- To honor members of the armed forces in Canada, I leave you with this.
Daily Commentary – Monday, November 10, 2014 Download
It is hard to believe it has been 25 years since the fall of the Berlin Wall …
Nov. 9, 1989, 25 years later and it seems like yesterday I can remember watching the news of the German people hammering, chiseling and tearing down the Berlin Wall, symbolizing the freedom of the East German people and the defeat of Communism. Thousands of East Berliners poured into West Berlin and freedom. It was a moment in history that you remember where you were when you saw the images of the fall of Communism and the rise of freedom. It is a forever remembered moment in history for the world, not just Germany. The people celebrated in the streets, as Germans shed their hammers and sickles for hammers and chisels and brought the wall down forever.
White balloons spanning a stretch of the former death strip floated over hundreds of thousands of revelers in the German capital on Sunday, culminating a day of celebrations to mark 25 years since the fall of the Berlin Wall.
More than 300,000 people gathered in Berlin to watch a light installation of 8,000 helium balloons tracing a nine-mile stretch be released into the night sky, police said. The illuminated balloons snaked past historic locations such as Checkpoint Charlie as part of a celebration that included music and fireworks at the city’s Brandenburg Gate—a location once circumvented by the wall.
Speaking earlier in the day, German Chancellor Angela Merkel called the fall of the Berlin Wall proof that dreams could come true during a ceremony to mark the event’s 25th anniversary. She added that its collapse offered hope to regions where “freedom and human rights are threatened or even trampled on.”
For days, celebrations throughout Germany have been commemorating the opening of the East German border on Nov. 9, 1989. The breaching of the border heralded the collapse of the Communist system and led to German reunification less than a year later.
The Iconic Photo of the Fall of the Berlin Wall
National Geographic on the Berlin Wall, pretty good documentary.
This year’s commemoration of the fall of the Iron Curtain may also feel more poignant because there is a palpable sense that peace in Europe in 2014 is more fragile than it was at the 20th anniversary in 2009.
In her speech at the wall memorial on Bernauer Strasse on Saturday afternoon, Germany’s chancellor, Angela Merkel, had explicitly emphasized the geopolitical resonances of the event, instead of indulging in personal reminiscences.
“We have the strength to shape things, to turn things from bad to good, that is the message of the fall of the wall,” she said. “These days, that message is directed at Ukraine, Syria, Iraq and many, many other regions in the world.”
Let us never forget what real leadership looks like. Where US President Ronald Wilson Reagan not only went to Berlin, Germany on June 12, 1987 and gave his famous speech when he uttered those famous words that would eventually come true … “Mr. Gorbachev, Tear Down This Wall,” but also helped bring about the fall of Communism. Wow, imagine that, a president with a spine and resolve to effectuate real change that brought liberty to millions, not one apologizing for America’s actions. A president that looked to unify people, not divide them. A president that looked to end Communism, not partake in it. God bless Ronald Reagan. These days we can only say, what a novel concept.
Chancellor Kohl, Governing Mayor Diepgen, ladies and gentlemen: Twenty-four years ago, President John F. Kennedy visited Berlin, speaking to the people of this city and the world at the City Hall. Well, since then two other presidents have come, each in his turn, to Berlin. And today I, myself, make my second visit to your city.
We come to Berlin, we American presidents, because it’s our duty to speak, in this place, of freedom. But I must confess, we’re drawn here by other things as well: by the feeling of history in this city, more than 500 years older than our own nation; by the beauty of the Grunewald and the Tiergarten; most of all, by your courage and determination. Perhaps the composer Paul Lincke understood something about American presidents. You see, like so many presidents before me, I come here today because wherever I go, whatever I do: Ich hab noch einen Koffer in Berlin. [I still have a suitcase in Berlin.]
In the 1950s, Khrushchev predicted: “We will bury you.” But in the West today, we see a free world that has achieved a level of prosperity and well-being unprecedented in all human history. In the Communist world, we see failure, technological backwardness, declining standards of health, even want of the most basic kind–too little food. Even today, the Soviet Union still cannot feed itself. After these four decades, then, there stands before the entire world one great and inescapable conclusion: Freedom leads to prosperity. Freedom replaces the ancient hatreds among the nations with comity and peace. Freedom is the victor.
And now the Soviets themselves may, in a limited way, be coming to understand the importance of freedom. We hear much from Moscow about a new policy of reform and openness. Some political prisoners have been released. Certain foreign news broadcasts are no longer being jammed. Some economic enterprises have been permitted to operate with greater freedom from state control.
Are these the beginnings of profound changes in the Soviet state? Or are they token gestures, intended to raise false hopes in the West, or to strengthen the Soviet system without changing it? We welcome change and openness; for we believe that freedom and security go together, that the advance of human liberty can only strengthen the cause of world peace. There is one sign the Soviets can make that would be unmistakable, that would advance dramatically the cause of freedom and peace.
General Secretary Gorbachev, if you seek peace, if you seek prosperity for the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe, if you seek liberalization: Come here to this gate! Mr. Gorbachev, open this gate! Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!
North Korea Releases Two American Citizens, Kenneth Bae and Matthew Todd Miller … On Their Way Home to the United States
FOX News is reporting that North Korea has released two American citizens, Todd Miller and Kenneth Bae. They are on their way home to the United States. Miller was serving a six-year jail term on charges of espionage, while Bae was serving a 15 year sentence for alleged anti-government activities. Bae and Miller were being accompanied home by James Clapper, the director of national intelligence. Their release comes less than three weeks after another American, 56 year old Jeffrey Fowle was freed by Pyongyang.
North Korea has released two American citizens, Kenneth Bae and Matthew Todd Miller, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence said Saturday.
The agency said the men have been allowed to leave North Korea and are on their way home, accompanied by agency Director James Clapper.
Bae and Miller were the last Americans held by North Korea following the release last month of Jeffrey Fowle.
Miller, who’s from California, was serving a six-year jail term on charges of espionage, after he allegedly ripped his tourist visa at Pyongyang’s airport in April and demanded asylum.
Bae, who’s from Washington state, is a Korean-American missionary with health problems. He was serving a 15-year sentence for alleged anti-government activities.izens, Kenneth Bae and Matthew Todd Miller.
CNN: Free At Last.
In a statement Saturday, Clapper’s office said the U.S. government is facilitating the two men’s return home, though it was not immediately clear when they would arrive back in the United States.
“We welcome (North Korea’s decision to release both Mr. Bae and Mr. Miller,” the office said. “We want to thank our international partners, especially … the government of Sweden, for their tireless efforts to help secure their release.”
The U.S. State Department issued its own statement, saying, “We join their families and friends in welcoming them home.”
ARE YOU KIDDING ME … JUST HOW DANGEROUS IS BARACK OBAMA FOR AMERICA?
And you wonder why the Democrats got a real “ass-whuppin” on November 4 in the 2014 midterm elections. As reported in the NRO, President Barack Hussein Obama penned a “secret” letter to Iran’s Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Khamenei, in an effort according to sources, to fight the Islamic State (ISIS) and to nudge Iran’s religious leader closer to a nuclear deal. Yes, the same Islamic, Jew hating leader who has called for the death of Israel. WOW. What the hell is this president thinking? As The Daily Caller opines, “the President of the United States has had a tough week. First he watched the voters thoroughly repudiate him. Now the news is out that he’s been begging and pleading for help from the Supreme Leader of Iran, who has no time for him either.
Iran’s Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Khamenei, Barack Hussein Obama – Bosom Buddies
November 24, the deadline for a nuclear deal with Iran, approaches, and things aren’t looking good. With less than three weeks left, Iran is adopting a hardline negotiating position. And although there’s time left to reach a good deal, President Obama’s current strategy is problematic.
Yesterday the Wall Street Journal reported that last month Obama wrote his fourth “secret” letter to Iran’s Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Khamenei. According to sources, he did so in an effort “aimed both at buttressing the Islamic State campaign and nudging Iran’s religious leader closer to a nuclear deal.”
No problem, right? After all, what harm can a letter do? Actually, a lot. The Journal quotes a senior White House official who provides context for Obama’s outreach: “We’ve passed on messages to the Iranians … saying our objective is against ISIL. We’re not using this as a platform to reoccupy Iraq or to undermine Iran.”
Saying this to Iran is the diplomatic equivalent of telling an ill-reputed used-car salesman, “Money is no object, I don’t need a test drive, and I’m desperate to buy today.” It’s not very clever.
Iran’s hardliners are likely to see the president’s latest letter as a verification of increasing American malleability. But there’s a deeper issue here. As I noted in September, the administration’s willingness to see the best in Iran without challenging the worst manages to inspire only the latter. While we offer friendship, from Beirut to Baghdad, from Sanaa to Washington, Iran forges power through violent opportunism. Members of the Lebanese and Iraqi parliaments recognize Iran’s proclamations of peace for what they are: a thin veil concealing an absolutist agenda. Not incidentally, many American military personnel, through personal experience, share the same skeptical view
House Speaker John Boehner (R., Ohio) expressed concern Thursday when asked about President Barack Obama recent overture to Iran, in which the president outlined a shared interest in countering Islamic State militants in the region.
“I don’t trust the Iranians, I don’t think we need to bring them into this,” Mr. Boehner said.
Lawmakers — especially Republicans, but also many Democrats — want to have a say in any agreement that comes out of international nuclear talks by a Nov. 24 deadline. Secret communications between the administration and Tehran are likely to raise eyebrows.
Mitt Romney slammed President Barack Obama on Friday for reaching out to Iran in the fight against Islamic State militants, calling the president’s recent letter to Ayatollah Ali Khamenei “astonishing” and “an enormous error.”
“I was frankly stunned that the president of the United States would write a letter of that nature and in effect, legitimize a nation and a leadership which is violating international norms and is threatening the world,” the 2012 Republican presidential candidate told the audience of the Israeli American Council’s inaugural national conference at the Washington Hilton.
2016 cannot come soon enough, this president is just too damn dangerous for America.
Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) Says Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) Has “Been a Pathetic Majority Leader”
Well, if the pathetic majority leads fits, wear it …
Senator Orrin Hatch (R-UT) ripped into current and after Tuesday’s midterm elections, out-going Senate Majority leader Harry Reid (D-NV) calling the last four years “the most pathetic, pitiful way I’ve seen the Senate run in all my 38 years. Democrats have liked to call the GOP, the party of obstruction, yet it was Dingy Harry who blocked nearly 400 bills passed by the GOP-led House that as Hatch said, “couldn’t get the time of day in the Harry Reid Senate,” many of which had some Democratic support. This is what happens when you do Obama’s bidding, instead of acting like a separate branch of government meant to pass legislation for the betterment of “We the People,” not making our lives miserable.
But just when you think the Republicans have a clue, they make a comment like the following from Orrin Hatch, “by working with the GOP Congress, President Obama can leave office in two years with legislation to be proud of.” Really, are you serious? Note to Hatch, what makes you think that President Obama isn’t proud of what he has done to America. The only regrets that Obama probably has is that he did not tear apart the country even more before the voters finally figured things out.
The Senate’s most senior Republican on Thursday bashed current Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), saying with the GOP in charge, there was potential for real accomplishments.
In a phone interview with The Hill, Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) called the last four years “the most pathetic, pitiful way I’ve seen the Senate run in all my 38 years — and I’ve seen some pretty pathetic, pitiful times.”
With the newly elected Republican majority, Hatch promised, the chamber will be better-run.
“People are sick of it. Even Democrats, a number of them by the way, said we’ve got to change this. We can’t live with this type of impasse all the time,” said Hatch.
The blame, he added, rests with the Democratic leader.
“Reid is one of my friends, but he’s been a pathetic majority leader as far as I’m concerned,” Hatch said. “He thought he was doing right by protecting his side, but I think the American people resented him because he got nothing done.”
Mexican Mayor Jose Luis Abarca and his Wife Maria de los Angeles Pineda Arrested in Case of Missing 43 Students
Iguala Mayor Jose Luis Abarca and his wife, Maria de los Angeles Pineda were arrested Tuesday morning at a house they had rented in Mexico City’s Iztapalapa neighborhood. The couple is believed to have ordered an attack that killed six people and left 43 students missing in September. The question still remains following the arrest, where are the 43 students who haven’t been seen being taken away by officers after the deadly attack by police in Iguala on September 26?
Federal police seized Jose Luis Abarca and his wife, Maria de los Angeles Pineda, in a raid before dawn in Iztapalapa, a working-class neighborhood of the capital. It was a steep fall from their reign of wealth and power as the mayor and first lady of Iguala, a town in southern Guerrero state where the students from a teachers’ college went missing Sept. 26, allegedly at the hands of police and a drug cartel.
A Mexican mayor characterized as a “probable mastermind” in the mass abduction of 43 students has been taken into custody as authorities have tracked down a top target who eluded them for weeks — even if they still haven’t managed to locate the missing.
Iguala Mayor Jose Luis Abarca and his wife, Maria de los Angeles Pineda — dubbed “the imperial couple” by local media for how they presided over their southern Mexican city — were detained early Tuesday morning at a house they had rented in Mexico City’s Iztapalapa neighborhood. They did not resist arrest, authorities said.
The couple had been staying in a house that appeared to be abandoned, and investigators first got suspicious when they saw a woman repeatedly entering and leaving the building, Mexican Attorney General Jesús Murillo Karam told reporters. That woman, Noemí Berumen Rodríguez, was arrested alongside the mayor and his wife. Authorities accused her of concealing the couple.
Their capture, which Mexican Federal Police spokesman Jose Ramon Salinas reported on his Twitter account, signals a major milestone in the high-profile case.
Leidy Figueroa, Joran Van der Sloot’s Wife Says Her Husband was Stabbed Twice in Peru Prison … Just Twice, Damn!
Yes Virginia, there is a Santa Claus … Please, please let this story be true.
Leidy Figueroa, Joran van der Sloot’s wife says her husband was “seriously injured” in a stabbing at the Challapalca prison in Puno Province, Peru where Van der Sloot is serving a 28 year sentence fro the murder of Stephany Flores. Leidy Figueroa, and his lawyer, Máximo Altez, told told RTL Boulevard Monday that “the little Sporter” was stabbed twice by fellow inmates, leaving “wounds that are definitely 2 inches deep.”According to her account, Joran was stabbed in the shoulder and waist.
Figueroa, told the Dutch-language TV program that her husband, a Dutch national, was stabbed in the shoulder and waist by fellow prisoners. She also said she visited him Sunday in prison and smuggled out a bloody polo shirt as evidence.
Figueroa, 25, also gave Britain’s Daily Mail photos of blood-soaked white sheets that she claims were used to cover Van der Sloot’s wounds.
“Joran was stabbed many times in the stomach by other inmates, he was almost killed, I am scared for his life,” Figueroa, 25, tells MailOnline. “He’s losing a lot of blood but isn’t receiving any medical attention. He’s been very poorly, I have been trying to get the guards to take him to hospital.”
However, prison officials is calling her account an outright lie. Jose Perez Guadalupe, director of Peru’s National Penitentiary Institute, which oversees the country’s prisons, stated that Figueroa’s assertions were untrue and further labeled her a “compulsive liar. Hmm, imagine that, I guess we now know what the common bond between Joran Van der Sloot and Leidy Figueroa is.
Joran van der Sloot’s wife says her husband was “seriously injured” in a stabbing at the Peruvian prison where he is serving time for murder, but a top prison official is calling her account an outright lie, according to reports.
Leidy Figueroa, the Dutch convict’s wife, told RTL, a newsgroup in the Netherlands that is also a CNN affiliate, that van der Sloot was stabbed twice.
She further claimed that after visiting him Sunday at Challapalca prison in Puno Province, near the Bolivian border, where he is serving a 28-year sentence, she smuggled his bloody polo shirt out of the facility, RTL reported.
Van der Sloot was stabbed in the shoulder and in the waist, and both wounds were about 2 centimeters (three-quarters of an inch) deep, she told RTL.
Jose Perez Guadalupe, director of Peru’s National Penitentiary Institute, which oversees the country’s prisons, told a 24-hour television station that Figueroa’s assertions were untrue and further labeled her a “compulsive liar.”
He continued with an assault on her character, telling Peru’s Channel N, “For starters, no woman in her right mind goes to a maximum-security prison and marries the biggest killer there.”
One can just say this to Joran Van der Sloot when it comes to the damage that he has brought to the families of Natalee Holloway and Stephany Flores, KARMA IS A BITCH.
If this story that Joran Van der Sloot was stabbed is true, I just have two question, what took the inmates in this prison so long to stab him and can we buy those involved a beer, or at least a pack of smokes?
Canada Stops Issuing Visas to Residents of Western African Countries Like Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia with Widespread Ebola
AT LEAST SOME ONE IN NORTH AMERICA CARES ABOUT KEEPING THEIR CITIZENS SAFE FROM EBOLA, EH…
Effective immediately, Canada has stopped issuing travel visas to individuals who are residents of Western African countries where Ebola is widespread. Canada has closed its doors to residents of countries like Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia that are ramped with Ebola. In a news release issued some hours later, the government said it was taking “new precautionary measures to protect the health and safety of Canadians.” Unlike in America where we have a government who would behind the scenes plan to bring Ebola to the United States to treat and in turn put 300 million citizens at risk, Canada has instead chose to protect their land and citizens … God keep our land, glorious and free. O Canada, we stand on guard for thee!
KUDOS to Canada as they did what was in the best interest of Canada, not what was politically correct.
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.
Canada is following in Australia’s footsteps and has closed its doors, effectively immediately, to people from the West African countries battling Ebola.
In a move that puts Canada at odds with the World Health Organization, the federal government said Friday it is suspending the issuance of visas for residents and nationals of countries with “widespread and persistent-intense transmission” of Ebola virus disease. As well, work on permanent residence applications for people from the affected countries is also being suspended.
The stress on countries with widespread transmission provides an out for the United States, which currently still has at least one active Ebola case within its borders. At present only three countries meet the definition of widespread and persistent Ebola transmission: Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia.
The change was announced Friday in the Canada Gazette. In a news release issued some hours later, the government said it was taking “new precautionary measures to protect the health and safety of Canadians.”
The government said the move does not affect Canadians in West Africa; Canadian health-care workers helping in the effort to contain Ebola will be permitted back into Canada, the release said. As well, Citizenship and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander retains the discretion to grant entry on a case-by-case basis in exceptional circumstances “where travel is essential and in Canada’s interest.”
“The precautionary measures announced today build on actions we have taken to protect the health and safety of Canadians here at home,” the news release quoted Alexander as saying.
Ebola has wiped out whole villages in Sierra Leone and may have caused many more deaths than the nearly 5,000 official global toll, a senior coordinator of the medical aid group MSF said Friday.
Rony Zachariah of Doctors Without Borders, known by its French initials MSF, said after visiting Sierra Leone that the Ebola figures were “under-reported”, in an interview with AFP on the sidelines of a medical conference in Barcelona.
“The situation is catastrophic. There are several villages and communities that have been basically wiped out. In one of the villages I went to, there were 40 inhabitants and 39 died,” he said.
The World Health Organization (WHO) published revised figures on Friday showing 4,951 people have died of Ebola and there was a total of 13,567 reported cases.
FINALLY, AFTER 214 DAYS IN A MEXICAN JAIL …ANDREW TAHMOORESSI FREED!!!
Judge Victor Octavio Luna Escobedo of the Sixth Federal District Court in Tijuana ordered the immediate release of a U.S. Marine veteran Andrew Tahmooressi, who was being held in a Mexican jail on possession of weapons charges. Tahmooressi had been jailed since March 31, 2014 when he accidentally crossed the US/Mexican border with ammunition and three loaded weapons. The judge ordered his release on humanitarian grounds and dismissed the case on the grounds that were that Tahmooressi was unfit to stand trial because he suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder.
VIDEO – CBS News
A Mexican federal district judge in Tijuana on Friday ordered the immediate release of a U.S. Marine veteran being held in Baja California on federal weapons charges.
Andrew Tahmooressi, who was on trial for crossing the border with ammunition and three loaded weapons on March 31, returned to the United States Friday night and flew to his family’s home in Florida.
The decision by the Mexican Attorney General’s Office to cease its prosecution of Tahmooressi brings to a close a high-profile case that has resounded far beyond the border.
In the United States, it prompted calls for Tahmooressi’s release from politicians, veterans groups and conservative talk show hosts. But for months there had been an impasse, as Mexican federal prosecutors insisted that the case be resolved through the courts — not through diplomatic or political pressure.
Mexico freed U.S. Marine reservist Sgt. Andrew Paul Tahmooressi, who’d been held in a prison there for seven months.
Tahmooressi boarded a flight for Miami from San Diego.
“It is with an overwhelming and humbling feeling of relief that we confirm that Andrew was released today after spending 214 days in Mexican jail,” relatives said in a statement Friday night.
Tahmooressi family spokesman Jonathan Franks said Friday night in a statement: “The family is overjoyed. They are asking for privacy at this time.”
The court said it found no cause to prosecute Tahmooressi on charges of carrying two firearms used exclusively by the military, possessing cartridges used exclusively by the military and carrying a firearm without a license
The court also recommended he be treated for post-traumatic stress disorder.
“It’s a victory for American veterans,” said former New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson, who had talked to Mexican officials to urge them to release retired Marine Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi on humanitarian grounds. “It’s a victory for the United States.”
U.S. Rep. Ed Royce, R-Calif., chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, said he was “elated” by the news and that his PTSD will be treated by specialists in the United States. He had met with Tahmooressi in jail and talked to Mexico’s Jesus Murillo Karam about the case.
IF THE MENACE FITS, WEAR IT, EVEN THOUGH NADER THINKS IT FOR OTHER REASONS THAN YOU PROBABLY DO …
Former 5 time Presidential candidate Ralph Nader had some strong words for Hillary Clinton calling her a “menace to the United States of America.” Although, many of you might be nodding your head in approval, Nader’s reasons for calling Hillary Clinton, the presumptive 2016 Democrat nominee for president, a menace to the USA are for much different reasons than your own. Nader stated that “Well, Hillary is a corporatist and a militarist,” and “She thinks Obama is too weak. He doesn’t kill enough people overseas.” Average folks may think that is crazy talk, but guess who doesn’t … what has become the Democrat moonbat base who want some one like the far-Left Elizabeth Warren to run for president in 2016. Don’t get me wrong, Hillary Clinton is a far-Left liberal who would be disastrous for America if she became president in 2016. She is much farther Left than her hubby, former president Bubba Clinton. But the Democrat party has lurched so far Left these days that it is unrecognizable and has become socialist and thus the reason why many libs do not think Hillary is liberal enough and would prefer a candidate like Elizabeth Warren.
“Well, Hillary is a corporatist and a militarist,” Mr. Nader said, Raw Story reported. “Do we want another corporatist and militarist? She thinks Obama is too weak. He doesn’t kill enough people overseas. So she’s a menace to the United States of America.”
“What we need is people — regardless of whether they are libertarians or not — that pull back on the empire and make Wall Street subordinate to Main Street,” Mr. Nader said, Raw Story reported. “People have got to start thinking, doing their homework, become informed voters and not coronet another corporatist and militarist.’