Unlike Vice President Joe Biden, who many of his critics have labeled a human gaffe machine, at least John Kerry knows when he has said something controversial and insulting. And again, unlike his technical superior in the Constitutional chain of command, Kerry knows how to apologize, sort of. As reported by The Washington Times on April 29, 2014 and also by The Boston Globe on Oct. 13, 2012, what makes this latest episode of an Obama Administration foreign policy faux pas was that Kerry insulted Israel; a long time most favored subject as far as Democrats were concerned. While the American Secretary of State’s outburst could reasonably be deemed as anti-Semitic, to increase the strangeness factor, Kerry is arguably the foremost crypto-Semite on the planet.
While on his whirlwind tour of the Far East, Barack Obama managed to find time to hammer the embattled owner of the Los Angeles Clippers, yet the Chief Executive has remained curiously silent when informed that his Malaysian hosts have every intention of implementing the harshest punishments found in Islamic Shari’a law on the nation’s rather sizable non-Muslim minority. As reported by both The Malaysia Chronicle and The Malay Mail Online, both on April 28, 2014, as well as USA Today on April 27, 2014, Obama referred to Clippers owner Donald Sterling as both “ignorant” as well as “incredibly offensive” while the billionaire Democrat was secretly recorded berating his 49-years-his-junior now ex-mistress, known to the world only as V. Stiviano, for her friendship with blacks as well as posting online photos of her with NBA legend Ervin “Magic” Johnson.
In the wake of Los Angeles Clippers owner Donald Sterling purportedly being caught on tape stating some rather disparaging comments about blacks in general, a chorus of media and sports figures have called for either his suspension from the National Basketball Association, if not completely forfeiting his ownership of the LA franchise, as reported by NBC News on April 27, 2014. In a 9:26 tape recording posted to the internet on April 26,2014 by the Hollywood gossip-centered website TMZ.com, Sterling was allegedly overheard arguing in a private conversation with his current paramour, curiously known to the public only as V. Stiviano, in which the billionaire divorce and personal injury lawyer was berating her for being seen in public with black people.
Is Salma Hayek’s Arab half exploiting her Mexican half? (Photo, above)
What was initially planned as a joint fraternity/sorority charity event at one of the nation’s leading colleges has since been cancelled due to one individual decrying the theme of the fund raiser as not only derogatory but also personally insulting to her Mexican bloodline and culture. As reported by the right-of-center The Daily Caller on April 26, 2014, and also by the conservative-leaning Campus Reform youth oriented news portal, and The Dartmouth college paper, both on April 25, 2014, the Alpha Phi sorority and Phi Delta Alpha fraternity of New Hampshire’s Dartmouth College have cancelled their long planned for South-of-the-Border-based “Phiesta” benefit for cardiac patients because a singular student complained.
With quite the history of issuing his share of über-fundamentalist Islamic fatwas (religious rulings), Egypt’s Sheikh Yasser Burhami’s latest edict may have landed him in more hot water than he’s prepared to deal with. As reported on 25 April, 2014 by the Royal House of Saud-owned Al Arabiya news portal (of the United Arab Emirates), and also by the Nigerian-based Naij news service, the Islamic cleric is also the Vice President of the influential and notoriously hard-core Al-Da’wa Al-Salafiya (ultra-orthodox Salafist) Movement.
Depending who you talk to, Israel’s military recruitment efforts aimed at young Arab Christians has either been a dismal failure or a step in the right direction, albeit a slow one. A prime example would be the two very different takes on the same story as reported by the openly tilted “supporters of the Palestinian cause” left-of-center Middle East Monitor news portal on April 23, 2014, and also reported on the opposite end of the spectrum by the self-described “Jewish and Israel news for Jewish media” internet portal The Jewish and Israel News Service on April 22, 2014.
There was a joke among DC Beltway insiders that during the Clinton years if you shook Bill’s family tree hard enough, chances were that at least one more previously unknown half-brother would fall out. Barack Obama has a variation of the same predicament, except in his case, it’s legal troubles involving his late father’s siblings, one of whom passed away recently. As reported by both The Weekly Standard news portal on April 23, 2014, and The New York Times on April 22, 2014, Obama’s beloved “Auntie” Zeituni Onyango recently left this life, yet the Chief Executive chose to pass on attending the funeral, opting instead to hit the links.
“Americans have the right and advantage of being armed, unlike the people of other countries, whose leaders are afraid to trust them with arms.” – President James Madison
Claiming membership at roughly 50,000, the unofficial Oklahoma Militia has decided to both figuratively and literally stand with embattled Nevada cattle rancher Cliven Bundy in his fight with the federal government, as reported by the NBC affiliate station KFOR-TV of Oklahoma City, OK on April 20, 2014. In an increasingly militarized nation where the federals now see fit to authorize the Bureau of Land Management to maintain their own attack dog unit, as well as such federal departments such as the National Institutes of Health, the National Institute of Standards and Technology and the Department of Veterans Affairs have their own (and often heavily armed) police branches, more than a few American citizens are re-discovering the words of the nation’s Founding Fathers regarding the Second Amendment and also tyrannical central governments.
The US Marine Corps have fewer TOWs than the amount Obama shipped to Saudi Arabia last year alone …
With no pun intended, the Obama White House has shipped under the radar some of the most technologically advanced weaponry yet to a supposedly moderate Syrian rebel faction battling the nation’s regime of President Bashar al-Assad, as reported by both the left-of-center Centre for Research on Globalization (of Montreal, Quebec, Canada) news portal on April 21, 2014, as well as the Wall Street Journal on April 20, 2014. Concern is high that the cutting-edge anti-tank missiles will eventually make their way to one of the myriad of groups who are also in revolt against Assad, and more than a few are also openly in league with the same al-Qaeda terrorist organization that attacked the United States on Sept. 11, 2001.
In the very city where the surviving Tsarnaev brother will stand trial for the murder of four and wounding hundreds in the April 15, 2013 Boston Marathon terrorist attack, one of the more senior Obama Administration security officials is calling on American parents to monitor their children for signs of them becoming “confrontational” among other red flag warnings they are on the verge of becoming future terrorists, as reported by the right-of-center news portal The Daily Caller on April 19, 2014, and also by The Wall Street Journal on Jan. 25, 2013.
Despite Islam constitutionally recognized as the nation’s official religion, the South East Asian country has also declared by law that a number of non-Islamic holy days as state holidays. Nonetheless, a prominent retired judge has called out both the Hindu and Buddhist minorities of not only hurting the feelings of the nation’s Muslim majority, but also causing the followers of Mohammed feel threatened, as reported by the news portals Malaysian Digest on April 17, 2014, and also by the Malay Mail Online on April 16, 2014.
Common in Muslim-dominant nations, the government of Malaysia’s official National Fatwa Council has ruled that all citizens, Muslim and non-Muslims alike, need to refrain from uttering “RIP” to those who adhere to a belief other than Islam, as reported by The Malaysian Insider news portal on April 17, 2014.
The individual arrested earlier this week as the suspected trigger-man behind the Kansas Jewish Centers shootings has quite the history of seeking public office, as reported by the right-of-center news portal The Daily Caller on April 14, 2014.
Changing political affiliations more than once, Frazier Glenn Miller, Jr. (AKA: “Frazier Glenn Cross”) once made a run for the US Senate as a Republican, but twice sought elected office as a member of the Democratic Party. In his native North Carolina, Miller initially sought public office in 1984 by running in the Democratic primary in order to change his mailing address to the North Carolina Governor’s Mansion. Miller failed miserably in his chase for the governorship, garnering a mere 5,790 votes out of slightly less than a million ballots cast.
In a move that has people either scratching their heads in confused disbelief, or spitting mad with disgust, the recent shotgun killings by a reported ex-member of the KKK has drawn the harshest of condemnation from two highly unlikely organizations – the Ku Klux Klan as well as the Aryan Nation, as reported by both USA Today and WDAF Fox-4 Kansas City on April 14, 2014, and again in a separate USA Today report of the same date.
Failing to name names, Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi is accusing Congressional Republicans of playing racial favorites , as reported by the left-of-center news portal The Daily Beast on April 14, 2014, the Los Angeles Times on March 14, 2014, and lastly by the right-of-center Breitbart.com on March 9, 2014.
Possibly disregarding that the Biblical ten plagues were brought down on the Egyptians roughly 3,500 years ago, a popular columnist in the North African nation is calling on his government to take the State of Israel to court for compensation, as reported by the Jerusalem-based news portal Israel Today on April 11, 2014.
Provocative photograph, isn’t it? I hope so — it was meant to be.
For those of us old enough to remember, the image of Nguyễn Văn Lém, formerly of the Viet-Cong, at the receiving end of a field expedient execution at the hands of Saigon’s Chief of Police General Nguyễn Ngọc Loan was the iconic anti-war instrument of propaganda to end all instruments of propaganda … ever.
What the anti-war mob never told us is that Lém’s execution happened during the Tet Offensive, martial law was declared and the shooting was in the wake of Lém assassinating a Saigon police deputy commander. Oh, I almost forgot, Lém has just slaughtered the wife and children of said police deputy.
What’s four feet tall, resides in an über-upscale region of the British Isles, and has the reputation for attacking only those individuals with more melanoma than the average Englishman? As reported by The Telegraph (of London, Great Britain) on April 10, 2014, the answer is one exceedingly over-protective pen that for some unknown reason has quite the penchant for attacking only dark-complected people.
Sounding more like a tale from the 7th century instead of the 21st, a six-year-old Afghan girl was sold into virtual slavery by her own father as so he could pay off his debts, only to eventually be saved by an American from an arraigned marriage to a grown man, as reported by Anna Coren of CNN via KMSS TV-33 of Shreveport, LA on April 8, 2014.
Depending on who you ask, the Volunteer State earned its moniker from the surplus of manpower who answered the call and came forward for military service in either The War of 1812, The Mexican-American War, or for either the Union or the Confederacy during the War Between the States. Despite Tennessee’s long and storied history of volunteerism, political conservatives in the Butternut State aren’t exactly stepping up to the plate when it comes to United Nations poll watchers monitoring upcoming elections, as reported by both the politics-centered news portal The National Journal on April 9, 2014, as well as the Knoxville (TN) News Sentinel on April 8, 2014.
In the wake of the killing spree by a disgruntled solder at the sprawling Texas Army base, Barack Obama will start Wednesday (April 9) serious and somber, but end the day smiling and sure to be filled with handshakes and backslapping, as reported by both the Houston Chronicle and CBS News (of Houston, TX) on April 8, 2014.
Nevada’s senior senator has been on a tear as of late against conservative-leaning industrialists Charles and David Koch due to their penchant for contributing money overwhelmingly to more than a few conservative causes and candidates, yet despite Harry Reid referring to the Koch brother as “un-American” and other choice descriptive words and phrases, it turns out the Senate majority leader doesn’t have a problem with accepting contributions from the industrialists, as reported by the right-of-center Washington Free Beacon on April 7, 2014.
Most Americans schoolkids have never even heard of Chièvres, Belgium; Okinawa, Japan; or Manama, Bahrain, but for the children of members of the US Armed Forces those are more than familiar mailing addresses. And as dozens of American kids stationed in Spain were caught demonstrating on digital, just because the US is an ocean away, that hardly is a damper for their patriotism, as reported by the right-of-center The Blaze on April 5, 2014, and Britain’s the Daily Mail on April 7, 2014.
With North Korea hell-bent on firing missiles into the Sea of Japan, and Japanese leadership may be unsure of Barack Obama’s stoutheartedness in honoring the over half century old mutual defense treaty, for the first time since the end of the Second World War Japan is making its own military decisions independent of the United States, as reported on April 5, 2014 by both the Reuters news agency and also in a separate Reuters report via the South China Morning Post.
“This isn’t freedom … this is fear” – Captain America
Despite tanking at the box office, Barack Obama recently hosted a showing of the sparsely viewed “Cesar Chavez: An American Hero,” but for those anticipating Obama giving the same treatment to the already-breaking-box-office-records “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” don’t hold your breath, as reported by the left-of-center Mother Jones news portal on April 4, 2014.