Tweeted by Governor Palin this afternoon:
Rule of Law? More like "In Your Face." Obama sends $1.3 billion to Muslim Brotherhood after lawmakers tell him he can't. Does it anyway.—
Sarah Palin (@SarahPalinUSA) June 09, 2013
She was referring to this article, which she had just retweeted:
Kerry ‘Quietly’ Approved $1.3 Billion in ‘Military Aid’ to Egyptian Government
Reuters is reporting that Secretary of State John Kerry “quietly acted last month to give Egypt $1.3 billion in U.S. military aid.”
According to laws governing the funds, in order to give the $1.3 billion to Egypt, the Secretary of State had to certify that the Egyptian government “is supporting the transition to civilian government, including holding free and fair elections, implementing policies to protect freedom of expression, association and religion, and due process of law.”
But these restrictions can be–and apparently were–waived by the Sec. of State in this instance.
Josh Rogin at the Daily Beast has more (h/tp our friend Benyamin Korn at Jews For Sarah).
Kerry’s Secret Gift to Egypt
Jun 6, 2013 4:21 PM EDT
While employees of American NGOs sat in Egyptian prisons, Secretary of State John Kerry quietly waived the law that would prevent the U.S. from sending the Egyptian military $1.3 billion worth of weapons this year.
But what most in Congress didn’t know was that on May 10, Kerry had waived the restrictions lawmakers had put in place to make sure that U.S. military aid to Egypt wouldn’t continue unless Egypt made progress on its path to democracy, rule of law, and human rights. The State Department’s notification of Kerry’s move, which was never released to the public, was obtained by The Daily Beast.
The law that allows the State Department to give Egypt $1.3 billion each year in Foreign Military Financing (FMF) specifies that to get the money, the secretary of State must certify that Egypt is honoring its peace treaty with Israel as well as “supporting the transition to civilian government including holding free and fair elections; implementing policies to protect freedom of expression, association, and religion, and due process of law.”
Several members of Congress said this week that Egypt’s sentencing of American NGO workers, who were there to help Egypt build up its civil society and to promote democracy, flew in the face of that very law, meaning that Egypt should not get the money.
Reps. Frank Wolf (R-VA) and Gerry Connolly (D-VA) are circulating a letter in the House this week to Morsi threatening a cutoff of U.S. aid and asking him to step in and reverse the policy of prosecuting foreign NGO workers.
“In order for the U.S. government and the American people to have any confidence that the Egyptian government is undertaking a genuine transition to a democratic state, under civilian control, where the freedoms of assembly, association, religion and expression are guaranteed and rule of law is upheld, we must see a swift and satisfactory resolution to this case that takes into full account the concerns expressed in this letter, including revisions to the proposed NGO law,” reads the letter, a copy of which was obtained by The Daily Beast.
The lawmakers said that there was no way the Obama administration would be able to certify that Egypt was progressing toward democracy, given the jail sentences. They didn’t know that Kerry had already waived the law only weeks prior. Experts following the issue were shocked that Kerry’s team kept the decision a secret, unlike last year, when then–secretary of State Hillary Clinton also waived the law, but made sure to explain her actions and include a strong statement condemning the Egyptian government’s treatment of foreign NGOs.
This year Kerry didn’t say anything publicly and didn’t even tell many of the congressional offices that care about the issue, said Stephen McInerney, executive director of the Project on Middle East Democracy.
“It’s very alarming that no public statement was made by the secretary or the Department of State more broadly in conjunction with the waiving of these conditions,” he said. “The waiving of these conditions isn’t something that should be done lightly or quietly.”
Posted by Dr. Fay on June 9, 2013
Posted on Governor Palin’s Facebook page this afternoon:Boot-stomping govt claims citizen spying never happened then pouts Congress knew all along; Congress denies. Our obtuseness = their strength…
She linked to this article by John Nolte at Breitbart.com.
Obama’s Bat Cave: $1.9 Billion Data Center Set to Open In October
by John Nolte 8 Jun 2013
There is no question that the big winners from last week were George W. Bush and Dick Cheney, two men vilified for years by the left, the media, and Barack Obama as eager to use the War on Terror as an excuse to violate the Constitutional rights of everyday Americans. Obama ran for president as the anti-Bush in many respects, but especially on the issue of surveillance and snooping.
Well, we now know — no thanks to the American mainstream media — that Obama’s hypocrisy on this issue is as vast and wide as the dragnet he is using to snoop into our computers and phone calls (and those of the media during those rare times they don’t play White House stenographer).
The Daily Mail:
The personal data and private online conversations that the National Security Administration is accused of mining could be stashed in a one million square-foot, $1.9 billion facility in the Utah Valley.
Concerns over what the government will store at the Utah Data Center have been reinvigorated by the revelation that U.S. intelligence agencies have been extracting audio, video, photos, e-mails, documents and other information to track people’s movements and contacts. …
Plans released by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, which is handling the construction, show the center will have four ‘data halls’ to store information and two substations to power the facility.
Sure sounds like the Bat Cave to me; and it sure sounds like, at the very least, President Obama owes George W. Bush a very public apology.
Posted by Dr. Fay on June 8, 2013
Governor Palin tweeted this tonight:
Sarah Palin (@SarahPalinUSA) June 09, 2013
Excerpt from the Jay Leno transcript posted at Newsbusters:
JAY LENO: Well, let’s see what’s going on. Hey, Snoop is back in the news. Not Snoop Dogg, Snoop Obama. Yeah, Snoop Obama. A big change at the White House today. They closed the gift shop and opened a Verizon store. Yeah.
Well, this has become a huge controversy after it was revealed that the National Security Agency seized millions of Verizon phone records, and of course this has caused a panic among civil libertarians, constitutional scholars and cheating husbands everywhere. Oh my God.
How ironic is that? We wanted a president that listens to all Americans – now we have one. Yeah.
Actually, President Obama clarified the situation today. He said no one is listening to your phone calls. The president said it’s not what the program is all about. You know, like the IRS isn’t about targeting certain political groups. That’s not what it’s about!
I mean what’s going on? The White House has looked into our phone records, checking our computers, monitoring our e-mails. When did the government suddenly become our psycho ex-girlfriend? When did that happen? When did that happen? When did that happen?
You know, I’ll tell you, if Obama wants to put this snooping thing to good use, how about spying on the IRS next time they throw a $4 million party. Why don’t you do that one? Yes, exactly, exactly. Find out about that. Yeah.
Hilarious. Watch the video and read the rest here.
Posted by Dr. Fay on June 8, 2013
Posted on Goveror Palin’s Facebook page this morning:Whether you agree or disagree with this soldier’s opinions, I think we can all agree that the apparent retribution he faced for proudly reading certain authors is outrageous.—————–I’d love to see more of America’s finest, our men and women in uniform, along with everybody else proudly and boldly reading more writings from patriots who pinpoint who is trying to kill our Constitution. Americans obviously need to know why it’s imperative we don’t roll over and succumb to these attempts to fundamentally transform America into a populace of sheep merely grazing, and then atrophying, under tyranny. This IS a battle between liberty and tyranny, as the title of Mark Levin’s book declares. The authors and commentators mentioned in the article linked below will help more of our loved ones understand this by articulately explaining what the radical Left’s leadership is doing to our country.———————Yes, if more citizens would hear and read Rush, The Great One, et al., the empowerment of the average person would provide the energy and encouragement to take a stand and proclaim, “No more!” It’s time. Troops – especially you – have fought for the freedoms enshrined in our Constitution. Your brothers and sisters have died in this battle to defend liberty. Please know that a grateful nation won’t let your sacrifices be in vain. We have your back.
——————I’d love to see pictures of our troops reading any of these apparently “banned” pro-America books. Don’t show your face or name in the photo, perhaps just your liberty-loving hands around a liberty-loving book or hands on a radio dial tuning in to hear the aforementioned conservative leaders speak truth. What is the use in fighting and dying for freedom in far away countries if they take away freedom at home? Post a pic.——————-- Sarah Palin
——————–Here is the article I’m referencing: http://townhall.com/columnists/toddstarnes/2013/06/07/conservative-christian-soldier-told-not-to-read-levin-or-hannity-in-uniform-n1615420/page/full
She next posted this comment and photo:
Invitation for Americans to roguely illustrate their stand in today’s ‘Liberty vs Tyranny’ war. Post a pic.
And then this photo and comment:
Show your support for liberty. Post a pic holding a liberty-loving book!
Here is an excerpt from the article she referenced in the first post:
Conservative Christian Soldier Told Not to Read Levin or Hannity in Uniform
Todd Starnes | Jun 07, 2013
A veteran member of the U.S. Army Band said he is facing retribution and punishment from the military for having anti-Obama bumper stickers on his car, reading books written by conservative authors like Mark Levin and David Limbaugh, and serving Chick-fil-A sandwiches at his promotion party.
Master Sgt. Nathan Sommers, a 25-year Army veteran and conservative Christian based at Fort Myer in Washington, believes his outspoken opposition to gay marriage prompted higher-ups to take a closer look at his beliefs. The recipient of an Army Commendation Medal and a soloist at the funeral of former First Lady Betty Ford, Sommers said his core beliefs are enough to mark a soldier for persecution in today’s military.
“It seems like with the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell – that the Christians have been the ones who’ve had to go underground and in the closet – for fear of retaliation and reprisals,” Sommers told me.
“Christians feel like they can’t be forthright with their faith. They have to hide.”
Ret. Navy Commander John Bennett Wells is representing the master sergeant. He said there is no doubt in his mind that the U.S. military is discriminating against Christians – and specifically his client.
“There’s no question about it,“ Wells tells me. “Because he is religious, because he feels that homosexual conduct is wrong for religious reasons, he is basically being persecuted.”
Lt. Col. Justin Platt, an Army spokesman at the Pentagon released a statement to Fox News noting that the military branch cannot comment on ongoing investigations or administrative actions.
“With respect to the political activities, soldiers are expected to carry out their obligations as citizens in accordance with applicable regulations,” Platt said.
Army documents I’ve obtained indicate Sommers was told that his actions bordered on being disrespectful to President Obama and the “slightest inference of disrespect towards superiors can have a demoralizing effect on the unit.”
“You should strive to express your opinion while being aware of the overall ramifications of your statements,” the Army noted.
Sommers’ troubles began last April when he was told to remove pro-Republican, anti-Obama bumper stickers that were on his privately owned car.
The stickers read: “Political Dissent is NOT Racism,” “NOBAMA,” NOPE2012” and “The Road to Bankruptcy is Paved with A**-Fault.”
His superior officer told the solider that the bumper stickers were creating “unnecessary workplace tension.”
“The types of stickers on your car were creating an atmosphere detrimental to morale and were creating unnecessary workplace tension,” the officer wrote in an Army document obtained by Fox News. “A Soldier must balance their personal feelings with the mission of the U.S. Army. Even the slightest inference of disrespect towards superiors can have a demoralizing effect on the unit.”
Attorney Wells said once he got involved, the military backed off of filing a formal reprimand.
“He’s allowed to have those bumper stickers on his car,” he said. “The DoD regulation allows it. There was nothing obscene about it.”
During the summer months, Sommers came under fire for reading the works of Mark Levin, Sean Hannity and David Limbaugh.
Sommers was reading Limbaugh’s “The Great Destroyer” backstage at a U.S. Army Band concert at the U.S. Capitol. A superior officer told him that he was causing “unit disruption” and was offending other soldiers.
“I wasn’t reading aloud,” he said. “I was just reading privately to myself. I was told they were frowning on that and they warned me that I should not be reading literature like that backstage because it was offensive.”
In another episode, he had been caught backstage reading a copy of Levin’s “The Making of Ameritopia.”
Sommers said he was told to refrain from reading the book “while in uniform or within sight of anyone from the band.”
“This is the first time since (my superior officer) indicated I had offended others with my choice of reading material, that I was officially counseled about it,” he said. “The statement took my breath away. I was speechless.”
In spite of those incidents, the Army promoted the soldier in September to the rank of master sergeant. But the promotion would also mark the launch of an effort by the military to punish the soldier.
Posted by Jackie Siciliano on June 7, 2013
From Christian News Wire:
Gathering of Faith Based and Conservative Activists will take place June 13-15 in Washington, DC
DULUTH, Ga., June 7, 2013 /Christian Newswire/ – The Faith & Freedom Coalition is pleased to announce that Governor Sarah Palin will be addressing the “Road to Majority” Conference, June 13-15 at the JW Marriot Hotel in Washington, DC. The “Road to Majority” Conference is one of the premier events for people of faith and conservative activists.
The conference will energize, train, and equip our top activists and chapter leaders on voter registration, voter education, get-out-the-vote, lobbying their legislators, building a church and neighborhood organization, and utilizing social media to mobilize supporters.
When: Thursday, June 13, 2013, 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM
Where: The Pavilion
Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center
1300 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
When: Friday, June 14, 2013- Saturday, June 15, 2013
Where: JW Marriot Hotel
1331 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Governor Palin will speak Saturday morning and joins other notable speakers including: Senator Ted Cruz, Senator Rand Paul, Senator Marco Rubio, Governor Rick Perry, former Senator Rick Santorum, former Governor Jeb Bush, Rep Paul Ryan, Rep. Michelle Bachmann, Ambassador John Bolton, Rep. Randy Forbes, Rep. Louie Gohmert, Senator Mike Lee, radio host Michael Medved, actor John Ratzenberger, Dr. Pat Robertson, Senator Mike Lee, Senator Ron Johnson, Senator Jeff Sessions, Donald Trump, and former Rep. Allen West .
Read more and get registration information here.
Posted by Dr. Fay on June 7, 2013
Posted on Gov. Palin’s Facebook page earlier this evening:
Here is the video she linked to:
Retrieved from ReaganFoundation
Posted by Dr. Fay on June 6, 2013
On Tuesday, Governor Palin drew attention to the plight of this 10-year-old girl on her Facebook page:Sarah Palin · 3,551,918 like this
Tuesday at 7:25pm ·
The government will bend the rules left and right to harass targeted taxpayers, conservative patriots, selected journalists, etc., but it will strictly exercise inconsistent and subjective rules to deny a child a shot at life. And they called us liars when we spoke of “death panels” – faceless bureaucrats coming between you and your doctor to make life and death decisions about a loved one’s survival. It doesn’t sound so far fetched anymore, does it?
- Sarah Palin
PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The U.S. health secretary said she won’t intervene in an “incredibly agonizing” transplant decision about a dying Pennsylvania girl, noting that three other children in the same hospital are just as sick.
Yesterday, Rush Limbaugh also called Sebelius out (h/tp Gary Jackson).
Death Panel: Secretary Sebelius Denies Lung Transplant for 10-Year-Old Girl
June 05, 2013BEGIN TRANSCRIPT——————-
RUSH: Kathleen Sebelius, have you heard about this? There’s a little girl in Pennsylvania who is being denied a lung transplant because she’s 10 years old.
I lit a cigar in honor of Sarah Palin right as the program began. Death panels. Just exactly what Sarah Palin said, exactly what we all knew. Obamacare establishes death panels, and right now Sebelius is it. And that’s what Obamacare says. I don’t know how many times it says it in there, but the phrase “as the secretary shall determine,” meaning the secretary of Health and Human Services. Well, Sebelius is determined a 10-year-old doesn’t get the lung. She doesn’t get a lung transplant ’cause she is 10 years old, and you have to be 12 to get a lung transplant under the current regulations.
Her congressman has begged Sebelius to waive the regulation, but she has refused. The congressman’s a Republican. Of course Sebelius would refuse. But I remember how people laughed. I remember how the media said, “Ah, you Republicans, ah, you conservatives, you’re just over the top. There aren’t any death panels. What are you talking about?” Look, I’m not even gonna sit here and say that Sebelius is wrong not to not intervene, but they’re death panels. The government’s making the decision who lives and dies. That’s what Obamacare is. Little think piece, just a little bit. A proposition to the low-information voters.
CALLER: This morning I’m listening to CBS News, and I think I did a double-take when I heard a story about Kathleen Sebelius saying no to that kid, and I thought, holy cow, is that a shot across the bow to the public or what? Then I hear a story about Mrs. Obama heckled at a private fundraiser, and they ran audio of that, and I’m thinking, okay, what’s going on here, you know?
RUSH: Well, as far as Sebelius, the value there is that yes, Virginia, there are death panels, and she’s it.
Thankfully, a federal judge stepped in after the child’s parents filed a lawsuit. Tony Lee at Big Government reports:
A federal judge ordered Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to suspend the so-called “Under-12″ rule and allow 10-year-old Sarah Murnaghan onto an adult transplant list in a Wednesday ruling.
U.S. District Court Judge Michael Baylson made the ruling a day after Sebelius refused to intervene in the case, saying transplant decisions should be left to “experts.” He directed Sebelius to order the Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network (OPTN) to let Murnaghan, who is dying of cystic fibrosis and needs a lung transplant, on the adult list for “at least nine days” until a June 14 hearing. The decision only applies to Murnaghan and not to other children who may be similarly situated.
According to NBC News, Murnaghan’s parents sued Sebelius on Wednesday to prevent her from enforcing the “Under-12″ rule, alleging it “unfairly penalizes their daughter, Sarah Murnaghan, and other young children awaiting transplants.”
It remains to be seen whether Sebelius will try to impose her will at the hearing. Let us pray that she does not.
Gov. Palin: Obama’s Rice and Power Appointments Today Are Evidence of His Skewed Thinking and Unchecked Power
Posted by Dr. Fay on June 6, 2013
Barack Obama continues to thumb his nose at the American people even as multiple scandals in his corrupt administration are exposed. And Governor Sarah Palin calls him out every step of the way. Today is no exception.
Posted on her Facebook page today:Sarah Palin · 3,551,476 like this
We’re in for a helluva’ ride, America. Obama just named Susan Rice as his National Security Adviser and nominated Samantha Power to replace Rice as our U.N. ambassador. Samantha Power is married to Cass Sunstein, the very, very strange Obama pick for an early “czar” position who wowed us with his numerous bizarre claims including the wacko belief that animals should have the right to sue in court, that hunting should be banned as genocide, and that pet ownership is akin to “slavery.” But Mrs. Cass Sunstein’s character judgment in choosing her life partner is the least of America’s worries. Information about Obama’s new picks will be revealed in coming days. Pay attention to who they are; what they stand for; and what their records, associations, and statements reveal about them and their intentions. Especially consider Obama’s chosen ones as evidence of his skewed thinking as he “fundamentally transforms” our great nation.
Here’s just a taste, as summarized by The Daily Caller:
“In 2002, President Barack Obama’s new nominee to be U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, Samantha Power, proposed imposing a peace deal on Israelis and Palestinians militarily, even if such a policy alienated wealthy pro-Israel American Jews. ‘I actually think in the Palestine-Israeli situation there is an abundance of information, and what we don’t need is some kind of early warning mechanism there,’ Power said in an interview. ‘What we need is a willingness to actually put something on the line in sort of helping the situation. And putting something on the line might mean alienating a domestic constituency of tremendous political and financial import,’ she added laughing, clearly referring to American Jews and suggesting they were a great obstacle to moving toward peace between Israelis and Palestinians.”
“Isn’t that lovely. Not only is she condescending toward American Jews, but her analysis also happens to be utterly wrong. The failure to achieve peace in the Middle East is not because wealthy American Jews have somehow manipulated America’s leaders into thwarting peace, but rather because Palestinian leaders have consistently rejected generous Israeli peace offers for a state of their own. In fact, the wealthy American Jews that Power haughtily dismisses in the interview as obstacles to peace are very often staunch advocates of a two state solution. On another note, Power also once compared actions abroad to those of Nazi Germany. As the Washington Examiner’s Philip Klein wryly noted on Twitter, ‘Samantha Power is the UN Ambassador, who is supposed to represent US interests at the UN?’”
And these articles by TheBlaze, Breitbart.com, and Townhall should help wake up Obama supporters who naively and blindly (despite failure after failure and scandal after scandal) continue to give him the benefit of the doubt:
Nah, America… I shouldn’t have prefaced this post with a warning to hang on because “we’re in for a helluva’ ride.” Sorry. That was crass and inaccurate. I should have just said about Obama’s judgment and unchecked power, “America, we are so screwed.”
- Sarah Palin
Posted by Dr. Fay on June 6, 2013
Photo retrieved from USA Today.
Over 9000 graves in France attest to the cost of freedom Veterans of the Normandy Invasion gathered at the American Colleville Miltary Cemetery and other sites across the Normandy Beaches to remember their fallen comrades at arms on the 69th anniversary of the victory that started the march to free Europe from the Nazi invaders.
Photo retrieved from Mail Online. See more here.
From a report at Military.com:
Hundreds of military veterans gathered on the beaches of Normandy for the 69th anniversary of D-Day, the Allied invasion that led to the end of World War II.
A series of events were planned at cemeteries and villages liberated after 150,000 soldiers waded ashore June 6, 1944, the British newspaper The Daily Telegraph reported Thursday. [ed. See that report here.]
About 2,500 soldiers died during the landing.
Among those observing the commemoration are 264 veterans who fought in the Normandy campaign. Their trips were paid for by the “Heroes Return” program financed by Britain’s Big Lottery Fund.
Veterans from the eastern English counties of Norfolk and Suffolk brought with them the remains of Ernest Mears, who dug trenches at the landing sites and built shelters while under fire.
Mears, who was with the Pioneer Corps, is to be interred at a Commonwealth War Grave cemetery near where he landed.
Jack Woods, who served with the 9th Battalion Royal Tank Regiment — and who accompanied Mears’ ashes to France — said Mears was typical of the men who went to war “simply to do their duty.”
Woods hoped to re-inter his fellow vet next year at Bayeux Cathedral during the 70th anniversary of D-Day.
CNN reports that the number of World War II veterans is dwindling:
There are still more than 1.7 million Americans alive who served in World War II, but that number is dwindling fast.
With much of the “Greatest Generation” now in their 80s and 90s, hundreds of these veterans are dying every day, according to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.
By the year 2036, the VA estimates, there will no longer be any living veterans from the conflict.
The last World War I veteran, Frank Buckles, died in February 2011.
The Associated Press reports that about 2 dozen American veterans gathered at the Omaha Beach memorial. It is not clear why their report does not mention the hundreds of veterans that, according to Canadian and British newspapers, paid their respects across Normandy.
Veterans of the 1944 Normandy landings gathered Thursday at the site of history’s largest amphibious invasion for ceremonies marking D-day’s 69th anniversary.
Around two dozen U.S. vets, some in their old uniforms pinned with medals, stood and saluted during a wreath-laying ceremony at the memorial overlooking Omaha Beach, where a cemetery holds the remains of over 9,000 Americans who died during the vicious battle to storm the French beach under withering Nazi fire.
Tourists, many from the U.S. and Britain, gathered under a brilliant spring sky to witness the flag-raising amid the neat rows of thousands of white marble crosses and stars of David marking the graves of U.S. servicemen and women fallen in the Allied invasion of Normandy.
A full day of ceremonies — including fireworks, concerts and marches — was taking place across Normandy in honor of the more than 150,000 troops, mainly U.S., British and Canadian, who risked or gave their lives in the invasion.
“The tide has turned. The free men of the world are marching together to victory!” Eisenhower said in a historic address after the invasion was launched.
This excellent documentary was done as a high school class project. Notice the archival footage at 31-33 seconds of the soldiers praying before battle.
May we never forget.
Posted by Dr. Fay on June 5, 2013
Governor Palin posted this cartoon on Facebook tonight: