ISIS Threatens to Kill Two Japanese Hostages (Kenji Goto Jogo & Haruna Yukawa) Unless They Receive $200M (VIDEO)
ISIS THREATENS TO KILL MORE INNOCENT HOSTAGES …
The terrorist group ISIS has released an online video on Tuesday purporting to show two Japanese captives and threatening to kill the two hostages unless it received $200 million in ransom. In the video, a black-clad figure, presumed to be Jihadi John, with a knife, standing over over the two kneeling men wearing orange clothing, demanding that the Japanese public have 72 hours to pressure their government to stop its “foolish” support for the U.S.-led coalition waging a military campaign against Islamic State. The $200 million ransom is the same amount that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe pledged on January 17 in a visit to Cairo in non-military assistance for countries battling Islamic State.
Two Japanese hostages, one demand from ISIS: Hand over $200 million, or else.
The else being that the pair will meet the same gruesome fate as other captives held by the terrorist group, others who were shown in ISIS videos kneeling in orange jumpsuits in front of masked, black-clad men — just like the Japanese hostages identified as Kenji Goto Jogo and Haruna Yukawa — shortly before being beheaded.
A masked man in the latest video gives the Japanese government a choice to pay $200 million — the same amount of money Prime Minister Shinzo Abe recently pledged for those “contending” with ISIS — to free the Japanese men. That deal holds for 72 hours, which would seem to mean sometime Friday since the video appeared on social media Tuesday.
The video identifies the hostages, who are wearing orange jumpsuits, as Kenji Goto Jogo and Haruna Yukawa. The Japanese Foreign Ministry’s anti-terrorism section has seen the video and analysts were assessing it, a ministry official said. Japanese media identified the first man only a Kenji Goto.
In August, a Japanese citizen believed to be Yukawa, a private military company operator in his early 40s, was kidnapped in Syria after going there to train with militants, according to a post on a blog. Pictures on his Facebook page show him in Iraq and Syria in July. One video on his page showed him holding a Kalashnikov assault rifle with the caption: “Syria war in Aleppo 2014.”
Goto is a respected Japanese freelance journalist who went to report on Syria’s civil war last year and knew of Yukawa. “I’m in Syria for reporting,” he wrote in an email to an Associated Press journalist in October. “I hope I can convey the atmosphere from where I am and share it.”
BARACK O-BOW-MA …
During President Barack Obama’s visit to Tokyo, Japan, President Obama had a chance to meet ASIMO, a Japanese humanoid robot. So what does any president of the United States do, why of course bow to the robot. Good grief. As if it was not bad enough that Obama has bowed to Saudi kings, Chinese premiers and presidents, now he bows to machines? Does Obama just not care that he is embarrassing America or is he purposely doing things like this to cause unrest and continually upset and demoralize Americans?
The voice was slightly halting, childlike. “Welcome to Miraikan, Mr. President, it is a pleasure to meet you.”
President Barack Obama bowed, looking delighted.
His greeter, after all, was a 55-inch-tall, give or take, humanoid robot with the look of a diminutive Star Wars storm trooper.
“It’s nice to meet you, too,” Obama said, pausing to watch the robot, named ASIMO, perform during a tour of the National Museum of Emerging Science and Innovation.
Despite Obama’s background in constitutional law, there’s a presidential geek side that always seems charmed, if not bemused, by technological advances.
Asimo, made by Honda, announced “I can really run fast” before loping toward a soccer ball and informing Obama, “I can kick a soccer ball, too.”
PJ Media reminds us of other “bowing” incidents from Barack Obama.
Pearl Harbor Day 2013 … December 7th, 1941, a Date That Will forever Live in Infamy …
Today marks the 72nd anniversary of the day the United States was suddenly and deliberately attacked the Empire of Japan and the United States would never be the same. It was innocence lost and Americans would strike back against their foreign aggressors. We remember those brave men and women that died that fateful day. However, that reprehensible, treacherous act unified a country and in fact awoke a sleeping giant that provided the resolve to win a war against the evil Axis.
God Bless the heroism of Our Greatest Generation!
Yesterday, Dec. 7, 1941 – a date which will live in infamy – the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan.
The United States was at peace with that nation and, at the solicitation of Japan, was still in conversation with the government and its emperor looking toward the maintenance of peace in the Pacific.
Indeed, one hour after Japanese air squadrons had commenced bombing in Oahu, the Japanese ambassador to the United States and his colleagues delivered to the Secretary of State a formal reply to a recent American message. While this reply stated that it seemed useless to continue the existing diplomatic negotiations, it contained no threat or hint of war or armed attack.
It will be recorded that the distance of Hawaii from Japan makes it obvious that the attack was deliberately planned many days or even weeks ago. During the intervening time, the Japanese government has deliberately sought to deceive the United States by false statements and expressions of hope for continued peace.
The attack yesterday on the Hawaiian islands has caused severe damage to American naval and military forces. Very many American lives have been lost. In addition, American ships have been reported torpedoed on the high seas between San Francisco and Honolulu.
Yesterday the Japanese Government also launched an attack against Malaya. Last night Japanese forces attacked Hong Kong. Last night Japanese forces attacked Guam. Last night Japanese forces attacked the Philippine Islands. Last night the Japanese attacked Wake Island. This morning the Japanese attacked Midway Island.
Japan has, therefore, undertaken a surprise offensive extending throughout the Pacific area. The facts of yesterday speak for themselves. The people of the United States have already formed their opinions and well understand the implications to the very life and safety of our nation.
As Commander-in-Chief of the Army and Navy, I have directed that all measures be taken for our defense.
Always will we remember the character of the onslaught against us. No matter how long it may take us to overcome this premeditated invasion, the American people in their righteous might will win through to absolute victory.
I believe I interpret the will of the Congress and of the people when I assert that we will not only defend ourselves to the uttermost but will make very certain that this form of treachery shall never endanger us again.
Hostilities exist. There is no blinking at the fact that our people, our territory and our interests are in grave danger.
With confidence in our armed forces – with the unbounded determination of our people – we will gain the inevitable triumph – so help us God.
I ask that the Congress declare that since the unprovoked and dastardly attack by Japan on Sunday, December seventh, a state of war has existed between the United States and the Japanese Empire.”
Major 7.3 Magnitude Earthquake Strikes off Japan, Creating Small Tsunami Waves (Update: Tsunami Warnings Canceled)
A 7.3 magnitude earthquake has hit off of the Northeast coast of Japan that caused tsunami warnings in the area. The earthquake triggered small tsunami waves hit Japan’s Miyagi Prefecture. Tensions were high as this was the same area that suffered the worst damage from the massive 9.0-magnitude quake and resulting tsunami in 2011 that left Japan in ruin with death and destruction.
A powerful earthquake struck off the northeast coast of Japan on Friday evening, rattling buildings in Tokyo and setting off a small tsunami.
It also jarred nerves in a nation still recovering from the devastating earthquake and tsunami in March 2011 that killed thousands of people and triggered the world’s worst nuclear crisis in a quarter century.
Some roads were closed and rail services suspended in the northeastern prefecture of Miyagi, where a one-meter (3-foot) tsunami rolled ashore. It was followed by four other waves ranging from eight to 16 inches. Only minor injuries were reported immediately, including five in Miyagi and five on the outskirts of Tokyo.
UPDATE I: According to reports the tsunami warnings have been canceled.
Global Approval for International Rock Star Barack Obama Declines Drastically Since The One Became President
The International Rock Star has fallen …
According to a recent Pew Research Center poll, Barack Obama, the International rock star President is no longer.Global opinion of Obama was declined in 21 countries. As reported at the Politico, approval of Obama’s international policies has dropped from 78% to 63% in Europe; from 34% to 15% in Muslim countries; from 40% to 22% in Russia; and from 57% to 27% in China.
Some countries remained confident in Obama, but others like Muslim countries did not. Hmm. You mean that Obama apology tour and the outreach by Obama to the Muslim world no longer calling it a “global war on terror” but instead an “overseas contingency operation” did not work? Go figure. Barack Obama also likes to tout the drone strikes to show how tough he is on terrorism, even though Obama inherited it from GWB. It would seem that in predominantly Muslim nations, American anti-terrorism efforts are still widely unpopular.
Global approval of President Barack Obama’s policies has declined significantly since he first took office, while overall confidence in him and attitudes toward the U.S. have slipped modestly as a consequence.
Europeans and Japanese remain largely confident in Obama, albeit somewhat less so than in 2009, while Muslim publics remain largely critical. A similar pattern characterizes overall ratings for the U.S. – in the EU and Japan, views are still positive, but the U.S. remains unpopular in nations such as Egypt, Jordan, Turkey and Pakistan.
Meanwhile, support for Obama has waned significantly in China. Since 2009, confidence in the American president has declined by 24 percentage points and approval of his policies has fallen 30 points. Mexicans have also soured on his policies, and many fewer express confidence in him today.
VP Joe Biden Shows Up to NY Yankees Spring Training for Photo Op as US Wages War in Libya, Middle East in Crisis & Japan Recovers
Is it possible that President Obama and VP Biden could actually take their jobs serious?
While President Barack Obama plays tourist in Latin America,VP Joe Biden not to be outdone takes time for a photo op and some laughs at NY Yankee Spring Training. UNREAL. Could these two clowns actually take their job serious, especially at a time in which they have committed US troops to yet another military action? Oh that’s right, Obama cancelled his trip to the Mayan Ruins so to appear to look like a leader.
Mr. President, would an act of war against Libya be considered a big “F’n” deal?
As stated by the Toronto Star, gues happens when Biden shows up to watch a Spring Training game … TOTAL CONFUSION. This seems to be par for the course with any thing done by Obama and Biden these days. That same confusion appears to be the order of the day in Obama’s war in Libya as well. The US along with the “Coalition of the Unwilling” goes to war against Libya in an effort to protect civilians and not target Qaddafi as Obama who wants no part of leading the action tells the world and Libya that we will in no way put boots on the ground. Who tells the enemy what their plans are?
From the overwhelmed, over their head, Gang that Couldn’t Shoot Straight … the Middle East in crisis, Japan struggling with fixing nuclear reactors and recovering from an earthquake and tsunami, more terrorist attacks in Israel and the US is now implicated in another military action, this time with Libya and Biden is in FL at a fund raiser for Ben Nelson and off to see the Yankees (VIDEO).
Maybe the reason why Biden decided to have some fun and take in a game was because French PM Francois Fillon said we were not at war. Could you imagine what the MSM would be reporting if a Republican President and VP acted like this at such a time of crisis? It is simply frightening that Obama and Biden were elected at this point in time of our county’s history. How out of touch could they be?
2012 cannot come fast enough!
24 Year Old English Teacher Taylor Anderson Missing in Japan Following Earthquake and Tsunami (Update: Body of Taylor Anderson Found)
Finding the missing in the middle of a disaster …
“It bears repeating that this is a crisis – there is no question about it. And it is a crisis in Japan. It is not a crisis in the United States.”The above comment was said by Obama’s press secretary as a defense of Obama’s traveling to Rio. I wonder if the American families with missing individuals share our compassionate Presidents same thoughts?
24 year old Virginia native Taylor Anderson is missing in Japan following the massive 8.9 magnitude earthquake and tsunami. Taylor Anderson was teaching English in the city of Ishinomaki on the ocean and the epicenter of the earthquake. According to reports, Taylor Anderson left the elementary school where she teaches on her bike after the earthquake had struck, but before the tsunami came ashore. She has not been heard from since the disaster took place. As reported by CBS News, the family of missing Taylor Anderson was initially told that their daughter had been found safe only to learn that the news was erroneous.
Like so many families of missing persons, Andy and Jean Anderson … ’We just want to find her’.
The Andersons have used the Internet to step up their search for Taylor, have contacted the U.S. Embassy in Japan and local officials, and have been in touch with her friends and colleagues to learn details about her routines, and the routes she would take home since she rotated between eight schools.
24 Year Old English Teacher Taylor Anderson Missing in Japan
Two days ago, just before they appeared on “The Early Show,” the Andersons got what appeared to be wonderful news from Taylor’s teaching program: Taylor had been found. She was safe in a shelter.
But 12 hours later, they learned it had been a mistake — a false rumor from a region where communication is sporadic.
Frustrated by the lost time, but refusing to lose hope, her family got back to work, directing the search from 7,000 miles away.
As Japan continues to deal with the aftermath of the 8.9 magnitude earthquake, tsunami and the nuclear crisis that is ongoing as well as the chaos in Lybya, Barack Obama jetted off to Rio and South America for a 5 day trip, first family in tow. Obama has been criticized for not cancelling the trip; however, White House press secretary made the following comment that the crisis in Japan was a Japanese one, not an America one. Really? One might want to ask the family of Taylor Anderson that same question. I think they and the other American family with people missing might beg to differ.
White House press secretary Jay Carney for several days has fielded reporters’ questions about whether the trip may be called off, given developments in Japan and Libya. He stressed it would go ahead.
“We are leaving on schedule on Friday,” he told a briefing Wednesday.
“It bears repeating that this is a crisis – there is no question about it. And it is a crisis in Japan. It is not a crisis in the United States,” Carney said.
The prayer service for Anderson included a reading from Romans Chapter 8 — “Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?” Then students and faculty from the middle and upper schools joined hands for the Lord’s Prayer.
UPDATE I: There is sad news to report in the case of missing school teacher Taylor Anderson. The body of a 24 year old English teacher from Virginia has been discovered. May she rest in peace. Our prayers go out the the family and friends of Taylor Anderson.
Taylor Anderson’s family said in a statement that the U.S. Embassy in Japan informed them Monday by telephone of the discovery of their 24-year-old daughter’s body.
“We would like to thank all those whose prayers and support have carried us through this crisis,” Andy and Jean Anderson, of Chesterfield County, said in a statement. “Please continue to pray for all who remain missing and for the people of Japan. We ask that that you respect our privacy during this hard time.”
Rome burns, Nero played the violen, the World burns and is in chaos, President Barack Obama managed to take time and do the most important task of the day … fill out his NCAA Mens College Basketball March Madness brackets. Good grief. Far be it from this President actually acting Presidential and getting down to the hard issues of the day like the Middle East in chaos, Japan trying to recover from a massive earthquake and tsunami and trying to prevent a nuclear disaster, the US economy is disarray, Americans still unemployed and gas heading to $4 per gallon. Nope, Obama is lost in smallness and makes sure that he fills out his brackets. How’s that “Hope & Change” treating you America?
The Middle East is afire with rebellion, Japan is imploding from an earthquake, and the battle of the budget is on in the United States, but none of this seems to be deterring President Obama from a heavy schedule of childish distractions.
This morning, as Japan’s nuclear crisis enters a potentially catastrophic phase, we are told that Obama is videotaping his NCAA tournament picks and that we’ll be able to tune into ESPN Wednesday to find out who he likes.
Saturday, he made his 61st outing to the golf course as president, and got back to the White House with just enough time for a quick shower before heading out to party with Washington’s elite journalists at the annual Gridiron Dinner.
As stated by Weasel Zippers, in a word … PRIORITIES!
Remember when Obama was billed as a different kind of President and and “Outside the beltway” one. All one has to do is look at the fact that Obama picked all four #1 seeds in his brackets to see that was a lie as well. This supposed deep thinking and intellectual president went status quo and went out on a limb and went with Ohio St, Pitt, Duke and Kansas in the Final Four. Wow, Mr. President, Dare to Dream.
Some one has to say it, WHAT THE HELL IS WRONG WITH THIS PRESIDENT! Remember when US President used to lead? Obama seems to be incapable. In crisis the world looks to the US for leadership and Obama is filling out March Madness brackets. Can 2012 come fast enough?
60 Year Old Japan Tsunami Miracle Survivor: Hiromitsu Shinkawa Found 10 Miles Out at Sea Clinging to Roof
Miracle … Japan Tsunami survivor found 10 miles out at sea clinging to the roof of his home.
In the midst of all the horrible and terrible stories of death and destruction in the aftermath of the Japan 8.9 earthquake and tsunami, comes the following miraculous story. 60 year old Hiromitsu Shinkawa was found safe and rescued 10 miles out to sea floating on the roof of his home. After clinging to the roof for two days following the tsunami, Shinkawa was spotted by a self-defence force destroyer taking part in the rescue as he waved a self-made red flag.
A 60-year-old man has been found on the roof of his floating house nearly 10 miles out at sea, two days after the tsunami that devastated the north-east coast of Japan.
Hiromitsu Shinkawa must have resigned himself to his fate when he was swept away by the retreating tsunami that roared ashore in his home town of Minami Soma in Fukushima prefecture.
As the wave approached, Shinkawa took the fateful decision to return home to collect belongings. Minutes later he was out at sea clinging to a piece of the roof from his own home.
Talk about your real life version of Japan ‘Survivor” or ‘Castaway’.
This is hardly a laughing matter … Nice priorities
Barack Obama, the Comedian in Chief does what he does best, provides us with yet another “Lost in Smallness” moment as he yuks it up and jokes around as the world is literally burning. Is an 8.9 magnitude Japanese earthquake, a subsequent tsunami where 10,000 are presumed dead, Japan’s worst crisis since WWII, 10.1% unemployment & 19.8% underemployment, increasing cost of oil & $4.00 gasoline, chaos in the Middle East, continued foreclosures in the US, states on the verge of bankruptcy, an out of control federal deficit, continued terror threats and Americans still trying to find jobs a laughing matter?
President Obama used his first appearance at the annual Gridiron Club Dinner as POTUS to push home an already labored point — with a little help from The Boss.
Taking the stage to give the evening’s closing remarks, the president looked toward the live band at the back of the room and asked, “Can we go with the song we talked about?”
The band struck up Bruce Springsteen’s “Born in the U.S.A.,” drawing big laughs from the some 650 government officials, political figures, news executives and journalists in gathered at the Washington Renaissance hotel for the club’s 126th anniversary. (read the full story at the Politico)
We stated how inappropriate this was yesterday, guess what, it is still inappropriate today. Because it is such a laugh riot that at the Gridiron Club they would play Bruce Springsteen’s ”Born in the USA”as a reference to Obama’s lack of producing a long form birth certificate as the World burns. Hell, this President could not even produce a budget that was worth the paper it was written on, maybe they should have played Pink Floyd’s ‘Money’ instead.