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Is Obama Exploiting Poland to Instigate a Crisis?

Barack Obama, Donald TuskOriginally posted at American Thinker

Barack Obama should take a break from Sunday siestas, defending desert turtles, and scarfing plates of $300 “endangered bluefin tuna” sushi. Then, maybe he’d have the time to shed some light on the rationale behind promising ex-KGB intelligence officer Vladimir Putin that after the 2012 election he’d “have more flexibility” in his future dealings with Russia.

Hadn’t Obama already kowtowed to Russian pressure concerning missile defense in Eastern Europe? At the time, Putin called Obama’s disloyalty to Poland “correct and brave,” while former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney called the decision “a gift” to Russia, who Romney later referred to as “our No. 1 geopolitical foe.”

Now, as Pectoralis Major Putin exhibits yet another show of strength by engaging in military exercises on the Ukrainian border, the Pentagon’s press secretary, Rear Adm. John Kirby, announces that an initial contingent (as in, more to follow) of 600 ground troops will flex America’s muscles at Russia by conducting military exercises of their own in Eastern Europe.

All was well when Obama dropped missile defense in Poland and told Dmitry Medvedev that after the 2012 election he’d “have more flexibility.” But things began to go south after Obama, looking somewhat like a wuss on the world stage, attempted to compensate by being big and butch at the G8 Summit in Ireland. Toughening his stance, Obama strong-armed Putin by claiming first dibs on the hotel gym. That workout standoff could be what led a steamed Putin to embark on an icy early morning swim in Lough Erne River to plot his revenge.

After that, in another exhibition of boundless hubris, America’s first gay president attempted to give Putin a figurative noogie by sending a delegation of homosexuals to the gay-unfriendly Sochi Olympic Games in Russia.  That provocative move may have been what incited Putin to bestow on former Russian figure skater Irina Rodnina, the woman who tweeted a racist picture of the first lady and the president, the honor of lighting the Olympic torch.

At this juncture what’s clear is that the Russian president has zero respect for his American adversary.  Meanwhile, Barack Obama has proven to be so weak and infantile, it’s as if Putin is amusing himself by shooting at Obama’s feet to make him hop around doing a ‘bullet dance.’

Unfortunately for the rest of the world, as the juvenile tit-for-tat continues the stakes have become much higher, and now instead of gym space and gay rights, peace and World War III hang in the balance. Which raises the question: Why all of a sudden is Obama displaying concern for Eastern Europe’s welfare and taking a defensive stance against Russia? 

Well, according to the Rear Admiral, deploying troops is a “very tangible representation of our commitment to our security obligations in Europe, and the message is to the people of those countries and to the alliance that we do take it seriously.” 

Aren’t “the people of those countries” the very allies Obama betrayed when he gave Pootie-Poot Putin a perverted thrill by abandoning missile defense? Rear Admiral Kirby continued, “And I think if there’s a message to Moscow, it is the same exact message – that we take our obligations very, very seriously on the continent of Europe.”

That message is quite different from the one Mr. Flexibility sent Russia in 2010 when, eight months after shelving missile defense he insulted the Republic of Poland a second time by golfing instead of attending President Lech Kaczynski’s funeral after Kaczynski, his wife, and dozens of Polish government officials were killed in a foggy plane crash in Smolensk, Russia.

Let’s face it, if it raises money for the DNC Barack Obama would probably be willing to be lowered into a molten sulfur pit. Yet Obama says he missed the Polish president’s funeral because a scary volcano in Iceland was spewing volcanic ash. Barry’s Eyjafjallajökull apology must have tickled the funny bone of Vlad, who for sport dodges icebergs while swimming in the Siberian River.

But what makes no sense is that after repeatedly insulting Poland, supposedly because of concerns over “security obligations in Europe,” Barack Obama – via the Pentagon – is now willing to disregard the danger of potentially ramping up a conflict with Russia that some say could bring the world to the brink of nuclear war.

Based on the turn of events, and although it’s pure speculation, one can only surmise that Obama’s Eastern European defense is based on something other than worries about the safety of Eastern Europeans. In the end, “fundamentally transforming the United States of America” is the only obligation Cloward and Piven’s star pupil Barack Obama has ever really been committed to.

Think about it – thus far, the list of accomplishments Mr. Obama can take credit for include the ruination of the U.S. economy, cutting a swathe through America’s job market, and initiating the undoing of the greatest healthcare system in the world.  In addition, after occupying the office of president for six years, with his approval approximately seven million unborn babies have been aborted at the rate of about 3,000 per day.

Obama’s open-borders policy has inundated our country with criminal illegal aliens who are given preference over American citizens. Our nation’s allies are insulted, our enemies emboldened, and, as witnessed in Benghazi, radical Islam is revitalized. 

The national debt has been run up to unheard-of levels, the hardworking are punished with high taxes, Christians are persona non grata, the First Amendment is in shreds and the Second Amendment is dangerously close to the shredder as well.  And because Barack Obama has systematically decimated the U.S. military and diminished America’s nuclear arsenal, any sane person would agree that now is not the best time to tempt fate with military altercations.

But military unpreparedness matters little, because Barack Obama has already proven that if it puts a cherry on top of his ‘fundamental transformation’ sundae, he would gladly tweak an international crisis.  And if pissing off Vladimir Putin by feigning concern for Eastern Europe accomplishes that goal, then so be it.

Not a ‘Smart Alec’ State Visit

Correction – CBS Reported: The British Scotland Yard did not use ‘Smart Alec’ as Obama’s codename.

The President and his wife didn’t get an invite to the royal wedding, but “Barack Obama and wife Michelle Obama were welcomed to Buckingham Palace in grand royal style as they began their official state visit to Britain, a rare honor for a U.S. president.”

After the foam settled on Obama’s Guinness, the ‘Beast’ was released from the hang-up on the curb, Michelle finished gracing Ireland’s first lady Fionnuala Kenny with an official Queen Elizabeth-style waist hug, and Barry planted a tree in Ireland on his “there’s nobody more Irish than me” tour of the Emerald Isle, the duo landed in England.

Obama recently told reporters he keeps calm under pressure by taking some time off for “golf, laughter and travel.” This trip was a tad iffy because Eyjafjallajokull, the same volcano that forced Obama to seek solace on a golf course after he was prevented from attending Polish President Lech Kaczynski’s funeral in Krakow last year was acting up again.

After Mt. Merapi required him to cut short his visit to his childhood home in Indonesia, the President refused to let his stroll down memory lane be hampered a second time by molten ash.  So, despite the Icelandic volcano that seems to erupt whenever Obama enters European airspace, the President managed to circumvent danger, spend some time in his ancestral home of Ireland, and land in Britain to the delight of the British royal family.

After being warmly greeted by Queen Elizabeth and her husband Prince Phillip, who gave the couple a “private tour of the palace…the two couples emerged on the palace steps for a 41-gun salute,” executed with guns not provided by the United States Justice Department.

The “Ranks of Scots Guards in red jackets and tall hats stood at attention, then played the Star-Spangled Banner in honor of the American president and his wife,” a tune that recently became one of Michelle’s all-time favorites.

While at Buckingham Palace, lovebirds Michelle and Barry will experience the romance of the wedding they missed by spending “two nights at the palace as guests of the queen, staying in a six-room suite last used by Prince William and Kate Middleton on their wedding night.”

While it is uncertain what embarrassing snack faux pas took place the last time the Obamas visited, this time the couple was forewarned “Not to turn their back on [Elizabeth], and to finish enjoying any snacks or tea as soon as the queen takes her last bite.”

While in the UK the Obamas will also frolic a bit with Prime Minister David Cameron. Mrs. Cameron, Samantha, and Shelly will host a barbecue for British and American military veterans.  Plans are for Barry and David to get in touch with their inner Bobby Flay and don aprons to serve burgers and bangers.

As always, Barack’s safety will be at the top of the list of concerns for Scotland Yard.  In order to ensure that America’s ‘Wild Colonial Boy’ is kept safe, British police did not assign Obama the codename “Chalaque” as was implied according to Indarjit Singh, a Punjabi speaker in the UK who is director of the Network of Sikh Organizations, who said ‘Chalaque’ is a word that “is sometimes used when we want to denigrate someone who we think is too clever for their own good.”

It is comforting to know that if Barack Obama, somehow manages to be swallowed up by an adoring English throng, British security can always locate his whereabouts by listening for the guy with the Irish brogue.

A Red Sky and Other Warnings

Scripture scholars believe 2,000 years elapsed from Adam to the time of Noah. The Bible says that in the days of Noah “God looked on the earth, and behold, it was corrupt… God said to Noah, ‘The end of all flesh has come before Me; for the earth is filled with violence because of them; and behold, I am about to destroy them with the earth.’” (Genesis 6)

Two thousand years after Noah’s flood, “Jesus sat on the Mount of Olives. His disciples came to Him privately and said, ‘Tell us, when will all this happen? What sign will signal your return and the end of the world?’”

Jesus told them, “Don’t let anyone mislead you, for many will come in my name, claiming, I am the Messiah. They will deceive many. And you will hear of wars and threats of wars, but don’t panic. Yes, these things must take place, but the end won’t follow immediately. Nation will go to war against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines and earthquakes in many parts of the world. But all this is only the first of the birth pains, with more to come (Matthew 24:3-8).

Jesus then went on to say:

When the Son of Man returns, it will be like it was in Noah’s day. In those days before the flood, the people were enjoying banquets and parties and weddings right up to the time Noah entered his boat. People didn’t realize what was going to happen until the flood came and swept them all away. That is the way it will be when the Son of Man comes (Matthew 24:27-39).

Two thousand years after Jesus uttered those words, the world is experiencing cataclysmic events of Biblical proportion. Yet, as in the days of Noah, the inhabitants of the earth eat, drink, and blame man-made actions for a planet heaving and stirring in an unruly way.

As 2010 AD ends, “the year the Earth struck back” has left in its wake massive ruin. “Earthquakes, heat waves, floods, volcanoes, super typhoons, blizzards, landslides and droughts…the deadliest year in more than a generation” is responsible for the deaths of “at least a quarter million people.”

Whether Al Gore believes it or not, acts ordained by God can neither be caused nor contained by mortal man. One of the more sobering statistics is that “More people were killed worldwide by natural disasters this year than have been killed in terrorism attacks in the past 40 years combined.”

Even still, many are convinced that man’s abuse of the environment is the basis for what is taking place in nature.  Global warming scientists blame meteorological mayhem, death, and destruction on everything from gas-run vehicles to building “houses in flood zones.”

In Russia, Vera Savinova wore a mask to work to protect herself from 111-degree “record heat, smog and wildfires.” Vera said, “I think it is the end of the world. Our planet warns us against what would happen if we don’t care about nature.” Wearing a gas mask to survive a God-ordained heat wave would be like donning swimmies in an attempt to survive Noah’s flood. Someone needs to inform Vera that an Ark is needed, not a gas mask.

Without going into detail, let’s just say that global warming has been proven a colossal hoax.  Nevertheless, climate scientists blame everything on atmospheric conditions and are the embodiment of persons Jesus described when He said, “You know how to interpret the weather signs in the sky, but you don’t know how to interpret the signs of the times!” (Matthew 16:3)

Addressing the global devastation of the last year, White House science adviser John Holdren said “The science is clear, we can expect more and more of these kinds of damaging events unless and until society’s emissions of heat-trapping gases and particles are sharply reduced.”

Excuse me, Mr. Holdren, but were there heat-trapping gas emissions in 2,000 BC?

While we wait for an answer, let’s review the birth pangs. In one of the most “active seismic years in decades,” there were deadly earthquakes in Haiti, Chile, Turkey, China, and Indonesia.

Super typhoon Megi’s 200 mph winds overwhelmed parts of China and the Philippines and, according to the World Health Organization, flooding killed more than 6,300 people in 59 nations.

“After strong early year blizzards … paralyzed the U.S. mid-Atlantic and record snowfalls hit Russia and China, the temperature turned to broil,” while Egyptian-plague-like frogs showed up on the streets of Greece.

Let’s not leave out famine, mass solar flares, drought, blizzards, El Ninos, flooding, and dry spells.  There was Iceland’s smoke-and-steam-spewing Eyjafjallajokull, as well as volcanoes in the Congo, Guatemala, Ecuador, the Philippines and Indonesia. A rare tornado spun through New York City.  In South Dakota last July, a two-pound hailstone fell out of the sky. Added to the list were tsunamis and landslides, which helped bring the major disaster total to 79 and filled a 64-page disaster report.

President Obama declared that 2010 saw a record number of federal disasters.  Ironically, Obama himself was personally afflicted by recurring appearances of flies, rodents and dangerous lightning and thunder. The President was hindered by swarming bees and snow-laden branches falling on his Chevy Suburban SUV motorcade while making its way through Snowmageddon.

Then, just when Obama thought it was safe to go back in the water, a Nor’easter turned the President’s Martha’s Vineyard vacation spot into a less-than-appealing swimming hole because of “high levels of enterococci, an indicator that the water [was] contaminated with fecal coliform bacteria.”

To top off 2010, the “winter solstice …will coincide with a full lunar eclipse in a union that hasn’t been seen in 456 years.” In an ironic reflection of a debauched planet, the event means that the “sun and the moon are almost at their darkest at this point in time.”

Jesus prophesied that in the end, “The sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light; the stars will fall from the sky, and the heavenly bodies will be shaken.”

Astronomy instructor Robert Dick said of the extraordinary eclipse/solstice: “It’s quite rare, but there’s no profound significance.  It’s luck of the draw; you got dealt four aces.”  This time an anomaly that shows up only twice in a millennium can’t be blamed on global warming. Instead, scientists are calling the unusual event “a coincidence of natural cycles.”

Instead of explaining away a blackened sun and moon, maybe Jesus’ words describing the dawning of the end of days should also be taken into consideration. Ending “the year the Earth struck back” with a rare solar eclipse should make skeptics pay closer attention to the signs that Jesus predicted 2000 years ago would herald the end times.

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Skeptics please take note:

Japanese earthquake and  tsunami

Epic snows in some parts of Colorado

Record rains out West

Mini Ice Age on the way

Huge storms heading toward LA

Atmospheric River of Rain

Snow brings Britain to a halt

Far be it from me to insist that there may be something to this:

Strongest Storm to hit California

Roads covered by mud

California rescues and evacuations

Weather induced state of emergency in California

I’ll just keep adding to the list:

Cars in California trapped in mud

Dangerous storm coming East

First snowy Christmas in Atlanta since 1882

Syracuse smashes snow records for December

Freak diversion of jet stream freezing the globe

Avalanche conditions in Colorado worst in state’s history

New Zealand Earthquake

Dangerous storm Philadelphia to Boston

Australian floods of Biblical proportion

Coldest New Years Eve on record in Las Vegas

New Years Tornados kill six in Missouri and Arkansas

North Dakota snow storm

Snow in Phoenix

5,000 birds fall from sky

200,000 Fish dead in Arkansas River

Natural disasters ‘killed 295,000 in 2010′

Thousands of dead fish wash up in the Chesapeake Bay

100 tons of dead fish wash ashore in Brazil

Kentucky woman finds hundreds of dead birds in her yard

Canadian river turns bright GREEN

Dead birds in Texas

Dead fish in Florida

Swedish birds fall from the sky

40,000 crabs wash up on UK shore

8,000 doves, with blue beaks, fall out of the sky in Italy

Mudslides in Brazil kill 500

Sharks swimming through flooded streets of Australia

200 cows die

1,000 fish wash up on shore

New Zealand earthquake

Japanese earthquake and tsunami

Northern towns evacuated

Presidential Poor Choices – American Thinker – August 9, 2010

Originally posted at American Thinker Blog

Michelle having made what most would agree to be the wrong choice about where to be on her husband’s 49th birthday seems to be a family trait.  Maybe the First Lady was merely emulating a pattern Barack has repeatedly set forth as precedent:  Never be where you should be.  Exercise iconoclast attitudes and stun the world by doing the inappropriate

Take for instance the Spain-over-birthday attitude the President exhibited by observing a moment of silence on the South Lawn of the White House in lieu of attending Ground Zero ceremonies in New York City on September 11, 2009, choosing to send Joe Biden in his stead.

Didn’t Barack Obama also spend free time vacationing, golfing, going to baseball games and entertaining a Beatle instead of addressing the crisis of oil gushing into the Gulf of Mexico? A few days after the Deepwater Horizon oilrig explosion, instead of meeting with BP executives, Obama chose to eat barbequewith Michelle in Ashville, NC

Obama campaigned for Senate Majority leader  Harry Reid in Las Vegas, not far from a southern border state under siege. The President, who flew to Copenhagen to pick up an unearned Nobel Peace Prize, chose to prosecute Arizona even before personally assessing the illegal war on the border Arizonans struggle against daily.

Suddenly Michelle’s ill-timed trip to Marbella pales in comparison.

Lest we forget the discomfiting reaction Americans had when Barry flew home to Chicago for much needed R&R on Memorial Day, deciding to forgo traditional Arlington Cemetery commemoration ceremonies.

How about Obama using Eyjafjallajokull as an excuse to irreverently go golfing instead of attending the funeral of Polish President Lech Kaczynski, who was tragically killed in a plane crash in Smolensk, Russia.

Barack Obama is more than able to make his way to the gym, the links and even a basketball court on Sunday mornings, but not once has the President availed himself of the opportunity to be a role model to America’s youth by attending church.  The reason?  The man who shuts down whole cities for dinner dates, fundraisers and vacations doesn’t want to disrupt a congregation.

Racially Profiling Redheads – American Thinker – April 26, 2010

Originally posted at American Thinker

Hispanics fear that racial profiling will be the result of Arizona Governor Jan Brewer’s immigration reform bill, which makes it against the law to be in Arizona illegally. The bill also requires that state police question immigration status and ask reasonably suspicious people to provide identification.

Mexicans and Central Americans make up 14% of Arizona’s population of seven million. The bill’s goal is to identify those having no business being in Arizona. It also attempts to protect residents of the state from burgeoning gun violence as well as the increasing drug cartel and gang activity spilling over from Mexico onto Arizona’s streets.

Beginning this summer, Arizona police have the authority to sweep trespassers from the Grand Canyon state. However, Hispanics, who make up nearly all of the 500,000 illegals roaming Arizona, think it’s unfair to be asked for documentation because of ethnic appearance. What are police looking for Mexican and Central American illegals supposed to do — focus on Nordic types hiding out in Arizona ski shops?

Take for example U.S. citizen and high school student Arodi Berrelleza. Arodi said that he is “afraid he’ll be arrested anyway if police see him driving around with friends and relatives, some of them illegal immigrants.”

Berrelleza is worried — “[i]f a cop sees them and they look Mexican, he’s going to stop me? What if people are U.S. citizens? They’re going to be asking them if they have papers because of the color of their skin.”

Three things come to mind. First, maybe Berrelleza should find new friends. Secondly, is it unfair to ask for identification from young-looking people to ensure that twelve-year-olds don’t marry or operate a motor vehicle? And lastly, if you’re legal, what’s the problem?

If redheaded, freckle-faced teenagers were out egging houses, breaking windows, and driving cars over lawns, should police look for elderly African-American grandmothers riding buses to church to avoid being accused of profiling?

Individuals who can legally show that they belong in Arizona have no fear of spending time in Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s jail wearing pink undies and stripped prison garb, eating bologna sandwiches, and pedaling exercise bikes to provide electricity to inmate-powered television sets.

In the meantime, Sheriff Arpaio readies additional tents. Arpaio said that he hoped that “Arizona’s example coerces the federal government into acting.” Slow down, Joe — don’t go volunteering the chain gang to clean up Phoenix just yet. Based on Barack Obama’s open disapproval of the Arizona bill, the only “acting” Obama plans on doing is “enacting” a federal immigration law to neutralize state-level bills that the post-racial president feels promote “irresponsible,” “unfair” racial profiling.

Governor Jan Brewer ordered state officials to develop a training course for officers to learn what constitutes reasonable suspicion when questioning a potential illegal. Is standing outside a 7-11 convenience store at 6:30 am with a crowd of day laborers considered “reasonably suspicious”? Or would a police officer be considered a racial profiler if he or she approached a group unable to understand or speak a single word of English?

Supporters of the Brewer bill dismiss racial profiling concerns, contending that the “law prohibits the use of race or nationality as the sole basis for an immigration check.” Republican Sen. Russell Pearce, sponsor of the bill, believes that detractors use “racial profiling as a cover for their true concern — deportation.”

So as Arizona law enforcement peruses the state looking for blondes fleeing Eyjafjallajökull, even bronze-skinned gang members of Mexican and Central American lineage can rest easy if able to provide proof of American citizenship.

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