President Barack Obama has sparked a storm of criticism over what many have branded a disrespectful act to the military when he saluted a pair of United States Marines while holding a Styrofoam cup of coffee in his hand on his arrival in New York City for the 2014 United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday.
The White House first posted a short video clip of the incendiary salute on Instagram Tuesday showing him with First Lady Michelle Obama in tow.
"President Obama just landed in New York for #UNGA2014," the White House noted in part of the message accompanying the video. more >>
Conservative author and filmmaker Dinesh D'Souza avoided jail time and instead was sentenced by a federal judge on Tuesday to spend eight months in a community confinement center during five years of probation after pleading guilty to a campaign finance law violation.
D'Souza, 53, admitted last May to exceeding donor limits in 2012 by arranging for others to give to the New York Senate campaign of Wendy Long, a Republican. He illegally reimbursed two "straw donors" who donated $10,000 each to what turned out to be Long's unsuccessful campaign.
"I'm thankful and relieved that the judge refused all attempts by the government to lock up my friend Dinesh D'Souza," said Gerald Molen, the Oscar-winning producer of D'Souza's 2012 documentary, "2016: Obama's America," upon hearing the sentence. "Putting him behind bars would have served no useful purpose. I commend the judge for his action." more >>
U.S. President Barack Obama praised Middle Eastern allies who assisted in targeted airstrikes against ISIS in the Islamic terrorist group's stronghold in Syria early Tuesday ahead of his trip to the United Nations in New York where he is expected to build support for his global coalition against the terrorists Wednesday.
"I made clear as part of this campaign the United States would take action against targets in both Iraq and Syria so that these terrorists can't find safe haven anywhere. I also made clear that America would act as part of a broad coalition and that's exactly what we've done. We were joined in this action by our friends and partners: Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Jordan, Bahrain and Qatar," Obama said in a televised address to the nation Tuesday morning.
"America is proud to stand shoulder to shoulder with these nations on behalf of our common security. The strength of this coalition makes it clear to the world that this is not America's fight alone. Above all, the people and governments in the Middle East are rejecting ISIL and standing up for the peace and security that the people of the region and the world deserve," he added. more >>
You are not going crazy. You are not delusional. You are not making things up. You are not seeing things. You are rational, decent and aware. You are a normal human being who does not work for the MSM or belong to the Democrat Party (aka the Progressives, aka the Leftists, aka the Ted Kennedy/Bill Clinton Murder/Molestation Fan Club.) Because those people are crazy, are delusional and do make things up. And unfortunately, they are ideologically obedient and humanity absent.
We can start with foreign policy. Is anyone going to notice that John Kerry is more interested in protecting the brand of Islam - continually making the claim that we need to remind ourselves that Islam is peaceful - than killing ISIS members and Islamists? Pro tip, medal thrower; kill all the radical Islamists and you won't have to remind us of how peaceful Muslims are.
Is anyone going to notice that President Obama's comments on "optics" are amazingly dense? Much was made of the "optics" of his decrying beheadings in the morning and then golfing in the afternoon. The reason, according to the White House flack office, was sports "clears the mind." more >>
One look at today's headlines will tell you that events around the world seem more unpredictable and chaotic than ever. Russia is showing no sign of backing down in Ukraine, even under increasing sanctions. The terrorist group, the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) continues to wreak havoc in the Middle East, energized by up to $2 million a day in captured oil revenues. And political violence from Iraq to Libya continues to escalate. Americans are stuck wondering what, if anything, we can and should be doing.
In the midst of all this chaos, oil prices were expected to rise. Instead, they have dipped in recent months, thanks primarily to lower global demand and increased production here at home. Gasoline prices have dropped for the moment too, prompting some to call this a "new era" of oil abundance, where our fuels are cheap and plentiful, even in the face of multiple international crises.
Don't fall for it. The global oil market still holds our economy hostage, threatening our national security and challenging our values. more >>
The U.S. military targeted sites of an al-Qaeda-linked Islamist extremist group, the Khorasan, in Syria by airstrikes overnight after intelligence officials warned this group is as big a threat to the U.S. as the ISIS, or Islamic State, and has the ability and inclination to attack Western targets.
The Pentagon said early Tuesday that the U.S. military targeted not only ISIS but also the Khorasan overnight "to disrupt the imminent attack plotting against the United States and Western interests conducted by a network of seasoned al-Qaeda veterans."
The airstrikes on Khorasan were conducted by the U.S. military alone, but five Arab nations that include Jordan, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates, "participated in or supported" the attacks on ISIS, the Jordanian army said, according to Reuters. more >>