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Religious Freedom Restoration Act

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The Religious Freedom Restoration (RFRA) law signed in Indiana protects the constitutional free exercise of religion – religious freedom and liberty in the state of Indiana.

It is not that the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (s) -federal and state – have become unconstitutional but rather critics of the RFRA assert the law could be used by individuals and businesses to discriminate.

20 states have passed State Religious Freedom Restoration Acts (AL, AZ, CT, FL, ID, IL, IN,KS, KY, LA, MO, MS, NM, OK, PA, RI, SC, TN, TX, VA).

In 1993 the Religious Freedom Restoration Act was passed by the U.S. House (unanimous vote) and Senate (97/3 vote).  It was signed by President Bill Clinton.

The Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993 is a federal law to protect the free exercise of religion. Continue reading Religious Freedom Restoration Act

Iranian Editor Defects While Covering Nuclear Talks In Lausanne

4051a45206895cc0_150_nuclearThis deal is rotten to the core.  A deal that will leave Iran with 6,100 centrifuges spinning, phased lifting of economic sanctions, several unresolved key issues, and the details are not in writing.

A close media aide to Hassan Rouhani, the Iranian president, has sought political asylum in Switzerland after travelling to Lausanne to cover the nuclear talks between Tehran and the West.

Amir Hossein Motaghi, who managed public relations for Mr Rouhani during his 2013 election campaign, was said by Iranian news agencies to have quit his job at the Iran Student Correspondents Association (ISCA)….

In his television interview, Mr Mottaghi also gave succour to western critics of the proposed nuclear deal, which has seen the White House pursue a more conciliatory line with Tehran than some of America’s European allies in the negotiating team, comprising the five permanent members of the UN security council and Germany.

“The US negotiating team are mainly there to speak on Iran’s behalf with other members of the 5+1 countries and convince them of a deal,” he said. Telegraph

Boston Police Officer Shot

OfficerJohnMoynihanOfficer John Moynihan, 34 years old, was seriously injured last night during a traffic stop. Moynihan and his partners pulled over a car when with three occupants.  One of the occupants came out firing at the police officers who had not drawn their guns. Officer Moynihan a member of the gang unit was shot under his  right eye and is in critical condition at Boston Medical Center. The other police officers returned fire and killed the shooter. Those officers where taken to the hospital for with stress-related problems.  The two other occupants in the car were being questioned by police.

Moynihan is a decorated former Army Ranger and served
in the war in Iraq. Officer Moynihan was awarded a medal for bravery by President Obama for his work during a Watertown shoot-out with the Boston Marathon bombers.

The shooter was identified as African-American 41-year-old Angelo West  a criminal with a long record.  The professional activists appeared at the scene, demanding information about the dead suspect.

“The officer here is in tough shape, but we’re all pulling for him and hopefully he’ll pull through. His family is with him, the clergy has been here, and again, let’s pray for him,” said Boston police Commissioner William B. Evans.  BostonHerald

U.S. Convoluted Middle East Policy

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Chaos and anarchy are spreading across the Middle East with many blaming the White House.  There are crises across the Middle East from Yemen to Iraq, along with deteriorating U.S.-Israeli relations.

The current administration Middle East polices are contradicting, they support and oppose Iran in a number of countries.  The administration is fighting Iran-backed groups while backing others groups, sometimes in the same country. The U.S. supports Saudi Arabia’s strikes against the Iran-backed Houthi group in Yemen. The  US-led airstrikes in Iraq are in support of Iran forces.

“We’re in a goddamn free fall here,” said James Jeffrey, who served as Obama’s ambassador to Iraq and was a top national security aide in the George W. Bush White House. Politico

“We’re fighting both with and against Iran in Syria, and fighting with Iran in Iraq,” NBC’s Richard Engel said. “There are many people who I’ve spoken to — many in the military, many policy analysts — who say that what we’re seeing here is an incoherent policy regarding not just Iran, but regarding the Middle East in general.” Mediate

This convoluted and incoherent strategy does have a strategic aim.   Max Boot explains in the Wall Street Journal Article Obama’s Mideast Realignment, a realignment of U.S. foreign policy toward Israel and Saudi Arabia and an increased role for Iran.

The president is pulling America back from the leading military role it has played in the Middle East since 1979, the year the Iranian hostage crisis began and the Soviets invaded Afghanistan. He is trying to transform Iran from an enemy to a friend. He is diminishing the alliance with Israel, to lows not seen since the 1960s.

Call it the Obama Doctrine: The U.S. puts down the burden, and Iran picks up the slack. Max Boot

NBC’s Richard Engel: Middle East Allies No Longer Trust U.S. With Intelligence Information

3dmanreadingnewsThe U.S. military was taken by surprise when Saudi Arabia began airstrikes against Yemen this week.

NBC’s Richard Engel reported Friday that U.S. officials were stunned they were not given any notice before Saudi Arabia launched attacks against Houthi rebels. According to Engel, military leaders were finding out about the developments on the Yemen border in real time.

Engel said officials from both the military and members of Congress believe they were not given advanced warning because the Arab nations do not trust the Obama administration after they befriended Iran.

“Saudi Arabia and other countries simply don’t trust the United States any more, don’t trust this administration, think the administration is working to befriend Iran to try to make a deal in Switzerland, and therefore didn’t feel the intelligence frankly would be secure. And I think that’s a situation that is quite troubling for U.S. foreign policy,” Engel said.  WashingtonFreeBeacon

White House Declassifies Top Secret Document Revealing Israel’s Nuclear Program

topsecretclassifiedThe existence of Israel’s  nuclear weapons for years was widely assumed, Israeli officials have never admitted their existence, and U.S. officials have stuck to that line in public for years.  Former President Jimmy Carter in 2008 broke with the long standing tradition of not admitting to Israel’s nuclear weapon capability when he claimed that Israel possessed a nuclear arsenal of 150 weapons.

Now the White House has declassified sections of a top secret document revealing Israel’s nuclear weapon capacity.  The U.S. European allies are blacked out in the report.

This report was released at a time during  international effort to prevent Iran from getting nuclear weapons.  This could be used by Iran to legitimize and push its nuclear development.  The declassifying of the report is irresponsible and can do damage.

The Pentagon has declassified a document that was once labeled “top-secret,” which goes into sophisticated detail about Israel’s nuclear weapons program. The document was released quietly just prior to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s March 3 speech to a joint session of Congress.

Israel has never officially confirmed or denied the existence of a nuclear weapon’s program within its borders.

The Pentagon declassified sections covering Israel’s nuclear program, but “kept sections on Italy, France, West Germany and other NATO countries classified, with those sections blocked out in the document,” Israel National News reported.

The 386-page top-secret memo, titled, “Critical Technological Assessment in Israel and NATO Nations,” goes into great detail about how Israel turned into a nuclear power in the 1970s and 80s. BrietBart

 

Bowe Bergdahl Charged With Desertion

court_MartialBowe Bergdahl has been charged with desertion.

Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl, the enlisted U.S. soldier who left his post in Afghanistan in 2009 and was later ransomed from an Islamist extremist network by the Obama administration for five Taliban leaders, was charged with desertion and ‘misbehavior before the enemy’ buy the U.S. Army on Wednesday.

But he won’t face the death penalty if a military court martial finds him guilty of ‘Desertion with Intent to Shirk Important or Hazardous Duty.’ The level of that charge the Pentagon levied on him carries a maximum of just a 5 year prison term.

The other charge, however, ‘Misbehavior Before the Enemy by Endangering the Safety of a Command, Unit or Place,’ could send him to a military prison for life.  DailyMail

Bergdahl walked away from his post not once but twice. His act of desertion and collaboration with the enemy resulted in the deaths of several American soldiers.  Those men lost their lives trying to rescue Bergdahl when he walked off the base.  The current administration in the White Housed traded a deserter for five enemies.

Iran Deal Details May Not Be In Writing

nuclear photoA verbal agreement is worthless.  Negotiators that cannot get a deal in writing are useless.  If the details of the Iran deal are not in writing there is no agreement.  To say there is a deal and the “details” are not written, that it is a verbal agreement would  most likely be a ploy to delay Congress placing additional sanctions on Iran.  Those negotiators are being played, or someone is being played.

If an agreement to limit Iran’s nuclear capability is reached by deadline in the next seven days, one thing may be missing: an actual written accord, signed by the Iranians.

Over the past few weeks, Iran has increasingly resisted any kind of formal “framework” agreement at this stage in the negotiations, preferring a more general statement of “understanding” followed by a final accord in June, according to Western diplomats involved in the talks.

Should that position hold — one of the many unknowns of the coming days — the United States and its five negotiating partners may find themselves in the uncomfortable position of describing the accord as they understand it while the Iranians go home to offer their own version.

That poses a weighty political challenge to the Obama administration, which is already under pressure to present Iran’s commitments to a suspicious Congress by early April, in an effort to hold off the passage of sanctions or a bill that would require Congress to sign off on any agreement.

Online:  NYT-In Nuclear Talks, Iran Seeks to Avoid Specifics

Police Departments Hiring Immigrants As Police Officers

police badge photoPolice department are hiring immigrants as officers. This seems aimed at connecting with the diverse populations they serve.
A badge and gun are being handed to somebody whose background a lot is not known. It could be somebody who was an illegal alien but given a work permit in the executive amnesty. There are dangers in this.

Law enforcement agencies struggling to fill their ranks or connect with their increasingly diverse populations are turning to immigrants to fill the gap.

Most agencies in the country require officers or deputies to be U.S. citizens, but some are allowing immigrants who are legally in the country to wear the badge. From Hawaii to Vermont, agencies are allowing green-card holders and legal immigrants with work permits to join their ranks…

Mark Krikorian, executive director of the Center for Immigration Studies, said he has no problems with green-card holders becoming police officers because they’ve made a long-term commitment to the country and have undergone extensive background checks. But he worries about the security risks associated with allowing any immigrant with a work permit to become an officer, especially considering that the Obama administration has given hundreds of thousands of undocumented immigrants work permits.

“We’re handing over a gun and a badge to somebody whose background we don’t really know a lot about,” Krikorian said. USAToday

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Israel, Beware

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White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough in a speech to an Anti-Netenyahu group stated, “An occupation that has lasted more than 50 years must end.”

Clear and concise summation.

First he comes for the banks and health care, uses the IRS to go after critics, politicizes the Justice Department, spies on journalists, tries to curb religious freedom, slashes the military, throws open the borders, doubles the debt and nationalizes the Internet.

He lies to the public, ignores the Constitution, inflames race relations and urges Latinos to punish Republican “enemies.” He abandons our allies, appeases tyrants, coddles ­adversaries and uses the Crusades as an excuse for inaction as Islamist terrorists slaughter their way across the Mideast.
Now he’s coming for Israel.

Barack Obama’s promise to transform America was too modest. He is transforming the whole world before our eyes. Do you see it yet?

Against the backdrop of the tsunami of trouble he has unleashed, Obama’s pledge to “reassess” America’s relationship with Israel cannot be taken lightly. Already paving the way for an Iranian nuke, he is hinting he’ll also let the other anti-Semites at Turtle Bay have their way. That could mean American support for punitive Security Council resolutions or for Palestinian statehood initiatives. It could mean both, or something worse.  NYPost

 

CNN Poll: American’s Want Next President To Change Obama’s Policies

3d-character-holding-a-green-checkmark-An interesting poll by CNN.

Three statements generated wide-reaching support. Fifty-nine percent of Americans say they’d like a candidate who has been in the public eye as a political leader for many years over one who’s new to the political scene. Further, 59% say they prefer a candidate with executive experience over one who’s worked as a legislator, and 57% say their perfect Obama successor would change most of the policies enacted by Obama’s administration.

By political party, the numbers are not surprising: 94% of Republicans want a candidate who will change most of Obama’s policies; 77% of Democrats want a candidate who will keep most of Obama’s polices while 22% side with the poll respondents from the GOP. The Blaze

South Los Angeles Ban On New Fast Food Restaurants Results In A Rise In Obesity

South Los Angeles photoIn 2008 a much hailed law banning new fast food restaurants was implemented in South Los Angeles to lower obesity.  With the ban the obesity rate increased by 12%.

Weight lose and weight control is more than no fast food.  It’s making healthy food choices, exercise, sleep habits, lower stress, and not just one factor.

Obesity rates in South Los Angeles grew by 12 per cent over three years despite a much-hailed ban on new fast food restaurants, research had found.

Before the dietary ordinance went into effect in 2008, 63 per cent of residents in the area reported being overweight or obese compared to 57 per cent in other parts of the county. But three years on, instead of the law curbing weight gain, the opposite trend took force.

In 2011 75 percent of South Los Angeles residents reported being overweight or obese, while rates elsewhere only increased by one per cent.

The failed fast food ruling targeted a 32-square-mile area south of Interstate 10 that struggles with high obesity rates and other health problems.

The law, believed to be the first effort of its kind by a major city to improve public health, did not ban new eateries in strip malls.

The research by the Rand Corp. think tank found that obesity rates in South Los Angeles continued to rise after passage of the law. ‘It had no meaningful effect,’ Rand senior economist Roland Sturm said. ‘There’s no evidence that diets have improved more in South Los Angeles. Obesity and overweight rates have not fallen.’

Health experts said a single intervention would not reverse the obesity problem. People also have to exercise and make lifestyle changes, they said.  DailyMail

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