Thursday, July 31, 2014


Current Events And Commentaries

U.S. Senator Ted Cruz
Puts Boehner’s House Border Bill In Jeopardy

Lead Story by Melanie Batley, Newsmax —
The House leadership is planning a vote Thursday on a border security bill to address the immigration crisis, but conservatives, led by Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, say they may refuse to sign-on without language that would put an end to what they call the "Obama amnesty" law.

Cruz convened a meeting Wednesday night with 11 rank-and-file House members to try to persuade them to vote against House Speaker John Boehner's version of the bill on the basis that the measure does not defund President Barack Obama's Deferred Action for Child Arrivals [DACA] executive order.

The current leadership bill leaves DACA intact but simply prohibits any official policies to expand its scope, a position conservatives say is not acceptable.

After the meeting with Cruz, Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann suggested she and other conservatives may withhold their support from the current version of the $659 million border bill without stronger language on DACA, Politico reported.

Their refusal to sign-on could jeopardize the chances of the bill's passage, though a number of Democrats have said they would support the bill, according to Politico.

"There is support for the DACA fix," Bachmann told Politico. "I think you will see the DACA-fix bill pass."

Iowa Rep. Steve King, Texas Rep Louie Gohmert, and Arizona Rep. Matt Salmon were also among those at the meeting.

Cruz believes that 2012 DACA law, which allows the president to issue work permits to people in the country illegally, is "the direct and proximate cause" of the current crisis, and argues that any House bill should prevent the future implementation of DACA, according to Breitbart.

“The only way to stop the border crisis is to stop Obama’s amnesty. It is disappointing the border security legislation unveiled today does not include language to end Obama’s amnesty,”Cruz said Tuesday. “Congress cannot hope to solve this problem without addressing the fundamental cause of it.”

In an interview Wednesday on Fox News' "On the Record with Greta Van Susteren," Cruz went a step further saying, "If you're granting amnesty to people who come as kids, other kids will come."

Even with the new DACA strategy put into the legislation, some conservatives Wednesday still weren't satisfied, according to Politico. Alabama Rep. Mo Brooks said the measures still don’t provide adequate border security, and Iowa Rep. King wants tougher asylum language.

The leadership's ability to seal a deal is now down to the wire, as the House adjourns Friday for a five-week recess.

Meanwhile, Cruz said he has introduced a two-page bill in the Senate that says the president does not have authority to grant amnesty to any new illegal immigrants.

"We should have done our basic job a long time ago," he said. » Full Story...

» Hamas TV: Muslims To Exterminate The Jews
By Abe Katsman, Breitbart —
Though glossed over in major media reporting on the Israel-Gaza confrontation, the Hamas conflict with the Jewish State remains deeply ideological. Hamas’s Al-Aqsa TV broadcast a sermon Friday reaffirming the Hamas ideology that according to Islam, it is Muslim destiny to exterminate the Jews. Killing Jews as religious practice is a basic message of Hamas, which believes that Muslim struggle against Jews—not only Israelis—and eventual extermination of Jews at the hands of Muslims is intrinsic to Islam. Hamas includes this message in its charter: Hamas Charter Introduction: "Our struggle against the Jews is extremely wide-ranging and grave..."

» IDF Calls Up 16,000 Reservists As Operation Protective Edge Moves Forward
By Aryeh Savir, Breaking Israel News —
“The angel of the Lord encamps around those who fear him, and delivers them.” (Psalm 34:7)
Israel’s Security Cabinet has agreed to continue Operation Protective Edge as IDF forces deepen their operations in the Strip. The IDF was given the go-ahead to call up an additional 16,000 reservists on Thursday to give the military “some breathing room,” bringing the total number of reserve soldiers called up to 86,000. The IDF is continuing to dismantle the terror tunnel infrastructure in Gaza, while deepening its hold on the Gaza Strip. For the first time in the operation, the IDF entered the Jabaliya refugee camp. Israel has reportedly stepped up its military strikes on Hamas targets as well...

» These New Details About Rick Perry’s Plan To Seal The Border Prove He Is NOT Messing Around
By Dr. Kevin "Coach" Collins, Western Journalism —
The Left is about to get another lesson about underestimating...
Remember the laughter and snarky comments from the Left and its Ministry of Information when Texas governor Rick Perry activated one thousand Texas National Guard soldiers for duty at the southern border? “Ha ha, they’ll just stand around like wooden Indians and watch ‘undocumented immigrants’ walk by,” we heard from people Beltway liberals who hate conservatives, especially conservatives with a drawl. The Left is about to get another lesson about underestimating those who live in “fly over country.” There is a local website ( that is reporting what Perry’s plan actually involves. Contrary to what has been postulated – even by some uninformed GOP types- the Texas National Guard will not be standing around directing illegal aliens to the nearest aid station. They will be deputized as state police officers who will have the same powers as other sworn officers. Moreover, Perry has ordered the construction of holding camps modeled after military barracks where illegals who walk over the border will be housed until their case is adjudicated.

» Why Are Massive Numbers Of Sea Creatures Dying Along The West Coast Right Now?
By Michael Snyder, The American Dream —
Never before have we seen so much death along the west coast of North America. Massive numbers of sea stars, bluefin tuna, sardines, anchovies, herring, oysters, salmon, marine mammals and marine birds are dying, and experts are puzzled. We are being told that we could even see “local extinctions” of some of these sea creatures. So are all of these deaths related? If so, what in the world could be causing this to happen? What has changed so dramatically that it would cause massive numbers of sea creatures to die along the west coast? The following are 15 examples of this phenomenon. Most scientists do not believe that these incidents are related. But when you put them all together, it paints quite a disturbing picture

» Israeli Frustration With Obama Reaching Boiling Point
By Ryan Jones, Israel Today —
“Obama is a fool, and Kerry is an idiot.” “The Americans’ behavior has angered not only Israel, but all moderate forces in the region.” “There is no other way to describe [American dealings] than as a perversion of morality and diplomacy.” Those were some of the nicer things one could hear Israelis muttering about the American leadership this week..Then a transcript of President Barack Obama’s follow-up call with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is leaked to the press. Israelis were stunned by Obama’s tone as he demanded Israel implement an immediate, unconditional ceasefire...

» Netanyahu: All Gaza Tunnels Will Be Destroyed With Or Without Cease-Fire
By Jerusalem Telegraphic Agency (JTA) —
Israel will destroy all of the tunnels that lead from Gaza to southern Israel, with or without a cease-fire, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said. Israeli troops have destroyed dozens of tunnel branches so far during the 24-day operation in Gaza, Netanyahu said Thursday at the start of a special Cabinet meeting to discuss the security situation. “We are determined to complete this mission with or without a cease-fire, and therefore I will not agree to any proposal that does not allow the IDF to complete this work, which is important for the security of Israel’s citizens,” Netanyahu said. The tunnels would have allowed Hamas to kidnap and murder Israeli soldiers and civilians, and to infiltrate Israeli territory to commit terrorist acts, Netanyahu said. adding, “We are destroying that capability now...

» Andrew Klavan: Thanks, Christian White Men!
By Andrew Klavan, Truth Revolt —
In which our host offers a rare display of gratitude to the one group of people no one ever says thank you to: Christian White Men! TRANSCRIPT: THANKS, CHRISTIAN WHITE MEN! I’m Andrew Klavan and this is the Revolting Truth. You know, so many things have gone wrong in our country recently — like the Obama administration and... the second Obama administration... that we sometimes forget the freedom, equal treatment and toleration most Americans have enjoyed from the very founding of this country until the Obama administration. So today we at the Revolting Truth would like to pause a moment and express our heartfelt gratitude to the source of these blessings. Thank you, Christian white men!...

» Islamic State fighter: ‘Turkey Paved The Way For Us’
By Ariel Ben Solomon, The Jerusalem Post —
MEMRI report on interview of jihadi: 'We will build the Islamic state in the territories from Tigris to Jordan and Palestine and to Lebanon. Sunni Law will rule.'..Prime Minister’s Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s “AKP government has helped us a lot” since the war in Syria began, an Islamic State fighter told a Turkish journalist.. “Turkey paved the way for us. Had Turkey not shown such understanding for us, the Islamic State would not be in its current place. It [Turkey] showed us affection. Large number of our mujahedeen [jihadis] received medical treatment in Turkey,” he said...

» Feds Quietly Dump Hundreds Of Illegal Immigrants In Tennessee
By Todd Starnes, Fox News —
Imagine you’re about to sit down for supper when suddenly 760 folks show up on your front porch wanting fried catfish and hushpuppies. You’d be fit to be tied as they say in Tennessee. And Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam is fit to be tied. The Obama administration recently released 760 illegal immigrant children to sponsors in the Volunteer State without any warning, the governor charged. “It is unacceptable that we became aware via a posting on the HHS website that 760 unaccompanied children have been released by the Office of Refugee Resettlement to sponsors in Tennessee without my administration’s knowledge,” the governor wrote in a strongly-worded letter to President Obama...

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