July 25th, 2014
(CNSNews.com) -- Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) on Wednesday took IRS Commissioner John Koskinen to task before a House Oversight and Government Reform subcommittee for blaming Congress for causing employee anxiety by issuing subpoenas, especially in the case of IRS Deputy Associate Chief Counsel Thomas Kane.
"Regarding the morale issue, if the IRS would have been willing to let Tom Kane come and be interviewed, we wouldn't have had to issue the subpoena. One thing that impacts morale is when you get a subpoena. I get that, but that's your cause. You caused the subpoena, Mr. Koskinen. We didn't. We tried for weeks to get Mr. Kane to come and be interviewed, and you guys said, 'No, can't do it.' So, we had to issue the subpoena, and we got all kinds of information that contradicts testimony you've given in front of Congress. So that's the issue," Jordan said.
Rep. Robin Kelly (D-Ill.) referenced Kane's testimony before the full committee that IRS employees "who have been working tirelessly to help the IRS comply with Congress were 'visibly impacted in a very negative way.'" She asked Koskinen to address any concerns he had about the impact the congressional investigations had on the agency's "morale and ability to perform its core functions."
Koskinen said it had a "deleterious effect on morale, because they thought they were actually doing what they were asked to do."
"They were trying to provide information. Most of them have never had a deposition of theirs taken. They haven't spent six, eight hours under cross examination, so for everybody else who's working on this project, they're now looking over their shoulder worrying about am I gonna get called next and all they've been doing is producing documents," said Koskinen.
July 24th, 2014
If you were wondering--the answer is yes--it's the same Jonah who was swallowed by a whale:
…16 Then the men feared the LORD greatly, and they offered a sacrifice to the LORD and made vows. 17 And the LORD appointed a great fish to swallow Jonah, and Jonah was in the stomach of the fish three days and three nights.
The Nabi Yunus shrine was built on the reputed burial site of a prophet known in the Koran as Yunus and in the Holy Bible as Jonah.
The "Islamic State" completely destroyed the shrine of Jonah after telling local families to stay away and closing the roads to a distance of 500 metres from the shrine," said the official at the Sunni endowment, which manages Sunni religious affairs in Iraq.
The endowment official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, and Mosul residents told AFP it took the Sunni extremists an hour to rig the shrine with explosives.
The Tomb of Jonah Shrine
"They first stopped people from praying in it, they fixed explosive charges around and inside it and then blew it up in front of a large gathering of people," said a witness who did not wish to give his name The endowment official said the Islamic State jihadist group that overran large swathes of northern and western Iraq last month have now destroyed or damaged 30 shrines, as well as 15 husseiniyas and mosques in and around Mosul.
Husseiniyas are Shiite places of worship that are also used as community centres.
The official listed the most notable losses to Muslim heritage as being the shrines of Imam Yahya Ibn al-Qassem, Aoun al-Din and Nabi Danial.
"But the worst destruction was of Nabi Yunus, which has been turned to dust," he said.
The Islamic State late last month proclaimed a "caliphate" spanning parts of Iraq and Syria.
The group aims to create an approximation of society as it was in the early days of Islam, which was founded in the 7th century, and considers Muslims who do not adhere to its puritanical version of the religion heretics.
July 24th, 2014
By Barry Secrest
A video has surfaced from the Republican Governors' Association in which the Governors were either warned or threatened by Obama, if they offered any "pushback" on the increasingly authoritarian President's policy and goals.
Texas Governor Rick Perry indicated to a panel of Governors that the President's tone was 'troubling" in an earlier meeting with Obama in 2014.
Perry went on to indicate that the President had looked the Governors in the eye and stated, "I don't trust you in your state to make decisions on education, or transportation infrastructure, and that is really troubling."
The Governor made the point that the President, on the one hand, wished to take credit for more energy being discovered in the US, while on the other hand, Obama is using the EPA and other regulations "to close the door on extended energy policy."
Obama seems to be at cross-purposes on his many policies, stated Perry.
In addition, Perry was concerned that, with both Democrat and Republican Governors, the feeling was uneasy that there might be a hollowing out of the National Guard. Perry indicated that the President seemed to be saying "you're all going to be feeling the pain" as America was continually being militarily disarmed by the Obama Regime's policies.
However, Governor Perry was most troubled with the President's veiled threat to each and every Governor of every state when he warned the Governors that:
"If I hear any of you pushing back, making statements about Washington spends too much money, you'll here from me."
Perry stated, in essence, that all Governors were both troubled and offended by the President's warning or threat, even while Obama has made it clear that he would bypass Congress in order to achieve his authoritarian agenda.
Many alarmed government watchers believe that the President may be using unauthorized power in order to weaken National Guard and or State sanctioned forces that could be a threat to Obama's tight hold of the US military. Well known Professor Jonathan Turley, who is one of America's preeminent constitutional experts, has been sounding the alarm bells on the President's unauthorized seizure of power for the last two years.
Professor Turley is a Liberal Professor at George Washington University and has referred to Obama's power seizures as the "Imperial Presidency."
As the US is increasingly overrun by illegals, while Obama stands by, offering little if any action, the President's unprecedented warning to the Governors of America earlier in 2014 has now taken on a new meaning.
July 24th, 2014
Iraqi Christians are begging for help from the civilized world after Mosul, the northern city where they have lived and worshiped for 2,000 years, was purged of non-Muslims by ISIS, the jihadist terror group that claims to have established its own nation in the region.
Assyrian Christians, including Chaldean and Syriac Catholics, Syriac Orthodox and followers of the Assyrian Church of the East have roots in present day Iraq, Turkey, Syria and Iran that stretch back to the time of Jesus Christ. While they have long been a minority and have faced persecution in the past, they had never been driven completely from their homes as has happened in Mosul under ISIS. When the terror group ordered all to convert to Islam, pay a religious tax or face execution, many chose another option: flight.
"By 12 noon on Saturday, the Christians -- all of them -- left the city," Yousif Habash, an Iraqi-born bishop of the Syriac Catholic Church, told FoxNews.com.
Mosul, Iraq's second-largest city, included 60,000 Christians in 2003. By last month, the number had dwindled to just 35,000. It now stands at zero, according to Ignatius Yousef Younan III, patriarch of the Syrian Catholic Church.
"We have to pray to wake our master, the Lord Jesus," a somber Younan, who was in Mosul earlier this month and has discussed the situation with the Pope, said Wednesday on Fox & Friends.
Habash, who roundly criticized the Obama administration and the United Nations, specifically, for what he called their "careless absence" in taking action against the militants, said such violent intolerance demanded action from the international community.
"Where is the conscience of the world? Where is the United Nations? Where is the American administration to protect peace and justice?"
- Yousif Habash, Iraqi-born bishop of the Syriac Catholic Church
"Where is the conscience of the world? Where is the United Nations? Where is the American administration to protect peace and justice?" he asked. "Nobody has said a word."
Mosul, Iraq's second-largest city, is the "first cradle of Christianity in Iraq," Habash said. But after Islamic militants seized the city on June 10, Arabic letters with a chilling ultimatum were left at the homes of Iraqi Christians.
"The letter said that if you don't convert or if you don't pay, there is a sword between you and us, meaning execution," Habash said.
Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki condemned ISIS's actions on Sunday, a day after Mosul's Christian population fled to other areas, such as the nearby self-rule Kurdish region.
"What is being done by the Daesh terrorist gang against our Christian citizens in Ninevah province, and their aggression against the churches and houses of worship in the areas under their control reveals beyond any doubt the extremist criminal and terrorist nature of this group," al-Maliki said in a statement released by his office. "Those people, through their crimes, are revealing their true identity and the false allegations made here and there about the existence of revolutionaries among their ranks."
Pope Francis also called for an end to Christian persecution in Mosul, holding a moment of silence Sunday in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican.
"Violence isn't overcome with violence. Violence is conquered with peace," the pope told the crowd. "Our brothers and sisters are persecuted, they are chased away."
The U.N. said on Sunday that at least 400 families from Mosul -- including other religious and ethnic minority groups -- had sought refuge in the northern provinces of Irbil and Dohuk.
Dr. Sallama Al Khafaji, a member of the Iraq High Commission for Human Rights, reportedly told a local news agency that ISIS militants forced their way into the home of an Assyrian family in Mosul, demanding a "jizya" or poll tax. When the family said they could not produce the money, three jihadist militants raped the mother and daughter in front of the husband and father, who later committed suicide, according to the report.
Mosul is home to some of the most ancient Christian communities, but the number of Christians has dwindled since 2003. On Sunday, militants seized the 1,800-year old Mar Behnam Monastery, about 15 miles south of Mosul. The resident clergymen left to the nearby city of Qaraqoush, according to local residents.
Irbil's governor, Nawzad Hadi, has pledged to protect fleeing Christians and other minority groups. The territory is currently home to more than 2 million refugees and internally displaced people from Iraq and Syria, according to the United Nations.
FoxNews.com's Cristina Corbin and The Associated Press contributed to this report.
July 24th, 2014
by ADAN SALAZAR
As the government allocates resources to South Texas, it is systematically leaving areas within the U.S., as well as vast swaths of land along the border, unguarded, outspoken former Tucson Sector Border Patrol agent Zach Taylor says in an excerpted clip taken from an upcoming documentary entitled, “Back to the Border.”
“This gives people that are trying to get their infrastructure, their personnel, their drugs, their dirty bombs, their biological weapons, their chemical weapons into the United States without being noticed” the opportunity to do so, “because this part of the border is open, it is not being controlled,” the 26-year Border Patrol veteran outlines in the extensive interview.
“If asymmetrical warfare is going to be successful, the first thing that has to be done is to compromise America’s defenses against invasion,” Taylor says, “because they have to have their personnel inside the United States to affect the infrastructure.. they have to affect the degeneration from inside the United States.”
The retired federal agent claims that by magnifying the mere ten percent of the influx that is actually apprehended, and by mostly centering on the one percent who are immigrant minors, the government is deliberately drawing attention away from the hundreds of thousands of illegal aliens who evade capture – who may or may not be harboring communicable diseases, or may or may not have gang affiliations.
In Central America, children as young as 10 join violent gangs, like MS-13, an intelligence report notes, and according to an FBI report, many are initiated by having to commit murder.
“What the people don’t realize is that it is putting their own children at risk, because these children are going to be put in schools with their children,” Taylor says.
Taylor, who also serves as Chairman of the National Association of Former Border Patrol Officers, had previously made headlines for slamming the recent immigrant wave as an Obama administration-manufactured crisis.
“This is not a humanitarian crisis,” Taylor wrote in a press release last month. “It is a predictable, orchestrated and contrived assault on the compassionate side of Americans by her political leaders that knowingly puts minor Illegal Alien children at risk for purely political purposes. Certainly, we are not gullible enough to believe that thousands of unaccompanied minor Central American children came to America without the encouragement, aid and assistance of the United States Government.”
Below is a transcript of the portion of the video where Taylor explains how the immigration crisis is covert asymmetrical warfare aimed at the U.S. public.
The whole idea of asymmetrical warfare is to defeat your enemy from within. It is not to attack him from without. Of course the threat comes from without, but they have to be inside of the US to effect a successful warfare strategy.
If asymmetrical warfare is going to be successful, the first thing that has to be done is to compromise America’s defenses against invasion, because they have to have their personnel inside the United States to affect the infrastructure: our hospitals, our schools, our electric grid, our power supplies our water supply – basically what we call “infrastructure.” All of those things create our infrastructure – but they have to affect the degeneration from inside the United States.
The markers that we’re seeing that indicate this is “asymmetrical warfare” is because the reaction that the United States is taking is they’re taking the opportunity of inviting these illegal aliens to come here, they’re concentrating them in one place in the United States, the Rio Grande Valley, and they’re drawing the resources that are protecting the rest of the US border to care for the illegal alien children, to help with the overflow of the minors, to transport, to take care of the needs of these people while they’re in Homeland Security custody.
All this takes the resources that are protecting America at the border, off of the border. So now the borders are wide open. This gives people that are trying to get their infrastructure, their personnel, their drugs, their dirty bombs, their biological weapons, their chemical weapons into the United States without being noticed because this part of the border is open, it is not being controlled.
It is a perfect military strategy. It doesn’t raise any eyebrows because we’re focused on the children, but we need to focus on our children, because this is asymmetrical warfare. Everything says it is. And the way the United States government is responding to it is concealing that fact from the American people.
In other words they’re assisting in the downfall of America, and you need to understand that.