Philippine military chief confirms that more than 70 peacekeepers have escaped from areas of Golan that came under attack by Syrian rebels.
Philippine military chief confirms that more than 70 peacekeepers have escaped from areas of Golan that came under attack by Syrian rebels.
DALLAS – Dr. Ben Carson, the venerated brain surgeon, took a step closer to a presidential run here at the “Defending the American Dream Summit” sponsored by Americans for Prosperity by saying he will never become a politician but won’t rule out a bid for elective office.
Other possible Republican presidential contenders included Sen. Rand Paul, Sen. Ted Cruz and Gov. Rick Perry.
But Carson struck a different chord by attacking the culture of political correctness that he believes stifles debate in America today.
“I hate political correctness so much,” he said. “I’m not a politician and I don’t believe in political correctness. I may say something that may offend someone. I frankly never plan on becoming a politician. That doesn’t mean I won’t do something in political office, but I won’t become a politician in the process. The reason I hate political correctness so much is because it’s antithetical to the founding principle of our nation – freedom of speech and freedom of expression. We have reached the point in this country where the average citizen is afraid to express himself. ”
He continued: “Is it absurd that anybody who is pro-life is now called anti-woman? Does that make any sense at all? If you believe in traditional marriage, then you’re anti-’gay,’ you’re a homophobe? If you’re a white person and you disagree with a progressive black person you’re a racist? If you’re a black person and you disagree with a progressive white person you’re crazy? It’s all about intimidation. And it only works if you’re afraid of them. And if you’re not afraid of them, it doesn’t work. I hope you will join me in not being intimidated by them.”
Carson, who grew up in inner-city Detroit, the son of a single mother with a third-grade education, went on to become one of the most celebrated brain surgeons in the world.
He talked about his mother who, he said, “stretched every dollar.”
“If my mother was secretary of the Treasury, I guarantee you we would not be in a deficit situation.”
Carson also struck out at government regulations, Obamacare and the highest corporate tax rate in the world as impediments to growing the economy.
He pointed to his hometown of Detroit as “a microcosm of what’s going to happen to the country if we’re not careful.”
(Forbes) The specter of Chinese warplanes buzzing U.S. and Japanese planes adds urgency to U.S. pressure for high-altitude defense in Asia against a still more formidable threat: that of missiles fired by North Korea and maybe even China.
Both the Pentagon and Japan’s defense ministry have protested the close calls with Chinese planes while China threatens still more of them and complains about U.S. dreams of installing a “Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense” system in South Korea.
China, North Korea and, most recently, Russia all seem to fear that installation of the advanced missile-deterrence on South Korean soil would increase the danger of a regional war despite U.S. assurances that the system would only be to ward off missile attacks on South Korea and Japan.
(WXIA-TV) A Clayton County father spent the night in jail after confronting his daughter’s school bus driver. Carlos Davis is upset that due to overcrowding, some students are having to sit on the floor.
Davis is charged with disrupting public schools operation. Basically, he blocked the driver from shutting the door, so she couldn’t finish her route. The confrontation tied up traffic for 45 minutes and delayed getting the remaining students back home to their parents.
Still, many in the neighborhood are pleased Davis took a stand.
(USA Today) When Congress passed the Affordable Care Act, it required health insurers, hospitals, device makers and pharmaceutical companies to share in the cost because they would get a windfall of new, paying customers.
But with an $8 billion tax on insurers due Sept. 30 — the first time the new tax is being collected — the industry is getting help from an unlikely source: taxpayers.
States and the federal government will spend at least $700 million this year to pay the tax for their Medicaid health plans.
(Associated Press) Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie said he lost his bid for re-election in a Democratic primary because of his decision to call a special session to legalize gay marriage.
Republicans are allowed to vote for Democrats in Hawaii’s open primary, and Abercrombie said they chose to vote against him because of his support for gay marriage and because they think his party rival, state Sen. David Ige, is an easier target to beat in the general election.
“Republicans crossed over en masse to vote in the Democratic primary, and then the religious factor came in,” Abercrombie said. “Doctrinally I was outside the circle and paid for it.” He argued that voters were urged to choose his opponent by their religious leaders.
Dr. Carson 1 – Open PC
Dr. Carson 2 – Poverty – Education
Dr. Carson 5 – Liberate – Economy
Dr. Carson 6 – Danger of Debt
Dr. Carson – 7 – Danger of Debt
Perry – Border Crisis
Perry – Chaos – ISIS – No Strategy
Perry – Gov’t Interference
Rand Paul 2
Rand Paul 3
Rand Paul 4
Ted Cruz – Harry Reid, Defend the Constitution
Ted Cruz – Victories, Call To Action
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Smith goes to see his supervisor in the front office.
“Boss,” he says, “we’re doing some heavy house-cleaning at home tomorrow, and my wife needs me to help with the attic and the garage, moving and hauling stuff.”
“We’re short-handed, Smith,” the boss replies. “I can’t give you the day off.”
“Thanks, boss,” says Smith, “I knew I could count on you!”
Still from “The Remaining”
The terms “faith film” and “horror movie” don’t usually describe the same offering on the silver screen.
But writer and director Casey La Scala – whose credits include the mind-bending “Donnie Darko,” horror remake “Amityville: The Awakening,” and the groundbreaking faith film “A Walk to Remember” – may be just the guy to blend together what some would call incompatible: a clear, evangelical call to get right with God and a movie designed to scare “the hell” out of its audiences.
La Scala told WND in an exclusive interview that he pitched the idea for “The Remaining,” his new movie coming to theaters Sept. 5, to Sony Affirm films, producers of faith-friendly projects like “Fireproof” and “When the Game Stands Tall” and distributor for movies like “Soul Surfer” and “Mom’s Night Out.”
“‘The Remaining’ has a lot of Christian themes; would this be embraced by faith-based community?” La Scala recalled. “They didn’t know. I argued [faith consumers] would be interested in something like this, because when you look at ‘The Passion of the Christ,’ it’s technically a horror movie. It’s a faith-based horror movie. That’s what it is.”
But La Scala says “The Remaining” was born from something far deeper than an effort to sell horror tickets to Christians.
“My father passed away, and he was alone, wishing he had more time with his friends and family. He had alienated a lot of people,” La Scala revealed. “The theme of the movie came when I was dealing with that – this idea of don’t wait until it’s too late to embrace the people you love.”
La Scala acknowledged some will be skeptical of how the horror genre can be a vehicle for messages on faith and love, laughing that his previous “A Walk to Remember” and “The Remaining” do seem like “polar opposite films.”
“Yet inside ‘The Remaining,’ you can see themes of love, young people about to start their lives, young people faced with ultimate death, what can we do before we die and wanting to say all the things I should have said to you,” La Scala explained. “That was the basis for ‘A Walk to Remember,’ too. At face value, they seem such different films, but inside, they’re very similar.”
In 2002, “A Walk to Remember” told the story of a wayward teen named Landon who fell in love with a Christian girl dying of leukemia. Yet for all the girl’s efforts to distance him from her impending death, Landon found his life transformed by knowing her. It was one of the first major Hollywood films to actively recruit churches and youth groups to turn movie-going into a ministry.
“The Remaining” similarly puts its characters in a place where they question how they’ve lived their lives when faced with unexpected death, and it similarly brings Hollywood-quality filmmaking to a faith-themed film.
The movie follows – through a refined version of the “found footage” technique that has made the “Paranormal Activity” horror movies so popular – a group of post-college friends just starting life anew, as two of them celebrate their wedding day. Unbeknownst to the bride and groom, however, their wedding day is also the day of the Rapture – an event some Christians believe the Bible predicts, when Christ takes true believers to heaven in a mass exodus before a series of catastrophic “Tribulation” disasters.
Picking up in the Bible’s Revelation, Chapters 8 and 9, “The Remaining” depicts the angels’ trumpets of judgment: hail and fire falling from the sky, and even more terrifying, the release of demonic “locusts,” with thundering wings and teeth like lions and stings like scorpions.
“The Bible is full of horror tales,” La Scala’s co-writer on the project, Chris Dowling, told WND. “If you want to read something scary, read Revelation. It’s not a far cry to read Revelation and go, ‘Wow, this sounds straight out of a horror film.’ That’s why it made sense [to make this movie].”
As the friends in the film flee from the raining disasters of the Tribulation, each of them must come face to face with why their loves ones were taken to heaven … and why they were not. And as people around them begin to die and the days look darker than they ever have, each of the friends must decide how they will live what are likely the last days of their lives.
“I’ve got two boys,” La Scala told WND. “I wanted to create something they could watch and we could talk about faith and we could talk about choices. So underneath it, I wanted it to be a think piece: Where is your relationship with God? Where is your relationship with faith? Do you have a relationship with God? This was to my boys, but I wanted to do something on a mass level and do something that people can embrace.
“When I was a kid, I used to go to church camp, and the counselors talked about the Rapture, Tribulation and the end of the world,” La Scala continued. “Put those things together, a global vision of ‘Paranormal Activity,’ the Book of Revelation, then my dad’s death and thematically urging you, don’t wait until it’s too late – they all came together to become ‘The Remaining.’
Watch a trailer for “The Remaining” below:
La Scala and Dowling both emphasized, however, that “The Remaining” is not just a movie for the faith-based community, but for the mainstream audience as well.
“I like the fact we’re pushing the edge,” Dowling told WND. “Yes, we are doing a faith-based thriller horror, and you’re going to have people in the church who are going to think you shouldn’t be doing that, and you’re going to have the secular crowd that isn’t going to want to see it. But we’re getting such a good response across the board [from those in both camps who have seen the movie] that we think we’ve found a sweet spot.
“There’s a time and place for films like ‘God’s Not Dead’ that are going to appeal to the church, and there’s a time and place for films that reach outside and broaden the appeal for films that are ‘faith-based,’” he continued. “It doesn’t have to be mutually exclusive: This is secular, this faith-based. No, ‘The Remaining’ is just a good film and there’s faith in it. That’s awesome. This isn’t made just for Christians, this is a film made for all faiths and no faith to watch and ask questions.”
Bryan Dechart and Alexa Vega of “The Remaining”
La Scala insisted regardless of whether audiences believe in a biblical account of end times, or agree with a pre-tribulational Rapture, or acknowledge God at all, “The Remaining” reveals death could happen to any of us at any moment, even in the most surprising of ways.
“I wanted to make sure a mainstream audience could latch on to that,” La Scala said. “That’s what I wanted to make, a movie not so faith-based that you’re going to isolate the mainstream audience. I wanted there to be something in there for everybody.”
Yet LaScala also said he hopes Christian audiences and youth groups will embrace the movie as well.
“I want this film to represent a genre that’s not exploiting the [faith] audience, but they’re making films for the faith audience that are a cut above [the typical 'Christian' movie],” La Scala explained. “If we get the support, then there will be more films of this quality with these themes.”
La Scala also dropped a hint of the next Christian horror movie he hopes will make it to the silver screen.
“You know the movie ‘Heaven Is for Real”?” La Scala asked. “I’m doing ‘Hell Is for Real’ next. We’ll see what happens.”
At a time when the American church is undergoing seismic changes, one threat is particularly insidious, argues renowned scholar, professor and radio host Michael Brown.
“It is widespread,” says Brown, whose new book “Hyper-Grace: Exposing the Dangers of the Modern Grace Message” has become a sensation among evangelicals. “Primarily the main teachers and preachers associated with this are in Pentecostal and charismatic circles. One major leader told me this is the biggest issue they are dealing with in their churches.”
A hyper-grace approach to ministry typically emphasizes the love and forgiveness of God at the expense of His holiness and justice.
Writing in Charisma magazine, Joseph Mattera agrees with Brown about the unbalanced teaching sweeping American churches.
“Whole churches and movements have oriented themselves to a distorted understanding of the gospel by espousing a ‘hypergrace’ approach that trickles down to not only what they preach but who they allow to minister and teach,” he writes, noting he was told there is even a new television station devoted to “this view of ‘grace.”
Mattera said many churches and preachers “refuse to take a stand against sin and rarely if ever mention the need for repentance or topics like hell and judgment.”
“Many of these same churches,” he says, “allow people to minister in music, as small group leaders and even as ministers with no personal accountability, while looking the other way when they are living sexually immoral lives and regularly engaged in drunkenness!”
Brown, a biblical scholar and founder and president of FIRE School of Ministry, is concerned the spread of the hyper-grace message is not confined to charismatic and Pentecostal communities.
“You’ll have Baptist pastors interested because it leads with their once-saved-always-saved views. Then from Tulsa to the Philippines, people are asking how to deal with this,” Brown told WND. “The balance that must be achieved is, in dealing with the error, we cannot hurt the message of grace.
“I see it as symptomatic – as our society in the whole – in that we often have a narcissistic mentality that the gospel starts with me and is here to please me. That’s not what hyper-grace teaches exactly, but to the extent that God can’t make me uncomfortable, to the extent we embrace that mentality, it contributes greatly to the problem,” he said.
Brown knew he was taking on a controversial subject, given the fact that many evangelical churches are now presenting a “softer” message to encourage “seekers” attend church.
Brown said there has been a lot of opposition as well as support for his book.
“About exactly what I expected,” he said. “I knew that to some people, I was touching their precious little baby, so to speak. But the book is written that grace is exalted; it’s for grace lovers and not grace haters.”
Brown, a Jewish believer, says he was born again as a drug-addicted, “hippy rock drummer.” His concern for the lost is such that he had to address the hyper-grace controversy, which be believes has strong implications for hoped-for revival.
“Absolutely, hyper-grace can be a problem,” he told WND. “On the positive side, those hearing a true message of grace are getting refreshed and revitalized. On the larger level, though, I absolutely see the hyper-grace message as antithetical to genuine revival. When you talk about the need to repent, sin in the camp, seeking God – these are all received negatively in the hyper-grace camp. For many, many reasons it can be antithetical to revival.”
Brown cites ministry leaders Joseph Prince and John Crowder as among the most popular hyper-grace proponents.
In Chapter 9 of “Hyper-Grace,” Brown discusses Crowder, a self-described “advocate of mystical Christianity.”
“Actually this type of teaching resurfaces on a regular basis. Trace it back 50 years, 100 years, and church leaders were dealing with hyper-grace. One of the claims is that it is new revelation, and John Crowder represents a much smaller sphere of influence, but he’s also stated that after you read his books you want to throw out other books and not listen to your preacher. Claims like that need to be examined very carefully.”
A whistleblower’s lawsuit accusing a Planned Parenthood branch of scamming American taxpayers millions of taxpayer dollars has been reinstated by a federal appeals court.
The action was brought in 2011 by Sue Thayer, former manager of Iowa’s Storm Lake and LeMars Planned Parenthood clinics. Thayer sued the organization under both federal and Iowa False Claims Acts. She alleges Planned Parenthood knowingly committed Medicaid fraud from 2002 to 2009 by seeking improper and even illegal reimbursements from Iowa Medicaid Enterprise and the Iowa Family Planning Network.
A district judge in 2012 dismissed the complaint at Planned Parenthood’s request, but the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has returned it to district court.
“We conclude that Thayer has pled sufficiently particularized facts to support her allegations that Planned Parenthood violated the FCA by filing claims for (1) unnecessary quantities of birth control pills, (2) birth control pills dispensed without examinations or without or prior to a physician’s order, (3) abortion-related services, and (4) the full amount of services that had already been paid, in whole or in part, by ‘donations’ Planned Parenthood coerced from patients,” the appeals court ruling said.
“Thayer adequately alleges the particular details of these schemes, such as the names of the individuals that instructed her to carry out these schemes, the two-year time period in which these schemes took place, the clinics that participated in these schemes, and the methods by which these schemes were perpetrated. Moreover, she alleges that her position as center manager gave her access to Planned Parenthood’s centralized billing system, pleads specific details about Planned Parenthood’s billing systems and practices, and alleges that she had personal knowledge of Planned Parenthood’s submission of false claims.
“Thayer’s claims thus have sufficient indicia of reliability because she provided the underlying factual bases for her allegations,” the ruling said.
Her allegation Planned Parenthood violated the FCA by causing other hospitals to unknowingly submit claims “and by upcoding” was not permitted by the court.
A statement released earlier from the abortion organization blasted the lawsuit as “harassment.”
But ADF Senior Counsel Casey Mattox said Americans “deserve to know if their hard-earned tax money is being funneled to groups that are abusing it.”
“No matter what people believe about abortion itself, everyone can agree that Planned Parenthood should play by the same rules as everyone else,” he said. “We look forward to continuing our defense of the American taxpayer in this case.”
The lawsuit alleges Planned Parenthood submitted “repeated false, fraudulent, and/or ineligible claims for reimbursements” to Medicaid.
“These included billing Medicaid for abortion-related services in violation of federal law, deceptively seeking partial payments from Medicaid patients but billing Medicaid for the full amount, billing Medicaid for contraceptives without any examination or even a proper prescription, and billing Medicaid for more expensive services than those provided.”
The laws under which the claim was filed allow whistleblowers with inside information to expose fraud.
Planned Parenthood fired Thayer over her opposition to its “webcam” abortions, which allowed abortion drugs to be prescribed to women without a personal meeting with a doctor. On Aug. 19, an Iowa court upheld the Iowa Board of Medicine’s new ban on the procedure.
“Planned Parenthood repeatedly demonstrates that it cares more about protecting its own bottom line than about protecting the women it purports to serve,” said ADF Senior Counsel Michael J. Norton. “That’s been a pattern with Planned Parenthood across the county.”
The lawsuit claims Planned Parenthood’s “C-Mail” scam began by automatically sending a year’s supply of birth control pills to women who came into one of the organization’s clinics. The pills were usually sent without a physician’s order, often dispensed to women “at levels not medically reasonable or necessary … constituting ‘abuse or overuse’” and were even shipped without the patient’s consent or foreknowledge.
Planned Parenthood then billed Medicaid for $26.32 for each month’s worth of pills, the lawsuit claims, even though the cost to the clinics was only $2.98.
Thayer claims the scam proved to be so profitable Planned Parenthood even held competitions among its clinics to see which of them could enroll the most women in the “C-Mail” program.
Furthermore, the lawsuit claims, the U.S. Postal Service sometimes returned the packages to Planned Parenthood, but instead of crediting Medicaid or destroying the returned pills, the clinics resold the birth control pills and billed Medicaid twice for the same medication.
A second claim within the lawsuit alleges that though both Iowa and federal law bar taxpayer funds from reimbursing abortion services, Planned Parenthood found a way to sidestep the restriction.
The lawsuit claims rather than billing Medicaid for abortions directly – a clear violation of the law – Planned Parenthood “fragmented” the patients’ bills so it could charge Medicaid for everything the clinic did around and related to the abortion. The charges included, “without limitation, office visits, ultrasounds, Rh factor tests, lab work, general counseling and abortion aftercare, all of which were, when provided, integral to and/or related to surgical and medical abortion procedures.”
Still another allegation is that Planned Parenthood asked its Medicaid patients to “donate” to the organization half the cost of their bill, a request with which many patients complied. But then, the lawsuit says, Planned Parenthood reported the money as a “voluntary donation” and still billed Medicaid for the full amount of the patient’s care.
Saudi King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz al-Saud
WASHINGTON – Following Saudi King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz al-Saud’s bombshell warning that the next target of the Islamic State, or ISIS, will be Europe first and America a month after that, one Middle East source is suggesting the Saudis may have paid ISIS extortion money not to attack the kingdom.
The source, who asked to remain anonymous but is close to officials in the governments of Lebanon, Syria and Iraq, said that the Saudis years ago did the same thing when Prince al-Turki, then Saudi Arabia’s intelligence chief, traveled to Afghanistan to meet with al-Qaida chief Osama bin Laden.
In that meeting, Turki reportedly paid millions of dollars to bin Laden to refrain from attacking the Saudi kingdom, even though bin Laden had turned against the Saudi monarchy for hosting U.S. forces on Muslim soil to fight against then Iraqi President Saddam Hussein.
In expressing concern that such an event may be happening, the WND source pointed out there had been concern about a month ago that ISIS was preparing to attack the Saudi kingdom, with a number of ISIS fighters saying publicly the jihadist group would capture Mecca and Medina – two of the most holy Muslims cities in all Islam.
Until recently, ISIS forces were known to be approaching the border between Iraq and Saudi Arabia, with some cells having penetrated the kingdom before being captured.
In his most recent comments to new ambassadors to the Saudi Kingdom, however, Abdullah only warned that the West, including Europe and the U.S., would be the next targets unless there is “rapid” action.
“If we ignore them, I am sure they will reach Europe in a month and America in another month,” Abdullah was quoted as saying in the daily Asharq al-Awsat.
“Terrorism knows no border, and its danger could affect several countries outside the Middle East,” Abdullah told the new ambassadors.
The king’s prediction sent shockwaves through the international media, even garnering the top headline on the widely popular Drudge Report.
But with no similar concerns from Abdullah about a possible attack on Saudi soil, WND’s source questioned whether Saudi Prince Bandar bin Sultan may be working negotiations behind the scenes to keep ISIS at bay.
Bandar is a nephew of Abdullah. For years, he was the Saudi ambassador to the U.S., becoming close friends with former U.S. President George W. Bush. Following that stint, he returned to Saudi Arabia and became the chief of the Saudi intelligence service and Saudi national security council.
President George W. Bush and Saudi Prince Bandar bin Sultan
From the time the U.S. created the Sunni Mujahedeen to fight against the then Soviet Union in Afghanistan in the early 1980s, Bandar played a key role in operations to dispatch jihadist fighters and helped provide financial, military and human support.
WND’s source said that given his close association with jihadist groups over the years, Bandar may have the necessary contacts to pay extortion money to ISIS chief Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, just as Turki did years earlier to bin Laden.
The source said Bandar has a history of such activity, referring to his efforts in Syria to buy fighters to go against the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, who is allied with Iran.
The Saudis, who are Sunni, are concerned that Iran – which is Shia – will extend its influence in predominantly Sunni Gulf Arab countries. The Sunnis and Shia have been at odds since the death of Mohammad in 632 A.D.
Today, Iran and Saudi Arabia are engaged in proxy wars from Bahrain and Iraq to Syria and Yemen. The Saudis are concerned that the Shia in countries such as Iraq and Syria and even Lebanon will have more influence over what the Saudis believe are Sunni regions in the Middle East.
All the jihadist fighters from such prominent groups as Jabhat al-Nusra, Abdullah Azzam Brigades and the Islamic State are extremist Sunnis who seek to make all lands dominated by Sunnis into a caliphate that will be subject to strict Shariah, or Islamic law.
Bandar was known to have been working for a time in northern Lebanon and then in Jordan to pay fighters to join various Islamist groups. The fighters would be trained in Jordan, many by the U.S. Central Intelligence Agency, then transferred through Turkey and into Syria.
Many of the fighters whom the U.S. trained and Bandar financed belonged to jihadist groups that not only took over from the opposition fighters of the Free Syrian Army, but later peeled off to join ISIS.
As a consequence, many of the ISIS fighters display many of the tactics and fighting techniques employed by U.S. Special Forces, a development which has raised mounting concern in Washington should the fighters who survive the battlefield return to their homeland, including the U.S.
In a display of Bandar’s relationship with jihadi fighters, he had met with Russian President Vladimir Putin late last year in the hope of getting the Russian president to switch his support away from Assad and Iran and back the Syrian opposition, which by then had thoroughly infiltrated the opposition and had control over larger weapons.
Bandar reportedly told Putin that he controlled like a “light switch” the Sunni Chechen fighters who had been attacking Moscow’s subway and international airport and were threatening to attack the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.
Putin not only refused Bandar’s request to Putin to give up his backing of Assad and Iran, but reportedly grew angry with Bandar for what amounted to a threat on the Russian homeland by jihadist fighters who are under the control of Saudi Arabia.
F. Michael Maloof, senior staff writer for WND/ G2Bulletin, is a former security policy analyst in the Office of the Secretary of Defense. He can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sheriff Joe Arpaio
Worldwide news coverage of America’s porous southern border, says Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio, has effectively tipped off terrorists on exactly how to get enter the U.S. undetected.
“The border is still not secure and probably never will be 100-percent secure,” Arpaio told WND in an exclusive interview. “I’ve been working there 34 years on both sides, and anything can happen. Anybody can cross that border, whether they’re Central American, Middle Eastern or terrorist.”
Arpaio confirmed he’s seen Middle Eastern illegal immigrants pass from Mexico through his Maricopa County area, and he’s worried constant television coverage of how easy it is may inspire terrorists from Middle Eastern countries to follow suit.
“Why would it be surprising when you have a 2,000-mile border and people are coming across all the time?” he asked.
“The national media is always talking about the border, and people in the Middle East have televisions,” Arpaio told WND. “People listen to the media.”
Arpaio pointed out that efforts to stop the terrorist threat along America’s southern border face two major obstacles: Mexican and Central American governments that can’t keep track of who is moving through their territory and a U.S. government that apparently has the same problem.
“All those people who came in from Central America, how do we know who they are? What’s [in] their records? Those countries aren’t very good at keeping records, you know,” Arpaio said. “How do you know all those people who came across, flooding our country, how do you know they’re not part of terrorist groups? [Central American nations] can’t keep track of them.”
Yet Arpaio doesn’t have much faith in the U.S. government to do any better.
“Where was the CIA and the U.S. ambassador, the embassy, how come they didn’t know 30-40,000 [illegal minors] were coming in? They should have known about it. Why didn’t they do anything about it?” Arpaio asked. “Where’s our intelligence to show all these young people were coming into the United States?
“We did a survey of the people in [our] jail, about 3,000 that we looked at for all different types of crimes,” Arpaio related. “They’re all here illegally, so we turned them over to [Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE] to be deported, and yet, they keep coming back on crimes. How do they keep coming back when you give them to ICE?
“Either they have been deported and they keep coming across the border, or they’re let out the back door, back on to the streets,” he posited. “[U.S. authorities] can’t even keep track of them, and these are criminals! Sex violators and everything else that we turn over and they keep coming back to jail again.
“We’re not too good at keeping track of these illegal aliens,” Arpaio concluded. “The whole system is broken. So, you think somebody from the Middle East can’t come across the door? C’mon.”
(Al Arabiya) Lawmakers are fuming over President Barack Obama’s admission on Thursday that his White House lacks a strategy for dealing with the rise of the Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) in Syria, with one congressman comparing his performance to the bumbling sheriff’s deputy Barney Fife from ‘The Andy Griffith Show.’
And as House and Senate members piled on with sharp criticism, a former senior aide to a retired defense secretary told MailOnline that the Joint Chiefs of Staff are ‘seeing red’ and ‘spitting nails’ following Obama’s candid admission.
‘They’re losing confidence in their mission,’ said the long-time Pentagon insider, who spoke on condition of anonymity. ‘When the president doesn’t know what direction to point people in, all his advisers can do is guess at what he wants. That’s not good.’
(Al Arabiya) The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria said in a recent tweet it is forcing detained Syrian pilots to train militant fighters to fly stolen aircraft, CNN Arabic reported on Saturday.
In an account reportedly associated with the militant group, ISIS said in a tweet the pilots were abducted when the group gained control over the Tabqa military airbase in Raqqa Province.
ISIS seized the airbase earlier this month. The major airfield houses warplanes, helicopters, tanks and other artillery and ammunition, which were also confiscated by ISIS, according to several media reports.
(Yahoo!News) A Florida preschool is facing backlash from a mother of a 4-year-old after her son was expelled because they were mad about a post she made on Facebook.
Ashley Habat wasn’t thrilled that the school didn’t give her enough time to prep her son Will for picture day, reports a Jacksonville television station.
Understandably, she ranted about the school on her personal Facebook page, writing, “Why is it that every single day there is something new I dislike about Will’s School? Are my standards really too high or are people working in the education field really just that ignorant?”
Hamas performance in Tul Karem shows locals what Israel can expect from the terror organization.
The bombshell revelation about the surging IRS scandal this week was that Lois Lerner’s emails – those described as lost forever by the federal agency – were in fact backed up.
But a report from the Media Research Center points out that the networks really didn’t appear to be paying attention.
The report from Deputy Research Director Geoffrey Dickens noted that not only did the networks not examine a long list of potential conflicts of interest, they didn’t even bother to report the “big revelations.”
“Big Three network coverage of these stunning developments through Wednesday morning? 0 seconds,” he wrote.
It was on Monday already that Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton said a Justice Department attorney confirmed the long-sought emails from Lerner, a former executive for the IRS who repeatedly has refused to testify before Congress, do exist.
The emails concern Lerner’s time frame with the agency during which conservative and Christian organizations deliberately were targeted with what amounted to harassment – deliberate delays, additional paperwork and the type of invasive questions that demanded to know the content of people’s prayers.
The IRS even tried to force individuals to agree, for example, that they would never protest the Planned Parenthood abortion businesses.
The one reporter who did invade the sphere of news, MRS reported, was Sharyl Attkisson.
“Invited on Fox Business Network’s Lou Dobbs Tonight to discuss the revelations of a Department of Justice (DOJ) lawyer confirming the existence of Lois Lerner’s ‘missing’ emails and the IRS’s destruction of her Blackberry (stories the networks through Wednesday morning have yet to touch) Attkisson also did a great job of explaining the conflict of interest going on at the DOJ,” the MRC reported.
“Attkisson told Dobbs that at the same time the DOJ was ‘defending the IRS in court in the civil case with Judicial Watch’ it was ‘also investigating the IRS. So at the same time it’s supposed to conduct a fair and impartial investigation on the one hand … it is defending the IRS in court on the other hand on the missing document cases. I think there is a potential appearance of a conflict of interest there.”
Dobbs, in his introduction, had explained that IRS attorneys said all government computer records are backed up, but they claimed the backup system was “too onerous” to hunt through to find those emails, which have been sought by Congress, among others, for months.
Attkisson addressed the potential conflicts of interest head-on, saying, “There are several players at the Justice Department who have alleged potential conflicts of interest in this investigation. In particular he, the man you mentioned, [Andrew] Strelka worked under Lois Lerner, maintained a relationship with her. There are emails produced by the House Oversight committee that show he thanked her for the help that he had given her in the time that he worked in her division and held her partly responsible for some of the success that he’s, he held. He also, according to documents, was part of a discussion about focusing on tea party cases. So there, there are some email documents that lend to the idea that he could have been part of that scandal all together rather than somebody who should be part of the department investigating it. That’s the allegation from Republicans on House Oversight. They’ve once again asked Eric Holder of the Justice Department to appoint a special counsel to get at this investigation rather than doing it himself to avoid this appearance of a conflict.”
She also noted IRS testimony before Congress already “has proven to be inaccurate on more than one occasion, including about these backup tapes.”
Government will hold its session in the south, but not in the area that was hardest hit in the war.
Comic legend Jackie Mason declared octogenarian comedienne colleague Joan Rivers has “a hundred more years ahead of her,” even though Rivers reportedly remains in a medically induced coma.
Mason, speaking in a radio interview, slammed what he claimed was “ghoulish,” “sadistic” media coverage surrounding Rivers’ condition, taking particular issue with what he said was a pessimistic outlook on her prospects for survival.
“[The media] sound like they would be much happier to see somebody pass away than live through it,” Mason stated.
Mason was speaking in a recorded interview for “Aaron Klein Investigative Radio” on New York’s AM 970 The Answer. A portion of the interview, to air in full Sunday night, was obtained by WND.
“God bless her,” Mason said about Rivers. “She is a brilliant comedienne and she’s a great personality, and I think she is positively going to survive this and I think she is going to have a hundred more years ahead of her because she certainly is a fantastic kind of a personality that the whole world would miss terribly if, God forbid, anything happened to her.”
Regarding the media coverage of Rivers’ predicament, Mason said he sees a “a ghoulish sickness in the press in the United States about her condition.” He further slammed the media as “sadistic maniacs looking for a headline.”
He continued: “They almost sound like they are hoping things get worse for her because they need a headline. And they suddenly become sadistic when somebody gets sick and they only see the possibility of things going wrong and going bad because they keep saying how sick she is.”
According to reports, Rivers remains in serious but stable condition in a medically induced coma at New York’s Mt. Sinai Hospital. The television personality is said to have stopped breathing when she went into cardiac respiratory arrest during an outpatient vocal cord surgery Thursday.
Rivers and Mason are both known for their use of Jewish humor in their comedy routines. The two were regular but separate guests on the late Johnny Carson’s NBC show.
Rivers and Mason were in the news in recent weeks for their strong defense of Israel and their criticism of celebrities who expressed support for the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip.
Rivers demanded stars Rihanna and Selena Gomez “shut up” about the Gaza conflict.
“Selena Gomez, who just came out of rehab, who I believe is not a college girl, Rihanna, who is beautiful and not the smartest blub in the lamp – they see pictures of (dead) children and they go crazy,” stated Rivers. “I think Israel should show pictures of dead puppies and these girls will turn right around.”
Rivers declared, “These girls should shut up and put on pretty clothes and get themselves off of drugs.”
Mason similarly attacked “Hollywood geniuses” like Gomez, Penelope Cruz and Rihanna for criticizing Israel over its Gaza operations.
“They come from these kinds of anti-Semitic, low-class backgrounds where a Jew is the most disgusting thing in the world to them,” Mason said.
Gomez had tweeted and posted on her Instagram the statement, “It’s about humanity. Pray for Gaza.”
Rihanna tweeted “#FreePalestine” before deleting the post after it was retweeted over 7,000 times.
Cruz put her signature on an open letter denouncing the Jewish state for “genocide” in Gaza.
Prime Minister explains that toppling Hamas and leaving could have resulted in a new islamist takeover, like what happened in Fallujah.
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