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‘Who Was That Maked Man’? – Senior Hezbollah Commander Assassinated

No, unfortunately, it wasn’t Sheik Nasrallah..but it was a nice target all the same.

Hassan al-Laqis was gunned down near his house in Beirut as he was coming home from work last night, according to Hezbollah. And by the way, notice the Hezbollah flag on the police tape at the crime scene, a warning that Hezbollah controls the crime scene and is vetting who enters and who doesn’t.

Now there’s no telling what that ‘work’ consisted of, but Laqis was formerly one of the main commanders of Hezbollah’s rockets division in charge of firing missiles at Israel which caused major damage during the the 2006 Second Lebanon War …and he had since been promoted The Lebanese media claims that Israel tried to assassinate him during the war and failed, which is worth about what you’d think it’s worth.

Hezbollah, of course, is blaming Israel for the hit, and the Israelis are of course denying it.

Israeli Foreign Ministry spokesman Yigal Palmor denied that Israel was involved, the Associated Press reported.

“Israel has nothing to do with this incident,” Palmor said. “These automatic accusations are an innate reflex with Hezbollah. They don’t need evidence, they don’t need facts, they just blame anything on Israel.”

Now far be it from me to contradict the Israeli Foreign ministry, but the Lebanese papers are reporting that al-Laquis took five shots in the head and neck according to Lebanon’s Daily Star. With an assault rifle, while he was sitting in his car in the parking lot. At midnight. Now, that’s pretty good shooting, calling for a highly trained operative capable of getting off that many shots (and head shots no less) in a matter of seconds, which is pretty much how the IDF and Mossad train them…but that in itself doesn’t prove anything. On the other hand, the word is that al-Laquis was left alive and died in a local hospital, which definitely doesn’t sound like IDF or Mossad procedure in these kind of operations.

According to the Daily Star a group of Sunni Jihadis know as the “Free Sunni Brigades in Baalbek” claimed responsibility for the hit.

Sunni groups also claimed responsibility for blowing up the Iranian embassy in Beirut a few weeks ago, a delicious irony considering the support Iran gives to Islamic terrorism…including their proxy Hezbollah. In any event, al-Laquis is taking the dirt nap, and one only hopes the bullets were coated in pork fat when they entered his body.

Good riddance, and congrats to whomever took out the garbage.

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Top 5 new jobs for Martin Bashir

So, we’re all sad to hear that Martin Bashir has resigned from MSNBC. Whatever will he do with himself? Well, here’s a handful of suggestions for the beleaguered Bashir for his future endeavors: 5. Al-Jazeera America – Would have suggested Current, but Al Gore had to sell that store. 4. Organizing For America – Sure, he’s crass, but that’s never . . . → Read More: Top 5 new jobs for Martin Bashir . . . → Read More: Top 5 new jobs for Martin Bashir

Boehner To Push Amnesty For Illegal Aliens

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Well, I suppose you could see this coming.

Republican Speaker of the House John Boehner has decided to push for GOP authored legislation giving amnesty to illegal aliens.

Last month, Speaker Boehner was pretty vocal about not negotiating on the ridiculous amnesty bill passed by the Senate. But it’s a different day now.

Boehner just dumped his previous staffer in charge of immigration policy and hired a long time amnesty advocate for the position, one Rebecca Talent.

Talent used to work for Senator John McCain and later for Arizona Republican Jeff Flake, another pro-amnesty senator, and was working as an amnesty activist, aka ‘as immigration policy director’ for something called the Bipartisan Policy Center.

She was instrumental in writing a number of amnesty bills, including one for Rep. Jim Kolbe and two for Senator John McCain,the Senator from Univision.

“The speaker remains hopeful that we can enact step-by-step, common-sense immigration reforms — the kind of reforms the American people understand and support,” spokesman Michael Steel said. “Becky Tallent, a well-known expert in this field of public policy, is a great addition to our team and that effort.”

I might point out, one more time, that the people we’re talking about are not immigrants according to any dictionary definition or terms in use anywhere else. Immigrants are legal migrants entering with the permission and knowledge of the host country. The people we’re talking about are illegal migrants whom are here without either America’s knowledge or permission. They shouldn’t be demonized because of that, but defiance of America’s laws and taking advantage of proximity to our porous borders to jump in front of thousands of others trying to migrate legally to America is neither a qualification for citizenship nor a reason for ‘reform’ of anything but border security and the enforcing of our current immigration laws.

Nor will the current laws be changed to do anything but provide amnesty. The so-called diversity lotteries won’t be stopped, discrimination against potential, skilled migrants from Europe and East Asia isn’t going to change. Chain migration isn’t going to be halted, and neither is the process of using ‘anchor babies’ to gain citizenship and social welfare benefits.

It’s just going to be simple amnesty, with a few provisions for border security that won’t be honored, just like all of the other ones weren’t.And with chain migration, we won’t be talking about a mere 11 million people..more like 30 million. It will  bankrupt the country beyond repair if we’re not there already, and pretty much finish off any chance of restoring our Republic.

Oddly enough, many of the people screaming for amnesty on the basis of ethnic pride and solidarity are the ones whom are going to be screwed the worse. They’re the ones who will be competing with the new recipients of amnesty for housing, as rents go higher and higher to reflect the demand. It’s Hispanic citizens who are going to be waiting months to see a doctor, as all of these new migrants are going tohave tobe covered and almost all will receive the ObamaCare subsidies. It’s their children whom are going to be crowded into substandard, overcrowded public schools, not the elites or the monied ‘activists’ who will be able to afford private school..

And worse of all, the ones whom now earn middle class incomes and benefits doing jobs like delivery drivers, factory workers, care givers, domestics and construction workers and the like are the ones whose jobs will be in jeopardy as the newer wave of amnesty beneficiaries offer to do those jobs for far less money..and who will be undercut in their turn by the newest wave of illegal migrants coming over the border.

Which is exactly why much of big business is among the biggest supporters of amnesty.

The time to go after Boehner and scare the crap out of him and his playmates in the House is now. Wire call and fax and let them know you’re wise to exactly what they’re doing. They all come up for re-election in 2014.

Boehner is trying to forestall this by keeping this secret until after the filing deadline for the elections.

That’s exactly why these people need to know now that we’re wise to them. For interested parties, here’s Boehner’s Facebook page.

The stupid party in action…pulling defeat from the jaws of victory again….

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The Right War LIVE on FTR – Liz unhinged style

It’s after the holiday, and all is not well. Whether it’s stupid liberals persecuting conservatives, or the ObamaCare farce, there’s plenty to be furious about. And that’s exactly what Liz is. So, settle in to hear about all of the nonsensical things coming out of Washington. Don’t expect the usual fare on these topics, though. You’ll hear about why EVERYONE . . . → Read More: The Right War LIVE on FTR – Liz unhinged style . . . → Read More: The Right War LIVE on FTR – Liz unhinged style

Be Thankful for “Diminished Productivity” in Washington

Let’s do a simple thought experiment and answer the following question: Do you think that additional laws from Washington will give you more freedom and more prosperity? I don’t know how you will answer, but I strongly suspect most Americans will say “no.” Indeed, they’ll probably augment their “no” answers with a few words that […] . . . → Read More: Be Thankful for “Diminished Productivity” in Washington . . . → Read More: Be Thankful for “Diminished Productivity” in Washington

Evangelii Gaudium and the Rule of Law

This week we have been looking at the economics aspects of Pope Francis’s Evangelii Gaudium, here, and here, from an American perspective, and quite frankly they range from leftist to communist. I doubt that is exactly what he meant so maybe our reading is not quite what he meant. Because our culture doesn’t do economics or law […] . . . → Read More: Evangelii Gaudium and the Rule of Law . . . → Read More: Evangelii Gaudium and the Rule of Law

America to President Obama: “You Lie!”

I know everyone remembers when the congressman from Louisiana, Joe Wilson, shouted out “You lie” to the president at his health care address in September of 2009.  While as it turns out what Joe Wilson shouted out turned out to be true, most every… . . . → Read More: America to President Obama: “You Lie!” . . . → Read More: America to President Obama: “You Lie!”

Watcher’s Council Nominations – Lawless Edition

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Welcome to the Watcher’s Council, a blogging group consisting of some of the most incisive blogs in the ‘sphere, and the longest running group of its kind in existence. Every week, the members nominate two posts each, one written by themselves and one written by someone from outside the group for consideration by the whole Council.Then we vote on the best two posts, with the results appearing on Friday.

Council News:

This week, our friend and Council mate Hube over at the Colossus of Rhodey celebrated a real milestone…ten years of blogging! Congrats, Amigo!

Former Council fixture and esteemed member of the Watcher’s Council community David Gerstman let me know about a wonderful event in his family..his first grandchild. Mazel Tov and behatzlechah gadol, habibi.

Our friend and Council mate Michael over at The Political Commentator participated in a unique event last week, boxing for charity. Not only did he showus that his skills extend to the Sweet Science and win his bout, but the event raised over $300,000 for some excellent causes, so that’s two victories with one blow we can congratulate him on. Respect, Micheal, very, very, well done.

And This Week, Ask Marion, Boker Tov Boulder, Right Truth and The Pirate’s Cove took advantage of my generous offer of link whorage and earned honorable mention status with some great articles.

You can, too! Want to see your work appear on the Watcher’s Council homepage in our weekly contest listing? Didn’t get nominated by a Council member? No worries.

Simply head over to Joshuapundit and post the title a link to the piece you want considered along with an e-mail address ( which won’t be published) in the comments section no later than Monday 6PM PST in order to be considered for our honorable mention category. Then return the favor  by creating a post on your site linking to the Watcher’s Council contest for the week when it comes out Wednesday morning

Simple, no?

It’s a great way of exposing your best work to Watcher’s Council readers and Council members. while grabbing the increased traffic and notoriety. And how good is that, eh?

OK, let’s see what we have this week….

Council Submissions

Honorable Mentions

Non-Council Submissions

Enjoy! And don’t forget to like us on Facebook and follow us Twitter..’cause we’re cool like that!

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Israel 2013 Palestine Peace Talks – Again

Palestine

 

As tensions flare in the region, for people world wide, the Palestinian issue and a never ending peace process remains on the top of the list of issues against Israel.


Any reasonable solution for peace with Israel cannot be realized through a constant barrage of rockets and terrorism without the expectation of retaliation …any more so than if the same occurred against China, Russia, the United States, France, United Kingdom or any other country.


Kerry: Israeli-Palestinian talks continue within two weeks
DEBKAfile July 30, 2013, 7:17 PM (GMT+02:00)

 

Reporting on the opening round of Israeli-Palestinian peace talks in Washington, US Secretary of State John Kerry announced Tuesday that the parties had agreed that “all of the final status issues, all of the core issues and all other issues are all on the table for negotiation with one simple goal, ending the conflict and ending the claims. 

Our object is a final status agreement in the next nine months,” he said. The next meeting would take place within the next two weeks in Israel or the Palestinian territories. Kerry added: “The two sides agree to keep the content of the negotiations confidential. I will be the only one competent to comment publicly on the talks. No one should consider any other information reliable.”


Talks about peace, but there is no peace

‘From the least to the greatest, all are greedy for gain; prophets and priests alike, all practice deceit. 11 They dress the wound of my people as though it were not serious. “Peace, peace,” they say, when there is no peace. 12 Are they ashamed of their loathsome conduct? No, they have no shame at all; they do not even know how to blush. So they will fall among the fallen; they will be brought down when they are punished, says the LORD’. Jeremiah 8:10-12

In the Tanakh, the Hebrew Prophet Ezekiel in the Book of Ezekiel chapters 38-39 speaks of an invasion carried out by a group of nations against the Land of Israel, led by “Gog”, who is said to originate from “The Land of Magog” Ezekiel 38:1–2

With recent events involving Syria and Iran ..if not the reverse, where enemies of Israel attack first …with well armed enemies gathering around Israel’s borders while rockets increase from Gaza are launched into Israel daily …despite decades of global effort to establish peace in the Middle East in the spirit of a greater good for Humanity …whether right or wrong, the inevitable compelling of Israel to take retaliatory or preemptive measures into Her own hands in the name of national security would bring pause and justification to the global community to rethink the State of Israel having a place in the developing New World Order …and to arrive at only one logical solution from a progressive perspective …that the nations judge, and come against the Nation of Israel to remove the problem in the Middle East …once and for all. 

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Setting The Record Straight

Liberal-progressives were quick to interpret, incorrectly, the Pope’s recent apostolic exhortation as condemnation of capitalism. . . . → Read More: Setting The Record Straight . . . → Read More: Setting The Record Straight

JAN’S 31 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS: DAY 3

Gift #3: Creativity What would I do without the level of creativity that I have been blessed with—creating things out of nothing, during sleeping hours I randomly wake up to instantly outline an idea for a big project, and never running out of ideas for new content. I don’t want this to seem egotistical, but […] . . . → Read More: JAN’S 31 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS: DAY 3 . . . → Read More: JAN’S 31 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS: DAY 3

When The Rule Of Law means Nothing

Imagine you’re a judge ruling on an immigration case.

The illegal alien in front of you got into America originally using a student visa, although he apparently never attended classes or got a degree. Nor did he leave when the visa expired, as the law required.

He was actually ordered deported twice, once in in 1986 and again in 1989, appealed his deportation and then lost his appeal in 1992…after which he simply skipped out and remained in America.

The authorities caught up with him when he was arrested for drunken driven in 2011, with a blood alcohol reading of almost double the legal limit in his home state, to which he pleaded no contest. As an illegal alien, he of course was not allowed to have a legal driver’s license according to the laws in his state, but he had one in his possession, about which more later. He does not have occupational skills vital to the U.S.

How would you rule? If you’re US Immigration Judge Leonard I. Shapiro, you give him an ‘attaboy’ and a green card.

Oh, there is one major mitigating factor in all this, one that trumps all the others. The illegal alien’s name just happens to be Onyango Obama, the paternal uncle of our current president. And the judge is a loyal Democrat donor and a Clinton appointee.

Somehow, I doubt that Judge Shapiro would have been quite so lenient if the defendant’s name was, say, Ramirez and lacked any high power connections.

In fact, Onyango Obama,who works in a liquor store in Framingham Massachusetts seems to have been surrounded for some time by what the Brits refer to as grace and favor, a euphemism for royal protection or patronage.

Back when Mr.Obama was originally picked up for drunk driving, he was denied bail and kept in jail based on a detaining order from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials who were starting proceedings to deport him back to Kenya.After his arrest, one of the first things he reportedly said to the arresting officers was, “I think I will call the White House.” Of course,people say all kinds of things when they’re drunk, so it’s not surprising that Onyango Obama testified today before Judge Shapiro he didn’t remember saying that.

Of course.But if he did, it apparently had an effect.

Mysteriously, that ICE detaining order was voided suddenly and Onyango was released. But his driver’s license (which remember, he obtained illegally) was ordered surrendered and his right to drive suspended for 45 days as part of his plea bargain, which means that Mr. Obama must have been guilty of doing something fairly serious behind the wheel since it was a first offense, or at least the first time he was caught at it.

That court order was mysteriously voided too, and Onyango was quickly granted a hardship driver’s license by the Massachusetts Registry of Motor Vehicles just a week after he lost his license, in order to drive to his job at the liquor store. Again, no one questioned the fact that he wasn’t supposed to be legally driving in the first place!

In court, Judge Shapiro referred to Onyango Obama as a gentleman, a good neighbor, who paid his taxes, and met the criteria for legal permanent residency, AKA a green card.

But you know, there are an awful lot of people like that who haven’t repeatedly ignored deportation orders, been caught drunk driving or using an illegal drivers license, which is in itself a felony in many jurisdictions and a high level misdemeanor in almost all of them I’m aware of.

And yet, they’ve been deported. Because they lack the connections Onyango Obama was able to call on.

Those people who refer to themselves as ‘immigrant’s rights activists’ ought to take a look at that, especially since a lot of them voted for Barack Obama.

When the rule of law is so obviously ignored and flouted, it helps none and ultimately destroys all.

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It’s time for Louisiana voters to heed the words of Mary Landrieu

In October of this year, Mary Landrieu (D-LA) stood on the Senate floor and told her constituents that her upcoming election should be a referendum on her vote for ObamaCare. Talking about voters and ObamaCare, the embattled Senator said: “We did not wake up one morning and declare this the law. The people of the United States declared this through us as their Representatives. If they do not like it, they can unelect us. Believe me, they will have a great chance because I am up for reelection right now. They will be able to do that. But that is the way you do it. I am going to run for reelection. I am standing in this election as a supporter of the Affordable Care Act–not because it is a perfect law but because it is much better for all the people I represent than what we had before–the wealthiest people, the middle-class people, and the poor people.” I’m pretty sure that she regrets making such a declaration, since it turns out that in Louisiana, a July 2013 poll indicates that 60% of voters are less likely to vote for Landrieu based on her “deciding vote in support of ObamaCare.” In fact, her regret appeared […] . . . → Read More: It’s time for Louisiana voters to heed the words of Mary Landrieu . . . → Read More: It’s time for Louisiana voters to heed the words of Mary Landrieu

Great Music Video From The A capella Group Pentatonix

Oliver Darcy on twitter @OliverDarcy  a contributor to the great web site The BlazeMy favorite A capella group who my wife and I saw in Houston a few weeks ago is Straight No Chaser.  But this group, called Pentatonix, I must admit ranks righ… . . . → Read More: Great Music Video From The A capella Group Pentatonix . . . → Read More: Great Music Video From The A capella Group Pentatonix

Thanks to Obamacare and the IRS, You’re at Risk of Having Your Identity Stolen and Your Bank Account Emptied

There are many reason I don’t like Obamacare, including its punitive impact on taxpayers and the way it takes our healthcare system even further from a market-based approach. But now I’m increasingly worried Obamacare also is creating a playground for hackers and identity thieves – and the rest of us will be the victims. Simply […] . . . → Read More: Thanks to Obamacare and the IRS, You’re at Risk of Having Your Identity Stolen and Your Bank Account Emptied . . . → Read More: Thanks to Obamacare and the IRS, You’re at Risk of Having Your Identity Stolen and Your Bank Account Emptied

The Smell of Politics by Curtice Mang

Mang’s second book is a delightful break from the dreary news of the day. Sometimes it’s better just to laugh. . . . → Read More: The Smell of Politics by Curtice Mang . . . → Read More: The Smell of Politics by Curtice Mang

Evangelii Gaudium, an American View, Part 2

Continuing from yesterday, link here. 206. Economy, as the very word indicates, should be the art of achieving a fitting management of our common home, which is the world as a whole. Each meaningful economic decision made in one part of the world has repercussions everywhere else; consequently, no government can act without regard for […] . . . → Read More: Evangelii Gaudium, an American View, Part 2 . . . → Read More: Evangelii Gaudium, an American View, Part 2

An Admission From Above

“Inadequate management oversight and coordination” is now “operating with private sector velocity and effectiveness”. So we are told. . . . → Read More: An Admission From Above . . . → Read More: An Admission From Above

JAN’S 31 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS: DAY 2

Gift #2: The confidence to communicate My friends tell me that I talk too much, but I wasn’t always like that. Calling myself shy would not be an accurate description of my former inability to muster up some confidence to communicate with boldness. I didn’t have many fears growing up, but communicating was one. The […] . . . → Read More: JAN’S 31 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS: DAY 2 . . . → Read More: JAN’S 31 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS: DAY 2

U.N. climate change talks: it’s really all about the money

“Rich countries are still not pledging enough money to begin financing a shift to a cleaner global economy,” reports the Financial Times (FT) in its coverage of the United Nations climate talks in Warsaw that ended with little more than a “vague road map on how to prepare for a global climate pact they’re supposed to adopt in two years.” Leading into what has now been called an “unsatisfactory summit,” predictions suggested the “talks could collapse because of a lack of financial support from rich nations.” Delegates from developing countries, such as Ecuador’s lead negotiator Daniel Ortega, believe “an effective 2015 emissions reduction agreement has to be based on a clear financial package.” Ortega stated: “I’m not personally expecting any commitment by Warsaw. What we need to have is a clear roadmap of how the discussions of financing will allow us to have a clear idea of commitments by 2015.” Even low expectations like Ortega’s were dashed when, on the opening day of the climate talks, November 11, Australia’s Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s government produced a document, outlining its position at the Warsaw conference, which boldly stated: “Federal cabinet has ruled that Australia will not sign up to any new […] . . . → Read More: U.N. climate change talks: it’s really all about the money . . . → Read More: U.N. climate change talks: it’s really all about the money