It's becoming clear that ISIS' expansion of territory and massacres of thousands will not stop without a decisive Desert Storm 2. That will not happen in the foreseeable future.
ISIS will continue to build their Islamic caliphate – the likes of which hasn't existed in that region for over a century – and will control oil revenues that will buy their weapons, manpower, and underground tickets into the US.
Meanwhile, our nation's security posture is falling apart under a "commander-in-chief" (who is anything but) who handcuffs security agencies with paralyzing policies, rejects any action that does not have a liberal political end, sent weapons to all the wrong people (Benghazi was part of that), has fired or discarded top military leaders alarmed by his arrogantly destructive incompetence, and who continues to patronize Islamic entities worldwide that are dangerous to all western civilizations.
Obama has become the Great Global Destabilizer of our time, and we will all feel the effects of it.
Everyone better be thinking about who will be leading this country in the next couple of years, but that will not be soon enough to ward off all the catastrophes in the making.
Ira White - Portsmouth VA
As a supporter of personal firearm ownership, both for personal protection and sporting, I must confess that I support the recent inclusion of a Lost and Stolen Firearm petition to the Virginia Beach’s recent legislative package.
First and foremost, I fail to recognize the infringement of personal liberty for failure to be responsible for a legally registered weapon that is in my name.
Additionally, irrespective of my view of personal weapon registration, as a law-biding citizen, it is my individual responsibility to take charge, maintain, and control access to weapons under my oversight.
Rightly or wrongly, current weapon registration results in a location and ownership database. Failure to keep that index current minimize its purpose and render it inaccurate. Without timely reporting, potential notifications to bonafide weapon outlets are infringed. Also, the recovery of a misplaced, lost, or stolen weapon has the potential of being recovered in lieu of being misused in an unlawful act.
As a Libertarian, I firmly believe in the liberties afforded by the Constitution, and it is my personal responsibility to abide and protect those liberties.
Wally Erb - Virginia Beach
By Michael W. Thompson
Chairman and President of the Thomas Jefferson Institute for Public Policy
The economic benefits from drilling off Virginia's coast natural gas and oil far exceed the cost of possible environmental impacts. That is the conclusion of a new study by the Thomas Jefferson Institute for Public Policy. The estimates for gas and oil reserves in this new study are from the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) and are current as of a couple of months ago.
New seismic mapping of the ocean floor will begin sometime next year if all goes as planned. With the new technologies available since the last time the Outer Continental Shelf was mapped (over 30 years ago), most experts expect vast reservoirs to be found - quite possibly more than BOEM has estimated.
This new Jefferson Institute study,Oil and Gas Potential Off Virginia's Coast, makes a strong case that we should produce these reserves in a sensible and environmentally responsible manner.
To the Editor,
This is to register my disgust and outrage and your crude cartoon of a person receiving what appears to be a colonoscopy.
Can't you find any better way to express yourself?
Cicero said that "Vice necessarily follows public nudity."
In "A Time for Truth," William Simon noted that the public expression of obscenity usually coincided with the suppression of important freedoms, such as freedom of association.
This cartoon is a demonstration of that.
Shame on you.
Editor: Obama claims ISIS is not Islamic precisely because of their brutality. To the contrary, the horrendous videos of civilian executions being broadcast are proof of their Qur'anic fundamentalism. Surah 8:55 & 57 makes clear that even non-combatants are fair game in order to spread fear:
"Assuredly, the worst of beasts in Allah's sight are the ungrateful who will not believe... If you come on them in the war, deal with them so as to strike fear in those who are behind them, that perhaps they may remember." (quoted verbatim from The Glorious Qur'an, a translation in their own words distributed by Muslims in English-speaking countries)
"The aim of The Glorious Qur'an is to present to English readers what Muslims the world over hold to be the meaning of the words of the Qur'an."
Ira White - Portsmouth VA
Hundreds of years ago, England's kings had the King's Council, Star Chamber, and High Commission at their disposal. Their purpose was to "handle complex issues of society and state" while bypassing Parliament (their Congress) and the peoples' courts with their own laws, regulations, prosecutions and convictions.
It got so bad that Parliament had to abolish these entities of absolute administrative power. So what does any of this have to do with us?
Professor Philip Hamburger of Columbia Law School (Obama's old alma mater) points out the very same monarchical entities here: IRS, HHS, EPA, BLM and others.
What is the danger they pose? Under the guise of Administrative Law, they BYPASS the BILL OF RIGHTS. To protect us, the US Constitution specifically gave our congressional representatives ALL legislative authority (they cannot delegate that elsewhere), and gave us DUE PROCESS through jury trial in regular courts.
Think about it. If the IRS (Lois Lerner), Bureau of Land Management (Bundy ranch standoff), HHS (Obamacare), EPA (environmental activists) and others come after you, you have NO DUE PROCESS.
They can do anything they want to you on administrative authority alone. Imagine if you had a jury of your peers hearing your side of such cases; do you think they would side with unwarranted government rules and actions?
This threat has become increasingly clear with the Obama administration's exercise of absolute authority through these agencies against individuals, non-profits, and businesses.
We need a Congress and president who now recognize that threat, pass legislation that re-establishes due process for any charge that is brought against us, and abolishes absolute legislative and judicial authority from all executive agencies and departments.
Ira White - Portsmouth
Trey Gowdy's questioning of Asst. Secretary of State for Diplomatic Security Gregory Starr on Sept. 17, 2014 reveals more evidence that Obama and Hillary refused security and lied about it specifically to protect the 2012 re-election campaign from the truth of disintegrating policies and conditions in Libya. There is no other conclusion.
An important point here is that Hillary had said they were depending on LOCAL FORCES of the HOST NATION to provide security when they pulled out Nordstrom's 16-man security detachment in August 2012.
Ironically, an ARB report regarding embassy security, FROM 1999 NO LESS, stressed the importance of constant coordination with the government of a host nation on any responsibilities for security of US embassies.
Do you ever call a tech and can’t understand what they are saying? Or is your income not keeping up with rising prices. Or you can’t find goods that have been made in America?
The trade pact NAFTA has contributed to all of these things. It has led to lower wages, job losses, outsourcing, and even a loss of American sovereignty.
Trade pacts such as NAFTA are regional arrangements that are foreign governing bodies that take control over not just trade but also regulations that have nothing to do with trade.
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