Monday, December 28, 2015

Catching Up On The News

Here's a few stories you may have missed during the Christmas hubbub.

Hawaii Declines To Name Anything After obama
Obama’s return to the place of his birth [for the Christmas holiday season] calls to mind an embarrassing record of legislative stumbles: Since 2009, Hawaii’s politicos have sought to name two schools, an abandoned lot, a scenic overlook and two state holidays after Obama. An effort to put the 1960s-era cinder-block apartment building — where he lived — on the National Historic registry also fell short.
Perhaps one reason there is such a lack of support for naming anything after barry is because of crap like this.

obama Administration Sides With Iran Over Congress
The Obama administration’s controversial nuclear deal with Iran has generated a diplomatic kerfuffle that could limit Congress’s latitude in addressing unrelated security issues.

Senior administration officials have advised congress that a law passed on Friday, which tightens rules of the Visa Waiver program to make it more difficult for potential terrorists to gain entry into the U.S., could violate the Iran nuclear agreement.

Under the revised law, foreign travelers who hold citizenship or have traveled to Iraq, Syria, Iran, or Sudan in the last five years would be prohibited from visa-free travel to the United States.

Iranian officials claim that this violates the nuclear agreement because the United States pledged not to take any action that would harm Iran’s economic relations with other states.
I'm not sure how requiring visitors from the world's leading sponsor of terrorism to get a visa before entering the U.S. harm's Iran's economic relations with us, but evidently John Kerry is much smarter than me.
Kerry wrote a letter to Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif in which he noted that the administration had the authority to protect Iran from the consequences of the new law:

“[W]e have a number of potential tools available to us, including multiple entry ten-year business visas, programs for expediting business visas, and the waiver authority provided under the new legislation.”
Nice to know that barry and kerry place a higher priority of placating Iran than on enhancing our national security.

Here's an example of what we need protection from.

Woman falsely accused of burning Koran ripped apart by mob
A woman falsely accused of burning a Koran was ripped to pieces by a mob in Afghanistan...

The tormented final hours of Farkhunda Malikzada, a 27-year-old aspiring student of Islam who was [falsely] accused of burning a Quran in a Muslim shrine, shocked Afghans across the country. That is because many of her killers filmed one another beating her and posted clips of her broken body on social media. Hundreds of other men watched, holding their phones aloft to try to get a glimpse of the violence, but never making a move to intervene. Those standing by included several police officers.
Based on the next story, however, it may not be too long before tragedies like that occur here.

Circus atmosphere as judge sworn in on Quran
A week ago Carolyn Walker-Diallo was sworn in as a judge in Brooklyn’s 7th Municipal District. She placed her hand on the Quran and swore to uphold the constitution.
What's so bad about that?
     The Koran forbids allegiance to non-Muslim authority, so isn’t this Muslima’s vow worthless? How can she serve two masters at once? In Islam, sharia supersedes all manmade laws. It is the law of Allah.

     The Koran dictates that Islam is in a perpetual war against all infidels until a sharia-dominant world is established. Which master will she serve in this conflict?
Here's the answer to that question.
This year she was one of three guest speakers at a CAIR banquet in Brooklyn. The other two speakers were Hassan Shibly and Imam Siraj Wahhaj. Here’s a bit about these fellows:

...Shibly “has a track record of defending terrorist groups.” Following the 2006 Israel-Lebanon War, Shibly characterized Hezb’allah as a “resistance movement,” claiming they were “absolutely not a terrorist organization” and that “any war against them is illegitimate.” Shibly also went so far as to express his desire to join their war effort.

...some of Siraj Wahhaj credentials include being named as a possible co-conspirator in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing, inviting the leader of a terror organization to address his congregation several times, advocating for the replacement of the U.S. government with an Islamic Caliphate, and supporting violent Islamic jihad.
Carolyn Walker-Diallo, muslim judge, swearing to be false to either the quran or the U.S. Constitution.
She can't be true to both.

And on the lighter side, we had the whole Steve Harvey - Miss Universe brouhaha. (Unless you've been living under a rock for the past week, you probably know that Steve Harvey hosted the Miss Universe pageant, and announced the wrong winner.)

Predictably, social media reaction was swift and brutal. Here's a few of my favorites.

But you've got to give the guy credit. He poked fun at himself on his twitter feed.

It sure was nice to be so involved with Christmas activities that I lost touch with reality for a short while. I'm going to do my best to repeat that during the lead-in to the New Year.

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