Tariq Khdeir, American Cousin of Murdered Palestinian Teen, Beaten by Israeli Border Patrol

Tariq Khdeir, American Cousin of Murdered Palestinian Teen, Beaten by Israeli Border Patrol

Tariq Khdeir, American Cousin of Murdered Palestinian Teen, Beaten by Israeli Border Patrol

The U.S. State Department is “profoundly troubled” by reports that an American teen, Tariq Khdeir, was beaten by Israeli police. This comes days after Khdeir’s cousin, Mohammed Abu Khdeir, was burned alive by an Israeli extremist in retaliation for the murders of three Israeli teens.

Tariq Khdeir, a high school student from Tampa, was visiting relatives in Palestine and was participating in a protest over his cousin’s murder, when law enforcement attacked several of the demonstrators.

Haaretz reports, two people obtained video footage of Border Patrol officers “sitting on the youth while his colleague is kicking and punching him,” then “dragging what appears to be an unconscious detainee away.”

Tariq Khdeir’s family released photos showing the extent of his injuries inflicted by Israeli Border Patrol officers. The teen, who is being treated in a hospital, is scheduled to be brought before an Israeli judge tomorrow.

Vladimir Putin Congratulates President Obama on Independence Day

Vladimir Putin Congratulates President Obama on Independence Day

Vladimir Putin Congratulates President Obama on Independence Day (Credit: Donkey Hotey)

Russian President Vladimir Putin congratulated President Obama on Independence Day and called for the ties between both countries to continue to develop on a pragmatic basis. Seems to me Putin stuck his finger in America’s eye by granting NSA leaker Edward Snowden temporary asylum and by failing to adequately warn the U.S. about Boston Marathon bombers Tamerlan and Dzhokhar Tsarnaev and their ties to extremism.

In his message of congratulations, Mr Putin said that he hopes that ties between the two countries, which have a rich history, will continue successful development on a pragmatic and equal basis despite the current differences and difficulties.

The President also stressed that Russia and the United States are both countries bearing particular responsibility for ensuring international stability and security and should therefore cooperate not just for the benefit of their own peoples but also in the entire world’s interest.

Mr Putin said it is important to build bilateral relations based on mutual respect and genuine consideration of each other’s interests.

Right wing site, Truth Revolt says Putin is putting the onus on Obama for improving the strained relationship. But it’s more like Putin wants to work with Obama on some level because the sanctions the president imposed over the Crimean invasion is actually working.

Meriam Ibrahim Case: Sudan Summons U.S. Ambassador as Diplomatic Spat Ensues

Meriam Ibrahim Case: Sudan Summons U.S. Ambassador as Diplomatic Spat Ensues

Meriam Ibrahim Case: Sudan Summons U.S. Ambassador as Diplomatic Spat Ensues

The U.S. is now in a diplomatic row with the government of Sudan over granting Meriam Ibrahim a visa after she was freed from jail on apostasy and adultery charges stemming from marrying Daniel Wani, a Christian man and for refusing to denounce her Christian faith. The government of Sudan has summoned the U.S. ambassador.

Ibrahim was freed from death row on Monday but was re-arrested hours later by Sudan’s National Intelligence and Security Service (NISS) at the Khartoum airport as she and her family tried to leave the country. The NISS, whose personnel are known as the “Agents of Fear,” said on its Facebook page that Meriam Ibrahim and her family were attempting to travel to the U.S. with documents from the embassy of South Sudan. NISS said she was carrying a U.S. visa and that her attempts to use the documents were considered a “criminal offense.”

The U.S. State Department maintains they were told the family was not arrested, but Ibrahim’s lawyer Elshareef Ali Mohammed says she has been transferred from NISS to police detention.

I thought when the appeals court ordered Ibrahim’s release from death row that the case against her had been dropped. Why would she still have bail conditions to meet? The Sudanese government is playing a twisted game of gotcha with this woman’s life and I am afraid with every passing day there’s the real possibility she will be murdered.

Why in the world didn’t the State Department put the couple and their two kids on their plane to get them out of Sudan instead of allowing them to go through the usual process? Also, this family has been on the State Department’s radar since 2011 and they reportedly kept giving Daniel Wani, a U.S. citizen, the brush-off. Why? Because he’s black and from Africa? This is a disgrace and it could have all be avoided had someone given this man’s case some attention.

The Christian Post is reporting that Meriam Ibrahim was re-released. We’ll continue to monitor this story…..


Dick Cheney: Barack Obama Maybe the Weakest President in My Lifetime

Dick Cheney: Barack Obama Maybe the Weakest President in My Lifetime

Dick Cheney: Barack Obama Maybe the Weakest President in My Lifetime (Photo Credit: Donkey Hotey)

LOL: Former Vice President Dick Cheney slammed President Obama as a weak president after the president delivered a foreign policy speech that was a rebuke of the Bush administration, The Hill reports.

Dick Cheney: “He is a very, very weak president. Maybe the weakest — certainly in my lifetime.” 

Cheney went on to say that during a recent trip to the Middle East, allies he had “dealt with all the way back to Desert Storm” expressed alarm at the president’s handling of foreign policy.

“They all are absolutely convinced that the American capacity to lead and influence in that part of the world has been dramatically reduced by this president,” Cheney said. “We’ve got a problem with weakness, and it’s centered right in the White House.”

In his speech, Obama said that those who “suggest that America is in decline, or has seen its global leadership slip away, are either misreading history or engaged in partisan politics.”

In an implicit rebuke of the foreign policy practiced in the Bush Administration, Obama said he would betray his duty to the troops if he dispatched them every time somewhere in the world “needed fixing, or because I was worried about critics who think military intervention is the only way for America to avoid looking weak.”

Oh, the irony of that comment….I’m just saying. Consider the source of this rebuke. Dick Cheney, really? A man who is a proven liar, not once, but many, many times.

This comes as applications for US unemployment benefits fell to 300,000 last week, near a seven-year low. Let me also add that Vladimir Putin blinked in the Ukraine standoff as well, but the right will never admit Obama achieved anything.

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White House Names 10 Countries Supporting Action Against Syria

White House Names 10 Countries Supporting Action on Syria

White House Names 10 Countries Supporting Action on Syria

The White House has issued a joint statement signed by 10 allies in the Syria chemical weapons attack situation:  Australia, Canada, France, Italy, Japan, South Korea, Saudi Arabia, Spain, Turkey and the United Kingdom. Missing from the list are Jordan, Israel and Qatar, to name a few.

I wonder what’s the real story behind Rep. Debbie Wasserman-Schultz refusal to name the other countries supposedly aligned with the U.S. She claims it’s classified. Really? Let us be mindful of the fact that President Obama could lose big on Syria. In case the Obama Administration hasn’t noticed, there are still a lot of people suffering in the U.S. The black unemployment rate was 13 percent for August, with no improvement in sight. We are still grappling with the debt ceiling and Obamacare, for example. We can’t police the entire world. I am sorry that so many people died in Syria, but we have to wash our hands clean of some things.

The international norm against the use of chemical weapons is longstanding and universal. The use of chemical weapons anywhere diminishes the security of people everywhere.  Left unchallenged, it increases the risk of further use and proliferation of these weapons.

We condemn in the strongest terms the horrific chemical weapons attack in the suburbs of Damascus on August 21st that claimed the lives of so many men, women, and children. The evidence clearly points to the Syrian government being responsible for the attack, which is part of a pattern of chemical weapons use by the regime.

We call for a strong international response to this grave violation of the world’s rules and conscience that will send a clear message that this kind of atrocity can never be repeated. Those who perpetrated these crimes must be held accountable.

Signatories have consistently supported a strong UN Security Council Resolution, given the Security Council’s responsibilities to lead the international response, but recognize that the Council remains paralyzed as it has been for two and a half years. The world cannot wait for endless failed processes that can only lead to increased suffering in Syria and regional instability. We support efforts undertaken by the United States and other countries to reinforce the prohibition on the use of chemical weapons.

We commit to supporting longer term international efforts, including through the United Nations, to address the enduring security challenge posed by Syria’s chemical weapons stockpiles. Signatories have also called for the UN fact finding mission to present its results as soon as possible, and for the Security Council to act accordingly.

We condemn in the strongest terms all human rights violations in Syria on all sides.  More than 100,000 people have been killed in the conflict, more than 2 million people have become refugees, and approximately 5 million are internally displaced. Recognizing that Syria’s conflict has no military solution, we reaffirm our commitment to seek a peaceful political settlement through full implementation of the 2012 Geneva Communique. We are committed to a political solution which will result in a united, inclusive and democratic Syria.

We have contributed generously to the latest United Nations (UN) and ICRC appeals for humanitarian assistance and will continue to provide support to address the growing humanitarian needs in Syria and their impact on regional countries. We welcome the contributions announced at the meeting of donor countries on the margins of the G20. We call upon all parties to allow humanitarian actors safe and unhindered access to those in need.

European signatories will continue to engage in promoting a common European position.  Source: Washington Post

Sen. John McCain Now Says President Obama, Not Susan Rice the Real Problem in Benghazi Attack

Playing politics with Benghazi attack?

Sen. John McCain Now Says President Obama, Not Susan Rice the Real Problem in Benghazi Attack (Photo credit: DonkeyHotey)

Sen. John McCain, who attacked UN ambassador Susan Rice over her talking points in the aftermath of the U.S. consulate attack in Benghazi, now says she could win him over during confirmation hearings, if she is nominated to replace Hillary Clinton, by President Obama. Um, really? During an appearance on “Fox News Sunday” with Chris Wallace, he backtracked after his attacks on Rice were proven to be unfounded.

Host Chris Wallace then circled back, asking McCain if he was saying “she could conceivably get your vote for Secretary of State.”

“I think she deserves the ability and the opportunity to explain herself and her position,” McCain responded. “Just as she said. But, she’s not the problem. The problem is the president of the United States.” Source

The reality is that John McCain is losing credibility fast and it seems that he’s chewing on sour grapes over his loss to then-candidate Barack Obama in 2008. It’s amazing that he was quick to throw Susan Rice under a bus, but when there was clear evidence that the Bush Administration bungled the intelligence leading up to the September 11, 2001, terror attacks that claimed thousands of lives, we didn’t hear peep out of him on throwing Donald Rumsfeld or Condoleezza Rice under a bus.

Watch John McCain on Fox News Sunday:

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Obama Campaign Adviser Robert Gibbs Says Romney’s Trip Overseas an ‘Embarrassing Disaster’

The Obama campaign wasted no time in piling on to the train wreck called Mitt Romney’s overseas trip gaffe after gaffe. Obama senior adviser Robert Gibbs called it an “embarrassing disaster.”

Buzzfeed:  “It is clear that the opportunity to credential his beliefs with the American voters was nothing short for Mitt Romney of an embarrassing disaster on this trip,” Obama senior adviser Robert Gibbs told reporters on a conference call.

Earlier in the call, Gibbs said that the trip “Certainly didn’t prove to anyone that [Romney] passed the commander-in-chief test” and that “Particularly alongside the trip Senator Obama took in 2008, there’s simply no comparison.”

Romney is certainly no more ready for the international stage than Sarah Palin was in 2008, even with all the vast business experience he has. This has been an utter mess.

Mitt Romney Insults Former Israeli Opposition Leader Shelly Yacimovich by Abruptly Cancelling Previously Planned Meeting

Mitt Romney insults Israeli opposition leader Shelly Yachimovich

Mitt Romney Insults Former Israeli Opposition Leader Shelly Yacimovich by Abruptly Cancelling Previously Planned Meeting. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

#RomneyShambles: Mitt Romney apparently takes his marching order from from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, according to the Haaretz newspaper. Um, I didn’t realize we had a such a close relationship with Israel that they would be playing a role in how a presidential candidate runs his campaign. You see, his Israeli trip isn’t without controversy. The Haaretz reports Benjamin Netanyahu is behind Romney cancelling his meeting with former opposition leader Shelly Yacimovich. That meeting was already planned months ago. The other side to this issue is that he declined to meet a powerful woman in Israeli politics, which can be interpreted as an insult to women.

The two bureaus, Romney’s and Yacimovich’s, began coordinating the meeting, where and how long it would be along with a joint statement to the press. But a week ago, after Kadima head MK Shaul Mofaz left the government, Yacimovich ceased to be opposition leader. Labor Knesset faction head Yitzhak (Buzi) Herzog took the initiative and informed the Romney staff of the change in Yacimovich’s status, and requested that the meeting be cancelled.

Romney’s staff would have none of it. They told Herzog that they were au courant with happenings on the Israeli political scene, knew that Mofaz was now opposition leader (Romney will also meet with him), and insisted on holding the Yacimovich meeting as planned. Source:  Haaretz

The meeting was set for 1:30 p.m. at the King David Hotel Monday, but after a meeting with Netanyahu, Romney cancelled the meeting with the opposition.

And then Romney went into a meeting with Netanyahu at the Prime Minister’s Bureau in Jerusalem. During the course of the meeting the candidate’s staff contacted Herzog to inform him that the meeting had regrettably been cancelled, “for reasons of protocol.” Herzog and Yacimovich have no doubts: Netanyahu, or his people, didn’t approve of the Yacimovich meeting and pressured Romney to cancel it – and succeeded. Source:  Haaretz

This should come as no surprise, since Mitt Romney seems to have a problem following his own lead, which would be the same manner in which he will run his administration — George W. Bush-lite. This also comes as Mitt Romney’s campaign reversed its decision to bar reporters from his fundraiser, breaking protocol. Mitt Romney’s overseas trip has been a fiasco on so many levels. The Brits gave him the right name, a “wazzock.” How does one run for the presidency of the United States of America and hide so much details about oneself? The candidate and his wife went to the Western Wall, um what for? #WesternWall

The road to Washington goes through Israel, why?

Ralph Smeed Foundation Erects Billboard Comparing President Obama to Aurora Shooter James Holmes

obama compared to aurora gunman james holmes on new billboard

Idaho Billboard Comparing Obama to Aurora Gunman James Holmes is Reprehensible, Goes too Far (KBOI2)

The Ralph Smeed Foundation erects billboard comparing President Obama to Aurora shooter James Holmes. It is reprehensible and goes too far, but plays into the right wing’s scare tactics to get voters nervous enough to vote for the “wazzock” Mitt Romney. The group said the billboard, which is located on Franklin Road, is meant to draw attention to military men and women dying overseas, KBOI2 reports.

George W. Bush mission accomplished

George W. Bush on aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln saying ‘mission accomplished’ Iraq war.

Um, sorry, but this is way over the line. If you want to draw people’s attention to military men and women dying overseas, you don’t use the picture of the man who singlehandedly carried out the worst shooting massacre in this country’s history and compare the President to him. In fact, more soldiers died in Iraq and Afghanistan after former president George W. Bush landed on the aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln on May 1, 2003, saying “mission accomplished.”

Equating President Obama’s foreign policies, which have largely been successful, to the reprehensible and despicable acts of James Holmes is an affront to the 12 people who were killed and the 58 wounded, as well as their families.

Here is a sampling of the comments left on KBOI 2’s website:

Maggie8 Go Idaho!!!!   Obama did nothing to deserve the Nobel Peace Prize and it should be taken away based on his cooperating with the Russians to allow the slaughter of thousands of Syrians… doing absolutely nothing to help.  He jumped right in when Egypt was incurring the same thing because Obama supports the Muslium Brotherhood.   He has made his bed with the Russians and cannot cross them now, we are next.  Obama is selling out America.  Freedom of speech… applies to all.  Suck it up you liberal cry babies.  Stay strong Idaho… don’t fold to pressure from the left.

Son Sam What is way over the line is that he is said to have two foreign citizenships, one from Kenya through his biological Kenyan father and one from Indonesia through his adoptive Indonesian father! What is way over the line is that he  appears to have used a proven forged birth certificate and forged selective service documentation to establish a false identity!  What is way over the line is that it seems he gas multiple aliases; barack Obama. Barack Soebarkah, Barry Soetero,  and Harrison J. Bounell! What is way over the line is that he is said to be currently using a stolen SS#! What is way over the line is that his college transcripts, law school transcripts and publications, and the reason for lose of his law license have all been sealed by executive order! WHAT IS WAY OVER THE LINE IS THAT ALL OF THIS IS WITHOUT MSM OR CONGRESSIONAL CHALLENGE!! His policies may be A problem, but they are not THE problem! HE is THE problem!!!

Alice I fell sorry for the shooting victims of whom my friend was one, but the billboard doesn’t offend me, when your right your right and this billboard is right!!!!!!!!!!!!

Carmencita  Nazis’??? Seriously? You had better take a look at what your precious president and his intolerant fascist supporters do to those they do not agree with . ..  who’s the Nazi now???? The First Amendment  means nothing to these hypocrites. Intolerance is willingly tolerated when it is a conservative disagreeing with  the  left-wing views of Obama and his thugs. Whoever gave you that passing grade in your constitutional law class should be shot because you came out of it without even an inkling of what America is about or what the Constitution stands for.

  There are striking similarities between Obama’s policies to control industry and those of Adolf Hitler’s National Socialism.  Cases in point, raping the holdings of auto company shareholders and putting czars in charge of industry, over-reaching dictates to exercise control over commerce.  Turning control of GM over to the union stooges, Chrysler to Fiat.  Ruling by executive order.  Give him a second term and say goodbye to the full Bill of Rights, starting with the first four amendments.
These are the wingnuts Mitt Romney and the Republican Party are appealing to for support. I didn’t realize President Obama was the one who ordered the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. I guess he retroactively ordered the Armed Forces, starting with the first skirmish with Saddam Hussein during George H. W. Bush’s term, including Bill Clinton’s Somalia and Bosnian offensives, right up to George W. Bush.

Slovak Foreign Minister Miroslav Lajcak Admonishes Mitt Romney on Missile Defense

Slovak Foreign Minister slams Mitt Romney:  Mitt Romney is trying to look presidential with on his first overseas trip, but has come across as a bumbling idiot. There has been one gaffe after another, from insulting the British over it being “disconcerting” that the UK may not be prepared for the Olympics, to calling the Labor leader Ed Miliband, Mr. Leader, to disclosing his meeting with Sir John Sawers, Britian’s spy chief. Of course, he has since flip-flopped.

But another smackdown came from Slovak Foreign Minister and Deputy Prime Minister Miroslav Lajcak, who said “people have moved on” over his claims that Obama spurned  Eastern European allies because he changed the missile defense plans. Miroslav Lajcak spoke with the Wall Street Journal in Washington, saying changing missile defense plans was a non-issue for his government:

People have moved on. We are in a different situation now. We are discussing a different project. I see no reason to revisit discussions from three years back.

It seems Mitt Romney’s team is failing him big time and this issue with the missile defense was put to rest a long time ago. If the Eastern European allies, including Poland, are behind Obama on his new plans, what’s the problem? Mitt Romney is George W. Bush two times over. In fact, this has been a non-issue for quite sometime. Mitt Romney needs to take Rupert Murdoch’s advice, lose the friends and get qualified people to run your campaign. He’s the Republican version of Joe Biden. #romneyshambles indeed!