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The Front Page Cover
"I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened"
Empty words?
Iran and Hezbollah jointly threaten Israel
with 'devastating thunderbolts'
Lora Moftah  
"Know who you are standing with"
"Show me your friends and I'll show you your future"
 No Nuke Netanyahu vs. nObama the Appeaser  
Barack nObama is furious. A president who embellished the truth so often during his State of the Union address that the Associated Press felt compelled to fact-check his speech wants no interference -- more commonly known as congressional input -- in his effort to reach an agreement with Iran. "New sanctions passed by this Congress, at this moment in time, will all but guarantee that diplomacy fails  -- alienating America from its allies and ensuring that Iran starts up its nuclear program again," nObama said during his address. "It doesn't make sense. That is why I will veto any new sanctions bill that threatens to undo this progress." Yet for the first time in recent memory (or perhaps ever), House Speaker backstabber John Boehner (R-OH) decided an opposing viewpoint on this highly critical issue would be appropriate, especially one coming from an individual well-versed in Islamofascism and Iran's murderous ambitions. Thus backstabber Boehner invited Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to address Congress on March 3.  -The Patriot Post 
Time: “A recently-born baby named Nutella was renamed by a court in the French city of Valenciennes after a judge ruled that the parents’ decision to the name the child after a food was against the child’s interest, according to a new report in the newspaper La Voix Du Nord. ‘The name ‘Nutella’ given to the child is the trade name of a spread,’ the court’s decision read, according to a translation. ‘And it is contrary to the child’s interest to be wearing a name like that can only lead to teasing or disparaging thoughts.’ The judge renamed the child Ella after the parents failed to show up at a court appointed day in November. The baby was born in September.” -Fox News 
 Economy OK Now, but the Social Security Bill Will Come  
The economy will have three years of growth before the government's deficit weighs the country down, according to a report on the nation's economic outlook issued by the Congressional Budget Office. By 2025, the federal budget may be returning to a $1 trillion deficit, mostly thanks to an increase in entitlement spending due to nObamaCare and the Baby Boomer generation collecting Social Security. In the short term, the economy will grow because of low oil prices, higher hourly compensation, and more people returning to the workforce and starting households. But the CBO revised its August prediction to say the GDP will only grow 2.5% per year instead of 2.7% because it overestimated how many people are leaving the workforce permanently -- possibly for retirement. As James Pethokoukis writes for the American Enterprise Institute, "Let me boil it down for you: These are the good times. Enjoy them because things are unlikely to get much better. In fact, they are likely to get worse." The economy will shift as the White House administration turns over. Hopefully by then, Washington leadership has enough economic acumen to tackle the deficit, regardless of how it may affect political careers. More... 
-The Patriot Post  
 nObamaCare: The $2 Trillion (and Counting) BIG Lie  
$2 trillion. That's what the Congressional Budget Office now says nObamaCare will cost over the next decade. If that figure sounds a bit higher than you remember in the 2009 sweep of Hope 'n' Change, that's because it's more than double what Democrats told us it would cost. The Washington Examiner's Philip Klein writes, "When nObama pitched the healthcare law to Congress, he said it would cost 'around $900 billion' over 10 years. But his statement was misleading because the way the law was designed, the major spending provisions didn't kick in until 2014. This meant that 10-year estimates at the time the law was passed in 2010 were artificially low, because they included four years (2010 through 2013) in which spending was negligible." Democrats told the BIG Lie because they needed the American people to swallow nObamaCare, and keeping it in the "few hundred billion dollar" range was critical to helping the medicine go down. And for all that, 31 million people will remain uninsured 10 years from now. It was never about insurance, though -- it was and is about control. More...   -The Patriot Post  
 Just Lower Your Standard of Living  
Billionaire Jeff Greene, who Bloomberg News describes as having "amassed a multibillion dollar fortune investing in real estate and betting against subprime mortgage securities," has a pessimistic view of the U.S. economy. "Our economy is in deep trouble," Greene said. "We need to be honest with ourselves. We've had a realistic level of job destruction, and those jobs aren't coming back." Because of that, he argues, "America's lifestyle expectations are far too high and need to be adjusted so we have less things and a smaller, better existence. We need to reinvent our whole system of life." To highlight his hypocrisy, he made the comments after having flown his wife, children and two nannies on a private jet (just one of about 1,700) to the climate confab in Davos, Switzerland. But we're the ones who need to tighten our belts. By the way, Greene is a Democrat who ran for the Florida Senate seat currently held by Marco Rubio.
  -The Patriot Post  
 The Pity Party  
(Daniel Greenfield) - Progressives will always claim that no matter how badly their plans go wrong, at least their terrible policies were well-intentioned...The regimes that shot orphans, starved entire cities into submission and committed genocide were “caring” in comparison to the heartless Dickensian capitalists who did nothing for the poor except create cheap products and jobs. They might have killed millions, but their red hearts were in the right place. They didn’t just spend all their time gobbling caviar and diving into swimming pools full of all money like the millionaires of the West. Instead they gave speeches about Marxism-Leninism, killed anyone who wasn’t up on their dialectical materialism and then gobbled working class caviar and dove into proletarian swimming pools full of money. The path to everything from death panels to gulags was paved by outrage over the oppressed and compassion for the less fortunate… even if the real less fortunate turned out to be those on whom the tender-hearted compassion of progressives was practiced on.
 And the odds of the nObama admin lying about Global Warming…  
(Dr. Steven J. Allen) - The nObama administration announced that 2014 was “the hottest year on record” by a margin of 0.04 degrees (four one-hundredths of a degree) compared to 2005...a fake fact that was repeated in hundreds of “news” media, virtually none of whom, it appears, bothered to check out the claim.  (It was later clarified that the claim was 0.02 degrees by one part of the nObama administration and 0.04 degrees by a different part.) A simple check would have revealed the problem with the administration’s “hottest year on record” assertion—that, as every scientist should know, the supposed increase, which is the basis for the claim of a “record” temperature, is too small for science to measure. It would be as if government experts announced that the average height of ten-year-old boys in America had increased in the past nine years from 55 inches to 55.00765 inches. How could you possibly measure such a thing so precisely? The answer is, you couldn’t.
 Rep. Trey Gowdy Grills State Dept Weasel on Benghazi Docs 
(nicedeb) - The Select Committee on Benghazi chaired by Rep Trey Gowdy is taking place Tuesday morning and can be viewed live on CSPAN...Here is the opening statement by Rep Gowdy, complaining about the slow pace of the investigation due to the State Department’s stonewalling.
        Gowdy grilled Asst. Deputy Sec of State Joel Rubin.
 nObama Bashes America For Being A Racist Country While in India   ( - “There have been times where my faith has at times been questioned by people who don’t know me, or they’ve said that I adhere to a different religion, as if that were somehow a bad thing,” nObama said...He forgot to mention how people judge him because of his "funny name." Oy. Yeah, nObama's faith has been questioned by people who know him to be a pathological liar - someone who will lie about literally anything - including his own mother's health insurance status when she was battling cancer. Not to mention about a gazillion other things - too numerous to keep a file. One assumes at this point that about 75% of what comes out of the man's mouth is utter BS. Would such a man lie about his religious convictions? By their fruits ye shall know them. Enough said?
 Rockets Strike Golan Heights, IDF Returns Fire  
(By Tova Dvorin and Yishai Karov) - Rocket alarms have sounded in the Golan Heights, the Home Front Command announced Tuesday afternoon, with the army confirming that two rockets were fired at Israel...IDF spokesman Peter Lerner said in a text message the Syrian fire was "intentional, not spillover from the Syrian civil war" as has sometimes been the case in the past, reports AFP. The alarms sounded in Majdal Shams, Odem, Krum, Kafr Bukaata, Massadeh, Neve Ativ, Nimrod and Ein Kenya. After initial reports suggesting no rockets actually struck Israel, a military source clarified to Channel 2 that two rockets did hit Israeli soil - one in the Hermon region, one in El Rom. Two additional rockets were fired from Syria as well, but struck Syrian soil, according to Walla! News. IDF forces have returned fire. The IDF Spokesperson's Office confirmed at 2 p.m. that it had successfully struck the source of the rocket fire.
 Will the West Defend Itself?  
(Dr. Walter E. Williams) - Leftists and progressives believe that the U.S. should become more like Europe. They praise Europe’s massive welfare state, socialized medicine and stifling economic regulation and accept its unwillingness to defend itself against barbarism...I wonder whether America’s leftists and progressives want to import some of Europe’s barbaric extremism associated with its Muslim population. Several European countries have what are called “no-go zones.” No-go zones function as microstates governed by Shariah. The host countries’ authorities have lost control over these areas. In some cases, they are unable to provide even police, firefighting and ambulance services.
 The Silencing of the Soul  
(Robert Knight) - The massacre in Paris by Muslim militants at the Charlie Hebdo magazine office was about much more than freedom of speech. After all, militants also killed four hostages at a Jewish market, and that was not about freedom to buy kosher food...Both incidents are about using violence to intimidate people into surrendering to Muslim domination in the form of Shariah law. It is a war that is being waged on all continents by several radicalized Muslim groups whose dictionaries omit the word “mercy.” While the slaughter in Paris was going on, a far larger massacre was unfolding in Nigeria, where Boko Haram systematically killed as many as 2,000 non-Muslims and then torched what was left of their village. The dead, many of whom reportedly were women, children and elderly, will never speak again.
 Saudi Arabia’s New King Helped Fund Radical Terrorist Groups  
(Adam Kredo) - King Salman, Saudi Arabia’s newly crowned monarch, has a controversial history of helping to fund radical terror groups and has maintained ties with several anti-Semitic Muslim clerics known for advocating radical positions...according to reports and regional experts. Salman, previously the country’s defense minister and deputy prime minister, was crowned king last week after his half-brother King Abdullah died at the age of 90. While Abdullah served as a close U.S. ally and was considered a reformer by many, Saudi Arabia has long been criticized by human rights activists for its treatment of women and its enforcement of a strict interpretation of Islamic law.
 nObama's 'Free Stuff Army'  
(Robert Knight) - Fresh from offering "free" health care, "free" phones and "free" food to the masses, Barack nObama has upped the bribery to "free" community college tuition and "free" child care...It's not that the Clintons oppose any of these; they just need to affect moderation in case Hilly runs for president and has to knock back boilermakers again with the good old boys in Pennsylvania taverns. Since someone has to pay for these expensive, new entitlements to the Free Stuff Army, Mr. nObama has proposed yet another "tax the rich" scheme that, if enacted (which is unlikely) would eventually plunder working-class families. To liberals, that's what tax "reform" is all about. Over a few decades, the U.S. government has morphed into a gigantic income-redistribution machine, the ultimate mugger.
 Gen Keane: Al Qaeda Has Grown Fourfold In The Last 5 Years 
(nicedeb) - This, of course, contradicts nObama’s triumphant reelection message of 2011/2012 – “al Qaeda is on the run”, “on it’s heels”, “decimated”, etc. We all knew that was Bravo Sierra...But it’s worse than your everyday, garden-variety BS. This level of dishonesty and deceit can only be described as Stalinesque. Al Qaeda have in fact metastasized under nObama’s watch. The former vice chief of staff of the Army warned the Senate Armed Services Committee today that al-Qaeda has “grown fourfold in the last five years.”
Empty words?
Iran and Hezbollah jointly threaten Israel
with 'devastating thunderbolts'
Lora Moftah  

     ( - Israel’s strike on an Iranian general in Syria has prompted ominous warnings from both Tehran and its Hezbollah allies in Lebanon, including the threat of “devastating thunderbolts” against the Jewish state. As alarming as some of the rhetoric may be, neither party is likely to risk major retaliation against Israel, Middle East experts said. Instead, Hezbollah and Iran are likely to temper their response so as not to provoke a military escalation neither of them can afford to sustain at the moment.

     Along with Revolutionary Guards General Mohammed Allahdadi, five other Iranian military men were killed in the Israeli strike on Sunday, as well as six members of Hezbollah, including the Lebanese militant group’s Golan coordinator, Jihad Mughniyeh. The killings of the high-profile targets elicited the response of the chief of Iran’s Revolutionary Guards, Ali Jafaari, who vowed that his country would “fight to the end of the Zionist regime,” according to Reuters.

     The high rank of the leaders targeted in the strike will make it difficult for both parties to restrain themselves from responding, said Yoram Schweitzer, a senior research fellow and the head of the program on terrorism at the Institute for National Security Studies in Israel and the former head of the Israeli Defense Forces’ Counter International Terror Section. However, neither Iran nor Hezbollah will follow through on their threats and “burn the ground under Israel.” “At this stage it's not in the interest of Iran or Hezbollah to open a war,” he said. “They would not want to open a new front in Lebanon which may deteriorate into a very messy situation.”

     Because Hezbollah, which is widely seen as Iran’s military proxy in the Levant, is already stretched thin supporting the embattled regime of Syrian President Bashar Assad amid Syria's ongoing civil war, sustaining a second front would be near impossible for the militant group. “Even for countries that are much stronger than Hezbollah, it is difficult to fight a war on two fronts,” said Schweitzer. “Both Iran and Hezbollah are heavily invested in trying to save Assad's regime so they don't need another enemy on the agenda.”

     The militant organization may have a strong record of retaliation against Israel in cases like these, but the Syrian conflict has transformed the group and made it more cautious, said Bilal Saab, a senior fellow for Middle East security at the Brent Scowcroft Center on International Security at the Atlantic Council in Washington, D.C. “This is a new Hezbollah; ever since its entry into Syria, the organization has been overstretched militarily and on the defensive politically,” he said.

Hezbollah's AlManar leads with quote from social media, in Arabic and Hebrew: "Two Words: Prepare your Shelters" (Two words in Arabic).

— Shibley Telhami (@ShibleyTelhami) January 19, 2015

     According to Saab, the heated rhetoric by Hezbollah operatives in the wake of the attack is more geared toward audiences at home than Israel. Instead, the organization is keenly aware of the consequences of an irresponsible military response to the strike, something that would be “absolutely destructive” for the group and its Shiite constituency in Lebanon, he said.

     A monthlong war that erupted between the militant organization and Israel in 2006 resulted in at least 1,109 mainly civilian deaths in Lebanon, along with widespread destruction of homes and villages across the country, according to Human Rights Watch. The memory of that war is still fresh in the minds of Hezbollah’s leadership, alongside practical considerations of its capabilities given the Syrian conflict, said Saab.

     This point was underscored by the comments of Hezbollah MP Kamal Rifai on Tuesday, who said that the militant organization’s response to the strike would be harsh but measured. "Hezbollah and its leadership have the smarts, the resources and the capability to respond accordingly, after taking into consideration the political-security situation of Lebanon and the region at large," he said, according to Haaretz.
     The most likely scenario for a response by the group would be an attack outside of the region, rather than a provocation of hostilities on the border, said Brent E. Sasley, an associate professor of political science at the University of Texas at Arlington. Hezbollah is thought to have utilized this tactic in the past, targeting Israeli and Jewish interests in countries outside the Middle East, including Bulgaria, where a July 2012 bus bombing in the Black Sea resort of Burgas resulted in the killing of six people, including five Israelis.

     “Israel is not going to go to war with Hezbollah over a terrorist attack outside of the country,” said Sasley. “If Hezbollah did something outside of the region, it's harder... to respond to an attack like that” especially as the group tries to cover its tracks when they’re involved in such cases, he said, though he noted that a major attack could still trigger Israeli retaliation.

     Hezbollah’s backers in Tehran are in a similar situation in that they are unlikely to want to back down following the killing of Allahdadi, but are also not interested in igniting a tit-for-tat conflict with Israel at the moment, especially in the midst of Iran’s ongoing nuclear negotiations with world powers. While Iran might be able to distance itself from attacks committed against Israeli interests abroad, a larger retaliation against Israel would make it difficult for the United States and other international players to proceed with the talks, said Sasley. “The question is," he said, "What's more important to Iran, responding and shoring up their position in the region or the nuclear talks?”


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