Tuesday ~ The Front Page Cover

 The Front Page Cover 
"I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened"
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Featuring:
France is trying to create a coalition 
to destroy Isil, but President nObama isn't interested
Charles Krauthammer
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"Know who you are standing with"
"Show me your friends and I'll show you your future"
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 nObama Fiddled as Islamic State Grew  
The Islamic State exists in its current form essentially because Barack nObama withdrew completely from Iraq, leaving a vacuum to be filled. According to CIA Director John Brennan, al-Qaida in Iraq was indeed largely "decimated" — by George W. Bush. Brennan estimates "it had maybe 700 or so adherents left.” But after nObama abandoned the region and dismissed the Islamic State as the "JV team," Brennan said it grew rapidly.
          American Enterprise Institute scholar Marc Thiessen breaks down the statistics, noting, “[B]y the CIA’s own estimate, ISIS has grown on President nObama’s watch from just 700 fighters to between 20,000 and 31,500 fighters. That is an increase of between 2,700 and 4,400%.” So much for having them "contained."
          That growth didn't happen without warning, either. nObama's own Defense Intelligence Agency warned in 2012 that the group could “declare an Islamic state through its union with other terrorist organizations in Iraq and Syria.” Sounds like some key information, but running a re-election campaign in which nObama wanted to boast of having been the one to "decimate" al-Qaida (if you can't blame Bush, at least steal his credit, right?), nObama ignored the report. Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, who ran the defense agency at the time, put it this way: “It was disregarded by the White House. ... Frankly, at the White House, it didn’t meet the narrative.” Bingo.  -The Patriot Post
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 Nation's Biggest Insurer Puts nObamaCare on Notice  
Faced with "a continuing deterioration in individual exchange-compliant product performance," a.k.a nObamaCare, America's largest insurer may abandon Barack nObama's signature legislative achievement. In a Thursday news release, UnitedHealth Group lowered revenue estimates and said it "has pulled back on its marketing efforts for individual exchange products in 2016." But the report also hinted at the possibility of more drastic measures, as the firm "is evaluating the viability of the insurance exchange product segment and will determine during the first half of 2016 to what extent it can continue to serve the public exchange markets in 2017." In laymen's terms, UnitedHealth Group is putting nObamaCare on notice.
          The withdrawal would represent nObamaCare's biggest loss to date. Chief Executive Officer Stephen J. Hemsley said, "In recent weeks, growth expectations for individual exchange participation have tempered industrywide, co-operatives have failed, and market data has signaled higher risks and more difficulties while our own claims experience has deteriorated." He later told reporters, "We cannot sustain these losses. We can't really subsidize a marketplace that doesn't appear at the moment to be sustaining itself." Nor can others. And that causes a compounding effect. The Washington Examiner points out, "If UnitedHealth and other insurers decide to exit, remaining insurers will be forced to take on even more high-risk enrollees, prompting them to either raise rates further or exit themselves. That in turn would deprive individuals of choices and remove competition, a key purpose of the exchanges." This death spiral was predicted by many cleared-eyed analysts even before nObamaCare was rammed through Congress without a single Republican vote. What's more concerning is the "fix" that Democrats will no doubt prescribe next.  -The Patriot Post
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 CRUZ, TRUMP GET MEDIA ATTENTION POST-PARIS  
Among top-tier GOP presidential contenders, Sen. Ted Cruz and Donald Trump, saw the least drop off in media coverage in the week since the Islamist raid in Paris.
          Not all media attention is helpful, but you can’t run for president without it. And when major news happens, like the wall-to-wall coverage of the Paris attacks, candidates struggle to be heard above the roar. That’s one of the reasons we bring you The Edge.
          The Edge is a one-of-a-kind measurement from the New Analytics Company that “scrubs” television, radio, print, internet and social media for mentions of the 2016 candidates. The team at New Analytics has built unique tool to measure which candidates are being talked about the most and the data are compiled into a single score and provided to Fox News First.
          Every candidate saw a drop in coverage from the week before when the Fox Business Network/WSJ debate was driving the discussion, but some managed to still get into the conversation more than others. Here are their rankings for media mentions this week, with their decline from last week in brackets. You can view the full results here
 -Fox News 
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 HILLY: MUSLIMS ‘HAVE NOTHING WHATSOEVER TO DO WITH  TERRORISM’  
When it comes to theology, politicians are pretty dire. When it comes to the theology of Islam, American politicians are the pits. Good intentions have led many astray since the start of the current war with Islamist militants. President nObama has been one of the prime offenders, often expounding on what Islam really is and isn’t. The president took plenty of heat for his head-snapping claim last year that the Islamic State is “not Islamic.”
          Wanting neither to dignify ISIS as a legitimate power nor to suggest that there is any clash between the Islam and the West, nObama runs in circles. The West is not at war with Islamists, therefore the Islamists with which the West is at war must not really be Muslims. Poof. The relative merits of an enemy’s theology would seem to be no matter for an American president’s attention, but it has become a gag reflex for Democrats when confronted with escalations of the ongoing struggle.
          (This has a cousin in the oft-heard argument from Westerners and non-Muslims about what “moderate Muslims” ought to do. As if Muslims were waiting for cues from Bill Maher on what direction their religion ought to take.)
          Which brings us to Hilly Clinton, United Methodist, presumptive Democratic nominee and, now, amateur theologian and sociologist. In her speech calling for an escalation of the war against ISIS, Clinton explained who Muslims are. “Muslims are peaceful and tolerant people,” she said. “And have nothing whatsoever to do with terrorism.”  -Fox News 
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 Is China Heading to a 1930s-Style Crash?  
{Gordon G. Chang} ~ Today, the Chinese economy is in far worse shape than most economists and other analysts think... China's economy could not have been growing at the 6.9% pace reported by Beijing's National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) for the third calendar quarter of this year or at the 7.0% rate claimed for each of the first two quarters. It is more likely to have been the 4% that Willem Buiter, Citigroup's chief economist, recently suggested, and perhaps the 2.2% that people in Beijing were privately talking about a few months ago. And maybe it is even less than that. There are, after all, indications that China's economic growth is, in reality, close to zero. Take the most reliable indicator of Chinese economic activity, the consumption of electricity. For the first nine months of the year, electricity consumption increased by only 0.8% according to China's National Energy Administration.
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 College unrest: Are students just pawns in a faculty game of war...  
{Tammy Messina} ~ First it was University of Missouri, then it was Ithaca College and Claremont McKenna College, now it’s Occidental College who’ve called for the resignation and/or removal of university leadership (presidents or deans)... Solidarity protests have popped up all over the country and additional colleges are making their own “list of demands” to change the culture on campus. Am I the only one wondering why these students chose to attend a college that didn’t “fit” them? Attendance at any college or university is completely optional. If they don’t like it… they can leave and choose to spend their money elsewhere. Yet another perk of a free society and capitalism. Yet these folks decide the circumstance or culture is simply unbearable and must be changed, rather than find a school who’s culture fits their own. It’s just plain weird.
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 FCC Sells American Airwaves To Arabs, Russians, Chinese  
{Terresa Monroe-Hamilton} ~ It’s the story our media doesn’t cover: foreign ownership and control of our Big Media... Remember when Al Gore made $100 million by selling current TV to the terrorist-supporting Middle Eastern dictatorship of Qatar? The result was another Al Jazeera spin-off in American homes via cable and satellite TV. Other owners of media properties are now looking at selling out to billionaire Arabs and Arab governments. The FCC is preparing to make it possible. Even the governments of Mexico and Russia could buy radio and TV stations through foreign cutout corporations. ASI TV producer and co-host Jerry Kenney talks about his column, Obama’s FCC Plans Sale of U.S. Media to Foreigners. Yes indeed, the Federal Communications Commission is planning to remove the barriers to broadcast station ownership by foreigners, a move that would enable American broadcasters to sell out to foreign interests, just like Gore did. The public must respond to what the FCC is planning to do by December 21.        
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 Spy-chief to America: Time to wake up!  
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 nObama’s Depart of Veterans Affair Bans ‘Merry Christmas’, and...  
{gopthedailydose.com} ~ President Barack nObama’s Department of Veterans Affairs has banned employees at its facility in Salem, Virginia, from saying “Merry Christmas” to veterans... The “Executive Leadership Team” at the Salem VA Medical Center banned Christmas trees, as well as other Christian speech and celebrations. Public areas may only be decorated in a manner that is celebratory of the winter season. Displays must not promote any religion. Please note that trees (regardless of the types of ornaments used) have been deemed to promote the Christian religion and will not be permitted in any public areas this year. What is wrong with this pres? America you made a very big mistake.
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 Hypocrite nObama Lectures Foreigners Not To Be Racist...  
{rickwells.us} ~ Forget how he’s stirred the racism pot since last summer, that Hussein nObama is the single most divisive, racist individual responsible for most of the civil unrest that is taking place... That’s somehow not his fault but improved race  relations. nObama will tell you how much he opposes racism, as long as he perceives it as originating with “white folk” and directed at one of his preferential groups. If it’s coming from one of his agitator groups, such as the notorious Marxists at Black Lives Matter, it’s legitimate, in his wise, all-knowing world view. As he was making a stop in Malaysia as part of his November combination “America Sucks, Submit to UN Climate Government Tour,” the hypocrite lectured some gullible students on just how racist Americans are as a nation and how they must work to not do exactly what nObama’s doing.        http://rickwells.us/archives/22619
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 nObama’s “Cover Girl” Propagandizing...  
{rickwells.us} ~ Amy Pope’s position with the nObama regime is “Deputy Homeland Security Adviser and Deputy Assistant to the ‘president’ at National Security Council, The White House.”... That’s a rather lengthy title which still fails to include the most important component of her position, that of a regime propagandist. Just as Susan Rice and Ben Rhodes have demonstrated in memorable fashion, national security in the nObama regime is the equivalent of insulating the dictator and his comrades from criticism and exposure of their often questionable, ill-advised and un-Americanactivities. Rice did her five Sunday show lie-fest after Benghazi to cover up what the regime was really doing, with that cover up continuing to this day. Ben Rhodes wrote Rice’s fairy tale talking points and then contributed his own version this last Sunday with his own five-show proclamation that Syrian “refugees” go through a stringent vetting process. That’s a bald-faced lie disputed by those in the FBI who are directly involved in the vetting process.
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 ISIS Planning Attacks in US, Worldwide on Sunday (11/22)  
{Todd Beamon} ~ The hacker group Anonymous said Saturday that the Islamic State plans to attack sites in the U.S., Paris, Indonesia, Italy and Lebanon on Sunday... In the U.S., the terrorist group is planning an attack at the WWE Survivor Series pro-wrestling event at the Philips Arena in Atlanta at 7:30 p.m. EST on Sunday, The International Business Times reports. The FBI said Saturday that it was aware of the alleged threat to the Atlanta event, but lacked "specific or credible information of an attack," FBI Special Agent in Charge Britt Johnson said.        http://www.newsmax.com/Newsfront/hackers-anonymouse-isis-attacks/2015/11/21/id/703119/?AID=7236
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 Something Very Strange Taking Place Off The Coast Of Galveston, TX 
{Tyler Durden} ~ Having exposed the world yesterday to the 2-mile long line of tankers-full'o'crude heading from Iraq to the US, several weeks after reporting that China has run out of oil storage space... we can now confirm that the global crude "in transit" glut is becoming gargantuan and is starting to have adverse consequences on the price of oil. And unlike the last oil price collapse during the financial crisis only half of the oil held on the water has been put there specifically by traders looking to cash in by storing the fuel until prices recover. Instead, sky-high supertanker rates have prevented them from putting more oil into so-called floating storage, shutting off one of the safety valves that could prevent oil prices from falling further. As a result of all this, something very unusual going on off the coast of Galveston, where more than 39 crude tankers w/ combined cargo capacity of 28.4 million bbls wait near Galveston (Galveston is area where tankers can anchor before taking cargoes to refineries at Houston and other nearby plants), vessel tracking data compiled by Bloomberg show, which compares w/ 30 vessels, 21 million bbls of capacity in May. Vessels wait avg of 5 days, compared w/ 3 days May. As AP puts it, "a traffic jam of oil tankers is the latest sign of an unyielding global supply glut."     http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2015-11-12/something-very-strange-taking-place-coast-galveston
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 Judge Jeanine  
nObama Stop Telling Us What Islam Is Not and Start Protecting Us From These Muslim Refugees...
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France is trying to create a coalition 
to destroy Isil, but President nObama isn't interested
Charles Krauthammer
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     {telegraph.co.uk} ~ Tell me: What’s a suicide bomber doing with a passport? He’s not going anywhere. And, though I’m not a religious scholar, I doubt that a passport is required in paradise for a martyr to access his 72 black-eyed virgins.
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     A Syrian passport was found near the body of one of the terrorists. Why was it there? Undoubtedly, to back up the Islamic State boast that it is infiltrating operatives amid the refugees flooding Europe. The passport may have been fake, but the terrorist’s fingerprints were not. They match those of a man who just a month earlier had come through Greece on his way to kill Frenchmen in Paris.
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     If the other goal of the Paris massacre was to frighten France out of the air campaign in Syria -- the way Spain withdrew from the Iraq War after the terror attack on its trains in 2004 -- they picked the wrong country. France is a serious post-colonial power, as demonstrated in Ivory Coast, the Central African Republic and Mali, which France saved from an Islamist takeover in 2013.
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     Indeed, socialist President Francois Hollande has responded furiously to his country’s 9/11 with an intensified air campaign, hundreds of raids on suspected domestic terrorists, a state of emergency and proposed changes in the constitution to make France less hospitable to jihad.
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     Meanwhile, Barack nObama, titular head of the free world, has responded to Paris with weariness and annoyance. His news conference in Turkey was marked by a stunning tone of passivity, detachment and lassitude, compounded by impatience and irritability at the very suggestion that his Syria strategy might be failing.
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     The only time he showed any passion was in denouncing Republicans for hardheartedness toward Muslim refugees. One hundred and twenty-nine innocents lie dead but it takes the GOP to kindle nObama’s ire.
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     The rest was mere petulance, dismissing criticisms of his Syria policy as popping off. Inconveniently for nObama, one of those popper-offers is Dianne Feinstein, the leading Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee. She directly contradicted nObama’s blithe assertion, offered the day before the Paris attack, that the Islamic State (aka Isil) was contained and not gaining strength. “I have never been more concerned,” said Feinstein. “Isil is not contained. Isil is expanding.”
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     nObama defended his policy by listing its multifaceted elements. Such as, “I hosted at the United Nations an entire discussion of counterterrorism strategies and curbing the flow of foreign fighters.” An “entire” discussion, mind you. Not a partial one. They tremble in Raqqa.
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     And “We have mobilised 65 countries to go after Isil.” Yes, and what would we do without Luxembourg?
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     nObama complained of being criticised for not being bellicose enough. But the complaint is not about an absence of bellicosity but about an absence of passion, of urgency and of commitment to the fight. The air campaign over Syria averages seven strikes a day. Seven.
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     In Operation Desert Storm, we flew 1,100 sorties a day. Even in the Kosovo campaign, we averaged 138. nObama is doing just enough in Syria to give the appearance of motion, yet not nearly enough to have any chance of success.
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     nObama’s priorities lie elsewhere. For example, climate change, which he considers the greatest “threat to our future.” And, of course, closing Guantánamo. nObama actually released five detainees on the day after the Paris massacre. He is passionate about Guantánamo.
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     It’s a great terrorist recruiting tool, he repeatedly explains. nObama still seems to believe that -- even as the Islamic State has produced an astonishing wave of terrorist recruitment with a campaign of brutality, butchery and enslavement filmed in living color. Who can still believe that young Muslims are leaving Europe to join the Islamic State because of Guantánamo?
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     nObama’s other passion is protecting Islam from any possible association with “violent extremism.” The Islamic State is nothing but “killers with fantasies of glory.” nObama can never bring himself to acknowledge why these people kill and willingly die: to advance a radical Islamist millenarianism that is purposeful, indeed eschatological -- and appealing enough to have created the largest, most dangerous terrorist movement on earth.
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     Hollande is trying to gather a real coalition to destroy the Islamic State, even as nObama touts his phony 65. For 11 post-World War II presidencies, coalition leading has been the role of the United States. Where is America today? Awaiting a president. The next president.
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     There were seven coordinated terror attacks in Paris carried out by militants armed with kalashnikov rifles and suicide vests.
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