Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Video: Canada Day 2015

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Canada.....with thanks to ALL Canadian Troops - past and present


 










(source) :  Video made by: Canadian Veteran Matthew Worth (Canadianmatt3)


O CANADA


 O Canada! Our home and native land
True patriot love in all thy sons command.
;With glowing hearts we see thee rise
The true north, strong and free
From far and wide, O Canada
We stand on guard for thee.
God keep our land glorious and free
O Canada! We stand on guard for thee
O Canada! We stand on guard for thee.



O Canada! Terre de nos aieux
Ton front est ceint de fleurons glorieux!
Car ton bras sait porter l'épée
Il sait porter la croix!
Ton histoire est une épopée
Des plus brilliants exploix.
Et ta valeur, de foi trempée
Protégera nos foyers et nos droits
Protégera nos foyers et nos droits. 

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Turkey changes ROE: Sending Troops into Syria

(CNN graphic)


From Homeland Security NewsWire:

Turkish forces to enter Syria to create buffer zone along border


30 June 2015

 Turkey, for the first time since the war in Syria began four years ago, is preparing to send troops into Syria. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has authorized a change in the rules of engagement which were agreed to by the Turkish parliament, and the changes would allow the Turkish army to strike ISIS and Assad regime targets. 


The goal of the new policy is not new: to create a buffer zone inside Syria for Syrian refugees fleeing the regime’s bombing, but Erdogan has also suggested that the main target of the intervention, if it takes place, will be to prevent the Syrian Kurds from creating a Kurdish state in the Kurdish regions of Syria.



US Law enforcement: anti-government extremism bigger threat than radicalised Muslims

Things that make you say "hmmmm."  From Homeland Security Newswire:

Anti-government extremism most prevalent terrorist threat inside U.S.: Law enforcement
29 June 2015


U.S. law enforcement agencies rank the threat of violence from anti-government extremists higher than the threat from radicalized Muslims, according to a report released last Thursday by the Triangle Center on Terrorism and Homeland Security (TCTHS). The data were collected in early 2014, before security agencies began noting increased activity and recruitment of Americans by the self-proclaimed Islamic State (ISIS). In follow-up telephone interviews with law enforcement personnel, the officers did not modify their initial responses in light of ISIS threats within the United States.


The report, Law Enforcement Assessment of the Violent Extremism Threat, was based on survey research by Charles Kurzman, professor of sociology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and David Schanzer, director of TCTHS and associate professor of the practice at Duke University’s Sanford School of Public Policy.

”The data show that we have two distinct, serious, ongoing terrorist threats in the United States,” Schanzer said. “Tragic incidents of violence, whether they be in Charleston or the Boston Marathon, tend to exaggerate the magnitude of the threat, but both will require consistent societal and law enforcement vigilance in the foreseeable future.”...

Iran nuke deal one-sided?



Yes, that header is a rhetorical question, as US John Kerry risks breaking his other leg in the rush to have a deal with Iran, ANY deal.

Found an interesting article about one of the unheralded side deals made with the US along the way of negotiations.

From Israel National News

Report: US Released Iranian Prisoners as Precursor to Deal

Four prisoners released to Tehran in 2012-13 as part of 'wish list' Iran sent US for nuclear deal; three Americans still held by Iran.


By Tova Dorin
30/6/2015


The US withdrew "red lines" with Iran long before the current round of nuclear negotiations began, according to a report released Sunday.


According to the Wall Street Journal, Washington helped expedite the release of four Iranian prisoners in 2012 and 2013 as part of a precursor to negotiations negotiated via a "wish list" Iran sent to the US in 2009.


Of those, it said, three had been convicted of sending arms or other materials to the Islamic Republic while sanctions were still being imposed on its nuclear program. Not all of them had completed their full sentences for their crimes, and one, scientist Mojtaba Atarodi, returned to Iran days after his conviction.


US officials reportedly worked with Oman to return the prisoners to Iran.


The Washington Free Beacon theorizes Tuesday that the prisoners were returned as part of a prisoner swap in 2011 to free four American hostages being held in Iran.


It also notes, however, that three additional Americans are still being held there in 2015 - and that if a prisoner swap is not made explicit in the nuclear deal due to be announced by Tuesday night, releasing more Iranian prisoners may be on the agenda.


Prisoner swaps have become more common since Barack Obama became the US President, both with terror groups in the Middle East and with former sworn enemies of the US. ...


Go read more interesting details here.

My usual warning ever relevant:  PAY ATTENTION.

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Video: President Bush first pitch perfect after 9/11



Opening World Series Pitch after 9-11-01.

 Almost 14 Years Ago

Most people are not aware that a secret service guy dressed as an umpire the night President Bush threw out the first pitch during the 2001 World Series at Yankee Stadium.

Saturday, June 27, 2015

UK: Armed Forces Day - Soldier ON!


Armed Forces Day 2015


Despite the murderous attacks yesterday by the terrorist thugs of ISIS, this article shows just how stooopid they really are:

Public urged to attend Armed Forces Day events after 'Isis plot foiled'


 The Sun reports it tipped off authorities about planned London bomb attack after Isis leader recruited undercover investigator from newspaper

27 June 2015

Grenadier Guards undergo drill and music rehearsal in London ahead of Armed Forces Day on Saturday. Photograph: Lynda Bowyer/Demotix/Corbis



Police have encouraged the public to attend events as normal after it was reported that an Armed Forces Day parade had been targeted by Islamic State(Isis).



An intended suicide bombing of a parade in south London on Saturday would have targeted soldiers from the same unit as murdered soldier Lee Rigby, according to The Sun.



The plot to explode a pressure-cooker bomb – to kill soldiers and bystanders on the route – was revealed after one of its leaders in Syria unwittingly recruited an undercover investigator from the newspaper to carry it out, the report said.



It is alleged that a figure in Isis, whom it named as Junaid Hussain from Birmingham, told the investigator: “It will be big. We will hit the kuffar(unbelievers) hard InshAllah. Hit their soldiers in their own land. InshAllah. Soldiers that served in Iraq and Afganistan will be present. Jump in the crowd and detonate the bomb.



“They think they can kill Muslims in Iraq and Afghanistan then come back to the UK and be safe. We’ll hit them hard InshAllah.”...

Of course, morons like Anjem Choudary had to chime in on the numerous attacks yesterday - via twitter.


 Whatever.  Go read the rest of the above article here.

To all our Military?  THANK YOU for your Service.

Soldier ON!!!

Friday, June 26, 2015

Israel halts defence talks with US pending Iran deal

From Israel National News:

Israel Freezes Defense Aid Talks with US Pending Iran Deal
 
Senior officials in Defense and Foreign Ministries decide to suspend talks with US on security aid until after Iran deal is finalized.

By Cynthia Blank
June 25, 2015

A joint meeting of senior representatives in the Defense Ministry, Foreign Ministry and Prime Minister's Office resulted in the decision to temporarily suspend dialogue with the United States regarding defense aid to the Jewish state.


The freeze will remain in place until the conclusion of talks between Iran and P5+1 world powers on Tehran's nuclear program, if not later.


The main reason for suspending the dialogue, officials told Walla! News, is the mounting tension between the White House and Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu's government.

[...]
Other officials though have suggested Israel may prolong the freeze until a new US president is inaugurated in early 2017, thereby avoiding contact with current US President Barack Obama, whose relationship with Israel has been contentious.   [emphasis mine]


Oren: Obama intentionally abandoned core principles of Israel's alliance with America

After years of 'diplomatic' reticence former envoy to the US removes the gloves.
In polite diplomatic circles, former ambassador to the US Michael Oren is the Israeli envoy to love, current ambassador Ron Dermer the one to hate.

[...]

Now no longer a diplomat, but a Kulanu MK, Oren has taken the gloves off. That much is evident in excerpts that have emerged from Ally: My Journey Across the American-Israeli Divide – his upcoming book about his tenure as ambassador to Washington from 2009-2013 – and as he speaks and writes more about those tumultuous years as part of promoting the book.

In an op-ed piece Tuesday in The Wall Street Journal, entitled “How Obama Abandoned Israel,” Oren wrote that US President Barack Obama had intentionally abandoned two key principles of the American- Israeli alliance: that there be no public daylight between the two states, and that there be no surprises.

While both Netanyahu and Obama have made mistakes in the relationship, only one – Obama – “made them deliberately,” Oren wrote....

There is more, which adds balance to the above comments, here.