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Guns of August, Redux

Some may well call this a fantasy, but is it? Or is it what happens when America takes the gloves off, and decides some more winning is in order. “On July 29th 20 Iran successfully launches a Shahab rocket and orbiting satellite, proving it has a formidable functioning delivery vehicle, then announces it has produced sufficient […]

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Fact-checking the Pi-Press

This article in the Pi-Press is disgusting in its dishonesty. In the article, the ‘reporter’ says that “Trump’s highly controversial order suspends refugee admissions for 120 days and bars all immigration for 90 days of citizens from seven Muslim-majority countries with terrorism concerns: Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen. Those now being barred from […]

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Dishonest media strikes again

The dishonest media is doing its best to whip the nation into a frenzy by not reporting the contents of President Trump’s EO accurately. Democrats are doing everything possible to keep the public misinformed. Kamala Harris, who replaced Barbara Boxer as the junior senator from California, is protesting President Trump’s EO that temporarily bans Muslims […]

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Video Thursday

How about some videos today? Prime Minister May is coming over this week. What could be the best outcome for her, and for us? I think Dan Hannan has it right. Let’s do this, cousins.   This is how we all capitalize on Brexit, and the deal making Trump. A bit more, from BBC 4, […]

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Friday Roundup

Cleaning out some tabs, interesting stuff that we’ve been hoarding.   Well, yeah, he makes some sense to me, at that, From Melanie Phillips: The hand-wringing by western politicians and commentators over the appalling humanitarian catastrophe in Aleppo reveals something far worse even than the nauseating virtue-signalling of pointlessly blaming themselves for having decided not […]

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Iran’s defense minister: Trump could trigger “world war” and “destruction” of Israel if he provokes Iran

Well! I guess we’ve been warned. During his campaign, Trump was strongly critical of the agreement that saw Iran agree to limits on its nuclear program in exchange for the lifting of international sanctions on its oil industry and finances. In September 2015, the billionaire told a crowd: ‘Any commander-in-chief worthy of defending this nation […]

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Why Would Vladimir Putin Prefer Donald Trump Over Hillary Clinton and Another Democrat Party Regime in Washington?

  Fake news is not new. The Benghazi video story was fake news. And we also know its instigators and purpose. There have been plenty …

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CAIR mouthpiece vs. Carl Higbie

It isn’t a secret that CAIR isn’t a legitimate civil rights organization. They’ve supported terrorist groups like Hamas. They were funded by Hamas. Thursday night, Hassan Shibly, the “chief executive director of CAIR-Florida’s chapter, attempted to shame Carl Higbie, a former Navy Seal and the spokesman for the pro-Trump Great America PAC. Wednesday night, Higbie […]

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St. Cloud stabber was ISIS fighter

According to this article, ISIS is taking credit for the stabbing spree at Crossroads Mall in St. Cloud. This morning, they issued this statement, saying “The executor of the stabbing attacks in Minnesota yesterday was a soldier of the Islamic State and carried out the operation in response to calls to target the citizens of […]

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Hitting Hillary’s diplomacy

When Hillary criticized Donald Trump for visiting Mexico, she said “You don’t build a coalition by insulting our friends or acting like a loose cannon. You do it by putting in the slow, hard work of building relationships. Getting countries working together was my job every day as your Secretary of State. It’s more than […]

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Putin Gets Slapped Badly – By Iran!!


Russia’s Vladimir Putin just suffered a major setback in the Middle East…delivered by no less than Iran’s Supreme leader, the Ayatollah Khamenei.

A few days ago, there was a news story out that sent a shock through the foreign policy establishment here in the U.S. and elsewhere, that Russia would now base a squadron of its Tupolev 22M3 heavy bombers and support aircraft in Iran’s Nojef airbase. This was, of course, a huge game changer and Russia’s Foreign ministry proudly trumpeted the news in world media as a major sign of Russian dominance in the region.


Except it wasn’t. The whole thing blew up in the Russian’s faces, and in a particularly humiliating way.

The deal was arranged by Iran’s President Rouhani, who made the mistake of forgetting his place. He summoned the national supreme military council and, without consulting with Khamenei, simply informed them of his decision to make the Nojeh air base available to the Russian air force.

Aside from being angered that Rouhani made this decision without getting an OK from him, Khamenei was reportedly upset that the Russians showed every intent of making the base their permanent turf complete with sophisticate S-300 and S-400 defense systems to protect it. The last thing Khamenei and the ayatollahs want is a base deep in Iran controlled by a foreign country.

Khamenei orchestrated major disapproval from the Majlis, Iran’s version of a parliament that actually does the bidding of the Ayatollah Khamenei and his Council of Guardians. It was more than enough to kill the deal and force the Russians out bag and baggage after just three sorties into Syria.

So the Iranian defense ministry spokesman Bahram Ghasemi announced in a press conference August 22nd that the Russian mission is over for now, that it was always only a temporary use base on a Russian request.

And if that wasn’t enough of a slap, Defense Minister Hossein Dehghan insulted the Russians openly for “showing off” over the air base in an “ungentlemanly manner” and a “betrayal of trust.”

“We have not given any military base to the Russians and they are not here to stay.”

But wait, there’s more.

The Russians make a fair amount of badly needed cash selling weaponry to other countries,including Iran. The Ayatollah Khamenei wasn’t finished with them yet. He forced President Rouhani to make amends and show who really runs Iran by forcing Rouhani to be photographed posing with an Iranian-made Bavar-373 missile defense system and to tell the press that with this new, home manufactured system, Iran won’t need to purchase any more expensive Russian S-300s, “because the Bavar-373 is just as good.”

The Ayatollah was not just telling the Russians that Iran wouldn’t be buying any more of what they had to sell, but that Iran was going to be further hitting them in the wallet by putting out a competing, less expensive alternative to potential customers.

While I felt I understood why he was doing it, I’ve written before that Vladimir Putin was making a huge mistake making common cause with Iran. It’s the same mistake Stalin made with Hitler,supplying him with oil and other raw materials literally until the day Hitler’s armies attacked him.

What Khamenei was reminding Putin that ‘You’re a useful infidel at present, but you’re still an infidel.’

It’s as simple as that.


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State Department Warns, Iran Now Looking To Capture American$


Well,this is what happens when you pay ransom and otherwise appease fascists …you encourage them,because you’ve shown them it pays.

Today, the U.S. Department of State issued a warning advising U.S. citizens not to travel to Iran. According to the announcement, the advisory is intended to “highlight the risk of arrest and detention of U.S. citizens, particularly dual national Iranian-Americans.”

It says that Iranian authorities continue to “detain and imprison U.S. citizens, particularly Iranian-Americans, including students, journalists, business travelers, and academics, on charges including espionage and posing a threat to national security.”

“Iranian authorities have also prevented the departure, in some cases for months, of a number of Iranian-American citizens who traveled to Iran for personal or professional reasons,” the warning continues. “U.S. citizens traveling to Iran should very carefully weigh the risks of travel and consider postponing their travel.”

“But, ummm…I thought if we, y’know, paid the ransom they’d be nice to us from now on.”


“The Infidel made a funny!!”

If I was Rouhani, I’d be laughing too, because there’s probably another big payday coming. Iran’s fascist regime has confirmed that Iranian-American Robin Shahini has been imprisoned. He was arrested for no one knows what charges on July 11 and that he has not been heard from since. He was there to visit his family.

I seem to remember President Obama making a huge deal out of the fact that Thomas Jefferson owned a Qu’ran. A pity he had no clue about how Jefferson actually felt about Islam or how he handled the Muslims known as the Barbary Pirates when they started to make a business out of taking Americans as hostages.

But then, Thomas Jefferson was a very different kind of man from the one we have in the White House today.


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The Latest Lie…’We Got The Hostages Before We Gave Iran The Money’


Just when you think the Obama Administration has reached rock bottom when it comes to rank dishonesty, they dig deeper.

Many Americans were upset and disgusted by the spectacle of America appeasing Iran once again by handing over $400 million as ransom to release four American the Iranians were holding as hostages.

As I pointed out here, President Obama blatantly lied at a press conference he gave when he said that That it was U.S. policy never to pay ransom for hostages, ever and that the money arriving at the same time was just a coincidence and was a payment on an old claim by Iran on a missing arms deal to the Shah that we never delivered.

He also lied egregiously when he said that the Israelis were now in love with the Iran deal, but let’s look at the latest horse manure Obama is having his minions push.

As the Wall Street Journal among other reported, the Regime was disturbed that the President’s spiel not only didn’t poll well, but that congress was taking notice. So they did what they always do – they doubled down and let their allies in the media push the narrative and then cover it up thoroughly. get a whiff of this load:

New details of the $400 million U.S. payment to Iran earlier this year depict a tightly scripted exchange specifically timed to the release of several American prisoners held in Iran.

The picture emerged from accounts of U.S. officials and others briefed on the operation: U.S. officials wouldn’t let Iranians take control of the money until a Swiss Air Force plane carrying three freed Americans departed from Tehran on Jan. 17. Once that happened, an Iranian cargo plane was allowed to bring the cash home from a Geneva airport that day.

President Barack Obama and other U.S. officials have said the payment didn’t amount to ransom, because the U.S. owed the money to Iran as part of a longstanding dispute linked to a failed arms deal from the 1970s. U.S. officials have said that the prisoner release and cash transfer took place through two separate diplomatic channels.

But the handling of the payment and its connection to the Americans’ release have raised questions among lawmakers and administration critics.

The use of an Iranian cargo plane to move pallets filled with $400 million brings clarity to one of the mysteries surrounding the cash delivery to Iran first reported by The Wall Street Journal this month. Administration officials have refused to publicly disclose how and when the transfer took place.

I’ll just bet they’re refusing to publicly disclose it!

The first lie is that this was a ‘failed arms deal,’ the same stuff the president tried to feed us. Arms deals between governments are done using Letters of Credit, where the buyer (in this case, Iran) places funds with their bank as a guarantee of payment to complete the transaction with instruction to release it to the seller (In this case,the U.S.) upon delivery. The buyer’s bank issues the Letter of Credit and sends it to the seller. The seller delivers the goods and the buyer’s bank releases the funds. No delivery, no funds released. And anyway, who pays for a legal claims settlement with a planeload of cash in foreign, untraceable currency?

The president also lied about the need for an Iranian cargo plane to ferry $400 million in cash to Iran because ‘we don’t have a banking relationship with Iran’. If the U.S. was going to pay ransom, they could very easily have deposited $400 million in a Swiss bank that does have that relationship, had them issue a letter of credit to the Ayatollahs and instructed the bank to release the ransom money to Iran when the hostages were freed. Converting American cash dollars the way the Obama regime did for this sort of purpose has a name. It’s called money laundering and it’s a major felony.

The reason the president and his minions did it was precisely because it was a ransom, and the Iranians, like all kidnappers set the terms…because they wanted to be able to humiliate the Great Satan another time and publicize and display how America bent over to their demands. Which is exactly what they have done. They’re not at all embarrassed about calling it a ransom.

The president also lied when he said his administration doesn’t pay ransom for hostages. I was able to think of several instances just off the top of my head where they’ve done exactly that.

Finally, just today, the Obama regime finally admitted the president flat out lied when he told the American people this wasn’t a ransom. Just like the rest of his little performance. And now, the next question is what the remainder of the $1.7 billion Iran received was for. Terrorist kidnappers don’t ordinarily take ransom in installments. What else did this president buy besides the release of 4 hostages?

And let’s not leave out the latest nonsense, that the money wasn’t released until the hostages were freed The hostages themselves have debunked that one, with one of them in particular being quite vocal about how the Iranians told them explicitly that they wouldn’t be allowed to board the waiting plane to leave until the ransom was paid. There were other installments, fo ra total of $17 billion. By all accounts, the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC). Rest assured they’ll put it to uses that violate U.S. statutes on material aid to terrorism.

The contempt this president’s policy of ransoming hostages shows for America is bad enough, and rest assured we’ll see more attempts at kidnapping American before Barack Hussein Obama leaves office. It pays.

But what’s even more evident is how much this disgusting episode shows blatantly how much contempt this president and his regime have for American people. They’re not even bothering to try to sprinkle a little perfume around to disguise the stench of horse manure like this any more.


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Hostages, Ransoms, Iran, and Israel – Obama Lies Again


It’s been revealed that American hostages held unjustly by Iran were released this January, but only after a sum of $400 million in cash sent by the U.S. was received by the Islamic Republic. This transaction was meant to be hidden, but now it’s come out, it has immediately raised questions. Was this a ransom? Why was this hidden from the American public?

US President Barack Obama speaks to the media in Arlington, Virginia, on August 4, 2016. (Mark Wilson/Getty Images/AFP)

The totally misnamed Josh Earnest, Obama’s spokeshole was quick to say that no ransom was paid, and Hillary Clinton said – it seems to be her trademark -that this was old news and ‘no one cares about it anymore.’ Well, it worked for Benghazi and her illegal private e-mails and server, so why not?

But it was left for Barack Obama to pull off the biggest, most shameless lies of the bunch. He gave a press conference and asserted the following:

  • That it was U.S. policy never to pay ransom for hostages, ever.

  • That the money arriving at the same time was just a coincidence and was a payment on an old claim by Iran on a missing arms deal to the Shah that we never delivered. And that America’s own lawyers advised paying this settlement because Iran had pursued litigation in court and by settling, ‘we saved America billions of dollars.’

  • That this was old news, that the Iran deal was working and that even Israel admitted it. Obama also said those who had been most critical of the deal should admit they were wrong:

    “What I’m interested in is if there’s some news to be made, why not have some of these folks who were predicting disaster come out and say, ‘This thing actually worked.’ Now that would be a shock,” he said.“That would be impressive. If some of these folks who said the sky is falling suddenly said, ‘You know what? We were wrong and we are glad that Iran no longer has the capacity to break out in short term and develop a nuclear weapon.’ But that wasn’t going to happen.”

    “The Israeli military and security community … acknowledges this has been a game changer,” he said. “The country that was most opposed to the deal.”

Well, let’s examine these claims. First of all have we paid ransom before for hostages during Obama’s term in office?

Remember these?

In 2011, the Obama Administration paid $1 million dollars to Iran
as ‘bail money’ to get them to release two hikers, Josh Fattal and Shane Bauer who accidentally wandered over the Iranian border two years before and were being held in Tehran’s notorious Evin Prison. An additional $500,000 in ‘bail’ was paid earlier for the release of Sarah Shourd, Bauer’s girl friend when she became seriously ill in Evin. So, a total of $1.5 million in ransom money.

In 2012, the Obama Administration used USAid as a conduit to pay $4.6 million to the Egyptian Government for the release of 43 NGO operatives…including Sam LaHood, the son of the then Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood.

Then there was deserter Bowie Bergdahl. Remember him? Not only were 5 extremely skilled and dangerous Taliban commanders sent back to Afghanistan, but there a great deal of evidence that the Obama Administration also paid a ransom of something like $5 million to the Taliban for his release.

Even if Bergdahl’s ransom consisted of just the five Taliban commanders alone, those of you with loved ones serving in AfPak can thank the Obama Administration and Mrs. Clinton, then Secretary of State for making things far more dangerous and life threatening for them.

These are just a few instances that come readily to mind, and I’m certain there are other instances. So contrary to what the president said, yes, his administration does pay ransoms for hostages. And if I remember, he mentioned that countries that do that see the price go up. That’s certainly been the case for the United States!


Let’s look at the president’s next claim, that the cash payment of $400 million wasn’t a ransom, it was a claims settlement for an arms deal that the Iranians were already pursuing via litigation. And the money just arrived there at the exact same time as the hostages were being released just by coincidence.

Now anyone who’s ever paid a court judgment knows this is sheer fantasy. Settlements of this kind involve legal documents including one called a satisfaction of judgement filed by the litigant at the same time payment is made. And the president’s nonsense – that’s the most benign word I can use here – about the fact that it needed to be all cash ‘because we don’t have a banking arrangement with Iran’ is a blatant falsehood. There absolutely no reason the U.S. couldn’t have deposited the funds in a Swiss bank by check for the Iranians to have wired to wherever they wanted in any currency they desired.

There’s a name for what the Obama Administration chose to do instead. It’s called money laundering and it’s a felony offense. No wonder even some of the officials in Obama’s serially lawless Justice Department were concerned about this one.

The Iranians wanted cash for a simple reason – to humiliate the Great Satan and show the money off to prove it actually was a ransom. Which is exactly what they’ve done.

One of the the hostages has recounted that even though the plane to take them home was ready for takeoff, the Iranians told them that they were waiting for the plane with the money and they weren’t going to be released until it arrived.

Another falsehood the president told us is that this was supposedly an arms contract that was never fulfilled. I know a little bit about arms dealing and how it’s legitimately conducted. The normal procedure is that the contracts are signed and the consignee (the purchasing country) goes to a large bank and obtains a Letter of Credit in the amount required. A Letter of Credit is a guarantee from a bank on behalf of one of its customers (in this case, Iran) to the seller’s bank that the seller (in this case, the U.S.) will be paid in full to the amount of the Letter of Credit as long as the contracted goods and services are delivered.

To restate this more simply, the buyer’s bank guarantees payment (normally they have the funds on hold) to the seller’s bank when the buyer receive what they ordered.

Since, as President Obama told us, the arms were never shipped to the Ayatollahs the money was never released to America either.

So yes, that $400,000,000, was ransom money. And our president lied once again, without being challenged by a servile press.

Finally, let’s look at his claim that the Israelis are on board and just love the Iran deal.

Now, there are a few Israeli members of the military and security establishment that agree with the president, but what’s notable is that they’re all ex-members and almost all associated with the left wing Zionist Union (AKA Labor) party that the president tried and failed to put into power with substantial injections of cash and paid activists when he interfered with Israel’s elections. They’re the people whose mindset and opinions the Israeli electorate overwhelmingly rejected.

And the people who they elected and who have actual responsibility for Israel’s security?

Avigdor Liberman, Israel’s defense minister compared the Iran deal to Munich in 1938.

“The Munich Agreement didn’t prevent the Second World War and the Holocaust precisely because its basis, according to which Nazi Germany could be a partner for some sort of agreement, was flawed, and because the leaders of the world then ignored the explicit statements of [Adolf] Hitler and the rest of Nazi Germany’s leaders,” the ministry said.

“These things are also true about Iran, which also clearly states openly that its aim is to destroy the state of Israel,” it said, pointing to a recent State Department report that determined that Iran is the number one state sponsor of terrorism worldwide.

Yitzhak “Tzachi” Hanegbi, currently Minister in the Prime Minister’s Office in charge of National Security and Foreign Affairs has a long history as part of Israel’s security and defense establishment and who until recently chaired the Knesset’s powerful Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee. He said, “I don’t know to which Israelis he (Obama) spoke recently. But I can promise you that the position of the prime minister, the defense minister and of most senior officials in the defense establishment has not changed.”

“The opposite is the case. The time that has elapsed since the deal was signed proved all our worries that, regrettably, we were justified before the deal was made.”

And Prime Minister Netanyahu? Netanyahu merely issued a statement that Israel “has no greater ally than the United States” but made plain nonetheless that Israel’s position on the Iran nuclear deal “remains unchanged.”

While he felt the need to be somewhat more diplomatic than Liberman, it’s worth noting that Netanyahu used the example of Munich himself previously. And it’s a correct one, with a weak leader seeking to appease a vicious, aggressive enemy and buy time at an ally’s expense.  Czechoslovakia, which had a strong military, strong defenses on the German border and a world class armaments manufacturer in Skoda munitions. If Chamberlain had not sold out his ally, Hitler might never have felt secure enough on his Eastern front to invade Poland and engage Germany in a two front war.

There should be no question in anyone’s mind that  President Barack Hussein Obama sees Israel as eminently disposable, just like Chamberlain saw the Czechs.


At any rate, another outright lie from this president.

And there was not a single question or followup at his press conference challenging any of these gross fabrications.

Which is exactly why he keeps doing it. Because the press is his enabler, and covers for him. And thus  reinforces President Obama’s gigantic ego in believing that he really is smarter than everyone else.


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Biden’s speech: what malarkey

During his speech to the delegates attending the Democratic National Convention, Vice President Joe Biden was at his BSing best. At one point in his speech, Biden attacked Donald Trump, saying “lack of empathy and compassion can be summed up in a phrase I suspect he’s most proud of having made famous, ‘you’re fired,’. How […]

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Conservative Comedy Friday – 4/22/16

In the words of John McCain, “Allahu Akbar It’s Friday!” And of course that means it’s time for some conservative comedy. As I do every Friday, I bring you some of the best conservative political and religious comedy, jokes, and…

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Conservative Comedy Friday – 4/15/16

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Conservative Comedy Friday – 3/18/16

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Trump’s New York values?

Donald Trump’s ego got the better of him yesterday when he took credit for the Iran hostage release. Mr. Trump should’ve quit while he was behind. Later, in a totally bizarre change of direction, Mr. Trump criticized the terms of the swap. In other words, Trump criticized the prisoner swap that he took credit for. […]

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East of Eden

In 1949, the Truman administration withdrew the American forces occupying South Korea and in January 1950 the Secretary of State, Dean Acheson, delivered his famous ‘Perimeter Speech’ which pointedly placed Korea outside our perimeter. It was a major blunder. In June 1950, North Korea attacked, causing the Korean War. The war was fought gallantly by […]

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