Putin’s Russia declares “HOLY WAR” against ISIS…This is how Obama responded

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The Orthodox Christian Church, which is reclaiming its traditional role in post-Soviet Russia, has just described its government’s fight against the Islamic State and other jihadi groups in Syria as a “holy war.”

According to Vsevolod Chaplin, head of the Church’s Public Affairs Department:

The fight with terrorism is a holy battle and today our country is perhaps the most active force in the world fighting it.

The Russian Federation has made a responsible decision on the use of armed forces to defend the People of Syria from the sorrows caused by the arbitrariness of terrorists.

Christians are suffering in the region with the kidnapping of clerics and the destruction of churches.

Compare and contrast Putin’s terse response with U.S. President Obama, who denies the connection between Islamic teachings and violence; whose policies habitually empower Christian-persecuting Islamists; who prevents Christian representatives from testifying against their tormentors; and who even throws escaped Christian refugees back to the lions, while accepting tens of thousands of Muslim migrants.

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Pentagon funding bill on Obama’s desk: $600 mln to Syrian rebels, $300 mln to Kiev

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The defense funding bill for 2016 includes some lavish support to rebels in Syria and lethal aid to the current Ukrainian government. Although President Barack Obama is at loggerheads with lawmakers over some of the provisions, they are likely to remain.

Obama has threatened to veto the $612 billion National Defense Authorization Act – also known as House Resolution 1735, or the NDAA – because it contains provisions blocking the plans to shut down the detention camp at the US base in Guantanamo Bay, and because it avoids a cap on defense spending by padding a special account reserved for bankrolling wars. The Senate passed the NDAA on Wednesday with a veto-proof majority.

While the White House and the lawmakers are in dispute over the details, they appear to be in agreement on continuing to send military aid to the regime in Ukraine and the elusive “moderate rebels” in Syria.

Some $600 million has been earmarked for a program to support the “appropriately vetted” Syrian rebels, fighting against both the government in Damascus and Islamic State (IS, also known as ISIS and ISIL).

Section 1225 of the NDAA allocates $531.5 million directly to the Syria Train and Equip program, and directs an additional $25.8 million to the US Army and $42.8 million to the US Air Force, to cover the costs of their participation.

The 2015 version of the NDAA allocated $500 million for the training and equipping of “moderate rebels.” Though the Pentagon hoped to have a force of 5,000 fighters by the end of 2015, the program has produced only a handful – literally. Top US military officials admitted only “five or six” rebels remained in combat after the first group was scattered by Al-Nusra terrorists in July. The second batch of rebels surrendered to Al-Nusra last month, with all their US-provided gear.

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The text of the bill as reconciled between the House of Representatives and the Senate lays out the conditions for the aid, including the provision that the Pentagon must prevent the weapons, ammunition and supplies given to the rebels from falling into the hands of IS, Al-Nusra, Al-Qaeda, the Khorasan Group, “any other violent extremist organization,” as well as“Syrian Arab Army or any group or organization supporting President Bashir [sic] Assad.”

Washington insists that the government of President Assad is the “root of all evil” in Syria and that regime change in Damascus should be pursued parallel to the struggle against Islamic State.

Another $715 million was allocated for the train-and-equip program in Iraq, aimed at the Iraqi military as well as the Kurdish and tribal militias fighting against IS.

Though the US-led coalition of 62 countries has been bombing IS in Syria and Iraq for over a year, at a total cost of $4 billion and counting, the group has grown in strength and expanded its reach. On September 30, Russia began its own air campaign against IS, in cooperation with the governments of Syria, Iraq and Iran.

READ MORE: Less talk, more action: Russian jets destroy ISIS HQs, tanks, munition depots – all in just 1 week

Another provision in the NDAA gives the Pentagon and the State Department a six-month deadline to report on the possibility of establishing and maintaining a no-fly zone “over a significant portion or all of Syria” and “one or more safe zones in Syria for internally displaced people or for the facilitation of humanitarian assistance.”

Plans to establish a no-fly zone and “safe areas” have been floated by former CIA director and retired US Army General David Petraeus and by contender for the Democratic presidential nomination Hillary Clinton.

“Lethal assistance” to Ukraine

Section 1250 of the NDAA allocates $300 million to the “Ukraine Security Assistance Initiative,” aimed at propping up the government in Kiev. The bill instructs the Pentagon to coordinate with the State Department to “provide appropriate security assistance and intelligence support, including training, equipment, and logistics support, supplies and services, to military and other security forces of the Government of Ukraine.”

Lawmakers have allocated no less than $50 million for “Lethal assistance such as anti-armor weapon systems, mortars, crew-served weapons and ammunition, grenade launchers and ammunition, and small arms and ammunition.”

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US troops have been training Ukrainian government soldiers at Yavoriv, in western Ukraine, since this spring. However, this is the first time that Washington has authorized lethal aid for Kiev. The program also includes drones – described as“unmanned aerial tactical surveillance systems” – as well as electronic and cyber warfare capabilities and “actionable intelligence.”

The final version of the bill does not specify what it means by “other security forces.” In addition to the state military, the Kiev regime has used the newly formed National Guard and volunteer battalions such as ‘Azov,’ described by US lawmakers as “openly neo-Nazi” and “fascist.”

Number of sanctuary cities grows to 340; thousands of illegals released to commit new crimes

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The list of sanctuary cities has grown to more than 340, and they shielded an average of 1,000 immigrants a month from deportation last year — and more than 2,000 of those released have already been arrested for yet more crimes, according to a report being released Thursday by the Center for Immigration Studies.

Among those released are illegal immigrants accused of murders and brutal assaults, said Jessica Vaughan, the author of the report, which comes just as the Senate is poised to begin debating legislation to try to crack down on sanctuary jurisdictions.

Santa Clara County Jail in California alone released some 1,349 immigrants that U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents had asked be held for pickup, the new report says. Los Angeles released 572.

“Our elected officials must not sit back and watch these sanctuary jurisdictions continue to release thousands of criminal aliens back into our communities in defiance of ICE efforts to deport them, and then witness the harm that inevitably ensues when these removable offenders strike again,” said Jessica Vaughan, the report’s author.

Sanctuary cities exploded onto front pages in July, when a Kathryn Steinle, a 32-year-old woman, was killed while walking with her father in San Francisco, and an illegal immigrant released by the county was charged with the shooting.

Ms. Vaughan said San Francisco ranked eighth worst on the list of offenders, releasing some 252 immigrants in 2014 that federal officials had asked be held.

All told, there are now 340 jurisdictions that refuse to cooperate to some extent with federal deportation requests, Ms. Vaughan said, citing ICE numbers. She keeps a tally listing most of those jurisdictions, and recently added nine new names to its list, including Prince George’s County and Montgomery County in Maryland, and Chesterfield County in Virginia.

Ms. Vaughan keeps a map of the known sanctuary jurisdictions at:http://cis.org/Sanctuary-Cities-Map, giving residents a chance to see if they live under one of the controversial policies.

Immigrant-rights advocates defend sanctuary cities, saying that worrying about deportations is a job for the federal government, not local officers. The advocates also say that when local police do cooperate with ICE, it strains relationships with Hispanic communities in particular, who then fear reporting other serious crimes.

The conflict has left Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson in the middle. He scrapped the mandatory Secure Communities program that had pushed state and local prisons and jails to hold illegal immigrants, bowing to legal challenges to the program.

But he has instead tried to earn buy-in for a voluntary approach, known as the Priority Enforcement Program or PEP, which asks communities to cooperate, and promises to only ask for the most serious of criminals to be turned over.

On Wednesday, Mr. Johnson defended progress in getting jurisdictions to sign up, saying 13 of the 25 biggest sanctuary localities have expressed interest in cooperating in the PEP.

“More are coming on line and I expect we will reach agreement with major cities in the near future,” the secretary said in a briefing on the state of immigration enforcement, delivered to the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute.

Mr. Johnson said sanctuary cities’ refusal to cooperate has dented his deportation efforts, and it’s one reason why deportations in fiscal year 2015, which ended Oct. 1, are at their lowest level in a decade, down nearly 50 percent from their peak in 2012.

The secretary said between January 2015 and June 2015 localities released more than 16,000 illegal immigrants that his agents had wanted held for deportation.

Ms. Vaughan, though, said the PEP is a poor substitute because it allows the localities to control the process. Some communities, such as Los Angeles, have agreed to participate but under strict conditions they set, meaning hundreds of illegal immigrants who could be deported will instead be shielded, she said.

The effect of sanctuary cities is huge. If officers can pick up a target from a jail, they can schedule several in a day, and it takes only a few people to do it. But if they have to go out and pick up a target that’s been released, it requires locating the person, a full team to conduct hours of surveillance, a case officer handling paperwork — and the potential for a violent public confrontation.

A bill to crack down on sanctuary cities has already passed the House, and GOP senators introduced their own version this week.

The legislation would require Mr. Johnson to publicly list sanctuary cities, would withhold some federal grant money from those jurisdictions, and spread that money out among other cities, counties and states that do cooperate.

It would also create a mandatory 5-year minimum prison sentence for any illegal immigrant found guilty of twice sneaking into the U.S., or sneaking back even once after getting a previous felony conviction on his or her record.

Ms. Vaughan said that type of legislation is the fastest step Congress could take right now to make an immediate impact on illegal immigration.


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Boehner says he’ll stay until replacement is chosen

by Stephen Dinan

House Speaker John A. Boehner said Thursday he’ll stay in Congress until there’s a replacement speaker — raising the possibility he could stay on beyond the end-of-October retirement date he’d set for himself.

Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, his top lieutenant and the man expected to succeed him, withdrew from the race in a surprise move, sending House Republicans into disarray.

Mr. Boehner canceled the elections that had been scheduled for Thursday afternoon to choose the next speaker, and afterward issued a statement saying he’s not going anywhere — for now.

Mr. Boehner canceled the elections that had been scheduled for Thursday afternoon to choose the next speaker, and afterward issued a statement saying he’s not going anywhere — for now.

As I have said previously, I will serve as speaker until the House votes to elect a new speaker,” he said. “We will announce the date for this election at a later date, and I’m confident we will elect a new speaker in the coming weeks.”

He had set an Oct. 29 date for an election in the whole House, which would have chosen his replacement and ushered him into retirement. That could still happen, but with the House scheduled to be on vacation next week and a major hearing with former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton slated for the week after, it’s unclear whether such a deadline is likely.

His decision thrilled some of his supporters within the GOP.

“The speaker will continue serving until another candidate can get 218 votes. In the foreseeable future I don’t see any candidate from either party being able to get 218 votes, so I expect the speaker to continue serving,” said Rep. Carlos Curbelo, Florida Republican. “I hope he stays as long as possible.”

Even more intriguing is that Mr. Boehner could stay even after his retirement from his House seat is effective. There is no requirement that the speaker be a sitting member.

He will continue serving as speaker until the House elects a new speaker. That’s the way the rules work,” Mr. Curbelo said.

Mr. Boehner shocked Washington last month by announcing he was stepping down, a day after he hosted Pope Francis at the Capitol for a history-making address to Congress.

The Ohio Republican said he’d he’d intended to go after last year, but had stayed on out of necessity after his likely successor, then-Majority Leader Eric Cantor, was ousted in a GOP primary in Virginia. Mr. McCarthy, Mr. Cantor’s protege, ascended to his position, but was unable to consolidate support, and had several stumbles that left him shy of the 218 votes he would have needed to win a vote on the full House floor later this month.

Trans-Pacific Partnership: TPP trade pact reached by US and 11 other countries

Published on Oct 8, 2015

ATLANTA — Trade ministers from 12 countries announced the largest free trade deal in a generation on Monday in Atlanta.

The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal started with an agreement signed in 2006 between Brunei, Chile, New Zealand and Singapore.

It then expanded to 12 countries, including the US and Japan, which have a population of about 800 million and are responsible for 40% of world trade, BBC reported.

The agreement will impact a vast array of business sectors including agriculture, automotive, pharmaceuticals and environmental.

According to the Guardian, besides eliminating or reducing over 98 percent of tariffs across a range of sectors, it will also allow foreign companies to sue governments if they feel their profits are affected.

For instance, a tobacco company such as the Philips Morris would be able to sue a country for unappealing or image-damaging packaging.

Critics of the trade deal say that negotiations have been dealt mostly in secret and that it gives corporations too much power.

Agriculture also proved to be another sticking point with countries like New Zealand wanting more access to markets in Canada, Mexico, Japan and the United States.

When was the last time Obama was part of anything that was good for America?

+NuclearGrizzly is that a trick question ?

Only a complete moron would think a secret deal kept totally secret from the public and most government officials is a “good thing”.

Make no mistake about it, it’s fascism. When corporations have more power than national governments and can sue them in secret.


Published on Oct 8, 2015

The White House confirmed that President Obama was preparing a series of executive actions – or orders – on gun control to match his recent passion on the issue after the latest mass shooting in Oregon.

I don’t see how a few pieces of paper with words written on them is going to get all these guns out of the country.. THEY CANT EVEN KEEP DRUGS AND TERRORISTS OUT OF THE COUNTRY.. haha

There’s only one last solution; guerilla war…

Seems like this so called leader of the “free world” want’s to start a civil war, (people will not give up their only means of defense Mr Obama it’s not guns that kill it’s the person who holds the gun, ah hears something novel, how about banning millions of killer cars, which in my mind kills many thousands a day world wide, oh oops sorry my mistake that would really kill your mates in big oil. I put it to you that the real reason you want to ban guns is to get rid of the peoples only defense against tyrannical government, (maybe the deal with China has something to do with it, did they say before we can move in and take over we need the guns to be taken away) so you can easily murder millions for your new world order friends. To my American and sisters history shows that giving up your only defense leads to the next inevitable step of genocide don’t let that happen.

I hoped this time wouldnt come, but now the right to bear arms will be used for what it was written for. The threat isnt Foreign, its Domestic. This Tyrannical Piece of shit isnt even going to yake the correct steps through congress. His executive order is going to be about as worthless as his pledge to uphold the Constitution. He has no idea what real patriotic Americans can do if pushed. The Irorny is he wants all of the dictators removed across the world. Its time he took a long hard look in the mirror. This will lead to a Cival war but thats what Jade Helm was about, he has been planning this for a long time.

That’s right, how many mass shootings so far since 0bozo the clown usurped the office of POTUS? This admin. is orchestrating them all in their lust to trash the Constitution’s Second Amenment which states: “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.”