April 12th, 2015
ISIS has released a video vowing another 9/11 for America, while an almost nuclear Iran (while negotiating with Obama) has repeatedly promised death to America.
Meanwhile, a veritable plethora of investment experts have been crying out that another financial meltdown is bearing down on America directly due to Obama's outrageous $ 10 trillion deficit spending bonanza, over the past seven years.
But, it's "global warming" which is the primary national security threat, stated Obama earlier today....feel reassured? ~ Refocus Notes
By Patric Poole
The Islamic State has released a new 11-minute video called “We Will Burn America” that calls for supporters to attack the American homeland and promises another 9/11.
At this juncture I would note the New York Times’ front page article on December 29 that described how America’s top war fighters, namely Special Operations Command, freely admit that they don’t understand the ideology driving ISIS and other Islamic terror groups:
WASHINGTON — Maj. Gen. Michael K. Nagata, commander of American Special Operations forces in the Middle East, sought help this summer in solving an urgent problem for the American military: What makes the Islamic State so dangerous?
Trying to decipher this complex enemy — a hybrid terrorist organization and a conventional army — is such a conundrum that General Nagata assembled an unofficial brain trust outside the traditional realms of expertise within the Pentagon, State Department and intelligence agencies, in search of fresh ideas and inspiration. Business professors, for example, are examining the Islamic State’s marketing and branding strategies.
“We do not understand the movement, and until we do, we are not going to defeat it,” he said, according to the confidential minutes of a conference call he held with the experts. “We have not defeated the idea. We do not even understand the idea.”
General Nagata’s frustration is shared by other American officials. Even as President Obama and his top civilian and military aides express growing confidence that Iraqi troops backed by allied airstrikes have blunted the Islamic State’s momentum on the ground in Iraq and undermined its base of support in Syria, other officials acknowledge they have barely made a dent in the larger, longer-term campaign to kill the ideology that animates the terrorist movement.
You can call in all the marketing executives and Harvard academics all you like, but when the Obama administration — meaning the entire U.S. government – as a matter of established policy refuses to acknowledge the ideology and intentions that our enemy publishes IN ENGLISH in the form of videos, audio recordings and magazines, and actively prohibits anyone in a government department or agency from discussing or speaking about said ideology, you really are beyond hope. And so is America.
April 12th, 2015
(CNSNews.com) - Speaking at Howard University in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday, President Barack Obama said that climate change is a “primary” national security threat to the United States.
“The Pentagon has already said that climate change is a primary national security threat that we’re going to face, and we are working with the Department of Defense to start preparing for that and mitigating for that,” Obama said. “And a lot of our international policy and national security policy is centered around the very real concerns that that’s going to raise.”
In the same presentation, Obama said that the planet is warming and that this is having an impact on human health.
“And what we know is that the temperature of the planet is rising,” said Obama. “And we know that in addition to the adverse impacts that may have when it comes to more frequent hurricanes, or more powerful storms, or increased flooding, we also know that it has an impact on public health.”
The president said that as a consequence of climate change he expects to see more insect-borne diseases in North America.
“We know that if there are more wildfires, a consequence of rising temperatures, that there are going to be more particulates in the air,” said Obama. “We know that potentially it extends the allergy season, and can induce greater incidents of asthma or more severe incidents of asthma. We know that, potentially, as temperatures rise, that we’re going to start seeing insect-borne diseases that are not traditional to North America start moving up from the south.”
Obama said that he had been aggressive in unilaterally using executive power to deal with the climate change issue, but that a great deal more needed to be done.
“So the bottom line is we all need to do our part,” said Obama. “Obviously, this administration has been aggressive in using the administrative authorities that we currently have to increase fuel efficiency standards to make sure that we are taking more carbon out of the emissions from our power plants. But we’ve got a lot more work to do if we’re going to deal with this problem in an effective way and make sure that our families and our kids are safe.”
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April 12th, 2015
Pope Francis meets with Dictator Erdogan
Many eschatologists are watching Turkey very closely for several reasons.
The first being that Christ warned that the original seat of Satan was located in Pergamon, Turkey, which could easily be significant as events transpire.
The second reason is the fact that Turkey is now under the control of a powerful authoritarian leader named Recep Erdogan, who is a dedicated Islamic Fascist.
Third, is the fact that the nation of Turkey controls the largest military in the Mideast.
Now comes the stunning news that Erdogan is being characterized by a large number of leading Muslims, in Turkey, as Allah. Some even take on a worshipful attitude at the mere touch of Erdogan's clothing....now, the Turkish Autocrat has become angry at Pope Francis due to his referring to the last Ottoman jihad of 1915, where more than a million Armenians were massacred, as genocide.
The implications of this news, in addition to other stories coming out of Turkey, is increasingly raising a number of eyebrows....~Barry Secrest
(CNN) Pope Francis risked Turkish anger on Sunday by using the word "genocide" to refer to the mass killings of Armenians a century ago under the Ottoman Empire.
"In the past century, our human family has lived through three massive and unprecedented tragedies," the Pope said at a Mass at St. Peter's Basilica to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Armenian massacres.
"The first, which is widely considered 'the first genocide of the twentieth century,' struck your own Armenian people," he said, referencing a 2001 declaration by Pope John Paul II and the head of the Armenian church.
His use of the term genocide -- even though he was quoting from the declaration -- upset Turkey.
The nation recalled its ambassador to the Vatican just hours after Francis' comments, the Turkish Foreign Ministry said. Earlier, Turkey summoned the ambassador from the Vatican for a meeting, Turkish state broadcaster TRT reported.
In a tweet Sunday on his official account, Turkey's Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu called the Pope's use of the word "unacceptable" and "out of touch with both historical facts and legal basis."
"Religious offices are not places through which hatred and animosity are fueled by unfounded allegations," the tweet reads.
More than a million massacred
Armenian groups and many scholars say that Turks planned and carried out genocide, starting in 1915, when more than a million ethnic Armenians were massacred in the final years of the Ottoman Empire.
Turkey officially denies that a genocide took place, saying hundreds of thousands of Armenian Christians and Turkish Muslims died in intercommunal violence around the bloody battlefields of World War I.
The Armenian government and influential Armenian diaspora groups have urged countries around the world to formally label the 1915 events as genocide. Turkey has responded with pressure of its own against such moves.
Pope Francis said Sunday that "Catholic and Orthodox Syrians, Assyrians, Chaldeans and Greeks" were also killed in the bloodshed a century ago.
He said Nazism and Stalinism were responsible for the other two "massive and unprecedented tragedies" of the past century.
April 12th, 2015
Although the 2014 surge, which many believe was arranged, was the largest on record, this surge still promises to be one of the highest border surges on record.....no word yet on whether or not the regime has plans on speeding the illegals to any desired destination in the US, as with the 2014 surge.
Meanwhile, the Obama regime has been busy arranging commercial air flights for those who didn't manage to make it on previous attempts....~Barry Secrest
Washington (Prensa Latina) Officials at the southern border are bracing for another wave of child immigrants in the coming months, though they anticipate a much lower crest than last year, according to The Hill.
Migration analysts project that almost 40,000 unaccompanied children will try to cross into the United States from Mexico this year, down almost 45 percent from 2014.
That still likely to be one of the highest surges on record, however, and is expected to strain border personnel and potentially force Congress to return to the issue when it considers funding for the government.
It could also trigger another political fight over the thorny issues of border security and immigration reform, particularly as the 2016 presidential contest heats up over the summer.
Administration officials, who were "caught off guard" during last year's surge, say they've taken lessons from the experience and are much better prepared this year. But border state lawmakers and child welfare advocates, while pleased with the lower projections, are also concerned that policymakers - both in the White House and on Capitol Hill - aren't doing nearly enough to address the issue.
Kevin Appleby, director of migration policy at the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, was also critical of the administration's commitment.
He said the lower projections largely reflect the "White House effort" to get Mexico and other Central American governments to block unaccompanied children before they reach the U.S. border. That to the detriment of children who might be eligible for U.S. asylum but are instead returned to dangerous conditions back home.
"The fact that the numbers are lower is not because the administration has had an effective PR campaign or conditions in those countries have improved. We've exported the enforcement," Appleby said Friday. "They're pulling kids off the trains; they're stopping them at the Mexico-Guatemala border.
So there's still a violation of international law there."
Wendy Young, president of Kids in Need of Defense (KIND), lamented the backlogged court system, dearth of legal counsel and expedited hearings process that treat kids "basically like suspected terrorists."
The months of March, April and May are historically the peak time for border crossings due to the spring weather.
President Obama is hoping to tackle the problem with $1 billion in aid to Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador,where a bulk of the child migrants have originated. The funding is intended to fight the crime, corruption and poverty that helped encourage the flight.
Border lawmakers and children advocates have praised that effort, though some are warning that the changes Obama is hoping to inspire won't come overnight.
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April 11th, 2015
An untreatable, and sometimes fatal tick-borne disease is turning up in parts of southern Connecticut, according to one expert.
Dr. Theodore Andreadis, head of The Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station, told WCBS 880 that the Powassan virus has symptoms similar to those of Lyme disease, including headache, nausea and fever.
Once contracted, there is no treatment for the virus, and the disease can often be fatal, Andreadis said. While there have been no reported human cases in the areas, Andreadis said that people who venture into wooded areas may encounter deer carrying ticks.
“These ticks will transmit this virus when they feed within a matter of hours, whereas with Lyme disease, for example, ticks generally have to feed up to two days before they’re capable of transmitting it,” Andreadis told WCBS 880.
The virus can often be symptomless before often infecting the nervous system and causing encephalitis and meningitis. Survivors can develop neurological symptoms such as muscle wasting and memory problems, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.