Late Night Links: Reactions To Obama’s UN Speech

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Joseph Curl, Washington Times: Obama’s breathtaking naivete at the United Nations:

Of course he waxed poetic about “climate change” and the promise of “the children,” but the president was forced to devote the bulk of his speech to what he called the “heart of darkness” and the “cancer of violent extremism.”
He said upon opening his remarks that “the shadow of world war that existed at the founding of this institution has been lifted.” He couldn’t be more wrong. A true man of peace worthy of the Nobel Prize, Pope Francis, said just the opposite this month in remarkably astute comments to commemorate the anniversary of World War I.

“Even today, after the second failure of another world war, perhaps one can speak of a third war, one fought piecemeal, with crimes, massacres, destruction,” the pope said, summing up the conflicts in Ukraine, Iraq, Syria, Israel, Gaza and much of northern Africa, including Libya and Tunisia, not to mention Somalia.

To Mr. Obama, there’s no global conflict of ideology, just “pervasive unease in our world.” To him, the strife is merely the “failure of our international system to keep pace with an interconnected world.” And to him, “it is one of the tasks of all great religions to accommodate devout faith with a modern, multicultural world.”

Breitbart: Obama at the UN: Don’t Blame ISIS:

In what could have been a seminal wartime address to the nations of the world at the UN today, instead of rallying the West and her regional allies against the barbarity of the Global Jihadist Movement, President Obamachose to reinforce the administration narrative that America’s deadly enemies are a product of local injustices.
Since 2008, the Obama administration has promoted the argument that what we face in the guise of Al Qaeda, or ISIS, or any other part of the global Jihadi coalition, is simply “Violent Extremism” that grows out of “local grievances.”

This is Beltway speak for an academic idea called Social Movement Theory. (If you want the full history behind this idea and who pitched it to the White House, here is a piece on its origins).

In short, this view sees the violence of jihadi groups against Christians, Yazidis, or even fellow Muslims, as a reaction to the injustice endemic in their societies. Years of oppression by Saddam, Maliki, or the Assad family will inevitably lead to religious genocide and mass slaughter when circumstances allow (e.g. after US forces leave Iraq).

Ben Shapiro, Breitbart: Obama Defends Islam, Smacks Israel at UN:

Obama laid out a four-pronged plan for fighting terrorism.
First, he said that ISIL had to be “degraded, and ultimately destroyed.” And once again, he emphasized that ISIL was not Islamic, and once again, he ruled out utilizing American troops.

Second, Obama said that Muslim communities had to “explicitly, forcefully, and consistently reject the ideology of al Qaeda and ISIL.” In the process, he praised Islam as part of a family of religions that “accommodate devout faith with a modern, multicultural world,” and added that “All religions have been attacked by extremists from within at some point, and all people of faith have a responsibility to lift up the value at the heart of all religion: do unto thy neighbor as you would have done unto you.”

His solution: talking about how ISIL and al Qaeda and Boko Haram are bad. Obama’s faith in words is absolutely unshakeable, as he made clear: “The ideology of ISIL or al Qaeda or Boko Haram will wilt and die if it is consistently exposed, confronted, and refuted in the light of day.” Hilariously, Obama explained that the UN Security Council would pass a resolution about combating “violent extremism,” but refused to explain what steps would actually be taken to do so, instead putting that discussion off for “next year.”

Third, Obama stated, sectarian conflict must end. How? Obama didn’t say. But he did pooh-pooh Muslim sectarian conflict as the religious norm:
There is nothing new about wars within religions. Christianity endured centuries of vicious sectarian conflict. Today, it is violence within Muslim communities that has become the source of so much human misery. It is time to acknowledge the destruction wrought by proxy wars and terror campaigns between Sunni and Shia across the Middle East. And it is time that political, civic and religious leaders reject sectarian strife. Let’s be clear: this is a fight that no one is winning.

Flipping through his trusty rhetorical playbook, Obama neglected any realistic solution to these sectarian conflicts, but did come up with this hackneyed chestnut:

Cynics may argue that such an outcome can never come to pass. But there is no other way for this madness to end – whether one year from now or ten. Indeed, it’s time for a broader negotiation in which major powers address their differences directly, honestly, and peacefully across the table from one another, rather than through gun-wielding proxies. I can promise you America will remain engaged in the region, and we are prepared to engage in that effort.

Fourth, Obama proposed, Arab and Muslim countries had to focus on “the extraordinary potential of their people – especially the youth.” He said that young Muslims “come from a great tradition that stands for education, not ignorance; innovation, not destruction; the dignity of life, not murder. Those who call you away from this path are betraying this tradition, not defending it.” That is the same message Obama and his minions have been braying for years at this point. No one, apparently, is listening.

And then Obama dropped the other shoe. After spending fifteen minutes blabbering about the glories and wonders of Islam, even as he decried extremism and sectarianism, Obama proceeded to blame Israel for conflict in the Middle East…

NRO: Will: Obama’s UN Address a ‘Pastiche of His Golden Oldies’

Twitchy: ‘Are you kidding me?’ Obama invokes Ferguson, Mo. in speech to UN about ‘violent extremism’:

Yours truly featured:

Obama Apologizes For America During Un General Assembly Address Dick Cheney Hannity:

NRO: Krauthammer’s Take: Obama’s UN Address ‘The Weakest Statement Ever Issued on Iran and Nukes’

Breitbart: Obama Forbids FBI to Use Religion in Identifying Terror Threats, as ISIS Recruits Openly in U.S. Mosques

Wherever the bad guys have been caught and prosecuted successfully, you will find Emerson working quietly behind the scenes as an invaluable ally of the FBI and Homeland Security. Because he accepts no money from the government, Emerson has been free of the diktats of the Obama administration that have forbidden the FBI to train their sights on Muslim terrorists. (That means The Investigative Project needs yourhelp to continue its work.)

In the words of U.S. Representative Pete Hoekstra, Ranking Member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence:

The Investigative Project on Terrorism is critical to our nation’s security. There is no other non-governmental group that has better intelligence or data on the threat to the United States and our allies. Making do with a bare bones budget, the IPT is a national treasure whose influence and achievements are unparalleled. our FBI agents, they could not combat the Islamists in our midst without Steven Emerson. Oliver “Buck” Revell, former head of FBI Investigations and Counter-Terrorism, said as much in these words: “The Investigative Project has been one of the most important sources of accurate and timely information on the real goals and objectives of the wide spread and powerful Islamist movement.”

The FBI turns to Emerson to find out what is happening. So does AT. This is what Emerson told us:

Isis is Al Qaeda 3.0. They are already in the United States and the only reason there has not been a terror attack is that they have not decided to do it yet.

There is no palette cleanser. Just the truth – and it isn’t pretty. But it’s the antidote for all the mealy mouthed mush Obama keeps uttering about Islam.

Why We Are Afraid: A 1400 Year Secret, by Dr Bill Warner:

 

Notorious Tea Party Crasher, Jason Levin, Crashes Gubernatorial Debate in Oregon (Video)

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Well well well, look who has resurfaced after a long four year hiatus?

Oregon Green Candidate Crashes Debate, Allowed to Stay: 

Pacific Green Party candidate Jason Levin crashed a debate between his Democratic and Republican rivals earlier today by simply walking into the room and grabbing a seat next to the two men. The debate was taking place at the offices of the Pamplin Media Group and in front of the editorial boards of the Pamplin Media Group and the EO Media Group.

Whaaat? Who is this mysterious stranger?

Longtime readers of this blog may remember “Tea Party Crasher” Jason Levin, the middle school teacher from Oregon who made quite a splash in 2010 with his “Crash the Tea Party” campaign to discredit conservatives.

At the height of his “influence”, he told the AP that he “had over 65 leaders in major cities across the country trying to recruit members to infiltrate tea party events for April 15.”

The mission of crashtheteaparty.org is simple. “Infiltrate and dismantle” the movement from the inside out.  The group’s strategy is to impersonate tea party supporters and portray them as right-wing extremists in front of the news cameras in order to discredit the cause.

Levin went on to say “Every time we have someone on camera saying that Barack Obama isn’t an American citizen, we want someone sitting next to him saying, ‘That’s right, he’s an alien from outer space!’” Levin also did not shy away his prior accusations that most tea party supporters are “racists, morons, and homophobes.”

I covered his bizarre antics rather extensively throughout the Spring and Summer of 2010.

Video: Tea Party Crashers – Yeah, You Guys Are Racist White Supremacists, No We Can’t Back That Up With Any Evidence Whatsoever

The Crash The Tea Party Effort Bears Fruit

Hokaaay…Jason Levin Now Urging Progressives To Stymie Rand Paul’s Campaign…

Jason “Crash The Tea Party” Levin Still Blaming “Teabaggers” For Time Square Bomb

Crash The Tea Party Efforts Flop

Any Stupid Signs You See Tomorrow at Your Local Tea Parties Will Be This Guy’s Fault

The fun came to an abrupt end in August 2010 when he was forced to resign his teaching job.

Fox News reported:

“He resigned earlier this week, on Monday,” Maureen Wheeler of the Beaverton School District said. “He resigned in lieu of termination.”

Wheeler said Levin learned the results of the district’s investigation and resigned. She would not comment on those investigative results.

Conestoga Middle School media lab teacher Jason Levin became national news back in April when he announced his intention to bring down the Tea Party on his “Crash the Tea Party” website and in media interviews.

The now-ex Conestoga Middle School media lab teacher said in April that he would seek to embarrass Tea Partiers by attending their rallies dressed as Adolf Hitler, carrying signs bearing racist, sexist and anti-gay epithets and acting as offensively as possible — anything short of throwing punches.

In a post on his now defunct website, Levin once called on his supporters to collect the Social Security numbers—among other personal identifying information—about as many Tea Party supporters as possible at rallies taking place across the country on Tax Day.

“Some other thoughts are to ask people at the rally to sign a petition renouncing socialism. See just how much info you can get from these folks (name address, DOB, Social Security #). The more data we can mine from the Tea Partiers, the more mayhem we can cause with it!!!!” he wrote.

Yeahhhh. That’s the guy who’s running for governor in Oregon on the Green ticket.

Levin enters the room at approximately the 8:40 mark. He showed up wearing a suit and gained access to the room by simply telling the receptionist that he was there for the debate, without any additional explanation.

Watcher’s Council Nominations -Executive Disorder Edition

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Whether its war in Syria or Libya or Lebanon or Iraq,  illegal migration, those whom shall be targeted by the IRS or the wonders of climate change,Our Dear Leader has the answer, with no need to consult anyone or anything,  especially not congress. He has, in his wisdom, the phone, the pen and the executive order to cut through the senseless blather of a Constitution written by old dead white men.

The people have spoken ( more or less). Down with the Republic and on to the new age of pottage, food stamps, idleness and the absolute rule of our elite progressive betters!

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:

This week, Seraphic Secret and The Pirate’s Cove 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

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