The Council Has Spoken!! This Weeks’ Watcher’s Council Results

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Alea iacta est…the Council has spoken, the votes have been cast, and we have the results for this week’s Watcher’s Council match up.

I got the impression that here was a man who could be relied upon when he had given his word – Neville Chamberlain on Adolf Hitler, 1938

I spoke personally with President Rouhani of Iran earlier this fall. Secretary Kerry has met multiple times with Iran’s Foreign Minister..Today, that diplomacy opened up a new path toward a world that is more secure. – Barack Obama announcing his new agreement with Iran, 11/23/13

If he being young and unskillful seeks to gamble for silver and gold; Take his money my son, praising Allah, the fool was made to be sold! – Hafez, Persian poet, Divān, 1365 (est)

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This week’s winner, Joshuapundit’s Israel, Obama And Iran – When The Rubber Meets The Road is my reaction to President Obama’s announcement of a deal with Iran on their illegal nuclear program…which we now learn, according to the Iranians, isn’t a deal yet at all in spite of what the president and Secretary Kerry had to say. Like ObamaCare, the president apparently lied to knowingly to the American people once again, and the more we find out about this the worst it becomes, even worse than when I wrote this. Here’s a slice:

By now the full details of the West’s capitulation in Geneva has become known. And what the West agreed to was staggering.

Former UN Ambassador John Bolton, someone who knows a great deal about nuclear proliferation and about Iran called it an abject surrender.He’s entirely correct.

As I pointed out earlier, the new agreement de facto recognizes Iran’s right to enrich uranium, something that is going to have huge implications as other countries who signed the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty are going to claim the same right themselves. And like Iran, they are going to refuse to sign the additional protocols of the NPT, which allow for snap inspections.

The United States and other Western nations have never conceded a ‘right’ to enrich uranium, for the every simple reason that it is perfectly possible to have a nuclear energy program that also allows for medical uses without it. Canada, for example, is one nation among many that uses nuclear energy without enrichment. Enrichment is only vital if the desired result is the ability to eventually manufacture nuclear weapons.

That’s also why there were numerous UN resolutions calling specifically for Iran to cease enrichment and allow inspections, and why the sanctions were implemented in the first place, after years of attempts at ‘diplomacy’.

That’s all been thrown by the wayside now. It took years to even implement any sanctions. Thanks to President Obama and his willing helpers at Geneva, that’s not going to happen again, even if Iran is caught violating this new agreement.India, China and South Korea among other countries want additional imports of Iranian oil, and EU countries want to open up the floodgates to trading with the Ayatollahs.The sanctions are history. And Iran knows this very well.

Among other things, this legitimizes an evil, fascist regime that brutalizes its own people and is probably the biggest financier and enabler of Islamic terrorism in the world. And the West is disgracefully aiding and abetting the regime, not only by giving them a clear path to achieve nuclear weapons but by giving them blood money in the amount of $7 billion and probably much more in frozen assets in the bargain.

Aside from this, the other loopholes in the new agreement are extraordinary.

While Secretary Kerry preens and bloviates about verification, the IAEA inspections have already been delayed for three months by agreement with Iran in exchange for absolutely nothing on Teheran’s part. In that time period, the Iranians can move, hide and conceal pretty much anything, as well as strengthening their facilities against attack.

And while the agreement calls for IAEA inspections at Fordow and Natanz, these facilities are pretty much under satellite surveillance anyway. The Iranian military base at Parchin where weapons test are suspected to have occurred is not part of the agreement, nor is Iran required to reveal any secret nuclear facilities they may have or allow them to be inspected. The IAEA has received quite a bit of information from Iranian dissidents about possible secret nuclear sites, but there is no followup or right for the IAEA to conduct on site investigations in the new agreement.

Also, just as there is absolutely nothing in the new agreement stopping the Iranians from continuing to enrich uranium, there’s nothing stopping them from developing and improving their ballistic missiles, warhead technology or other nuclear related weaponization like nuclear triggers.

Abject surrender pretty much covers it. And the fact that the almost frenzied efforts to make any kind of deal were very likely done to take the spotlight off of the dismal failure of ObamaCare and the president’s rapidly falling approval ratings makes it even more craven.

A lot more at the link.

In our non-Council Category, the winner was former UN ambassador and nuclear proliferation expert John Bolton’s piece in the Weekly StandardAbject Surrender by the United States submitted by The Political Commentator. If reading it doesn’t get you seriously concerned about who’s leading this country and what they’re doing….do read it.

Ok then, here are this week’s results. Only Simply Jews was unable to vote this week,but was not subject to the usual 2/3 vote penalty.

Council Winners

Sixth place *t* with 2/3 vote –

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 special guests take apart one of the provocative issues of the day with short takes and weigh in…don’t you dare miss it. And don’t forget to like us on Facebook and follow us onTwitter…..’cause we’re cool like that!

The IRS Continues to Punish Obama’s Enemies (Video)

It’s been a little over  half a year since the IRS scandal blew wide open in Washington DC, and an “outraged” Obama vowed to get to the bottom of it.  But IRS officials who were involved, have not been held accountable, instead, they’ve been given generous bonuses and promotions. Rather than get to the bottom of it, the DOJ hasn’t even contacted any of the 41 conservative groups represented in the American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ) lawsuit against the IRS.

The Obama administration has actually  ramped up its attacks on conservative groups and audits of people who criticize Obama on the news.

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On Tuesday, the Regime moved to rein in the use of tax-exempt groups for political campaigning.

The effort is an attempt to reduce the role of such loosely regulated yet influential super PACS as Crossroads GPS, which was co-founded by GOP political strategist Karl Rove, and Priorities USA, which ran searing ads against rivals of President Barack Obama to support his re-election last year.

The Internal Revenue Service and the Treasury Department proposed new rules that they said would prohibit such groups from using “candidate-related political activity” like running advertisements, registering voters or distributing campaign literature as activities that qualify them to be tax-exempt “social welfare” organizations.

Jay Sekulow, of the The American Center for Law and Justice (ACLJ), appeared on the Kelly File to discuss the move on Wednesday. The ACLJ is representing 41 organizations in a federal lawsuit challenging the IRS and he says the new regulations proposed by the IRS aimed at tax-exempt organizations is “changing the rules… while the game is still in play.”

“These proposed new regulations put the First Amendment rights of Americans at even greater risk,” said Sekulow. “This is a feeble attempt by the Obama Administration to justify its own wrong-doing with the IRS targeting of conservative and Tea Party groups. Instead of holding those responsible for the unlawful targeting scheme accountable for their actions, the Obama Administration is determined to further limit the free speech of Americans by attempting to change constitutional practices that are decades old. With this move, the Obama Administration opens a new front in its war against political dissent. We will file comments with the IRS opposing these new regulations.”

“The IRS is now engaging in a post-hoc justification for their illegal conduct”, Sekulow told Megyn Kelly.

“There’s something else that’s sinister, here”, Sekulow continued. “The idea that this is going on in the middle of this litigation that we’ve got in which the IRS is being represented by the Treasury Dept, and the DOJ, and outside law firms and they’re changing the rules in the middle of this. Our clients applications are still pending after three years and you know what they deem to be an appropriate activity, here? Voter registration! Which is something the NAACP has done for decades so successfully.”

“So they can shut down your client’s applications that have been delayed in some cases for three years based on this new rule if it’s approved?” Kelly asked.

“Sure,” Sekulow answered, “What they’re going to do is say they’ve got new standards now…”

“It makes it a lot easier to win if you changed the rules of the game!” Kelly concluded.

A hand written letter Obama sent to a conservative school teacher in Texas is making news.

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Thomas J. Ritter was surprised to get a response from Obama on official White House ­stationery, after he wrote to the president ­expressing his dismay over the Affordable Health Care Act.

Ritter had written: “I hesitated to write for fear of some kind of retribution . . . I watched you make fun of tea baggers and your press secretary make fun of Ms. [Sarah] Palin which was especially beneath the dignity of the White House . . . Do the right thing not the political thing. Suggest a bill that Americans can support.”

In response, Obama said,  (1.) “I . . . appreciate your concern about the toxic political environment right now. I do have to challenge you, though, on the notion that any citizen that disagrees with me has been ‘targeted and ridiculed’ (2.) or that I have ‘made fun’ of tea baggers . . . (3.) [I] defend strongly the right of everyone to speak their mind —  ­including those who call me ‘socialist’ or worse.

1. The tea party has been targeted by the IRS and others. It has also been roundly ridiculed by members of the left-wing media, and some people in his administration.

2.He himself has used the derisive, disgusting  term, “teabaggers” in the past and in the present – as evidenced by his casual use of it in the letter!

3. Obama doesn’t defend his political enemies. He punishes them. As C. Steven Tucker and Bill Elliot discovered, this week.

Remember Bill Elliot, the cancer patient who lost his insurance due to ObamaCare and couldn’t pay the expensive new premiums? I posted the video of his interview with Megyn Kelly, here.

Elliot felt his new options were so expensive he was giving up – he would just pay the fine and  “let nature take its course.”

C. Steven Tucker, a health insurance broker who helped him keep his insurance, appeared on some radio talk shows to talk about his case, and others like it.

Daniel Greefield of FrontPage Magazine explains what happened, next.

Now suddenly Bill Elliot is being audited for 2009 with an interview only scheduled in April 2014. Assuming he lives that long. That might be a coincidence, but Tucker is being audited back to 2003.

That’s a rather strange coincidence.

Would the IRS actually go after a cancer patient, who had voted for Obama initially, just for appearing on FOX and now being sharply critical of Obama and suggesting that he resign for his health plan lie?

Under the current insane state of affairs, where the IRS was used to silence the opposition, it’s unfortunately entirely possible. The fact that we are even having this discussion shows how badly Obama has undermined confidence in government institutions and the rule of law.

That’s the he Obama way.

Rewarding friends: Yep: Unions get their exemption from ObamaCare’s reinsurance fee

Punishing enemies: Obamacare will hit small businesses with higher rates, lower benefits, says major insurance broker

I don’t know what else to say, but #IMPEACH and #REPEAL

Linked by Doug Ross, thanks!