Politics and U.S. Current Events
Posted 4/24/15 at 2:43 PM | Mark Ellis
By Mark Ellis
Eric Maddox, a former Army interrogation specialist who led the hunt for Saddam Hussein, said it was Saddam’s craving for a favorite fish dish that resulted in his seizure, according to a story by Trib Live.
Maddox spoke at a dinner held at the Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall & Museum in Oakland, California on April 22, 2015.
A U.S.-led special operations task force captured Saddam Dec. 13, 2003, near his hometown of Tikrit. The former Iraqi strongman was discovered in an underground hiding place or “spider hole” near a farmhouse.
Four months before the capture, Maddox questioned Saddam’s chef, who revealed that Saddam’s favorite dish was masgouf – a grilled fish meal seasoned to the leader’s liking, according to the Trib.
Because of the fear of arrest, Hussein’s inner circle wouldn’t visit the fish market after the dictator was overthrown. Maddox theorized that Saddam would find some other way to get his fish. FULL POST
Posted 4/24/15 at 4:00 AM | Caleb Dexter
Thursday (April 23) the Senate finally appointed Loretta Lynch as U.S. Attorney General after a long delay, which now deems her as the first Black female to hold the position. According to sources, the Senate prolonged on appointing her because she justified President Obama's choices on immigration. FULL POST
Posted 4/22/15 at 11:40 PM | Candice Lanier
Via The Armenian Genocide Museum-Institute:
"What is the Armenian Genocide?
The extermination of Armenians in the Ottoman Empire and the surrounding regions during 1915-1923 is called the Armenian Genocide.
Those massacres were masterminded and perpetrated by the government of Young Turks and were later finalized by the Kemalist government.
The First World War gave the Young Turks the opportunity to settle accounts with Armenians living in the Ottoman Empire, thus implementing the decision of the secret meeting of 1911 in Thessaloniki. The plan was to tukify the Muslims and to exterminate the Armenians living in the Ottoman Empire. Talaat Pasha (Interior Minister), Enver Pasha (Minister of Military Affairs), Djemal Pasha (commander of the Palestinian Front), Behaeddin Shakir Bey (Young Turk Central Committee member) and others were among the orchestrators of the project. FULL POST
Posted 4/17/15 at 8:24 AM | Karen Kramer
I’m not a political diplomat, but having studied communications and interpersonal relationships, when someone lies and hurls death threats, it effectively ends meaningful discourse. Welcome to negotiations with Iran—where the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps encourages the “Death to America” chants among the crowds after weekly prayers and during political rallies. To them, the United States, “is still the great Satan and the enemy of the (Islamic) revolution…”
Just a couple months ago in the Persian Gulf, the Iranians sent a blazing message when they blew up a full-size model of the U.S.S. Nimitz. And let’s not ignore the poignant words by the supreme leader’s representative, Ali Shirazi, “When we look at the Islamic world, we see that the culture of the Islamic revolution has reached all countries and all Muslims throughout the world….We shall not rest until we raise the flag of Islam over the White House.” FULL POST
Posted 4/14/15 at 10:27 PM | Carrie Stoelting
How do you identify a misinformed citizen? Anyone who denies the Christian heritage of the United States instantly unveils his/her misguided beliefs.
Fact: The United States of America is a Christian nation. Our country's deep history proves it. A plethora of letters, legislation, documents, etc. leave an extensive paper trail which proves that, yes, America was founded by Christians. We were founded to be a land of freedom -including freedom of religion. (Note the First Amendment in the U.S. Constitution.) So much evidence exists and demands a verdict in support of it.
Patrick Henry furthered this point when he said, "This great nation was founded not by religionists, but by Christians; not on religions, but on the gospel of Jesus Christ."
The recent religious freedom bill in Indiana brought out the fact that Christian Americans' religious freedom is under attack. (Please read the featured article by Dr. Jerry Newcombe. It explains in detail what we mean.)
Indeed, "tolerance" should not be a one-way street. But sadly, current cultural trends map a one-way street for Christian Americans.
Christian rights are being attacked and dismissed with a growing intensity. We desire to live out our deeply-held beliefs respectfully and reverently while trying to honor the Lord. We are not being intolerant when we disagree with others' actions. We are simply trying to live by our faith as Christians. Sadly, those pushing the homosexual agenda don't understand that. (And that's an understatement.) We choose to follow the Golden Rule -not incite hatred. While it's not a surprise, the media overlook or misrepresent Christians. FULL POST
Posted 4/14/15 at 11:17 AM | Karen Kramer
Our nation’s government-funded schools will be allowing a Day of Silence Friday April 17th. Thousands of high schools and middle schools will be recognizing this special day sponsored by the Gay, Lesbian, and Straight Education Network (GLSEN).
Robbing students of precious instruction time, anyone supporting GLSEN can remain silent throughout the day. Our tax dollars are subsidizing a political movement and all students, whether they support GLSEN or not, will be impacted.
Parents are urged to consider keeping their children home on the Day of Silence while also sending letters to school administrators, teachers, and school board members.
School districts lose money when students are absent—and when a political decision is the reason kids stay home schools will feel the cost. Our public schools have enough issues without them becoming political tools for radical agendas.
Visit the doswalkout website for further information on opposing the Day of Silence.
Posted 4/13/15 at 4:48 PM | Candice Lanier
Last year, in September, ISIS called for random attacks against individuals in the U.S. The terrorist group’s spokesman specifically called for lone-wolf attacks and provided instructions on how to attack the Westerners: “Rig the roads with explosives for them. Attack their bases. Raid their homes. Cut off their heads. Do not let them feel secure. Hunt them wherever they may be. Turn their worldly life into fear and fire. Remove their families from their homes and thereafter blow up their homes.”
The spokesman went on to urge members to “hinder those who want to harm your brothers. The best thing you can do is to strive to your best and kill any disbeliever, whether he be French, American or from any of their allies.” FULL POST
Posted 4/12/15 at 6:35 PM | Caleb Dexter
Sunday (April 12) Hillary Clinton finally ended two years of rumors as she announced that her 2016 presidential bid is official.
"I'm getting ready to do something too, I'm running for president" said Clinton in a two minute video on the Hillary Clinton YouTube channel.
In the video she went on to say, “Everyday Americans need a champion. And I want to be that champion, so I’m hitting the road to earn your vote — because it’s your time. And I hope you’ll join me on this journey.”
The candidacy video also included an African-American couple expecting their baby, a middle-class mom who expressed what she's getting ready to do for her daughter and two brothers who are preparing to start a business together.
Posted 4/10/15 at 1:30 PM | Michael Bresciani
Apostate churches abound in these last days, but not all have lost their spine. Some of the best known ministries and ministers have sent warning to the Supreme Court justices of the United States that the scriptures attest that same sex marriage and homosexuality are perversions that violate the laws of God, man and nature.
Citing both the Bible and history a plethora of ministries which includes Pastor Chuck Baldwin, Charles Stanley, Joyce Meyers, the Abraham Lincoln Foundation and the Institute on the Constitution filed their brief via the William J. Olson law firm and the U.S. Justice Foundation. The brief includes a full rendering of Leviticus 18: 22 and verses 24-30.
The Bible clearly warns that the practice and promulgation of homosexuality and other perversions will draw God’s disfavor and in time his severe judgement on this and any nation. Those who take their bibles seriously cannot wait until others take them seriously – it will be too late by then. FULL POST
Posted 4/8/15 at 10:46 PM | Candice Lanier
Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC) is trumpeting a major Senate cyber bill that he claims is better at protecting privacy. Burr, who is chairman the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, hails this bipartisan measure which was recently approved by his panel, as taking the first step in cracking down on the theft of personal data and intellectual property. Elaborating, he goes on to insist that the bill would create “a cybersecurity information-sharing environment that works much like a neighborhood watch program--allowing all participants to get a better understanding of the current cybersecurity threats that may be used against them.” FULL POST