sins we have created in the past the injuries we’ve inflicted on others – the Iraqis I think he would list, among others –  does not entitle us to a hegemonic position dominant position we had after the cold war,” Krauthammer concluded.

Here’s Rush’s “I hope he fails” monologue from January 16, 2009 while the the mortifying cult of Obama was in full swing. You may remember the intense indignation, anger and hysteria this incited on the left culminating in another effort on the part of Democrats to “hush Rush.”

RUSH: I got a request here from a major American print publication. “Dear Rush: For the Obama [Immaculate] Inauguration we are asking a handful of very prominent politicians, statesmen, scholars, businessmen, commentators, and economists to write 400 words on their hope for the Obama presidency. We would love to include you. If you could send us 400 words on your hope for the Obama presidency, we need it by Monday night, that would be ideal.”

Now, we’re caught in this trap again. The premise is, what is your “hope.” My hope, and please understand me when I say this. I disagree fervently with the people on our side of the aisle who have caved and who say, “Well, I hope he succeeds. We’ve got to give him a chance.” Why? They didn’t give Bush a chance in 2000. Before he was inaugurated the search-and-destroy mission had begun. I’m not talking about search-and-destroy, but I’ve been listening to Barack Obama for a year-and-a-half. I know what his politics are. I know what his plans are, as he has stated them. I don’t want them to succeed.

If I wanted Obama to succeed, I’d be happy the Republicans have laid down. And I would be encouraging Republicans to lay down and support him. Look, what he’s talking about is the absorption of as much of the private sector by the US government as possible, from the banking business, to the mortgage industry, the automobile business, to health care. I do not want the government in charge of all of these things. I don’t want this to work. So I’m thinking of replying to the guy, “Okay, I’ll send you a response, but I don’t need 400 words, I need four: I hope he fails.” (interruption) What are you laughing at? See, here’s the point. Everybody thinks it’s outrageous to say. Look, even my staff, “Oh, you can’t do that.” Why not? Why is it any different, what’s new, what is unfair about my saying I hope liberalism fails? Liberalism is our problem. Liberalism is what’s gotten us dangerously close to the precipice here. Why do I want more of it? I don’t care what the Drive-By story is. I would be honored if the Drive-By Media headlined me all day long: “Limbaugh: I Hope Obama Fails.” Somebody’s gotta say it.

Were the liberals out there hoping Bush succeeded or were they out there trying to destroy him before he was even inaugurated? Why do we have to play the game by their rules? Why do we have to accept the premise here that because of the historical nature of his presidency, that we want him to succeed? This is affirmative action, if we do that. We want to promote failure, we want to promote incompetence, we want to stand by and not object to what he’s doing simply because of the color of his skin? Sorry. I got past the historical nature of this months ago. He is the president of the United States, he’s my president, he’s a human being, and his ideas and policies are what count for me, not his skin color, not his past, not whatever ties he doesn’t have to being down with the struggle, all of that’s irrelevant to me. We’re talking about my country, the United States of America, my nieces, my nephews, your kids, your grandkids. Why in the world do we want to saddle them with more liberalism and socialism? Why would I want to do that? So I can answer it, four words, “I hope he fails.” And that would be the most outrageous thing anybody in this climate could say. Shows you just how far gone we are. Well, I know, I know. I am the last man standing.

I’m happy to be the last man standing. I’m honored to be the last man standing. Yeah, I’m the true maverick. I can do more than four words. I could say I hope he fails and I could do a brief explanation of why. You know, I want to win. If my party doesn’t, I do. If my party has sacrificed the whole concept of victory, sorry, I’m now the Republican in name only, and they are the sellouts. I’m serious about this. Why in the world, it’s what Ann Coulter was talking about, the tyranny of the majority, all these victims here, we gotta make sure the victims are finally assuaged. Well, the dirty little secret is this isn’t going to assuage anybody’s victim status, and the race industry isn’t going to go away, and the fact that America’s original sin of slavery is going to be absolved, it’s not going to happen. Just isn’t, folks. It’s too big a business for the left to keep all those things alive that divide the people of this country into groups that are against each other. Yes, I’m fired up about this.

 

 

House Oversight Examining the Justice Department’s Response to the IRS Targeting Scandal (Video)

This morning, the House Oversight and Reform Committee is Examining the Justice Department’s Response to the IRS Targeting Scandal. (Live video at the link.)

The witness is  The Honorable James M. Cole, the Deputy Attorney General. Cole is refusing to answer questions about the investigation, giving the standard answer that he can’t comment on an ongoing investigation.

*Republicans held up Cole’s appointment back in 2010  because he is the lawyer who compared 9/11 to the drug trade.

 Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y., incoming chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, accused Cole of wanting to pursue terror suspects as a criminal matter in civilian courts. He cited a 2002 Legal Times column in which Cole called the Sept. 11 attacks “criminal acts of terrorism against a civilian population” — like the Oklahoma City bombing.

Cole went on to write that the United States has faced “many forms of devastating crime,” from the drug trade to organized crime to rape and child abuse. “The acts of Sept. 11 were horrible, but so are these other things,” he wrote.

King said Cole’s appointment indicates the administration wants to continue to implement “dangerous policies” of treating terrorism as a criminal issue. Attorney General Eric Holder, Cole’s new boss, has pushed for criminal trials but has struggled to bring mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed stateside for prosecution.

“I find it absolutely shocking that President Obama would appoint someone who has diminished the 9/11 terrorist attacks by comparing them to the drug trade and who believes that a civilian courtroom is the appropriate venue for 9/11 trials,” King said in a written statement. “I strongly oppose the recess appointment of James Cole to lead the national security team at the Department of Justice.”

Just to give you an idea of how today’s hearing is going, when asked by Chairman Issa if it would be proper to investigate anyone for a year and a half it there was not a smidgen of corruption, Cole answered that sometimes they continue an investigation in order to clear people who have done no wrong.

Here is Rep. Jordan’s opening statement:

Rep. DeSantis Q&A:

 

 Rep. Gowdy Questions Deputy AG Cole about IRS Investigation:

More on James Cole via Discover the Networks:

In September 2002, one year after the 9/11 attacks, Cole condemned the Bush administration’s handling of the war on terror, contending that prosecutions related to that war should be adjudicated in civilian courts rather than military tribunals. Writing in the Legal Times, he stated:

“For all the rhetoric about war, the Sept. 11 attacks were criminal acts of terrorism against a civilian population, much like the terrorist acts of Timothy McVeigh in blowing up the federal building in Oklahoma City, or of Omar Abdel-Rahman in the first effort to blow up the World Trade Center. The criminals responsible for these horrible acts were successfully tried and convicted under our criminal justice system, without the need for special procedures that altered traditional due process rights.”

In addition, Cole criticized Attorney General John Ashcroft for undermining the “protections built into our criminal-justice system.”

Also after the September 11th attacks, Cole represented Prince Naif Bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, a member of the Saudi royal family, in a lawsuit filed by Motley Rice on behalf of 9/11 families. Prince Naif headed the terror-aligned Al Haramain Islamic Foundation. Between 2002 and 2004, the Treasury Department designated 13 branches of that foundation for terror ties to al Qaeda; in 2008, Treasury extended the terror designation to the entire foundation.

Just so you know what kind of snake our likely next Attorney General is.

Professor Jonathan Turley: “Congress Is Moving From Self-Loathing to Self Destruction” (Video)

The House Rules Committee held a hearing this morning on the authorization of litigation by the House of Representatives challenging the president’s unilateral actions.

Several of the expert witnesses who testified before the House Judiciary Committee hearing on “the president’s constitutional duty to faithfully execute the laws” back in December have returned to Capitol Hill for today’s hearing: Professor Jonathan Turley of George Washington University Law School, Elizabeth Price Foley, Professor of Law, Florida International University College of Law,  Simon Lazarus, Senior Counsel, Constitutional Accountability Center, and Walter Dellinger III, Partner, O’Melveny & Meyers LLP.

Professor Turley is a liberal who has genuine sympathy for many of Obama’s policies, but not how he’s executing them. Unlike me, he doesn’t question his motives, but he does worry about the development of what he calls an “Uber Presidency” under Obama.

Turley told the committee, “our system is changing and this body is the one branch that must act if we are to reverse those changes.

“A dominant presidency has occurred with very little very little congressional opposition, Turley continued. “Indeed, when Obama pledged to circumvent congress he received rapturous applause from the very body he was proposing to make practically irrelevant.” (Video of that here if your stomach can take it.)

“This body is moving from self loathing to self destruction in a system that is in crisis,” he added.

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