One wouldn't be surprised if President Obama's Director of National Intelligence, James Clapper, woke up Monday morning checking for tire tracks after his boss effectively threw him under the bus for having "underestimated" the threat posed by the Islamic State militant group.
But Obama's remarks in a "60 Minutes" interview drew immediate objections from lawmakers and the intelligence community.
In the interview, Obama was asked how the Islamic State was able to gain so much territory. "Our head of the intelligence community Jim Clapper has acknowledged that I think they underestimated what had been taking place in Syria," the president said.
Clapper previously had admitted that U.S. analysts both underestimated the Islamic State, or ISIS, and "overestimated" the ability of the Iraqi army to fight them.
But sources say Obama nevertheless was looped in on the rise of ISIS for a while.
What a whining, effeminate little weasel our president is. No wonder our country is sliding into the abyss so quickly. We had better hope a lot of Democrats get thrown out in November, or we're history.
***Obamaphone use in Maryland TWICE the number eligible.
As many as 645,000 Maryland residents had so-called Obamaphones in 2012 — one hundred times as many people as there were in 2009, and double the number in that state who are supposed to be eligible for the program based on their income.
Your tax dollars at work. These are the people in charge of our health care now. Chew on that.
***From Jim Daly's blog at Focus on the Family:
The right to freely acknowledge and practice one’s faith was a cherished freedom our Founding Fathers were willing to risk their lives to protect. So you’d think that this historical right—and the fact that it’s emphasized in the U.S. Constitution—would be recognized, even celebrated, in our public schools today.
Instead, we are seeing more Christian students being censored.
For instance, how would you feel if…
- Your 5-year-old daughter tells you that the “lunch teacher” stopped
her from praying as she bowed her head before eating and told her,
“You’re not allowed to pray”? This happened to a family in Florida who
later said they decided to pull their child out of the school.
- Your fifth-grade student is told he can’t voluntarily read his Bible during the free-reading period? That happened to Giovanni Rubeo. According to a letter from a legal group (Liberty Institute), when his teacher saw Giovanni reading his Bible, she asked, “What book is that that you are reading?” In response, Giovanni cautiously held up his Bible. The teacher then “demanded, ‘Put it on my desk!’”Later, the teacher “left the following message [on his father’s voice mail] while Giovanni’s peers looked on: ‘I noticed that he [Giovanni] has a book—a religious book—in the classroom. He’s not permitted to read those books in my classroom.’”
- Your high school student is excited to learn he has earned the honor of being class salutatorian. But when he turns in his graduation speech, references to his personal faith in God and the Bible are marked out with a black pen. Yup, that really happened too.
But still, can we really afford to remain silent while our children receive messages from the culture and their schools that mentions of God and the Bible are tantamount to speaking dirty words? That their beliefs are too shameful to speak about or acknowledge publicly?
Of course not.
More at the link. This kind of thing is happening more and more, and it's not right. Follow the link for some suggestions regarding what you can do.
***If one man offers you democracy and another offers you a bag of grain, at what stage of starvation will you prefer the grain to the vote? ~Bertrand Russell
***Have a great day!