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Richard Larsen: Obama’s Flawed Logic on Iran’s Nuke Deal

August 5th, 2015 by Halli

By Richard Larsen

It’s disturbing to witness the collapse of logic, especially when perpetrated by our own president. After all, if we were to believe what so many of his devotees claim prima facie, he’s among the smartest on the planet. But his nuclear deal with Iran proves to the contrary; not just by its terms, but his illogic in support of it.

President Obama said this week, with regard to the agreement inked with Iran, “There really are only two alternatives here. Either the issue of Iran obtaining a nuclear weapon is resolved diplomatically through a negotiation or it’s resolved through force, through war. Those are—those are the options.” There are so many more options available, that even he should be aware of, yet he’s reduced to employing the common false dichotomy, or fallacy of bifurcation, in support of it. But it explains his inanity in signing a deal that all but assures a nuclear Iran in the foreseeable future, and further underscores why Obamacare was foisted upon the nation; to him, there are but two options – his way or no way at all.

Obama added that no better deal was or is possible than the one he has negotiated. Since the bargaining table was approached from a position of weakness, acquiescence, and appeasement, he’s likely correct. But if the process had been approached from a position of strength, like Reagan did with the Soviet Union at the height of the Cold War, then the final agreement would have been much more inhibiting to Iranian nuclear ambitions, and we, and our allies, could have come away from the negotiations feeling much safer and assured.

Then he had the temerity to claim that “99% of the world community” agrees with him. Now watch, that fabricated percentage will become his new selling argument to the Senate as they consider the final agreement, much like the fake and discredited claim of “97% scientific agreement” on manmade climate change.

Obama has claimed that this deal was necessary at this time since the U.S. initiated economic sanctions were not working. Actually they were working. According to the Wall Street Journal, “Iran had an official inflation rate of some 35%, its currency was falling, and its dollar reserves were estimated to be down to $20 billion. Mr. Obama had resisted those sanctions, only to take credit for them when Congress insisted and they began to show results in Tehran.”

The WSJ editorial continued, “Yet Mr. Obama still resisted calls to put maximum pressure on Iran. He gave waivers to countries like Japan to import Iranian oil. He was reluctant to impose sanctions on global financial institutions that did business with Iran (especially Chinese banks that offered Tehran access to foreign currency). The U.S. could have gone much further to blacklist parts of Iran’s economy run by the Revolutionary Guard Corps. A bipartisan majority in Congress was prepared to impose more sanctions this year, but Mr. Obama refused as he rushed for a second-term deal.”

All one has to do to ascertain the perceived victors from the now concluded negotiations, is observe reactions by the effected nations. Spontaneous celebrations broke out in Iran, while even Democrat senators bemoaned the terms of the deal. Israel’s Prime Minister voiced perhaps the most logical response. Benjamin Netanyahu, said of the agreement, “Iran is going to receive a sure path to nuclear weapons. Many of the restrictions that were supposed to prevent it from getting there will be lifted,” and called the agreement a “historic mistake.”

Even Obama conceded that the agreement doesn’t prevent Iran from developing a nuclear bomb, but only delays it. In a July 14th interview with NPR (National Public Radio), the president said that Iran’s uranium enrichment would be capped for a decade at 300 kilograms, which is not enough to convert to a stockpile of weapons-grade material. He then revealed, “What is a more relevant fear would be that in Year 13, 14, 15, they have advanced centrifuges that enrich uranium fairly rapidly, and at that point, the breakout times would have shrunk almost down to zero,” Obama said. The “breakout time” refers to how quickly uranium enrichment for power can be converted to unabated enrichment for nuclear weapons.

The inspection protocol elicits no confidence whatsoever. In spite of Deputy National Security Adviser Ben Rhodes’ assurance just three months ago that, “In the first place we will have anytime, anywhere access [to] nuclear facilities,” the agreement grants a 24 day time table for Iran to dispose of evidence before an inspection can occur. That’s like giving drug cartels three weeks notice that a suspected drug manufacturing site will be raided!

Nearly as disturbing, is the provision that lifts the U.N. arms embargo against Iran. After five years Iran’s thirst for conventional arms can be sated, and their hunger for ballistic missile programs satisfied in eight years. So in five years, Iran can buy all the weapons it wants, for its own defense or the terrorist organizations they bankroll, like Hezbollah, and in eight years they can have a fully funded ICBM program. And in 13 years they can have a functional nuclear warhead to adorn their missiles. Now isn’t that assuring?

The President also claimed that “no one has presented any alternatives” to his plan. All I can say is, it must be nice to live in a vacuous tunnel where the only voice one hears is their own, and those who echo his! If negotiations had been approached from a position of strength, we would have four Americans on the way home, rather than continuing to languish as political prisoners in Iranian prisons. And we could have required that not a single Rial of the $150 billion of Iranian deposits freed up from U.S. banks, could be used to support terrorist activities and Hezbollah. There were many, many more options than the one Obama settled for.

The Iranian nuke deal comes down to a matter of trust. Can Iran be trusted to curtail their nuclear ambitions and abide by the diluted impositions on their aspirations, and can the president be trusted in representing our interests in securing our national security. The answer is clearly an emphatic “no,” on both counts.

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David Ripley: The Mystery of God’s Blessings

February 8th, 2014 by Halli

Idaho Chooses Life

A recent scientific study demonstrates the mercy and grandeur of God’s design.

Apparently the cells from a preborn child are shared with the mother during pregnancy. Researchers found that two types of cells were transferred to the mom – immune cells and mesenchymal cells.

The latter are thought to be special cells that help in the regeneration and healing of adult tissue.

This seems to be a concrete example of God’s blessed promise:

“I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life so that you and your children may live ….” (Deuteronomy 30:19).

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Andi Elliott: Animal Cruelty Documented in Idaho

February 8th, 2014 by Halli

By Andi Elliott

Back in 2012 an undercover video of needless and wanton acts of animal cruelty was filmed at Idaho’s largest dairy conglomerate, Bettencourt Dairies, LLC headquartered in Wendell. Yesterday the Idaho Dairy Industry introduced an “Ag Gag” bill designed to keep people from filming acts of animal cruelty on farms. It even goes so far as to make it a crime by merely filling out an application for employment for the purposes of doing such.

I have viewed the video and it’s available on the web. I couldn’t finish watching. Cows confined to milking stalls being beaten and stomped on. Cows were beaten for slipping on wet concrete. Cows were beaten for no reason. One employee spent 102 days in jail; others fled, I’m told. Bettencourt Dairy owner says, “I love my animals and I’ve been in the dairy business since I was a kid. Animal care is a number one issue in our facilities.”

Really, then why support an Ag Gag Law? What do you have to hide? “Ag Gag” laws are designed to keep the public from knowing about the cruelty perpetuated on factory farm animals. I’m no animal rights activist but all creatures deserve to be treated humanely. Almost two weeks ago I contacted Bettencourt asking if some of those that were involved in the cruel treatment of the animals had been rehired as I have been told. As of this writing, I have not received a response.

I would urge you to call your reps and tell them to vote “no” on S1298. Bettencourt is a supplier of milk for Kraft which makes cheese for many of our nationwide fast food chains. Contact them and tell them that institutionalized animal cruelty is not okay in Idaho.

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David Ripley: Huge Pro-Life Rally in Nation’s Capitol – and in Boise

January 23rd, 2014 by Halli

Idaho Chooses Life

2014LifeNews reports that hundreds of thousands of Americans gathered together in Washington DC yesterday to protest abortion and its terrible toll on the nation. The most conservative estimate is that over 56 million babies have been destroyed in the forty-one years of the Roe travesty.

Meanwhile, our president issued a press statement celebrating the fruits of legalized abortion, declaring that the mechanized murder of defenseless children had somehow “liberated” America and allowed many to fulfill their dreams. How bizarre, how dark.
Idaho pro-Lifers will gather this Saturday at the State Capitol. The March for Life begins at 1 pm at Julia Davis Park with a rally to follow on the Capitol steps. Hope to see you there!

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ALERT: Jefferson County Residents Invited to Attend Commissioner Meeting

August 7th, 2012 by Halli

Andi Elliott is announcing that the agenda for the August 13 Jefferson County Commissioners’ meeting includes a request that the commissioners perform a complete audit of the Sheriff’s Department. The meeting is scheduled for 4pm. There will be petitions to sign, as well. Andi is asking for all Jefferson County residents to attend the meeting so commissioners will see that there is wide-spread concern over this issue.

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David Ripley: Planned Parenthood Bias at KTVB

February 3rd, 2012 by Halli

Idaho Chooses Life

Boise’s Channel 7 ran a story on Planned Parenthood’s outrage over being dropped by the Komen Foundation. The impression they convey is that all of the Treasure Valley is up in arms because the local abortion clinic will no longer receive money raised under the auspices of “fighting breast cancer”.

Perhaps local donors will no longer be interested in finding a cure.

It has long been a curiosity that Komen got involved with the Abortion Industry in the first place. Setting aside the growing body of research which shows a linkage between abortion and increased risk of breast cancer – the simple truth is that Planned Parenthood does not do mammograms. The money they’ve been getting from Komen is in the form of “pass-through grants”, whatever that is. (There is an informative article on this point now up on LifeNews.Com). The local news “reporter” failed to ask anything about Planned Parenthood’s ability to actually screen for breast cancer. They simply gave Planned Parenthood staff the chance to publicly chastise and threaten Komen.

Channel 7 also failed to contact this organization for a fuller explanation of the upside for Komen. While there may be abortion zealots who are offended about not simultaneously helping kill babies while supporting cancer research – many in the pro-Life movement are energized. In fact, Komen is reporting that its donations have doubled since the announcement. That was, apparently, too much information to share with viewers in Idaho.

In truth, Channel 7 – the “Idaho News Leader” – rarely covers the pro-Life movement, despite the views and values of an overwhelming majority of its audience. How sad.

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Andi Elliott: Ask the Legislature to Determine Eligibility of Candidates

February 3rd, 2012 by Halli

By Andi Elliott

Folks, we are asking people to send this to their representatives so that Idaho can be certain that candidates that appear on Idaho ballots are actually eligible to be there. It is up to the Chairmen of the political parties to “vet” the candidates. This is not always done. Georgia and Texas and a handful of other states have begun this process and this legislation is modeled after their legislation.

This is a draft of the proposed legislation that folks all over the state are asking their representatives to sponsor/cosponsor.

Feel free to contact me if you have any questions.

Thanks, Andi Elliott
208-662-5808
straighttalkidaho@yahoo.com

A BILL TO BE ENTITLED
AN ACT relating to certification for placement on the ballot of candidates for president or vice-president of the United States.

BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF IDAHO:

SECTION 1. Section_________, Election Code, is amended by amending Subsection (__) and adding Subsection (___) to read as follows:

(a) Except as provided by Subsection (__) or (___), the secretary of state shall certify in writing for placement on the general election ballot the names of the candidates for president and vice-president who are entitled to have their names placed on the ballot.

(d) The secretary of state may not certify the name of a candidate for president or vice-president unless the candidate has presented the candidate’s certified and/or notarized copy of his or her original birth certificate indicating that the person is a natural-born United States citizen.

SECTION 2. The secretary of state shall perform a background check on presidential candidates to ensure they meet the Constitutional qualifications, including whether not they are a NATURAL Born Citizen of the United States – born of 2 U.S. citizen parents within the United States according to the U.S. Supreme Court in Minor v. Happersett, 1875. Candidates for president and vice-president who are entitled to have their names placed on the ballot shall complete the same Federal I-9 form that every other employee in the country is required to complete to prove that they are legally able to work in the United States. The secretary of state shall certify that said Federal I-9 form has been completed.

SECTION 3. An emergency existing therefore, which emergency is hereby declared to exist, this act shall be in full force and effect on and after its passage and approval.

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Andi Elliott: Pressure Mounts on Obama Regime

August 10th, 2011 by Halli

By Andi Elliott

National pressures continue to mount on the Obama regime. Groups all over the nation are joining together to oppose his dictatorial powers and his oppression of every day Americans. The regime has taken to calling those who oppose the government “hobbits”, “right wing extremists”, and the brazen Vice President Biden publicly calls them “terrorists” seeking to marginalize and make them the objects of retaliation efforts. Government supported voter intimidation and “vote buying” episodes are becoming more predominant and conveniently “overlooked” by the Department of Justice head, Eric Holder. Word is spreading among the general populace that future elections may be in jeopardy as the government seeks to find cause to impose martial law.

An in depth examination of those who participate in the radical Tea Party groups reveals an unusual conglomeration of Americans who oppose Obama and his Socialist appointees. Peaceful protests in the nation’s capital and indeed all across the nation have only heightened the government’s personal attacks on the leaders of the movement. Students on campuses around the country are awakening to the fact that the government is seeking to change the basic fiber of America so that they will never know the freedoms under which they were brought up. Grandmothers find that they must become a political force in order to salvage their country and leave their children and grandchildren a future that is unfettered with debt and oppressive regulations and control.

Despite the fact that many of the Tea Party “terrorists” support black candidates such as LTC Allen West and Herman Cain, the under-educated, those mainly inhabiting the inner cities, continue to believe that this discontent and public outcry is predicated solely on the fact that the president is black. This unsubstantiated belief is fueled by those who make their livelihoods and political careers by enhancing racial divisiveness something that the “political savvy” President has used to his advantage on multiple occasions.

America is reaching a crossroads as the “melting pot” of Americans continues to simmer. It is only a matter of time before the discontented masses, many desiring a return to the Constitution, boil over. These “terrorists” will no longer remain silent. Tea Party “terrorists” will oppose those who seek to radically transform their country, and will work to prevent their America from becoming a third world nation.

Andi Elliott

Tea Party Patriots Idaho State Coordinator

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Brand New Books on Animal Welfare, by Andi Elliott!

July 18th, 2011 by Halli

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David Ripley: Hypocrisy of Feminism Explored

June 22nd, 2011 by Halli

Idaho Chooses Life

The Wall Street Journal is carrying a superb article on the chilling disregard that elite feminists have shown for the rampant destruction of girl babies through abortion. Sex selection is a terror in much of the developing world – none more staggering than the forced abortion policies at play in China.

Those policies have largely been embraced by leading elites of the Left as part of their embrace of legalized abortion and population control.

The fact that girls are the most likely victims of such evil policies seems not to trouble feminists at all.

How can such a movement and leadership have any credibility to speak for women?

Read the fascinating, disturbing article for yourself: The War Against Girls.

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