Kenneth Jennings conducts this 1975 St. Olaf choir performance of Praise to the Lord. Arr. F. Melius Christiansen.
Kenneth Jennings conducts this 1975 St. Olaf choir performance of Praise to the Lord. Arr. F. Melius Christiansen.
Fox News: Peters: Putin is Humiliating Obama, He Wants to Humiliate the U.S. & Our Military:
Peters says there’s a very real possibility that Putin could have one of our planes shot down, and Obama would do nothing in response.
Fox News Special Report: Is Obama giving up on America’s influence in the Mideast?
WFB: Flashback: Rubio proves prescient on Russia and Syria at CNN debate:
WFB: Trump Booed for Calling Marco Rubio a ‘Clown’:
Obama: Russia facing a ‘quogmire’ in Syria:
We can add quagmire to the list of words (like Pock-ee-ston, Tolly-bon) Obama insists on mispronouncing because he thinks it makes him sound sophisticated.
His whole presidency has been a quogmire.
Migrants swarm lorry as they try to enter Channel Tunnel:
Pat Condell: The Invasion of Europe:
PJ Media, Trifecta: Even Steven Spielberg Couldn’t Make Hillary More Likable!
Colin Flaherty: Another Dead Cop. Another Black Person Pulls the Trigger. In South Carolina:
Daily Caller: Woman blinds herself she wanted to be disabled:
She has “identified” as a blind person since she was six years old. Finally she found a “sympathetic psychologist” who agreed to pour drain cleaner in her eyes.
“I really feel this is the way I was supposed to be born, that I should have been blind from birth,” she told Barcroft.
I suppose you need a palette cleanser after that, so here are some puppies playing in the leaves:
Henry V – Speech – Eve of Saint Crispin’s Day:
The Council has spoken, the votes have been cast, and the results are in for this week’s Watcher’s Council match up.
“When the winds of change blow, some people build walls and others build windmills.” – Chinese proverb
Peace is purchased from strength. It’s not purchased from weakness or unilateral retreats. – Benyamin Netanyahu
“The Middle East is obviously an issue that has plagued the region for centuries.”– President Barack Hussein Obama
“Instead of the triumph of democracy and progress, we got violence, poverty and social disaster — and nobody cares a bit about human rights, including the right to life. I cannot help asking those who have forced that situation: Do you realize what you have done?” – Vladimir Putin at the UN September 2015, commenting on those whom supported Islamist revolutions and left a vacuum of power in the region.
This week’s winning essay,Joshuapundit’s, The Real Story Behind Putin And Netanyahu’s Moscow Meeting – Updated deals with the real story of what went down at Russian leader Vladimir Putin’s meeting with Israeli PM Benyamin Netanyahu in Moscow, an analysis on what the Russians are up to in Syria and my accurate prediction on whom they would mount airstrikes against – and it wasn’t ISIS.
Here’s a slice:
The recent meeting between Israeli PM Benyamin Netanyahu and Russian leader Vladimir Putin has sparked the usual nonsense in the media, usually complemented by analysis from ‘experts’ in academia or a former security head or two – usually affiliated with the Leftist Labor party – long out of the loop.
Here’s an outline on what actually went down, according to one of my notorious Little Birdies.
The Israelis actually welcome, in a sense, the new Russian base in Syria. They see it as a stabilizing force, and they also know that Russia is chiefly interested in preserving their ally Assad and their Mediterranean access via the Syrian port of Tartous.
Israel’s chief concerns are the possible build up of a new terrorist front in the Golan Heights now that Iran has all that cash courtesy of President Obama, avoiding any clashes with Russian personnel now deployed in Syria and stopping any weapons shipments going to Hezbollah. The Israelis already understand that the Russian alliance with Iran means that Russia is going to be little or no help in dealing with Iran’s nuclear threat.
Contrary to what you may be reading elsewhere, Russia did not request nor did Israel agree to any formal limits on its ability to intervene in Syria to stop weapons shipments to Hezbollah or terrorist attacks on the Golan. What Israeli chief of staff Lt. Gen. Gady Eisenkot and his Russian equivalent Gen. Valery Gerasimov agreed on was the establishment of a hotline between the Russian and Israeli general staffs.
This will connect the offices of Gerasimov’s deputy, Gen. Nikolay Bogdanovsky in Moscow and Eisenkot’s deputy, Gen. Yair Golan, in Tel Aviv. It is designed to facilitate communications and clarify things during or after Russian or Israeli military operations in Syria and to avoid any unnecessary clashes between the two military forces.
Israel has a similar setup with American forces in the region to facilitate military cooperation. Since Russia is by now the dominant source of non-native boots on the ground in the region, such an arrangement only makes sense.
Other possible topics for discussion likely involved an Israeli request that the Russians not introduce certain advanced weapons systems into the area. Israel had a similar deal with Putin in the past after successful Israeli strikes on Syrian bases storing arms bound for Hezbollah. That arrangement exploded after Putin found out that President Obama had secretly moved 1,800 US troops to the Jordan border with Syria while the two of them were supposedly working on a diplomatic solution to Syria and the EU ended an arms embargo on the rebels in what was obviously a co-ordinated move.
Much is being made of Russian S-300 missile systems, but the last time Putin shipped S-300s into the Middle East, the Russian Ship Arctic Sea was mysteriously hijacked en route to Iran, the S-300s were removed and disappeared and it was Israel’s Mossad who told the Russians where they could find their ship, which had been boarded by a mysterious group of men posing as narcotics agents off the coast of Sweden some days earlier.
The Israelis have obviously had their hands on these for some time and figured out how to deal with them. And the Russian SAMS guarding Syria’s nuclear site they set up in connivance with North Korea didn’t have much effect on Israel’s planes either, you’ll recall.
Putin will likely continue to sell arms to Syria and Iran for transfer to Hezbollah, but will turn a blind eye on Israeli interdiction of those shipments as long as he gets paid and there are no major Russian casualties. He may also have agreed to avoid introducing certain weapons systems into the region like the Kornet missiles as part of this new understanding.
Netanyahu was quoted in the Times of Israel as saying that he told Putin in “no uncertain terms” that Israel will not tolerate Tehran’s efforts to arm Israel’s enemies in the region, and that Jerusalem has taken and will continue to take action against any such attempts. “This is our right and also our duty. There were no objections to our rights and to what I said. On the contrary: there was readiness to make sure that whatever Russia’s intentions for Syria, Russia will not be a partner in extreme actions by Iran against us.”
Putin responded by saying that the Syrian army was too bogged down in its own civil war to deal with fighting against Israel.
“All of Russia’s actions in the region will always be very responsible,” Putin said. “We are aware of the shelling against Israel and we condemn all such shelling. I know that these shellings are carried out by internal elements. In regard to Syria, we know that the Syrian army is in a situation such that it is incapable of opening a new front. Our main goal is to defend the Syrian state. However, I understand your concern.”
To find out what Russia is up to in Syria and whom they’re mounting air strikes against instead of ISIS, go to the link.
In our non-Council category, the winner was Mark Steyn with The Emperor’s Moral Narcissism submitted by Bookworm Room . It’s his superb take on the invasion of Europe.
Here are this week’s full results. Only Don Surber was unable to vote this week but was not subject to the normal 2/3 vote penalty :
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It’s time to present this week’s statuette of shame, The Golden Weasel!!
Every Tuesday, the Council nominates some of the slimiest, most despicable characters in public life for some deed of evil, cowardice or corruption they’ve performed. Then we vote to single out one particular Weasel for special mention, to whom we award the statuette of shame, our special, 100% plastic Golden Weasel. This week’s nominees were all slimy and despicable, but the votes are in and we have our winner…the envelope please…
WGN TV’s Production Department!
Puma By Design : My nominee for Weasel of the Week are the boneheads in the production department at WGN-TV, Chicago who chose for last week’s news story on Yom Kippur that horrible image of the yellow Star of David that Nazis forced Jews to wear during the Holocaust.
According to the first news report I saw, once an editor pointed the offense of using the illustration, WGN-TV immediate issued an apology on social media. However, according to the Telegraph.co.uk, WGN, stated that “the image came from its image bank, and they ‘failed to recognise that the image was an offensive Nazi symbol.’”
The next day, WGN issued an on-air apology, “Last night we ran a story to recognize Yom Kippur, the Jewish Day of Atonement. Regrettably, we failed to recognize that the artwork we chose to accompany the story contained an offensive symbol. This was an unfortunate mistake. Ignorance is not an excuse.”
While ignorance is no excuse, the production department, the journalists and those working behind the scenes should have immediately noticed the error before the news story went live.
Finally, who will be held accountable? Oh my bad, NO ONE. Yet if it were a Black person, Muslim or a member of the Gay Gestapo, head(s) would have rolled and a lawsuit pending by now.
I have to admit, using an image of the Nazi’s yellow star on a story about Yom Kippur, the Jewish Day of Atonement is a real lapse of judgment, especially since it had ‘Jude’ written across it and a background of striped cloth to represent the garb the Nazis made concentration camp inmates wear.
In his book Crusade in Europe, General Eisenhower related how once the camps were liberated, he immediately got in touch with reporters, photographers and media outlets and leaned on them heavily to come to Europe, record what they saw and interview the survivors because he foresaw a time when ‘men would deny that this happened.’
As a matter of fact, one of those men, Mahmoud Abbas addressed the UN today with an absolute pack of lies, among them that ‘Palestine’ has always educated its people for peace. Abbas’s book on Holocaust denial, his thesis while he was being trained by the Soviets at Moscow University is required reading in what passes for the school curriculum in the PLO’s little kleptocracy.
In spite of the noble efforts of General Eisenhower and others, the world has pretty much forgotten the Holocaust. And words like ‘Nazi,’ ‘concentration camp,’ and ‘genocide’ get thrown around pretty freely these days by people whom you’d think would be embarrassed to do so.
Well, there it is.
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Well, the talking heads sure had a lot to talk about Wednesday following Putin’s big power play in Syria, Wednesday.
Lt. Col. Ralph Peters went on Fox News to give his assessment of the situation.
Obama is so weak that Putin wouldn’t hesitate to shoot one of our planes down because he knows Obama won’t do anything about it, Peters told host Bill Hemmer.
“This guy is good, and we’ve got a pixie dust president who still thinks he can say something three times and it will come true,” he continued.
The Pixie Dust President lectured the UN yesterday about how “violent extremism” is not unique to any one faith, which prompted British Prime Minister David Cameron to rebuke him, “… we have to be frank that the biggest problem we have today is the Islamist extremist violence that has given birth to ISIL, to al-Shabab, to al-Nusra, al Qaeda and so many other groups.”
Meanwhile “master of propaganda” Vladimir Putin is saying what the US said (pre Obama): “fight them over there so they don’t come here.”
“Under international law, Vladimir Putin has a better case for being there than we do. He invited Putin in. We weren’t invited in,” Peters pointed out.
He added, “despite all the ‘Baghdad Bob’ behavior from Josh Earnest, what Putin is doing is absolutely transparent.”
“He is betting on the Shia Muslims against the Sunnis,” Peters explained.
“In almost 7 years this president hasn’t learned that words don’t stop bullets. He is fundamentally out of touch with human reality, with the reality of history, with the reality of warfare, and Vladimir Putin – ruthless and vicious and ugly though he is — he’s the one that’s on the side of history, now. Not us. We’re clinging to 20th century platitudes, and Putin is changing the world. CHANGING THE WORLD, as we do nothing.”
“Putin is a man of action and God help us – our president is a deer caught in the headlights of history.”
Ralph Peters, NY Post: Putin wants to humiliate Obama with airstrikes in Syria:
Putin has bet on the Shia world against the Sunni Muslims and is well along in the process of building a wall of allies from Tehran to Tripoli. Already, Russia has a renewed presence and influence in the Middle East after a four-decade absence.
Our response? We’re still funding the Iranian-owned Baghdad government; still shortchanging the Kurds; still afraid to use real military power against ISIS; and terrified that Putin will push the Syrian situation into a confrontation.
He will. And the Obama administration is utterly, profoundly unprepared.
Personally, I’m not sure Obama is being buffeted around by the ‘forces of change’, unable to grasp that his policy of doing nothing but speechifying is unproductive.
I can’t shake the feeling that everything he’s doing is part of some grand, awful, anti-American plan.
How could anyone actually be this incompetent?
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We’ve had seven years now of Obama screwing things up and not taking responsibility for it, so it should come as no surprise that he is blaming the GOP for his latest fiasco.
Obama’s $500 million program to train and arm the Syrian rebels has flopped in spectacular fashion, so naturally the craven Obama regime is pretending they had nothing to do with it – it was all the Republicans’ fault. Obama never thought it would work. He just went along because John McCain and Lindsey Graham were just so goshdarn insistent he couldn’t say no. He didn’t want to hurt John McCain’s feelings, so he magnanimously let him try something big.
It’s offensive frankly, that anyone would point fingers at this president, when the fault so clearly lies with the Republicans in Congress. Obama’s fighting to make the world a better place for you and me, and other people keep spoiling it.
JOSH EARNEST (9/16/15): Many of you have understandably asked me questions about the claims of our critics who suggest that the administration should invest more deeply in training and equipping members of the Syrian opposition, that that was the recipe for success … That is not something this administration ever believed, but it is something that our critics [Read Republicans] will have to answer for.
EARNEST (6/30/14): The president for some time has been concerned that the lawlessness and violence we’ve seen in Syria does have a destabilizing, dangerous impact … A way to address that, in our view, is to bolster the moderate opposition, provide them additional assistance.
BARACK OBAMA (9/07/14): We have a Free Syrian Army and a moderate opposition, that we have steadily been working with, that we have vetted … At the West Point speech I gave, I said we need to put more resources into the moderate opposition.
EARNEST (9/09/14): The president does believe that there would be value…to ramp up assistance that we provide to members of the moderate opposition.
JOHN KERRY (9/18/14) Stepping up the efforts with respect to the moderate opposition is an essential piece of any strategy against ISIL.
OBAMA (9/18/14): With this effort, we will provide training and equipment to help them grow stronger.
EARNEST (9/16/15): But I think it’s also time for our critics to fess up in this regard as well. They were wrong.
Is this not what we’ve come to expect from these insufferable A-holes?
FLASHBACK to Feb 2013, when Rush Limbaugh had a eureka moment:
You may have figured this out long ago, but it just hit me — and if you figured it out long ago and you’ve been trying to get through here and tell me, I wish you’d have gotten through. For those of you who figured it out and I didn’t, I’m just now getting to it. I apologize for being a late arrival to the party, but now — now — it all makes sense. For five years Obama has never once allowed himself to be seen as governing.
He is constantly campaigning against mysterious forces who have ill intentions trying to harm you and this great country. There are these figures behind the screen, behind the curtain. Romney was one. Bush was one. There are others. Obama’s trying to expose them.
Rush would go on to develop this thought into what he called the Limbaugh Theorem, which is that “Obama has mastered the ability to always be seen as opposing everything that’s happening, even the things he is causing to happen. He is on a perpetual campaign.”