OBAMA WH Lectures Israel on Civilian Casualties – Then Lifts It’s Own Airstrike Standards on Syrian Civilians

Posted by Jim Hoft on Wednesday, October 1, 2014, 2:40 PM

In June the Obama White House criticized Israel for firing on terrorists operating near a United Nations School in Gaza. Ten people were killed when Israel targeted terrorists on a motorcycle near the school.

Jen Psaki at the State Department released this statement at the time:

The United States is appalled by today’s disgraceful shelling outside an UNRWA school in Rafah sheltering some 3,000 displaced persons, in which at least ten more Palestinian civilians were tragically killed. The coordinates of the school, like all UN facilities in Gaza, have been repeatedly communicated to the Israeli Defense Forces. We once again stress that Israel must do more to meet its own standards and avoid civilian casualties. UN facilities, especially those sheltering civilians, must be protected, and must not be used as bases from which to launch attacks. The suspicion that militants are operating nearby does not justify strikes that put at risk the lives of so many innocent civilians. We call for a full and prompt investigation of this incident as well as the recent shelling of other UNRWA schools.

We continue to underscore that all parties must take all feasible precautions to prevent civilian casualties and protect the civilian population and comply with international humanitarian law.

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Prime Minister Netanyahu shows photograph at the UN in September of a Hamas rocket launcher next to Gaza children.

But that was Israel…
This week the Obama White House exempted tight airstrike standards on civilian deaths in Syria.
Yahoo reported:

The White House has acknowledged for the first time that strict standards President Obama imposed last year to prevent civilian deaths from U.S. drone strikes will not apply to U.S. military operations in Syria and Iraq.

A White House statement to Yahoo News confirming the looser policy came in response to questions about reports that as many as a dozen civilians, including women and young children, were killed when a Tomahawk missile struck the village of Kafr Daryan in Syria’s Idlib province on the morning of Sept. 23.

The village has been described by Syrian rebel commanders as a reported stronghold of the al-Qaida-linked Nusra Front where U.S officials believed members of the so-called Khorasan group were plotting attacks against international aircraft.

But at a briefing for members and staffers of the House Foreign Affairs Committee late last week, Syrian rebel commanders described women and children being hauled from the rubble after an errant cruise missile destroyed a home for displaced civilians. Images of badly injured children also appeared on YouTube, helping to fuel anti-U.S. protests in a number of Syrian villages last week.

“They were carrying bodies out of the rubble. … I saw seven or eight ambulances coming out of there,” said Abu Abdo Salabman, a political member of one of the Free Syria Army factions, who attended the briefing for Foreign Affairs Committee members and staff. “We believe this was a big mistake.”

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Syrians check a damaged house, reportedly hit by US-led coalition air strikes, in the village of Kfar Derian in the western Aleppo province on September 23, 2014.(AFP / Sami Ali)

(This post was updated.)

 

 

Secret Service Director Julia Pierson Resigns

Posted by Jim Hoft on Wednesday, October 1, 2014, 2:36 PM

Secret Service Director Julia Pierson resigns.

Yesterday Pierson told Congress the recent White House intrusion was ‘unacceptable.’

This comes a day after her testimony before Congress on the White House security lapses.
CNBC reported:

Secret Service Director Julia Pierson has resigned.

Joseph Clancy, who formerly served as special agent in charge of the Presidential Protective Division of the Secret Service, will be appointed as an interim acting director of the Secret Service.

Pierson has been under pressure since it came to light that a fence-jumper had made it further into the White House than previously reported. At a congressional hearing on Tuesday, she admitted that there had been mistakes in the execution of the agency’s “security plan.”

 

 

CDC: DEADLY Enterovirus D68 Sweeping Across US – May Have Killed More Children

Posted by Jim Hoft on Wednesday, October 1, 2014, 2:16 PM

A child with a staph infection and Enterovirus D68 has died in Rhode Island, the state’s health department announced today. The child passed away last week.

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An earlier map of the Enterovirus D68 outbreak before it was diagnosed in Rhode Island.

It may not have been the first death linked to Enterovirus D68
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) also has detected enterovirus D68 in samples from patients who died recently in other states.

The Enterovirus D68 that is spreading among children across the U.S. particularly in the Midwest. The mysterious disease has been known to afflict Central America in the past.

Until recently the occurrence of EV-D68 was rare in the United States. Between 1970 and 2005 only 26 clinical isolates of EV-D68 were reported in the USA. Over the years, clusters have been reported in Georgia, Pennsylvania, Arizona and various countries.

Hundreds of children in Missouri and several other states have already been hospitalized because of Enterovirus EV-D68.

ABC News Chief Health and Medical Editor Dr. Richard Besser recently pointed out that “Viruses don’t tend to respect borders.”

Undocumented aliens are bringing diseases across the border into America. The Obama administration has relocated illegal immigrant children to all 50 states. Expect more outbreaks as the school year begins.

 

Top US Doctor: Illegal Immigrant Children May Be Spreading Mysterious Respiratory Disease (Video)

Posted by Jim Hoft on Wednesday, October 1, 2014, 12:34 PM

Dr. Jane Orient, the executive director of the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons, told Laura Ingraham that illegal immigrant children could be spreading dangerous viruses in the US. Dr. Orient says the illegal children may not have been screened or quarantined thoroughly.

The Obama administration has relocated illegal immigrant children to all 50 states.

Breitbart reported:

Dr. Jane Orient, Executive Director of the Association of American Physicians and Surgeons, reported that the government has been “real tight-lipped” about the mysterious respiratory illness that has struck children in the United States, expressed concern that the illegal immigrant minors from Central America could be the source, and argued that the government should devote more resources to border security to combat the spread of disease on Wednesday’s “Laura Ingraham Show.”

When asked whether illegal immigrant children who have been sent to various locations around the country could be the cause of the virus, she responded “Yes, they could be. We don’t know for sure the government is being real tight-lipped about this, and it only takes one infected child to infect the whole classroom.”

Orient added “we don’t know where it’s coming from…are there immigrants from Central America, where this disease has allegedly been prevalent before? Should we be [looking at] the virus to see whether it’s like what’s been found in some of these countries that are just sending waves of children across our border and they haven’t been quarantined long enough to make sure they’re not sick?”

Monica Showalter at Investor’s Business Daily has more on the mysterious chikungunya virus that is spreading in Central America and has worked its way up into the United States.

The Caribbean is on high alert for the spread of chikungunya, known as “the virus of pain.” Its Tanzanian-origin Bantu name means “to contort,” describing the agony it leaves in joints for years.

Some 183,000 cases were detected in the region this year as it spreads from the same mosquitoes that transmit dengue and yellow fever. Central America, according to a report in El Pais, is the epicenter. Puerto Rico has reported 2,000 cases and three deaths.

But the disease has worked its way up to the U.S.; Texas and Florida reported victims who have already contracted it without traveling to the affected regions.

 

Knee Pad Journalism: NY Times’ Peter Baker Absolves Obama in Secret Service Lapses

Posted by Jim Hoft on Wednesday, October 1, 2014, 12:13 PM

Guest post by Kristinn Taylor

2004 video shows how a real president takes charge of his security.

The same newspaper that crucified President George W. Bush for the Abu Ghrab scandal even though Bush was many, many layers of government removed from the American military guards at the heart of the Iraqi prison scandal has given President Barack Obama absolution for the gross incompetence of the Secret Service even though Obama is in direct contact every minute of every day with the agency charged with protecting his life.

Peter Baker, Chief White House Correspondent for the New York Times has written a churlish, excuse-making article published Tuesday night that at once hints Republican lawmakers want to see Obama killed and goes to great lengths to explain why the Obama has nothing to do with the failures of the Secret Service.

“President Obama must be touched by all the concern Republicans are showing him these days. As Congress examines security breaches at the White House, even opposition lawmakers who have spent the last six years fighting his every initiative have expressed deep worry for his security…”

“Yet it would not be all that surprising if Mr. Obama were a little wary of all the professed sympathy…”

“Coming just weeks before midterm elections, they said, the intense focus on the matter might further undercut confidence in the government Mr. Obama runs even though it was hardly his fault an intruder with a knife made it into the White House.”

“While the director of the Secret Service is appointed by the president, the White House under either party typically defers to the agency on how to handle the president’s security. Even when a president is angry at missteps — as reports suggest Mr. Obama was after a 2011 shooting at the White House when one of his daughters was home — he rarely expresses that publicly. For one, it might come across as impolitic. For another, it might offend the very people a president depends on most.

So even though Mr. Obama had nothing to do with the various problems involving his security beyond appointing Ms. Pierson last year, his White House now finds itself in the position of defending the Secret Service to a degree.”

Baker gives Obama a pass on the dangerous incompetence of the Secret Service even though Obama has been intimately aware of the agency’s problems for years and is on his second term as president. Obama not only appointed the current director Julia Pierson in response to previous scandals, he also appointed the director’s superior, Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson.

Beyond making appointments, it is ultimately up to Obama to see that he, his family and home are properly protected—the same goes for any family man. Obama’s role as president adds extra importance to his job as protector.

Contrary to Baker’s pathetic excuse-making, Obama has hands on control of the Secret Service. Obama is president of the United States. When the president knows the agency in charge of protecting him and his family is falling down on the job it is up to him to personally bear down on that agency until it regains its professional standing.

Baker’s article is apparently meant to report on and deflect concerns among Democrats the Secret Service scandals could add to the impression of incompetence in governance by the Obama administration leading Republicans to exploit that perception in next month’s Congressional elections.

For Baker to flatly state that Obama as the head of government in continuous contact with the Secret Service bears no responsibility for the agency’s continuing failures is not journalism—it’s protection. Maybe Obama should replace the Secret Service with Peter Baker and others in the Obama-worshiping media. They seem more dedicated to protecting Obama than does the Secret Service.

 

US Marine From Wisconsin Joins Kurdish Forces to Fight ISIS

Posted by Jim Hoft on Wednesday, October 1, 2014, 11:05 AM

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US citizen Jordan Matson joined the YPG Kurdish fighters to fight ISIS in Iraq.

An ex-Marine Jordan Matson joined the Kurdish YPG ranks to fight ISIS in Iraq. Jordan has the code-name “Serdar.”
DIHA reported:

A US citizen, Jordan Matson, has joined the YPG ranks in order to fight against ISIS gangs, receiving the code-name “Serdar”.

Matson was slightly injured when a mortar shell landed near him in a clash in which 8 ISIS gang members were killed. Matson says he is very content with the attention he receives in the YPG. US citizen from Wisconsin has joined the YPG ranks, which already includes many people from different ethnic groups in Syria and the Middle East in general.

‘I involved in the struggle with my unit for a week’

Matson says he had informed himself about the struggle of the YPG against the ISIS gangs through the internet in recent times, although he already had information about the Kurdish people.

Matson says he decided to join the YPG as he preferred to do something rather than nothing. Matson says the YPG is a bigger organisation than he previously thought it to be and adds that he is happy that he has gained acceptance so quickly in the YPG. Matson says he has been involved in the struggle with his unit for a week, adding that he has started to learn Kurdish.

‘My family supported me’

ISIS supporters are passing his photo around Twitter:

Jordan has a Facebook page and updated his profile on Tuesday.

 

Paul Ryan: I Won’t Run For President If Mitt Romney Runs Again in 2016 (Video)

Posted by Jim Hoft on Wednesday, October 1, 2014, 10:50 AM

Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) told HuffPost Live today he would not run for president if Mitt Romney decided to run again.

HuffPost Live sent out the transcript:

Paul Ryan: “I wouldn’t if he were. I would support Mitt. If he were to run, I would not. But I don’t even know if I’m going to either myself. That’s something I’m going to decide in 2015.”

Ryan also told HuffPost Live that the country should “take Mitt at his word” that he is not planning another campaign.

Ryan: “[Romney] thinks his time has come and gone. He wants other people to get into the race. I think a lot of people, especially on our side of the aisle — I am one of those, by the way — think he would be a fantastic candidate. I would like to see him run again, but I think he’s pretty clear that it’s definitely not his intention. He’s not trying to start this buzz, he’s not trying to mount another comeback.”

(Update: Video fixed)

 

FCC Considers Banning “Redskins” Under Proposed “Obscenity Rules” (Video)

Posted by Jim Hoft on Wednesday, October 1, 2014, 10:11 AM

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The Obama FCC will consider banning “Redskins” and punishing broadcasters for using the nickname in their coverage.
America’s Newsroom reported:

The ruling would allow the government to fine broadcasters for using the word “Redskins” on the air.
Sports Illustrated reported:

The Federal Communications Commission will consider punishing broadcasters for using the Washington Redskins’ nickname on air, FCC chairman Tom Wheeler said during a conference call with reporters, according to Reuters.

Legal activist John Banzhaf III, a law professor at George Washington University in Washington, D.C., petitioned the FCC to revoke a Washington radio station’s broadcast license due to its repeated use of the nickname.

Wheeler said his organization will “be looking into that petition.”

“There are a lot of names and descriptions that were used over time that are inappropriate today,” Wheeler added, according to Reuters. “And I think the name that is attributed to the Washington football club is one of those.”

In June the US Patent Office cancelled the Redskins trademark registrations.

 

Breaking: California Governor Signs Bill to Allow Gun Confiscation from Family Members

Posted by Jim Hoft on Wednesday, October 1, 2014, 10:05 AM

Joseph Stalin’s firearms confiscation was a tremendous success for the Socialist state.

Under the Tsar, Russia was one of the most heavily armed societies on earth. That all changed when Stalin and the communists took control.  Stalin was able to control, starve, punish and imprison a defenseless people… after he took their guns. (Zinnfigur)

On Tuesday, California Governor Jerry Brown signed legislation that allows family members to have guns confiscated. California became the first state to pass the legislation.
The Associated Press reported, via Guns Save Lives:

California will become the first state that allows family members to ask a judge to remove firearms from a relative who appears to pose a threat, under legislation Gov. Jerry Brown said Tuesday he had signed.

The bill was proposed by several Democrats and responds to a deadly rampage in May near the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Relatives of the victims and other supporters of the bill said the parents of 22-year-old Elliot Rodger were thwarted in their attempts to seek help for their troubled son before the rampage.

Supporters had said such a measure could have prevented the attacks, winning out over critics who said it would erode gun rights.

“If both of these laws had been in place on May 23, things could have been very different,” Rodger’s father, Peter Rodger, said in a statement Tuesday night. “California, today, is a safer state because of this legislation. Let’s hope other states follow.”

Law enforcement authorities in Connecticut, Indiana and Texas can seek a judge’s order allowing them to seize guns from people they deem to be a danger.

The new California law gives law enforcement the same option and extends it to family members.

 

Obama Defers Deportation of Liberians On Same Day TX Ebola Patient Enters Hospital

Posted by Jim Hoft on Wednesday, October 1, 2014, 9:25 AM

Sept. 19 – Man leaves Liberia
Sept. 20 - Visitor arrives in Dallas, Texas. The city of Dallas says the patient moved to Dallas.
Sept. 24 – Symptoms begin
Sept. 26 – Man seeks care in Dallas but is sent home with antibiotics
Sept. 26 – Obama issues a Deferred Enforced Departure Memorandum for Liberians
Sept. 28 – Man is transported to Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital by ambulance.
Oct. 1 – Man is isolated and in serious condition – organs are failing.

On Tuesday the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has confirmed the first case of Ebola in the United States. A Liberian visitor to Dallas was transported to Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital by ambulance on Sunday.

Barack Obama issued a presidential memorandum on September 26th to defer deportations of Liberians, the same day the Texas Ebola patient first visited the hospital.

MEMORANDUM FOR THE SECRETARY OF HOMELAND SECURITY

SUBJECT: Deferred Enforced Departure for Liberians

Since 1991, the United States has provided safe haven for Liberians who were forced to flee their country as a result of armed conflict and widespread civil strife, in part through granting Temporary Protected Status (TPS). The armed conflict ended in 2003 and conditions improved such that TPS ended effective October 1, 2007. President Bush then deferred the enforced departure of the Liberians originally granted TPS. I extended that grant of Deferred Enforced Departure (DED) to September 30, 2014. I have determined that there are compelling foreign policy reasons to again extend DED to those Liberians presently residing in the United States under the existing grant of DED.

Pursuant to my constitutional authority to conduct the foreign relations of the United States, I have determined that it is in the foreign policy interest of the United States to defer for 24 months the removal of any Liberian national, or person without nationality who last habitually resided in Liberia, who is present in the United States and who is under a grant of DED as of September 30, 2011. The grant of DED only applies to an individual who has continuously resided in the United States since October 1, 2002, except for Liberian nationals, or persons without nationality who last habitually resided in Liberia:

(1) Who are ineligible for TPS for the reasons provided in section 244(c)(2)(B) of the Immigration and Nationality Act, 8 U.S.C. 1254a(c)(2)(B);

(2) Whose removal you determine is in the interest of the United States;

(3) Whose presence or activities in the United States the Secretary of State has reasonable grounds to believe would have potentially serious adverse foreign policy consequences for the United States;

(4) Who have voluntarily returned to Liberia or his or her country of last habitual residence outside the United States;

(5) Who were deported, excluded, or removed prior to the date of this memorandum; or

(6) Who are subject to extradition.

Accordingly, I direct you to take the necessary steps to implement for eligible Liberians:

(1) A deferral of enforced departure from the United States for 24 months from October 1, 2014; and

(2) Authorization for employment for 24 months from October 1, 2014.

BARACK OBAMA

 



 
 

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