December 20th, 2014
By AARON KLEIN
TEL AVIV – Russia is preparing a contingency plan to prompt Hezbollah and possibly the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad into a direct military conflict with Israel, according to a French official who has been apprised of the situation.
The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the contingency was meant to be used as a card against the West, particularly the U.S. and European Union, which has been engaged in efforts to isolate Moscow.
This past week, the U.S. and E.U. adapted tighter sanctions on the Russian economy, including restrictions on investments in the Crimea, with emphasis on Russian Black Sea oil and gas exploration and tourism.
The official said there is information Russia in recent weeks successfully shipped to Hezbollah a large convoy of Iskandar ballistic missiles and surface-to-air missiles. The missiles were received, despite Israel’s alleged airstrikes in Syria targeting Russian-shipped weapons earlier this month, the official said.
The official said Russia has not made any decision about agitating a Hezbollah attack on Israel, but views a possible conflict in the Mideast as a card it can play in its confrontation with the West, particularly in Ukraine....
December 20th, 2014
Hamilton County Juvenile court heard testimony on whether suspect Diontae Smartt was fit to stand trial. Attorneys had to establish whether it was likely Smartt could commit the crime.
Going before the judge was emotional for the teen and his family. Alleged actions of teen have him facing hard time as an adult if convicted.
"That's my son. We get along good. I love him. We're a family," said Kamilah Smartt, the suspect's mother.
Smartt, his family and the victim were all in courtroom, and hours of testimony led Judge Robert Philyaw to conclude that Smartt was fit to stand trial and to be tried as an adult.
A special education teacher said Smartt has a learning disability and speech impediment.
"In the special education program, we monitor to see if they are making progress, as far as credits, and he is making those gains," said Megan Giesel, the special education director at Red Bank High School, where Smartt attended school.
Though he's a student, the teen is accused of committing a serious crime. Chattanooga police said Smartt raped a 69-year-old man out jogging in the North Chattanooga.
"Where was he supposed to be the morning this happened? Where were you at?" questioned prosecutor Jason Demastus. Smartt's mother answered, "He's old enough. He sets his own clock. He gets his own self up, he goes out the door himself."
Attorneys before Judge Robert Philyaw said the boy had discipline problems at school.
"In my memory, I think he was compliant. He was not disruptive. Some children can be mouthy, disrespectful. He never came across that way to me. He understood the rules of probation," said Carl Miller, a juvenile court probation officer who oversaw Smartt.
Smartt's defense attorney Jason Fisher asked, "Has he ever damaged anything, or punched a wall?" Kamilah Smartt answered "I mean, yeah. With him and his little brother, when they fight, yeah, they got holes in the walls."
Judge Philyaw wrapped up the hearing to say all of the evidence supported premeditation and aggression. The judge said he didn't think 18 months was enough time to really change Smartt's behavior in the juvenile court system. Philyaw said there were too many problems at his school to consider.
Smartt was transferred to the Hamilton County Jail, isolated from the general population, and he will be held on $10,000 bond. If he makes bail, Smartt will have to wear a GPS monitor and stay away from North Chattanooga.
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December 20th, 2014
By Barry Secrest
"He doesn't know what he's talking about" stated Senator Marco Rubio, of Sen. Rand Paul, when Rubio was challenged on his criticism of Barack Obama's latest capitulation, this time to Cuba, and Rand Paul's stated support of Obama's position.
President Obama’s Cuba give away “will significantly set back the hopes of freedom and democracy for the Cuban people,” Mr. Rubio said Wednesday.
“It is disgraceful for a president who claims to treasure human rights and human freedom. This president is the single worst negotiator we have had in the White House in my lifetime.”
After Rubio's challenge to Rand Paul, the Kentucky Senator responded:
Meanwhile, Sen. Ted Cruz backed Rubio with the following statements:
“This is yet another manifestation of the failures of the Obama-Clinton-Kerry foreign policy,” the senator said on Fox News Wednesday. “This announcement today will be remembered as a tragic mistake.”
“The Castros are the ones who have decided to be brutal, repressive dictators,” Cruz said. “And we should not be taking blame for the fact that we responded to their active acts of war and hostility.”
The debate, however, is only getting started.
After Cuba's receiving the gift that keeps on giving from fellow hard-leftist Obama, Cuba's dictatorial leaders actually issued a demand and a warning aimed directly towards Obama and the US.
From (Reuters) : " President Raul Castro demanded on Saturday that the United States respect Cuba's communist rule as the two countries work to restore diplomatic ties, and warned that Cuban-American exiles might try to sabotage the rapprochement.U.S. President Barack Obama this week reset Washington's Cold War-era policy on Cuba and the two countries swapped prisoners in a historic deal after 18 months of secret talks.
Cubans have treated the end of open U.S. hostility as a triumph, especially the release of three Cuban intelligence agents who served long U.S. prison terms for spying on Cuban exile groups in Florida.
U.S. officials will visit Havana in January to start talks on normalizing relations and Obama has said his government will push Cuba on issues of human and political rights as they negotiate over the coming months.
Castro said he is open to discussing a wide range of issues but that they should also cover the United States and he insisted Cuba would not give up its socialist principles.
"In the same way that we have never demanded that the United States change its political system, we will demand respect for ours," Castro told the National Assembly.
He again praised Obama for the policy change in a speech that became a partly defiant, partly celebratory show of pride for resisting five decades of U.S. aggression.
Despite the markedly improved tone in relations, Castro said Cuba faces a "long and difficult struggle" before the United States removes a decades-old economic embargo against the Caribbean island, in part because influential Cuban-American exiles will attempt to "sabotage the process".
Obama has pledged to remove economic sanctions against Cuba but he still needs the Republican-controlled Congress to lift the embargo. Castro confirmed he will take part in a Summit of the Americas in Panama in April, potentially setting up a first meeting with Obama since they shook hands at Nelson Mandela's funeral a year ago."
Ahem...no good deed goes unpunished.
Obama has once again proven the very same lessons both he and his administration keep forgetting--appeasement towards violent authoritarian nation states , only attracts more aggression and ever less respect.
From former British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, comes these highly experienced truths with regard to aggression between nations:
"There is no greater mistake than to suppose that platitudes, smooth words, and timid policies offer a path to safety. "How many wars have been averted by patience and good will? An appeaser is one who feeds the crocodile hoping it will eat him last."
"When nations are strong, they are not always just and when they wish to be just, they are no longer strong. Victory will never be found by taking the line of least resistance."
December 20th, 2014
Now that the shoe is on the other foot, Obama is blaming Sony for backing down from releasing its movie.....In 2012, the anti-Islam movie-maker was locked-up for releasing its movie.......
By Barry Secrest
After the Benghazi 9/11/12 debacle resulted in four deaths from Islamic extremists, and in conjunction with Obama's ill-fated 2012 promises during the Democrat National Convention of Al Qaeda "being on the run," the entire Obama regime denigrated and blamed an unknown video on Youtube, as being the culprit of the attack.
The Obama regime, completely at a loss with regard to freedom of speech warrants as detailed within the Bill of Rights, subsequently attacked the video as being disrespectiful of a religion and locked the offending perpetrator away on trumped-up charges.
The offender, by the way, was the anti-Islam film's maker.
The Obama regime, in essence, backed down and called for the video to be removed from Youtube because it offended Muslims.
Now, with the shoe on the other foot, Obama is condemning movie maker Sony for backing down from the same set of circumstances when it comes to the denigration of a foreign leader, who is by the way, considered God-like by his subjects, and has gone on the attack.
The movie titled "The Interview" has been cancelled from its debut showing on Christmas day after threats of terror attacks.
Obama actually stated that he wished Sony had "contacted him" first before coming to their decision to halt release of the film satirizing North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.
Conservative Charles Krauthammer makes the point that Obama should've immediately reacted with the bloated DHS bureacracy, trippling its guard across America, allowing the movie to be shown while teaching a foreign dictator a lesson.
Seriously, government reacting to defend America's liberties? Not in the last 6 years, quite the opposite, in fact.
The hypocrisy overflows....
December 19th, 2014
The Huffington Post
Throughout the past few days, Dominique Harrison-Bentzen has raised almost $50,000 for the good Samaritan and for other homeless individuals in her community.
The story begins in early December. It was about 3 a.m. and Harrison-Bentzen was panicking. “I came out after a student night out … [and] realized I didn’t have any battery on my phone, I’d lost my friends,” the 22-year-old told BBC Radio 5. She’d also lost her bank card, she discovered, and she had no money. “How am I going to afford a taxi?” she asked herself.
Just then, a homeless man, known only as Robbie, approached the young woman and asked her if she needed help. He proceeded to reach into his pocket and pull out all the money he had -- loose change amounting to about $4.60. He insisted that Harrison-Bentzen take it to pay for a taxi so she’d get home safe. It was, it seems, all the money Robbie had.
Harrison-Bentzen, a student at the University of Central Lancashire in Preston, England, says she refused to take Robbie’s money and found another way to get home. But following her encounter with the generous man, she says she couldn’t get him out of her mind.
For the next few days, the student searched for Robbie, driving around the streets with her mom and using social media in an attempt locate the man. In that time, Harrison-Bentzen says she learned more about Robbie and discovered that he actually had a reputation for helping strangers. For example, the student said in a Dec. 9 Facebook post that Robbie had been known to return wallets “untouched to pedestrians” and “offering his scarf to keep people warm.”
Finally, after four days of driving around Preston, Harrison-Bentzen found Robbie. “I was beginning to lose hope that I would see him again, to thank him personally for his kindness,” she said, per The Telegraph.
Harrison-Bentzen was determined to do something to help change Robbie’s life. To “help him,” she said, as he had “helped many others.”
So, earlier this month, the student launched a fundraising campaign in Robbie’s name. She explained that she would be spending 24 hours on the streets, so as to “understand the difficulties” that the homeless face on a daily basis.
“Please sponsor me $4.60 -- as Robbie attempted to give me his only $4.60,” Harrison-Bentzen wrote in the campaign description, adding that the money raised would go to helping Robbie get an apartment. “Together our small act of kindness can change someone's life this Christmas and finally get him off the streets safe and warm.”
Harrison-Bentzen, who spent the night on the streets on Tuesday this week -- an experience she called "far harder" than expected, says she had initially hoping to raise about $780 with her campaign. Her expectations, however, were quickly blown out of the water.....