ELECTIONS ARE COMING: CHECK OUT HOW YOUR REPRESENTATIVES VOTED ON THE SHUTDOWN DEAL

The Senate Passed a Deal to Raise the Nation’s Debt Limit – HOW DID YOUR SENATOR VOTE?
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Congressional Republicans conceded defeat on Wednesday in their bitter budget fight with President Obama over the new health care law…

Boehner Caves – See how your Representative Voted
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Speaker John Boehner will permits the House of Representatives to pass a “compromise” debt deal with Democratic votes leading the way – his latest cave to Obama and the Democratic-controlled U.S. Senate.

DIANA WEST: OBAMA’S EVASIVE LETTER TO BENGHAZI VICTIM’S FATHER

http://www.familysecuritymatters.org/publications/detail/obamas-evasive-letter-to-benghazi-victims-father?f=puball On September 11, 2013, Charles Woods appeared on Fox News’s Hannity and read aloud four questions about Benghazi from a letter he’d sent to President Obama. Woods, whose son, ex-SEAL Tyrone Woods, was one of four Americans killed in Benghazi on September 11, 2012, added: “What we want are not just answers. We also […]

The Wars: Big Ideas II by JOHN C. WOHLSTETTER

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More Big Picture viewpoints:

Churchill’s memorable twin cautions about the Middle East. In 1929, after the victorious powers had carved up the region, WC explained:

The whole of the Middle East is intimately related. Beneath the smooth surface of British rule and the slender garrisons which normally sustain it are smouldering the antagonisms of centuries. There are always feuds and animosities. There are always scores to be settled and fanatical thirsts to be slaked. Any appearance of lack of will-power on the part of the British Government or of lack of confidence in its mission in these countries blows like a draught of air on the dull, fierce embers.

In 1958, after the debacle at Suez doomed Britain’s continued status as a full-fledged global superpower, WC said:

The Middle East is one of the hardest-hearted areas in the world. It has always been fought over, and peace has only reigned when a major power has established firm influence and shown that it will maintain its will. Your friends must be supported with every vigour and if necessary they must be avenged. Force, or perhaps force and bribery, are the only things that will be respected. It is very sad, but we had all better recognize it. At present our friendship is not valued, and our enmity is not feared.

How Obamacare Screws the Working Class…Hard By Frank Salvato

http://www.familysecuritymatters.org/publications/detail/how-obamacare-screws-the-working-classhard?f=puball Now that it is becoming clear that the establishment House Republicans are about to capitulate to the Senate Democrats and Obama Progressives, it is clear that, short of Republicans taking the Senate in 2014 and the White House in 2016, Obamacare is set to sink into the flesh of the American entitlement system not […]

IDF Reserve Colonel Beaten to Death in Jordan Valley Terror Attack Posted by JudieJacobson

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Hundreds of people attended the funeral on Friday, Oct. 11, for Israel Defense Forces reserve colonel Sariya Ofer, who was murdered on in the early hours of Friday in the Jordan Valley village of Brosh Habika in a Palestinian terrorist attack.

Ofer was reportedly beaten by several Palestinian men wielding iron bars and axes. His wife, Monique, sustained non-life threatening injuries. She arrived by ambulance to his funeral and was carried on a stretcher to the burial plot.

“They were beaten with blunt instruments,” Israeli police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld told AFP.

Israeli security forces arrested five Palestinians suspected of being involved, Army Radio reported. The attackers escaped while Monique ran to Route 90 to flag down help for the couple. Two of them, Uda Farid Taleb Kharoub, 18, and Bashir Ahmed Uda Kharoub, 21, Palestinians from Hebron, have confessed to the murder.

“No one will rest until the trails of the murderers are uncovered and the whole picture becomes clear,” Israeli President Shimon Peres said in a statement.

Ofer, who was in his 50s, was a former commander of IDF troops in the Gaza Strip.

The number of terror attacks and attempted terror attacks in Israel rose from 68 in August to 133 in September, according to recently revealed data from the Israel Security Agency (Shin Bet). Among the September attacks, 104 took place in Judea and Samaria.

THIRTY NOBEL LAUREATES WILL HOLD A CONVENTION IN ISRAEL

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More than 30 Nobel Prize winners plan to visit Israel in the summer of 2014 for the first Science and Technology for the Future conference, a joint initiative of Israel’s Foreign Ministry and its Science and Technology Ministry. The Nobel laureates plan to visit Israel’s universities to meet with budding Israeli scientists. “This will be the first conference of its kind,” said Dr. Roger Kornberg, who is heading the event’s steering committee, according to Israel Hayom.

LORI LOWENTHAL MARCUS: ARAB PEDOPHILE ACCUSES ISRAEL OF SEX CRIMES (???!!!)

http://www.jewishpress.com/news/arab-rapist-of-teenage-jew-also-major-hypocrite-plus-shocking-sentence/2013/10/17/ Anti-Israel, NIF-funded public relations hack convicted of extortion and rape of 15 yr old Haredi girl. Nawaf Athamneh, the 52 year old resident of Kafr Qara, NIF-funded public relations hack, and editor of the far left anti-Israel former Machsom (Checkpoint) website and other outlets was recently convicted of raping a 15 year old Israeli […]

Samuel Westrop: Beyond the Veil :What Sort of Schools Are UK Taxpayers Funding?

http://www.gatestoneinstitute.org/4021/uk-veil-schools The school forces girls to sit at the back of classrooms; prohibits stringed instruments; and requires female pupils to cede their places in queues to the male students. Farah Ahmed, headmistress at one of these taxpayer-funded schools, has described the teaching of English as “one of the most damaging subjects.” In recent weeks, British […]

IN MEMORIAM :CHARLOTTE WAHLE

 Charlotte was an army wrapped up in a small body. She lived in Washington Heights in New York City from which she commuted to the AFSI offices doggedly in any weather at any time until serious illness felled her.  My husband used to call her “Charlottemagne” which always pleased her. She loved symphonic music and […]

PAUL DRIESSEN: WHERE IS THE CONCERN OVER PRIVATE SECTOR FURLOUGHS?

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In 2009, President Obama told Representative Eric Cantor (R-VA), “Elections have consequences, and I won.” As with his healthcare law, amid this year’s impasse, he said “there will be no negotiations on the debt ceiling” and “I shouldn’t have to offer anything” in dealing with Republicans. To ensure that Americans got the message, the National Park Service was told “to make life as difficult for people as we can,” one frustrated ranger informed reporters.

As the White House, Democrats and Republicans remain at an impasse over debt limits, the budget and the growing disaster that is Obamacare, the situation has become surreal.

Some 800,000 federal workers were furloughed without pay, and the economic ripples caused many local businesses to lose revenues. The pain is palpable. But for government workers it is only temporary.

The House voted to restore the government employees’ paychecks once the brinkmanship is over; the Senate will almost certainly follow. That’s how previous shutdowns were handled. Moreover, the Defense Department has already brought back most of its 350,000 furloughed civilian workers.

However, those local private sector workers will never recoup their lost income – and that’s only the leading edge of the economic tsunami, and the way the President runs his Executive Branch.

Death benefits were withheld from grieving families of heroes killed in Afghanistan. The Park Service permitted House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi to lead an immigration rally on the National Mall, but closed the World War II Memorial to aging veterans who had arrived on Honor Flights. The vets breeched the “Barackades,” and the “Spite House” backed off – but only for veterans, and not elsewhere.